Health

17
Jan
Surgeon general report adds to list of smoking-related health risks

Fifty years after the first U.S. surgeon general's report declared smoking a hazard to human health, the tally of smoking-related effects keeps rising, with liver and colorectal cancers, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and even erectile dysfunction joining the list, according to a report released on Friday. The report, the first in more than a decade, found that smoking has killed more than 20 million Americans prematurely in the last... [read news]

01
Jan
How to create your own home gym

A few key pieces (starting at just $8) will give you a full-body workout at home. For Small Spaces These items can transform even the area between your TV and coffee table into a fully functional gym. Stash them in a closet or a bin under the bed when you’ve finished your workout. Resistance Tubing “Tubes are a compact alternative to weights,” said Brooke Marrone, a personal trainer in New York City, so you can use them for... [read news]

28
Dec
New genetic clues for rheumatoid arthritis 'cure'

An international team of researchers has found more than 40 new areas in DNA that increase the risk of rheumatoid arthritis. The work is the largest genetic study ever carried out, involving nearly 30,000 patients. The investigators believe new drugs could be developed to target these areas that could one day provide a cure for the disease. The findings are published in the Journal Nature. The research team compared the DNA of arthritis... [read news]

16
Dec
Severed hand kept alive on man's ankle

Chinese doctors have saved a man's severed hand by grafting it to his ankle, it is reported. Xiao Wei lost his right hand in an accident at work but could not have it reattached to his arm right away. Instead, the hand was kept alive by stitching it to Mr Wei's left ankle and "borrowing" a blood supply from arteries in the leg. A month later, surgeons were able to remove the hand and replant it back on his arm, according to Rex... [read news]

14
Dec
Cheney says cowboy hat meant to ward off skin cancer

Dick Cheney says the gray Stetson cowboy hat he's been wearing lately has to do with the heart transplant he got last year. The former vice president said Friday he is taking two drugs to reduce the risk of organ rejection. The drugs leave him susceptible to skin cancer, he said, so his doctors tell him to wear lots of sunblock and to put on a wide-brimmed hat whenever he goes outside. "It's not because I suddenly decided I looked better... [read news]

12
Dec
Breast cancer: Drug 'halves' risk of tumours

A "landmark study" shows a drug can more than halve the development of breast cancer in high-risk women. A trial on 4,000 women, published in the Lancet, showed anastrozole was more effective, cheaper and had fewer side effects than current medications. It stops the production of the hormone oestrogen, which fuels the growth of the majority of breast cancers. Doctors and campaigners are asking health services to consider offering the drug... [read news]

10
Dec
One fifth of patients' drips 'are dangerous'

A fifth of patients on an intravenous drip develop complications because they are given the wrong levels of fluid, according to a review of guidance in England and Wales. Too much fluid can cause heart failure and too little leads to kidney problems. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) said doctors and nurses needed better drip training. Patients' groups said the scale of the problem was "staggering". Thousands of... [read news]

09
Dec
Hundred thousand genomes to be mapped in Saudi Arabia

Up to 100,000 people in Saudi Arabia are to have their genetic codes mapped in a new human genome project. The research will look at genes linked with diseases, and pave the way for prenatal and premarital screening. The project, funded by the Saudi Arabian national science agency, will create a DNA database to develop personalised medicine. A similar UK scheme is under way to map the genomes of 100,000 NHS patients. Genome studies are... [read news]

07
Dec
Best and worst holiday gifts for dieters

If someone you love is trying to lose weight, you want to support his or her efforts to get healthy. And the holiday is no exception. In fact, giving a healthy gift is a wonderful way to show anyone how much you care, and there are great options in every price range. Here are some gifts I think nearly anybody would love to receive this season, whether or not they are trying to lose weight—and a few you should skip. Best: Gourmet... [read news]

06
Dec
Nelson Mandela death: Aids campaigner

Though at first muted in his approach to the issues surrounding HIV/Aids, Nelson Mandela eventually became a dedicated and extremely effective advocate for a more vigorous approach to the disease. When Mr Mandela was released from prison in February 1990, HIV/Aids had yet to make its full impact on South Africa Following his election as president four years later, Mr Mandela faced huge challenges and - like so many other world leaders at... [read news]


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