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Sperm count among Western men on the decline: Study

Sperm count among Western men on the decline: Study

A new study has revealed that sperm counts of men in a number of regions, including North America, New Zealand, Europe and Australia, are plummeting.

A team of researchers led by Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Dr. Hagai Levine examined thousands of previously conducted studies and then carried out a meta-analysis of a total of 185 studies, including 42,935 male participants.

The research team found a 52 per cent decline in sperm concentration. A 59 per cent decline was found in total sperm count over a forty-year period of the analysis that ended in 2011.

Lifestyle changes can significantly reduce dementia risk: Study

Lifestyle changes can significantly reduce dementia risk: Study

The devastating condition of dementia can be prevented by looking after brain health and ensuring some lifestyle changes throughout life, a new study suggested.

Currently, there are an estimated 47 million people around the globe who have been struggling with the condition of dementia. By 2050, the number of people with the condition could swell to an estimated 131 million.

Study links Sugary Drinks to Increased Fat Storage in Body

Study links Sugary Drinks to Increased Fat Storage in Body

Increased consumption of sugary drinks has been blamed for rising obesity and other health issues. One should not consume high-protein foods with sugar-sweetened drinks because the combination of the two significantly increases the body’s fat storage, a new study suggests.

A team of researchers from the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Grand Forks Human Nutrition Center monitored 27 healthy adults over a couple of 24-hour periods in two different experiments.

Dietary supplements can pose health risks: Study

Dietary supplements can pose health risks: Study

Dietary supplements can also pose health risks and a new study has revealed that the problem is on the rise. According to the new study, the U.S. Poison Control Centers, on an average, receive a call every 24 minutes regarding dangerous exposure to dietary supplements.

From 2005 to 2012, the rate of calls to the U.S. Poison Control Centers jumped almost 50 per cent. From 2000 through 2012, the U.S. Poison Control Centers received reports about a total of 274,998 cases.

Doctors confirm rare case of HIV remission without drugs

Doctors confirm rare case of HIV remission without drugs

While most people need daily treatment to prevent HIV from destroying the immune system and causing AIDS, a 9-year-old in South Africa has been in HIV remission for years without drugs.

Doctors confirmed that the child, whose name was revealed, was given treatment shortly after birth but the boy has been off drugs for 8½ years without symptoms or signs of active virus.

Dangerous algal blooms contaminate N.H. water bodies

Dangerous algae blooms contaminate N.H. water bodies

New Hampshire public health and environmental health officials are warning recreational users to avoid contact with the water in Lake Monomonac and some other water bodies due to harmful cyanobacteria algal blooms.

Tests of samples collected from 17th of July showed unacceptable levels of cyanobacteria or blue-green algae in the water bodies. The state threshold for cyanobacteria or blue-green algae is 70,000 cells/ milliliter.

Health officials identified cyanobacteria as Aphanocapsa, Anabaena and Woronichinia. The heaviest blooms were found close to the shorelines.

Most sunscreens don’t provide the required protection: Study

Most sunscreens don’t provide the required protection: Study

More than 70 per cent of sunscreen products either do not provide the protection consumers think they are getting or they contain questionable ingredients, a new study revealed.

A team of scientists at the Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested nearly 1,500 sunscreens, and found that 73 per cent of the products did not provide the desired protection to consumers or they contained debatable ingredients.

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas reported in 12 States

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas reported in 12 States

Salmonella outbreak linked to yellow Maradol papayas has been reported in 12 states and 47 people have reported ill so far. The outbreak has led to 12 hospitalizations and one person has died in New York, as per the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. CDC team is working with local officials to check where in the supply chain, the contamination occurred.

Texas coffee recalled because of its Viagra-like ingredients

Texas coffee recalled because of its Viagra-like ingredients

Bestherbs Coffee LLC in North Texas has issued a voluntarily recall for its traditional herbal coffee because it contains an ingredient similar to Viagra, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed Thursday.

The coffee company also confirmed that it has been recalling its “New of Kopi Jantan Tradisional Herbs Coffee” because a Viagra-like ingredient has been giving customers more than their normal boost of energy.

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Gilead’s hepatitis C drug receives FDA approval

Gilead’s hepatitis C drug receives FDA approval

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday approved a new drug to cure hepatitis C patients who failed to respond to other available treatments.

Vosevi from Gilead Sciences Inc. is the first drug that has gained the FDA’s approval for hepatitis C patients who have already been given Sovaldi or other treatments without desired results.

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