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Daycare not linked to child obesity

Working parents who send their children to daycare no longer need to worry about whether this puts their kids at increased risk for obesity, a U.S. study suggests. While several previous observational studies have suggested children in daycare may be more likely to gain too much weight than similar kids cared for by parents at home, the current study looked ...

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Physical strain, emotional upset can trigger heart attack

Intense physical exertion or extreme emotional upset can each trigger a heart attack, and the risk may be highest if the two are combined, according to a new study. “Our study is the largest study exploring this issue, and unlike previous studies we included people from many different countries and ethnicities,” said lead author Andrew Smyth of the Population Health ...

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Heads Together event to celebrate World Mental Health Day

Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were accompanied by Prince Harry as they attended a reception at the London Eye to mark World Mental Health day on Monday.   The royals met and rode on the London Eye with guests who have previously suffered mental health issues and supporters of Heads Together, a charity campaign which the three are fronting. ...

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Roche lung cancer drug success adds to pressure on Bristol

Lung cancer patients on Roche’s immune system-boosting drug Tecentriq lived on average 4.2 months longer than those taking chemotherapy in a pivotal study, pressuring Bristol-Myers Squibb’s dominant position in the field. The trial involved second-line patients, who have already used chemotherapy, and it found the Roche drug worked even in people with low or no levels of a protein called ...

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Novartis challenges Pfizer with strong breast cancer drug data

  An experimental Novartis pill given with an older drug kept advanced breast cancer in check far longer than standard treatment alone, putting it on track to challenge Pfizer’s blockbuster Ibrance, data showed on Saturday. Patients taking ribociclib with letrozole were 44 percent less likely to see their disease progress or to die, a keenly awaited clinical trial found.

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Surgery during pregnancy carries low risk

    Surgical procedures during pregnancy are generally safe, new research indicates. “Clearly, surgery during pregnancy should only be considered if absolutely necessary,” said Paul Aylin, study co-author and an epidemiologist at the Imperial College London in England.

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Dermatologists Accept Millions from Pharmaceutical Companies

Nearly three-quarters of U.S. dermatologists received payments worth a collective $34 million from drug companies in 2014, according to a new analysis of a public database. In most cases, the payments were worth less than $50, researchers found. But a few doctors were taking industry payments worth at least $93,622. “Most dermatologist in the U.S. – about 73 percent according ...

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Herbal and dietary supplements damage liver

One in five cases of chemical-induced liver damage come from herbal and dietary supplements, a research review concludes. A decade ago, less than one in 10 cases could be linked to supplements, researchers report in the journal Hepatology. Up to half of U.S. adults consume supplements that contain ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, teas and proteins to improve diet, as ...

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Study shows health improving globally, but progress is patchy

  Globally, people’s health is improving and life expectancy is rising, but progress is far from universal with chronic diseases bringing long-term illness and causing seven out of 10 deaths, according to research published on Thursday. The Global Burden of Disease study, which shows the key drivers of ill health, disability and death in individual countries, found that by 2015, ...

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Tissue leftover from facelift can help plump lips

Women getting cosmetic surgery to lift up sagging cheeks and jowls may be able to use some of the tissue removed during the procedure to plump up their lips, a small U.S. study suggests. Five years after getting a facelift followed by lip augmentation using leftover tissue, patients still had significantly fuller lips than they did prior to the procedure, ...

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