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Online abortion services appear to be safe: Study

Online abortion services appear to be safe: Study

Abortions performed at home with the help of online abortion services and pills sent via mail appear to be as safe as those performed at a clinic, a new study suggested.

A team of researchers tracked the outcomes of 1,000 women in Ireland and Northern Ireland, who used abortion pills sent by a website run by a group known as “Women on Web” fro the procedure.

Nearly 95 per cent of the women studied by the researchers reported that they were able to successfully ending their pregnancy. Almost all of them were less than 9 weeks pregnant when they consulted the group.

J&J directed to add new warnings to diabetes drug Invokana

J&J directed to add new warnings to diabetes drug Invokana

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday directed Johnson & Johnson (J&J) to add new warnings to its widely-used diabetes drug called Invokana.

The FDA’s directive surfaced just a week after a jury in Missouri ordered J&J to pay $110 million to Virginia resident Lois Slemp, who alleged her ovarian cancer was caused by the company’s talc-based products.

Clinical trials have shown several cases of leg and foot amputations in type 2 diabetes patients who were treated with the drug Invokana, as against to those who were given a placebo.

Alcohol may have less effect on personality than earlier believed: Study

Alcohol may have less effect on personality than earlier believed: Study

A new study by a team of researchers led by psychological scientist Rachel Winograd of University of Missouri suggested that consumption of alcohol may have less effect on one’s personality than many believe.

The researchers found in the new study that participants’ personality drastically changed when they are drunk, but they found less than previously estimated drastic differences between the person’s ‘drunk’ and ‘sober’ personalities.

Regular physical exercise slows down the aging process: Study

Regular physical exercise slows down the aging process: Study

Spending just 30 minutes in physical activities like jogging for five days a week could extend lifespan by up to ten years, according to a new study.

A team of researchers at the Brigham Young University in Utah found in the new study high levels of exercise slow down the process of aging. They were surprised to find that those who regularly engaged in elevated levels of physical activity had “significantly” longer telomeres than others who were exercising moderately or not at all.

Human sense of smell is as good as other mammals: Study

Human sense of smell is as good as other mammals: Study

Human sense of smell is much more powerful than it is usually given credit for, and it also plays a larger role in maintaining health and behavior than previously thought, according to a new study.

A team led by John McGann, a neuroscientist at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in New Jersey, found in the new review that humans’ sense of smell is just as good as that of other mammals.

Sunscreen with 30 SPF can effectively shield skin from UV rays: Experts

Sunscreen with 30 SPF can effectively shield skin from UV rays: Experts

Forgetting to apply sunscreen to the exposed body part before going in the sun could be deadly as ultraviolet radiation (UV rays) can cause skin cancer, experts say. In case of higher exposure time to direct sunlight, people should carefully choose sunscreen with optimum SPF.

Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer, claims one life every 54 minutes in the United States. Mostly, skin cancer is caused by cumulative exposure to the sun that causes mutations in the person’s DNA. The mutations make the cells to grow uncontrollably, which forms a mass of cancer cells.

Cotton-tip swabs send dozens of American kids to the ER daily

Cotton-tip swabs send dozens of American kids to the ER daily

Cotton-tipped swabs that are used to clean ears send almost three dozen American children to hospital emergency departments every day, a new research revealed.

The highest rate of visits to U.S. hospital emergency departments for ear injuries from cotton swabs was found in kids up to age 3.

Study author Dr. Kris Jatana, a pediatric ear, nose & throat surgeon at Columbus, Ohio-based Nationwide Children’s Hospital, said that the findings highlighted the misconception that people need to clean their ears in the home setting.

New study links common painkillers to increased risk of heart attack

New study links common painkillers to increased risk of heart attack

According to a new study, there is a notable link between over-the-counter doses of common painkillers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and an increased risk of heart attack.

An international team of researchers analyzed data from 446,763 people who were relying on NSAIDs like ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen and celecoxib. They found that the likelihood of suffering a heart attack increased by an average of 20 per cent to 50 per cent among those people as compared with others who were not taking the drugs.

Consumption of full-fat cheese doesn’t raise chance of heart attack: Study

Consumption of full-fat cheese doesn’t raise chance of heart attack: study

While many health experts might be suggesting people to decrease consumption of full-fat dairy products, a new study has revealed that these products are not as bad as once they were thought to be.

According to the new study, conducted by an international team of experts, full-fat dairy products like cheese, milk or yogurt doesn’t boost the risk of deadly conditions like heart attack and stroke.

Scientists identify cells linked to graying hair & baldness

Scientists identify cells linked to graying hair & baldness

A team of researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center claimed to have identified the cells that are directly responsible for giving rise to hair as well as the system that causes hair to turn gray.

Dr. Lu Le, Associate Prof. of Dermatology at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer, revealed that they had started the project to understand how certain tumors form but they ended up identifying the cell that directly gives rise to hair and learning why hair turns gray.

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