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Get the latest updates on health and fitness. From surprising stories and studies to new treatments and diets, we’re looking at the most important developments in the field.

Scientists find potential diagnostic and therapeutic target for lung cancer

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Chinese scientists recently reported the key role of histone acetylation-regulated long noncoding RNA termed as lysosome cell death regulator (LCDR) in tumour survival, providing a potential diagnostic and therapeutic target for lung cancer. Led by Prof. GAO Shan from the Suzhou Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology of the Chinese ...

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Optimal health targets are met by few adults with Type 2 diabetes

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Less than one in five adults with Type 2 diabetes in the US meet health targets to reduce heart disease risk, a new study has found. The findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Circulation’. Fortunately, available therapies can help when combined with new approaches that address social ...

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New study reveals being in space destroys more red blood cells

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A world-first study has revealed how space travel can cause lower red blood cell counts, known as space anemia. Analysis of 14 astronauts showed their bodies destroyed 54 per cent more red blood cells in space than they normally would on Earth, according to a study published in ‘Nature Medicine’. ...

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hydroxychloroquine delays disability for least treatable form of multiple sclerosis

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A University of Calgary study has found promising results for the generic drug hydroxychloroquine when used to treat the evolution of disability of primary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), the least treatable form of the autoimmune disease. MS has been known to affect about 90,000 Canadians with about 15 per cent ...

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Study finds that gut can sense the difference between real sugar and artificial sweetener

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A new research study, led by Diego Bohorquez, an associate professor of medicine and neurobiology in the Duke University School of Medicine shed light on the cells in one’s testine”>intestines that could distinguish between two sweet solutions and communicate the difference to one’s brain in milliseconds. Not long after the ...

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Chewing to stay slim: How to savour food better and dodge weight gain

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A recent study by Waseda University, Japan, provided a causal link between chewing and diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT). The study, led by Dr Yuka Hamada and Professor Naoyuki Hayashi, has been published in the journal ‘Scientific Reports’. The fact that chewing food well makes a healthy eating habit is an age-old ...

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Study : nature helps people cope with body image issues

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According to a new study, being in nature helps people deal with negative body image by removing some of the triggers of body image anxiety, such as the focus on social media, and strengthening coping mechanisms to keep negative feelings in perspective. The research has been published in the ‘Ecopsychology ...

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self-perceptions of stress, ageing has significant influence on physical health: Study

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According to a recent study, dwelling on negative aspects of ageing can have a measurable negative impact on your physical health and ability to respond to stress. The research has been published in the ‘Journals of Gerontology’. Using daily survey data from older adults over a period of 100 days, ...

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Study finds swapping just one food item daily makes diet planet-friendly

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Want to eat healthier but struggling with it? Well, according to a new Tulane University study, it may be easier than you think. Americans who eat beef could slash their diet’s carbon footprint as much as 48 per cent by swapping just one serving per day for a more planet-friendly ...

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Study finds spicy pepper from curry in breast milk

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A new study found that breast milk can have the taste and odour of garlic or coffee, but not fish oil or nursing tea flavours. The research was published in the Molecular Nutrition & Food Research Journal. Research into the extent of pungent substances such as pepper, ginger, and chilli ...

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