Health

Slash sugar intake to fight obesity, tooth decay: WHO

. A worker mixes red icing sugar in Aschheim near Munich 
05 Mar 2015
 Adults and children from the Americas to Western Europe and the Middle East must roughly halve the amount of sugar they consume to lower risk of obesity and tooth decay, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. New guidelines...
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Health checks by smartphone raise privacy fears

05 Mar 2015
Authorities and tech developers must stop sensitive health data entered into applications on mobile phones ending up in the wrong hands, experts warn.   As wireless telecom companies gathered in Barcelona this week at the Mobile World...
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Modest coffee consumption good for the heart

Coffee beans
03 Mar 2015
People who drink three to five cups of coffee a day may have a lower risk of clogged arteries that can cause serious heart problems, a study said Tuesday. The South Korean research is the latest on the health effects of the popular brew,...
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Risk factors for heartburn: excess weight, smoking

Obesity
03 Mar 2015
Excess pounds and smoking might each raise the likelihood of frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a large study from Norway.   Other factors linked to higher odds of new GERD symptoms included...
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Study: Truvada drug helps prevent AIDS

03 Mar 2015
Medical tests conducted on the Truvada drug, which is used to treat AIDS, has shown that the drug's effectiveness reached 86 percent, according to results announced during the 22nd annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic...
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Experts say chronic fatigue is biological, not psychological disorder

Sleeping
02 Mar 2015
A team of scientists said on Friday they had found "robust evidence" that a condition called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a biological as opposed to a psychological disorder, but some experts questioned the findings. The...
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Compound from Chinese medicinal herb shows promise for Ebola

 U.N. convoy of soldiers passes a screen displaying a message on Ebola on a street in Abidjan August 14, 2014.
27 Feb 2015
A drug derived from a Chinese medicinal herb is showing promise for combating Ebola infection, effectively imprisoning the virus inside cells so it cannot do its usual damage, scientists said on Thursday. The researchers said the compound...
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Clinically depressed three times more likely to commit violent crime

Depression pills
26 Feb 2015
 People diagnosed with major depression are around three times more likely than the general population to commit violent crimes such as robbery, sexual offences and assault, psychiatric experts said on Wednesday. In a study based on...
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Warning: Electronic cigarettes, hookahs toxic

Getty/AFP/File | E-cigarettes contain up to 10 times the amount of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco, Japanese scientists say
25 Feb 2015
The Consumer Protection Agency (CPA) has warned against the use of both electronic cigarettes and electronic hookahs as they contain two toxic substances: Diethylene glycol and Nitrosamine.   CPA Director Atef Yacoub said the...
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Smokers at higher risk of depression, says British study

No-smoking sign
24 Feb 2015
Smokers are 70 percent more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than non-smokers, despite the widespread view that lighting up is a stress reliever, says a study published on Tuesday. The British Heart Foundation (BHF) report --...
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