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Hidden red hair gene a skin cancer risk Hidden red hair gene a skin cancer risk
People can carry a "silent" red hair gene that raises their risk of sun-related skin cancer, experts warn. The Sanger Institute team estimate one in every four UK people is a carrier. The gene's effect is comparable to two decades of sun exposure in terms of cancerous changes, they say. While people with two copies of the gene will have ginger hair, freckles and pale skin and probably kno...
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'Civil war' in immune system can fight disease 'Civil war' in immune system can fight disease
The immune system can be trained to attack itself to reverse a devastating autoimmune disease, in animal studies. US researchers treated Pemphigus vulgaris in mice by instigating civil war within the immune system, and say the approach could work in people. Experts said the treatment, published in the journal Science, was creative and successful and they "loved it". Autoimmune diseases re...
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Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Alternative Medicine
Americans spend a substantial part of out-of-pocket health care costs on alternative medicine, such as acupuncture, yoga, chiropractic care and natural supplements, even though there is little evidence some of these approaches work, NBC News reported. Federal researchers reported Wednesday that Americans shelled out more than $30 billion in 2012 alone for some sort of alternative or complementa...
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Yellow fever vaccine: UN backs lower doses amid shortage Yellow fever vaccine: UN backs lower doses amid shortage
UN health experts have recommended cutting the standard dose of yellow fever vaccine by 80% in emergencies, amid a global vaccine shortage. A smaller dose would provide immunity for at least 12 months, they said. Emergency stocks have been depleted by a mass immunisation programme in Angola, where the disease has killed more than 300 people since December. A surge of cases in the Democrat...
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New treatment can 'halt' multiple sclerosis, says study New treatment can 'halt' multiple sclerosis, says study
Aggressive chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant can halt the progression of multiple sclerosis (MS), a small study has suggested. The research, published in The Lancet, looked at 24 patients aged between 18 and 50 from three hospitals in Canada. For 23 patients the treatment greatly reduced the onset of the disease, but in one case a person died. An MS Society spokeswoman said ...
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WHO seeks to allay fears over Rio Olympics WHO seeks to allay fears over Rio Olympics
The World Health Organization (WHO) has played down concerns over the spread of the Zika virus, amid calls for the Rio Olympics in August to be postponed. Senior WHO official Bruce Aylward told the BBC that risk assessment plans were in place, and reiterated that there was no need to delay the Games. The mayor of Rio said disease-carrying mosquitoes were being eradicated. The officials we...
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Half of U.S. Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits, Study Finds Half of U.S. Cancer Deaths Due to Bad Habits, Study Finds
As many as 40 percent of cancer cases, and half of cancer deaths, come down to things people could easily change, researchers said Thursday. While Americans often worry about whether chemicals, pollution or other factors out of their control cause cancer, the new analysis shows otherwise: People are firmly in charge of much of their own risk of cancer. The team at Harvard Medical School ca...
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Skin bacteria stay 'stable over time' Skin bacteria stay 'stable over time'
Everyone has their own personal range of bacteria living on their skin that stays largely unchanged over time, a US study suggests. It found sites of oily skin, such as backs and ears, had the most stable microbial fingerprints. But even exposed dry sites such as palms were relatively stable. Feet were among the areas that changed most in their microbial make-up, perhaps due to factors su...
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Study Finds US Health Care Costs All Over the Map Study Finds US Health Care Costs All Over the Map
Health care prices vary in different parts of the U.S., according to a new study that digs into the pattern of costs around the country, NBC News reported. The report from the Health Care Cost Institute finds prices for the same procedures vary even within the same state. Some differences make sense: Prices in Alaska are high because medical costs there are 2.6 times the national average. B...
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Fear over eating disorder care in Japan Fear over eating disorder care in Japan
Most people suffering with eating disorders in Japan are not receiving any medical or psychological support, according to doctors. The Japan Society for Eating Disorders claims the health system is failing hundreds of thousands of sufferers. It also says the pressure on girls, in particular, to be thin has "gone too far". The government says it's trying to set up more services and has tri...
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