Health

Six seconds of exercise ‘can transform health’
By July 27, 2014 Read More →

Six seconds of exercise ‘can transform health’

Short six-second bursts of vigorous exercise have the potential to transform the health of elderly people, say researchers in Scotland. By James Gallagher A pilot study involving 12 pensioners showed going all-out in very short bursts, reduced blood pressure and improved general fitness over time. The team at Abertay University believe it could help avert […]

Dark Chocolate Reaps Heart-Healthy Benefits
By March 9, 2014 Read More →

Dark Chocolate Reaps Heart-Healthy Benefits

Researchers have known for some time that chocolate – especially dark chocolate – is good for the heart. Now, they know why. By Jessica Berman Besides tasting good, researchers found dark chocolate is protective against heart disease in two ways; it restores flexibility to stiffening arteries and prevents white blood cells from sticking to the insides […]

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Revolutionary Vaccine Breaks Refrigeration Barrier in Africa
By March 1, 2014 Read More →

Revolutionary Vaccine Breaks Refrigeration Barrier in Africa

DAKAR — For decades, distribution of vaccines in Africa and other warm regions has been hampered by the need to keep the vaccines refrigerated – a major challenge in remote areas without electric power. But the World Health Organization says a new vaccine aimed at preventing meningitis A can withstand temperatures up to 40 degrees […]

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Uganda says healthcare is for all despite anti-gay law
By February 26, 2014 Read More →

Uganda says healthcare is for all despite anti-gay law

Uganda’s health minister says homosexuals will not be discriminated against when accessing healthcare despite the introduction of a tough new anti-gay law. Aid charities warn the new bill will have “disastrous” effects on the country’s response to HIV. Uganda is a very conservative society where many people oppose homosexuality. Homosexual acts were already illegal in […]

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‘Sticky balls’ may stop cancer spreading
By January 19, 2014 Read More →

‘Sticky balls’ may stop cancer spreading

Cancer-killing “sticky balls” can destroy tumour cells in the blood and may prevent cancers spreading, early research suggests. The most dangerous and deadly stage of a tumour is when it spreads around the body. By James Gallagher Scientists at Cornell University, in the US, have designed nanoparticles that stay in the bloodstream and kill migrating […]

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Ending AIDS in the City Where It Began
By December 22, 2013 Read More →

Ending AIDS in the City Where It Began

A Nov. 15 town hall event on HIV/AIDS in New York. Credit: Courtesy of Matt Curtis/VOCAL-NY NEW YORK – Four hundred Eighth Avenue, home to the largest welfare centre for people with AIDS in New York, is the kind of grey, drab city building that seems like it was dragged, scowling, into the 21st Century. […]

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Obama Announces $100M HIV Initiative, Gates Adds $200M More
By December 4, 2013 Read More →

Obama Announces $100M HIV Initiative, Gates Adds $200M More

In a bold new initiative aimed at finding a cure for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), President Obama announced a $100 million National Institute of Health (NIH) operation, reversing sequester funding cuts made to that agency earlier this year. “The United States should be at the forefront of new discoveries into how to put HIV […]

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US moves to ban trans fats in foods
By November 8, 2013 Read More →

US moves to ban trans fats in foods

US food safety officials have taken steps to ban the use of trans fats, saying they are a threat to health. Trans fats, also known as partially hydrogenated oils, are no longer “generally recognised as safe”, said the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The regulator said a ban could prevent 7,000 deaths and 20,000 heart […]

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Obama Vows Fix for Health Care Web Sites
By October 22, 2013 Read More →

Obama Vows Fix for Health Care Web Sites

WHITE HOUSE — President Barack Obama has vowed to fix problems afflicting the rollout of the new health insurance law, including software glitches frustrating Americans trying to enroll in the program. By Dan Robinson Since enrollment for the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, as the health care law is known, formally started October 1, the […]

Type 1 diabetes vaccine hailed as ‘significant step’
By July 1, 2013 Read More →

Type 1 diabetes vaccine hailed as ‘significant step’

It may be possible to reverse type 1 diabetes by training a patient’s own immune system to stop attacking their body, an early trial suggests. Their immune system destroys the cells that make insulin, the hormone needed to control blood sugar levels. A study in 80 patients, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, showed […]

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