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Depression Should Be Considered as a Major Risk for Cardiovascular disease: Study

Depression Should Be Considered as a Major Risk for Cardiovascular disease: Study

Depression is generally not considered as a major risk for cardiovascular disease and health experts mainly link it to high cholesterol, obesity and high blood pressure but a new study conducted in Germany suggests otherwise. The study team has claimed that depression should be considered at par with cholesterol as a reason behind cardiovascular disease. Many people suffer depression due to various reasons and it leads to long term negative impact on health of a person. People with depression have high risk of cardiovascular disease, the German research team added.

Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

Al Gore announces his own climate & health conference

After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) abruptly canceled its climate conference, former Vice President Al Gore announced that he would host a similar conference focusing on climate change and its effects on public health.

On Thursday, Gore announced that he would hold his own Climate & Health Meeting in partnership with Howard Frumkin, former director of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health.

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Australian Researchers Find Clues for Early Detection of Lung Cancer

Australian Researchers Find Clues for Early Detection of Specific Form of Lung Cancer

Australian researchers have found an innovative way of early detection of lung cancer and the process can bring a major change in detection of lung cancer by checking for ‘origin cell’. The research team at Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne has found the cell that they term as the reason behind lung cancer among 30 percent of patients. The technique could help smokers and ex-smokers as basal stem cells in the airway of the lungs hold the key for early detection.

U.S. flu activity on the rise

U.S. flu activity on the rise

Like many other parts of the United States, cases of flu are on the rise in Stark County in Ohio. To make matters worse, the current flu season kicked in earlier than the previous years, and it is yet to peak.

The Stark County Health Department has reported that at least 38 people were hospitalized with the flu and 85 cases were reported during the first couple of weeks this year. Since flu season started in October, a total of 82 individuals have been admitted to hospitals with a total of 174 cases recorded in the Stark County alone.

U.S. cancer death rate falls 20% since 1980, but clusters of high mortality persist

U.S. cancer death rate falls 20% since 1980, but clusters of high mortality persist

The rate of mortality due to cancer continues to steadily rise in some parts of the United States in grim contrast with the falling death rate across the nation as a whole, a county-by-county analysis of the deadly malignancy revealed.

As per the new research, the death rate linked to various kinds of cancer slipped 20 per cent between 1980 and 2014. During that period, the number of deaths to cancer dropped from 240.2 in 1980 to 192 in 2014 per 100,000 individuals.

Trump bans foreign aid to groups that support abortion

Trump bans foreign aid to groups that support abortion

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday reinstated a controversial policy that prohibits the granting of American foreign aid to health providers abroad who consider the procedure of abortion as a family-planning option.

The U.S. law already prohibits the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion services, even in countries where abortion is legal. But Trump’s executive order expanded the prohibition by freezing aid to nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in poor nations if they offer abortion counseling or advocate the right to seek abortion.

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

Pet rats linked to virus outbreak in Illinois, Wisconsin: CDC

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that pet rats were the cause of recent virus outbreak which sickened 8 people in Illinois and Wisconsin.

CDC said the victims in the two states worked at rat-breeding facilities and got infected with Seoul virus that is not typically found in the nation.

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Hair Loss Among Men Could Help Predict Risk of Prostate Cancer: Research

Hair Loss Among Men Could Help Predict Risk of Prostate Cancer: Research

Hair loss could be linked to risk of prostate cancer among men, according to a research conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Toronto. The research team evaluated cases of male pattern baldness and found a strong link between hair loss and prostate cancer risk. The Canadian research team added that high level of testosterone is considered as a reason behind hair loss and prostate malignancy. However, men facing hair loss should not start worrying about the results of this study.

Sunscreen offers better protection compared to Umbrella: Study

Sunscreen offers better protection compared to Umbrella: Study

Many people avoid sunscreen even when they are on beach holidays. Medical experts have supported use of sunscreen during sunny days for everyone with light skin. Some people avoid using sunscreen when they are under beach umbrella. A new research has found that 78 percent of people who used only an umbrella to protect themselves from sun, suffered sunburns. However, only 25 percent of people who used sunscreen, suffered sunburn after a day at beach. The study team added that sunscreen offers much better protection compared to umbrella and none of the method was 100 percent effective.

Robotic sleeve physically keeps flabby heart beating during heart failure

Robotic sleeve physically keeps flabby heart beating during heart failure

A team of American scientists have developed a robotic sleeve that might be able to save patients’ lives by physically keeping their heart beating in case of heart failure.

Developed by scientists from Harvard University and Boston Children’s Hospital using artificial muscles, the thin silicone-made robotic sleeve can encase a flabby diseased heart and gently squeeze it to keep it pumping.

The thin silicon sleeve alternately compresses, twists as well as relaxes in synchrony with the heart tissue beneath.

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