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The number of people with diabetes has risen from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014, affecting 8.5% of over-18s. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke, and lower limb amputation. Type 1 diabetes commonly starts in childhood and is caused by the body’s own immune system, which…

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Mourning sickness describes supposedly ostentatious group grieving, while “grief porn” is used to describe the voyeuristic media coverage of that collective angst. When icons die, the outpouring of public grief can easily be written off as mass hysteria. But psychologists said Friday the emotional pain of “losing” a star like Prince can be very real…

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Unprotected sex increases the risk of sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancies. Therefore, it is often advised to indulge in safe sex practices. However a new study has revealed that young moms are likelier to have unprotected sex with baby daddies, increasing their risk of repeated pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Researchers followed 171 women…

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For many, going to the dentist simply means going in every six months for a basic check-up. But now, with 21st century technology and knowledgeable and experienced practitioners, the field of dentistry has expanded and branched off into a number of different divisions addressing a variety of patient needs. Dental offices often specialize in one…

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Targetting cells undergoing metabolic shifts that enable a tumor’s rapid growth may help wipe out cancer. But a new study revealed that mitochondrial stress alone can trigger metabolic shifts through a pathway that involves p53, a protein widely known to play multiple important roles in cancer. ‘Metabolic stress could even serve as a biomarker for…

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Most people have eliminated dairy products from their diet to prevent gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating and cramps. A study conducted by CSIRO and the University of Adelaide found that one in six Australians do not consume dairy products and majority have not sought medical advice before making the dietary change. People who avoid dairy…

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In a very rare case, a baby boy in Delhi was found to hit puberty when he was one-year-old. He had developed fully grown sex organs and experienced sexual desires similar to a 25-year-old man. Akash’s parents first noticed these abnormal changes in this body at six months of age. They were ignoring it by…

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Swedish scientists have identified two molecules that plays crucial role in the survival and production of nerve cells in the brain, including nerve cells that produce dopamine. The discovery may be significant in the long term for the treatment of several diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease. Advertisement The same scientists have previously shown that receptors…

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Two billion years ago, the mitochondrion wasn’t the bacterium it is now. Since getting consumed by our common single-celled ancestor the “energy powerhouse” organelle has lost most of its 2,000+ genes, likely to the nucleus. There are still a handful left–depending on the organism–but the question is why. One explanation, say a mathematician and biologist…

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Researchers at Kaiser Permanente have warned that over-treatment of high blood pressure patients in lowering their blood pressure levels could result in kidney failure or death, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reveals. Researchers examined the electronic health records of nearly 400,000 Kaiser Permanente patients in Southern California…

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