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Soak up the sun. It can reduce risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis

People living in areas which receive more of the Sun’s rays are less likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life, says a study. In MS, the immune system attacks the protective sheath that covers nerve fibres and causes communication problems between the brain and the rest of your body. Ultimately, the disease can cause the nerves themselves to deteriorate or become permanently damaged, according to the Mayo Clinic in the US. The findings published in the journal Neurology suggest that adequate exposure to the Sun in childhood and…

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Ladies, are you facing abnormal hair loss? You may be at risk of developing fibroids

Beware, a study has recently warned that women with a common form of hair loss, are at an increased risk of developing non-cancerous tumours that grow along or within the walls of the uterus. According to researchers, the medical records gathered on hundreds of thousands of African-American women suggested that women with a common form of hair loss have an increased chance of developing uterine leiomyomas, or fibroids. The results suggested a five-fold increased risk of uterine fibroids in women with CCCA, compared to age, sex and race matched controls….

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Binge-watchers, beware: You may be at greater risk of developing blood clots

Watching television for too long may double the chances of developing blood clots, a study has warned. Prolonged TV viewing has already been associated with heart disease, but this is the first study to look at blood clots in veins of the legs, arms, pelvis and lungs known as venous thromboembolism (VTE). Previous research has linked watching TV to impaired physical activity in older adults and poorer sleep quality and insomnia in young adults. “Watching TV itself is not bad, but we tend to snack and sit still for prolonged periods while watching,”…

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Forgetting things but unaware of it? You may be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease

Canadian researchers have found that although memory loss is an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, it is those who are unaware of the problem that are more likely to go on to develop the condition. Carried out by researchers at Ontario’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), the new study is believed to be the largest of its kind on illness awareness, looking at data on 1,062 people. Earlier research said that menopause could trigger Alzheimer’s, but a diet rich in antioxidants could help. Participants were aged 55 to 90,…

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Girls Can Cut Poverty in Developing Economies: UN

Developing economies stand to win an extra $21 billion (19 billion euros) if they improve girls’ health and sex education, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) said Thursday. Girls in developing countries are less likely than boys to complete schooling because of forced marriage, child labour and female genital mutilation, risking the opportunities presented by their largely young populations, said the study, launched in London. “Over the next 15 years alone, developing countries together stand to gain or forfeit at least $21 billion, depending on whether or not they invest…

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World Obesity Day 2016: This Global Killer is on the Rise in the Developing World

More people in the world are obese than underweight, with child and adolescent obesity rising rapidly, particularly in developing nations, the United Nations said ahead of the second annual World Obesity Day on Tuesday. Here are some facts about obesity: – Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980. – In 2014, more than 1.9 billion adults were overweight. Of these over 600 million, or 13 percent of the global population, were obese. – 3.4 million people die each year due to overweight and obesity. – Obesity is on the…

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