Road to overcoming spinal cord injury

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SHAFAQNA- While around 500,000 people suffer from spinal cord injury around the world each year, those affected by the disability in the UAE are mainly caused by road accidents and falls. "Most spinal cord injuries are caused by road traffic…

Health Canada bans main source of artificial trans fats

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SHAFAQNA- Health Canada is taking the final steps toward a ban on the main source of artificial trans fats in Canadian diets. The department says it is banning partially hydrogenated oils or PHOs, which are the main source of industrially…

New Florescent Dyes Could Help Doctors Image and Diagnose Diseases

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SHAFAQNA- Newly developed voltage-sensitive dyes could change the way that we diagnose diseases. These fluorescent voltage sensors stain body tissues and allow for imaging tech to accurately see what's going on, electrically speaking. DYE…

7 Foods That Can Help Control Diabetes

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SHAFAQNA- Your diet plays an important role in managing diabetes. In fact, your diet and lifestyle are important aspects of diabetes management and treatment.  One reason is that the food you eat on a day to day basis has a direct impact on…

Managing the highs and lows of diabetes

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SHAFAQNA- The serious long-term complications of high blood sugar levels are much publicised. But for some people living with diabetes, it is the fear of very low blood sugar levels that can cause crippling anxiety. One such person is Ben,…

Does your child have diabetes?

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SHAFAQNA- Scenario: My receptionist came to me regarding a call she received from the mother of a 12-year-old boy. He was recently diagnosed as being diabetic, and his general practitioner thought it best that in the early stages, he see a…

Prostate cancer discovery: Treatment which could stop disease coming back REVEALE

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SHAFAQNA- PROSTATE cancer is the most common form of the disease among men in the UK - but there is new hope on the horizon after scientists help reduce the risk of the disease recurring in men. Prostate cancer affects more than 40,000…

How to prevent kidney infection

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SHAFAQNA- Urinary tract infections or Utis include infection of the kidneys, and can be prevented with cranberries, keeping hydrated and good toilet hygiene. A kidney infection — medically known as pyelonephritis — is a painful…

Fewer antibiotic prescriptions being filled

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SHAFAQNA- The use of antibiotics among Americans with commercial health insurance has decreased during the past several years, according to a new analysis that nevertheless shows lingering variations for different ages and in different parts…

Insights into fat signaling could boost the fight against obesity and diabetes

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SHAFAQNA- Natriuretic peptides, or NPs, send signals in adipose tissue that can turn harmful white fat into energy-burning brown fat. But NP signaling may have an even broader role in protecting against metabolic disease. NPs are made…

Your belly fat can put you at increased risk of cancer: Scientists

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SHAFQN- Your belly fat can put you at increased risk of cancer, say scientists including one of Indian-origin who have found that a protein released from fat in the body can turn cells cancerous. It is well established that obesity is…

Under-skin transplants show promise for type 1 diabetes

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SHAFAQNA- In theory, transplanting insulin-producing cells into the body should work as a treatment for type 1 diabetes. However, in practice, researchers face many challenges, especially in finding a non-hostile environment for the cells.…

Scientists develop new immunotherapy for prostate cancer

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SHAFAQNA- By Aylin Woodward Injections of vitamin C could be a way to help fight blood cancer. Experiments in mice suggest that the nutrient helps tell out-of-control cells to stop dividing and die. Some blood cancers, including acute…

First implants derived from stem cells to ‘cure’ type 1 diabetes

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SHAFAQNA- By Andy Coghlan Last week, two people with type 1 diabetes became the first to receive implants containing cells generated from embryonic stem cells to treat their condition. The hope is that when blood sugar levels rise, the…

The Latest in Brain Technology

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SHAFAQNA- Scientists at various institutions are working on technologies that allow people to see, hear, and move artificial limbs by tapping into the brain's neurons. We are now well on the way to being able to restore vision and…

Deadly dengue fever outbreak in northern Pakistan

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SHAFAQNA- More than 350 people in the northern city of Peshawar have been diagnosed with dengue hemorrhagic fever, a local doctor said Thursday. The Khyber Teaching Hospital have tested 359 patients positive for the fever, a deadly mosquito-borne…

Mediterranean diet improves cardio health, but only for the rich: study

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SHAFAQNA- Choosing a Mediterranean diet has long been linked to a bevy of health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and lower rates of cancer. But new research shows if you are going to mimic the eating habits of someone who…

Eating healthy fruits could protect you

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SHAFAQNA- Strokes happen to more than 100,000 people in the UK, and are similar to a heart attack — except that they affect your brain. However, eating something as simple as a watermelon and a bunch of tomatoes could protect you, express.co.uk…

Missing signals lead to diabetic nerve injury

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SHAFAQNA- Molecules that help cells communicate with each other--called cytokines--might be the key to repairing diabetic nerve damage, according to a new study published in Experimental Neurology. Diabetes devastates nerve cells, which…

The science of sleep: A Q&A with neurology professor Ying-Hui Fu

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SHAFAQNA- Ying-Hui Fu, a UCSF professor of neurology and a pioneer in the study of sleep and genetics, explains the science behind strange sleep patterns and shares why shut-eye is more important than you think. Q: What ignited your…

New cancer treatment looks to remove tumors safely

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SHAFAQNA- A surgeon in Arizona removed a 17-centimeter ovarian tumor through an incision smaller than a dime. He used a controversial procedure called “in bag morcellation,” where the tumor is bagged while it’s still inside the…

Hunt for HIV cure turns to cancer drugs

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SHAFAQNA- The outstanding progress in boosting the immune system to treat cancer may help unlock a cure for HIV, according to scientists meeting in Paris. The body's normal defenses struggle to clear the body of HIV and cancer, BBC reported. But…

Advanced lung cancer patients get survival benefit with use of concurrent chemotherapy, proton therapy

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SHAFAQNA- For patients with advanced, inoperable stage 3 lung cancer, concurrent chemotherapy and the specialized radiation treatment, proton therapy, offers improved survival compared to historical data for standard of care, according to…

Hair dye linked to risk of breast cancer

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SHAFAQNA- African-American and white women who regularly chemically straightened their hair or dyed it dark brown or black had an elevated risk of breast cancer, recent research suggests. “I would be concerned about darker hair dye and…

How to tell if the avocados are ripe and how to store them the right away

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SHAFAQNA- Avocados are touted as superfoods for a reason. They contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fats along with fibre, folate and Vitamin B5. However, avocados also have a high-fat content so you must limit your intake to no more than…

Antioxidant Supplementation and Diabetic Kidney Disease

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SHAFAQNA- Jeannette Y. Wick, RPh, MBA, FASCP Diabetes' propensity to cause metabolic derangement is directly responsible for a looming epidemic of diabetic kidney disease (DKD). And left unchecked, DKD can progress to end-stage kidney disease…

Tips for avoiding migraine triggers

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SHAFAQNA- Headaches when they become moderate to severe often indicate a migraine, a common health condition. Indeed, migraines affect nine million people in the UK, according to Migraine Action, express.co.uk wrote. This includes,…

Herbal Remedies for Summer Allergies

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SHAFAQNA- Summer brings with it a unique mixture of allergies. Some of the allergens people are exposed to, especially during the summer months, are chlorine, bug spray, suntan lotion, molds, perfumes, and unexpected allergens during travel. Chlorine…