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'First flu' affects lifetime risk 'First flu' affects lifetime risk
A person's chances of falling ill from a new strain of flu are at least partly determined by the first strain they ever encountered, a study suggests. Research in Science journal looked at the 18 strains of influenza A and the hemagglutinin protein on its surface. They say there are only two types of this protein and people are protected from the one their body meets first, but at risk from ...
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Malaria drugs' complete failure tracked Malaria drugs' complete failure tracked
Scientists have developed a way to track the spread of a dangerous form of malaria that cannot be treated with the main therapy. Doctors in Cambodia reported the complete failure of artemisinin and piperaquine - the key drugs taken to kill malaria - this year. The discovery of resistance markers, reported in the Lancet, will allow scientists to track the threat. Experts said the study was...
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How your mouth is linked to your migraines How your mouth is linked to your migraines
our vision starts to blur. You see flashing lights. You feel that familiar throbbing pain in your head grow stronger and stronger. About 12% of Americans experience these migraines, and a new study suggests they could be blamed on the bacteria living in their mouths. People who get migraines have a higher abundance of mouth bacteria that reduce compounds called nitrates into nitrites, which ...
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What this itsy-bitsy virus took from a spider What this itsy-bitsy virus took from a spider
You would expect a spider to excel at pulling strings, but in this case, it's a virus that appears to have pulled the strings of widow spiders -- DNA strings, that is. A husband-and-wife research team at Vanderbilt University in Nashville recently discovered eerily spider-like DNA hidden within an itsy-bitsy virus named WO. The newfound DNA is somewhat similar to a portion of the gene that mak...
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Tax on sugary foods and drinks backed by World Health Organisation Tax on sugary foods and drinks backed by World Health Organisation
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has added its support to countries which place a "sugar tax" on soft drinks. A new report from the body found that raising prices by 20% or more results in lower consumption and "improved nutrition". The global health group has previously advised a lower sugar intake, but stopped short of backing tax measures. Several countries, including Mexico and Hun...
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Slim down for summer: Smart swaps to stay on track Slim down for summer: Smart swaps to stay on track
Finding solutions to eating, fitness, and emotional issues takes time. Self-awareness and tuning into your body cues are the first steps to creating new behavior patterns that can support your weight loss. Here are 8 tips to help you do just that and keep the weight off permanently. 1. Use a food journal. Keeping a food log of everything you eat in a day holds you accountable to yourself an...
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Long daytime naps are 'warning sign' for type-2 diabetes Long daytime naps are 'warning sign' for type-2 diabetes
Napping for more than an hour during the day could be a warning sign for type-2 diabetes, Japanese researchers suggest. They found the link after analysing observational studies involving more than 300,000 people. UK experts said people with long-term illnesses and undiagnosed diabetes often felt tired during the day. But they said there was no evidence that napping caused or increased th...
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Alzheimer's drug study gives 'tantalising' results Alzheimer's drug study gives 'tantalising' results
A drug that destroys the characteristic protein plaques that build up in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's is showing "tantalising" promise, scientists say. Experts are cautious because the drug, aducanumab, is still in the early stages of development. But a study in Nature has shown it is safe and hinted that it halts memory decline. Larger studies are now under way to fully evalua...
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Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test Parkinson's could potentially be detected by an eye test
Researchers may have discovered a method of detecting changes in the eye which could identify Parkinson's disease before its symptoms develop. Scientists at University College London (UCL) say their early animal tests could lead to a cheap and non-invasive way to spot the disease. Parkinson's affects 1 in 500 people and is the second most common neurodegenerative disease worldwide. The ch...
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Medical Benefits of Dental Floss Unproven Medical Benefits of Dental Floss Unproven
It's one of the most universal recommendations in all of public health: Floss daily to prevent gum disease and cavities. Except there's little proof that flossing works. Still, the federal government, dental organizations and manufacturers of floss have pushed the practice for decades. Dentists provide samples to their patients; the American Dental Association insists on its website that, "F...
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