Health

What is good mental health?

Think of mental health and a list of mental illness often springs to mind – there’s depression and anxiety, eating disorders and addictions, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to name just a few. Efforts to raise awareness of mental illness mean most of us are now somewhat familiar with the more common mental disorders, even if we’ve never had the personal ...

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Health Check: Sitting versus standing

So, is it time to buy a standing desk? Let’s examine the evidence. Many people know when they’ve been sitting too long because their back or neck gets sore. These are effects many can relate to because we can actually feel them. But it’s what you can’t feel or see that you may need to be concerned about. Canadian researcher ...

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A Multi-Cancer Diagnostic?

Researchers report an ability to detect several types of cancer in blood samples based on signatures of immune response, but some are skeptical about the utility of such a test. Researchers from Arizona State University in Tempe have created an inexpensive blood test that can detect several common cancers based on the immune responses they evoke. They used arrays of ...

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Scientists find compound to fight virus behind MERS

GENEVA: An international team of scientists say they have identified a compound that can fight coronaviruses, responsible for the SARS and MERS outbreaks, which currently have no cure. Coronaviruses affected the upper and lower respiratory tracts in humans. They are the reason for up to a third of common colds. A more severe strain of the virus, thought to have ...

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Italy doctors design mini dialysis machine for babies

Doctors in Italy have designed a miniature dialysis machine for babies, used for the first time last year to save a newborn girl, according to a new report. Usually, doctors adapt standard dialysis machines for babies, but that can be risky since the devices can’t always be accurately tweaked. About 1 to 2 percent of hospitalized infants have kidney problems ...

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Prostate cancer surgeries performed by robots

ROBOTIC surgery gives prostate cancer patients better health results, reduces their hospital stay and can save the health system money, a large-scale Victorian study shows. Not only did men who had the robotic-assisted surgery have their hospital stay cut, they did not require blood transfusions and were less likely to need follow-up cancer treatment. The Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre study, ...

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15,000 per year die caused by smoking in Australia

Edited by/ The Middle East On Line 15,000 deaths per year In Australia  are caused by regular long-term tobacco smoking. Some of the diseases caused by smoking include lung cancer, bronchitis, heart disease and stroke. Smoking kills Smoking kills more people in Australia than all the people killed by alcohol, other drugs, murder, suicide, road crashes, rail crashes, air crashes, ...

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Health warning about body-sculpting drug clenbuterol

The growing number of Australians illicitly using the drug clenbuterol to lose weight and build muscle mass are putting themselves at risk of heart attack, researchers say. Clenbuterol is legally prescribed in Australia as an airway dilator for horses. It also has anabolic properties which led to its use in food-producing animals to increase lean meat yield, before it was ...

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Fitness experts differ on benefits of stretching

Stretching relieves stiff muscles and can boost flexibility in the elderly and inactive, but experts are divided on how vital it is for general fitness and preventing injury. For older adults who lose flexibility through aging, stretching can improve a range of motion and can make it easier to do everyday tasks such as reaching for items on high shelves. ...

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Seven more China bird flu cases in fresh wave of infection

Another seven people in China have been infected with the new and often deadly H7N9 strain of bird flu, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday, adding to at least 24 new cases last week and confirming a fresh wave of the virus. One of the seven cases, which were reported from four different provinces of China, was in ...

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