Health

Disease Stalks Yemen as Hospitals, Clinics Devastated by War: WHO

LONDON – More than half of war-battered Yemen‘s hospitals and clinics are closed or only partially functioning, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday, warning a lack of adequate health services was increasing the risk of disease outbreaks. Only 45 percent of 3,507 health facilities surveyed by WHO were fully functional and accessible, while

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Adding Music to Pain Meds May Reduce Pain

By Kathryn Doyle As a complement to traditional pain relief tools like medication, listening to music may lessen acute or chronic pain related to cancer and other conditions, according to a new review. “We have seen and observed this effect in multiple clinical settings such as medical hospitals and hospice-care facilities,” said author Jin Hyung

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Buyers Clubs for Cheaper Drugs Help Fight Hepatitis and HIV

By Ben Hirschler LONDON, Nov 6 – Frustrated by the high price of antiviral drugs, thousands of patients from London to Moscow to Sydney are turning to a new wave of online “buyers clubs” to get cheap generic medicines to cure hepatitis C and protect against HIV infection. While regulators warn that buying drugs online

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Do the Benefits of Real Friendships Translate Online?

By Andrew M. Seaman A person’s Facebook activity might be a window into their health and even predict their odds of dying in the short term, a new study suggests. Researchers stop short of saying that using the social networking website will either hasten or delay illness or death, but they conclude that how a

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Dinner With TV May Be A Recipe for Less Healthy Meals

By Madeline Kennedy –  Families that eat dinner with the TV on tend to eat less healthy food and to enjoy the meals less than families who leave the TV off, according to a recent U.S. study. This was true even for families that were not paying attention to the TV and only had it

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Hidden Digital Ads Pushing Children to Eat Fatty Food, Health Experts Warn

By Kate Kelland LONDON  – Children in Europe are bombarded with hidden digital advertising and marketing promoting fatty, sugary and salty foods that is damaging their health and adding to the region’s obesity problem, World Health Organization experts said on Friday. The researchers called for policymakers to do more to protect children from junk food

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Seven Agents, Including HIV, Added to U.S. List of Carcinogens

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said on Thursday it added seven new agents, including the HIV virus and an industrial solvent, to its list of carcinogens. The list identifies factors including chemicals, agents like viruses, X-rays and ultraviolet radiation, and divides them into two categories — known to be a human carcinogen

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WHO Advises Proper Washing, No Shaving in Fight Against Hospital Superbugs

By Kate Kelland LONDON  – Patients going for surgery should bathe or shower beforehand but their surgical site should not be shaved, and antibiotics should be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, but not afterwards, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. In new guidelines aimed at halting the spread of potentially deadly

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Distress and Depression with Type 2 Diabetes Tied to Skipping Meds

By Kathryn Doyle Nov 2 – People with type 2 diabetes who also have symptoms of distress or depression are more likely than others to miss or skip their diabetes medications, according to a recent study. “Although it would seem intuitive to expect that depression would make the already difficult job of diabetes self-management that much harder,

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