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Dancers from around the world show off at Irish Dancing Championships

Dancers from around the world will stomp the floorboards and leap into the air as they show off their best moves at Dublin’s World Irish Dancing Championships this week. The April 9-16 event draws some 5,000 performers from Ireland and overseas, including from both the Irish diaspora in places like the United States and Australia as well as less likely countries such as Russia and Japan. Contestants range in age from eight to 30, according to the organizers. Excitement was palpable backstage on Tuesday as performers warmed up for the…

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World Cancer Day: Health Experts Urge Focus On Preventive Measures, Say Prevention Remains Vastly Underfunded

Cancer is not an inescapable fate. But while prevention can save millions of lives much more cheaply than treatment, it remains an underfunded, much-neglected weapon in the anti-cancer arsenal, experts say. Some 14 million new cancers are diagnosed each year, according to the World Health Organization (WHO) — a number expected to swell to 21 million by the year 2030. As the global cost of treatment skyrockets, measures to prevent people getting cancer in the first place are increasingly important in seeking to limit the expected explosion.   “The way…

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World Cancer Day: This Deadly Lifestyle Disease Kills Close to 9 Million Annually

Undeniably, cancer has assumed a menacing character in the world of lifestyle diseases. According to the World Health Organisation, there were an estimated 14 million new instances of cancer in the year 2012 which are on rise ever since. According to the official reports, these numbers are expected to rise by a whopping 70% over the next twenty years. In the year 2015 close to 9 million people across the globe died due to cancer. Every 1 in 6 deaths in the world is caused by cancer which, at present,…

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World Cancer Day: 6 Everyday Ayurvedic Herbs That May Protect You From the Risk of Cancer

Ayurveda originated in India more than 5000 years ago but modern science and allopathy now believe in its principle and more and more research is being directed towards ancient herbs and natural therapies. A lot of health centers and universities are integrating Ayurveda into their programmes to combat the ever increasing load of non-communicable diseases. All medical practitioners believe that prevention is better than cure and Ayurveda provides the path to a healthy lifestyle. Ayurveda sees health as a perfect balance between mind, body and consciousness. To achieve this it…

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Majority Of World Population ‘Overfat’: Study

An astonishing 5.5 billion people – up to 76 per cent of the world’s population – are ‘overfat’, warn researchers who say the new pandemic has quietly overtaken the planet and argue for a change in global health efforts against chronic and metabolic diseases. The researchers, including those from Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, put forth a specific notion of overfat, a condition of having sufficient excess body fat to impair health. Based on a new look into current data, they argue how, in addition to those who…

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World warmer by 1.2 degrees, 2016 warmest year ever: WMO

The World Metrological Organisation (WMO) on Monday said the global temperature is 1.2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level and will set a new high for the third year running. It also said 2016 is the hottest year on record, 2015 the second hottest and 2014 in the third place. “Another year. Another record,” said WMO Secretary General Petteri Taalas while releasing the report at the Marrakech climate change negotiations at COP22. He said the extra heat from powerful El Nino phenomenon has disappeared. The heat from global warming will…

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