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Turmeric could prevent liver damage

Turmeric could prevent liver damage

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Washington: A new Saint Louis University study has revealed that a chemical that gives curry its zing holds promise in preventing or treating liver damage from an advanced form of a condition known as fatty liver disease. The chemical, curcurmin, is contained in turmeric, a plant used by the Chinese to make traditional medicines... 

Experts say efforts to beat malaria may backfire

Experts say efforts to beat malaria may backfire

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Efforts to eradicate malaria in some countries may be counter-productive, an international team of researchers suggest. In the Lancet, they suggest some countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, may be better pursing a policy of controlling the disease. They also criticise the World Health Organization (WHO) for not providing... 

Impact of climate change to be far reaching in India

Impact of climate change to be far reaching in India

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Kadmat, Lakshadweep: Union Minister of State for Agriculture, K V Thomas, Friday said impact of climate change on agriculture would be ‘far reaching’ in India. Inaugurating the International Workshop on Climate change and Island Vulnerability here, the minister said due to high population depending of agriculture,... 

Testicular cancer risk ‘greater’ for tall men

Testicular cancer risk ‘greater’ for tall men

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Taller men may have a higher risk of getting testicular cancer, say experts in the United States. After looking at data on more than 10,000 men, researchers found that for every extra two inches or 5cm in height above average, the risk went up by 13%. But experts stressed the lifetime risk of developing this cancer is low –... 

Fish oil may lower gum disease

Fish oil may lower gum disease

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A new study has found that dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) like fish oil, known to have anti-inflammatory properties, shows promise for the effective treatment and prevention of periodontitis, a common inflammatory disease in which gum tissue separates from teeth. Although traditional treatments concentrate... 

Aspirin cuts prostate cancer risk

Aspirin cuts prostate cancer risk

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Prostate cancer sufferers can halve their chances of dying by taking aspirin daily. A 10-year study of 5,275 men with the early stages of disease, conducted by the Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, US, found that aspirin reduced the risk of dying from 10 per cent to four per cent. They discovered that patients with... 

Gel to protect women from AIDS virus

Gel to protect women from AIDS virus

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Washington: Groups developing a gel to protect women from the AIDS virus say they are moving ahead to develop the product that was hailed as “groundbreaking” after a study on its effectiveness was released in July. The developers, who met last week with the US Food and Drug Administration, said the FDA informed... 

New vaccine shows promise in wiping out polio

New vaccine shows promise in wiping out polio

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Thanks to a new polio vaccine, the contagious, crippling disease may be completely wiped out from the face of the earth. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) scientists, the new bivalent oral polio vaccine, also known as bOPV, is more effective in shielding people against infection than the current trivalent vaccine. Lead... 

People who are blind perceive touch faster than those with normal vision

People who are blind perceive touch faster than those with normal vision

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A new study suggests that people who are blind from birth are able to detect tactile information faster than people with normal vision. A group of researchers led by Daniel Goldreich, PhD, of McMaster University explored whether people who have a special reliance on a particular sense – in the way blind people rely on... 

A diet to feel full, lose weight

A diet to feel full, lose weight

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Researchers in Aberdeen are working on an ‘intelligent diet’, which they believe will allow people to enjoy eating and feeling full, but still lose weight. Professor Julian Mercer, the head of obesity research at the University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition and Health, and colleagues are investigating... 

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