Wearing contact lenses ‘increases eye infections’

By |June 2nd, 2015|

People who wear contact lenses may be more susceptible to eye infections because wearing them alters the types of bacteria found on the surface of the eye, according to a small US study.

Researchers at the NYU Langone Medical Center found more bacterial diversity on the surface of the eye than on the skin directly beneath […]

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Are All Sugars Created Equal?

By |June 1st, 2015|

There’s a lot of confusion around sugar and sugar substitutes, their effect on our bodies and how much is too much. Kimber Stanhope, PhD, an associate researcher of molecular biosciences at UC Davis, addressed sugars as part of an expert panel on dietary science at the Association of Health Care Journalists annual conference last week. […]

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How to Spot an Allergic Reaction ?

By |May 27th, 2015|

Allergies are an overreaction of the body’s natural defense system that helps fight infections (immune system). The immune system normally protects the body from viruses and bacteria by producing antibodies to fight them. In an allergic reaction, the immune system starts fighting substances that are usually harmless (such as dust mites, pollen, or a medicine) […]

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Tattoos May Pose Health Risks, Researchers Report

By |May 19th, 2015|

Rashes, itching, infections and swelling found in 6 percent of those ‘inked’
Getting a tattoo may put you at risk for long-term skin problems, a new study warns.

“We were rather alarmed at the high rate of reported chronic complications tied to getting a tattoo,” said senior investigator Dr. Marie Leger, an assistant professor in the dermatology […]

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The Secret to Healthy Aging

By |May 14th, 2015|

Want to stay young in mind and body? Develop these lifelong habits.

Who doesn’t wish for a fountain of youth? Magical youth-restoring springs exist only in legend, but science does point to a few simple, healthy habits that can help extend your life.

Heather Whitson, MD, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) at Duke University School of Medicine, […]

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What Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Can and Can’t Do

By |May 6th, 2015|

Boost energy, lose weight, beat stress, improve performance, and reduce wrinkles! Do these phrases sound familiar?

These are just a few of the promises found on the labels of vitamin and mineral supplements. But can vitamin and minerals really live up to these claims, or is it more hype than truth? Is there evidence that a […]

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Cost-Effectiveness of Vitamin D and Calcium

By |February 16th, 2015|

Cost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in the treatment of elderly women and men with osteoporosis

Background: The supplementation with vitamin D and calcium has been recommended for elderly, specifically those with increased risk of fractures older than 65 years. This study aims to assess the cost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in elderly […]

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Health-Related Behaviours Among Adolescents

By |February 16th, 2015|

Cultural, social and intrapersonal factors associated with clusters of co-occurring health-related behaviours among adolescents

Background: Adverse health-related behaviours (HRBs) have been shown to co-occur in adolescents. Evidence lacks on factors associated with these co-occurring HRBs. The Theory of Triadic Influence (TTI) offers a route to categorize these determinants according to type (social, cultural and intrapersonal) and […]

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Appointment of UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis

By |February 16th, 2015|

WHO welcomes the appointment of the new United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Tuberculosis (TB), Dr Eric P. Goosby, M.D.

Dr Goosby’s extensive and high-level experience in global health and diplomacy give him the perfect background for this critical role. Despite recent gains, tuberculosis remains a serious public health issue – fueled in part by the […]

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Are Barbie and Ken too cool for school? A case-control study on the relation between gender and dropout

By |February 16th, 2015|

Background: As school dropout is an important public health problem that needs to be addressed, we set out to examine whether and how, beyond the well-known effects of sex, gender beliefs and self-reported masculinity and femininity are related to school dropout. Methods: The study used a case-control design, consisting of 330 dropout cases and 330 […]

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