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Now, a common asthma drug promises to help delay rare heart complications

A common asthma drug has the potential to help delay development of a rare heart complication that lacks effective drug treatment, according to researchers. Aortic aneurysm — the dilation of the aorta — is a serious condition that occurs when the wall of the aorta, the body’s largest artery, weakens and swells. The condition is largely symptom-free and is normally therefore not discovered until late in its development when it threatens to rupture and cause life-threatening haemorrhaging. The findings showed that the asthma drug montelukast blocks leukotrienes — inflammatory signal…

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How to maintain a healthy lifestyle this Healthy Awareness Month

Picture: iStock The road to positive change in your health doesn’t have to come with expensive gym memberships and unreal expectations. February is Healthy Lifestyle Awareness month, a month dedicated to highlighting the importance of healthy living through good nutrition and regular exercise. Being healthy is not just about eating enough fruit and vegetables, it’s also about relaxing and spending quality time with your loved ones as this contributes to an overall healthy lifestyle and well-being. The key to embarking on a healthy lifestyle is to start small. Making a…

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Jenna Dewan Tatum Gets Real About Marriage: ‘When People Say You Guys Have Such a Perfect Life, I Want to Scream’

Find out how this wonder woman maintains her sizzling career, hot marriage, and killer body. Jenna Dewan Tatum has a life that is seriously enviable. Think about it: The 37-year-old has an impressive career as a dancer, actress, and host. Then there’s her adorable family, made up of sexy husband Channing Tatum and 4-year-old daughter Everly. On top of all that, Jenna is committed to staying healthy and fit. So, how the heck did she score it all? Simply put, she has worked her ass off for it. Jeff Lipsky Jenna’s…

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Cape Town’s water crisis is already posing a risk to public health

People queue to collect water from a natural spring in Cape Town. (AP Photo/Anwa Essop) The water crisis hitting Cape Town is increasing the danger of diseases that surge when people do not wash their hands. The four million residents of South Africa’s second-largest city are being urged to get by on 50 liters (13 gallons) of water per person per day. That leaves roughly 2 liters (0.5 gallons) a day for washing hands and brushing teeth, or roughly one-eighth the amount of water than most people consume each time they wash their hands and face….

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Bacteria found in milk can trigger rheumatoid arthritis, a disease common in women

Researchers have found that a strain of bacteria commonly found in milk may be a trigger for developing rheumatoid arthritis in people who are genetically at risk. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease that causes the immune system to attack a person’s joints, muscles, bones and organs. Patients suffer from pain and deformities mostly in the hands and feet. It can occur at any age but the most common onset is between 40 and 60 years old and is three times more prevalent in women. The study, published…

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We are facing a silent epidemic. ‘Disturbingly high rates of diabetes’ found in India

India is facing an epidemic of diabetes and high blood pressure, often called “silent killers” because they lead to heart disease, said a report today involving more than 1.3 million people. The rate of diabetes in India is over 6%, while around one quarter of people have high blood pressure, said the first nationally representative figures on the topic, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. While these rates are lower than the United States and China, experts say a combination of widespread tobacco use,…

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