Health

Why scientists are searching the ocean for new drugs

By Tim Newman Could human health depend on the creatures of the ocean? The oceans cover more than two-thirds of Earth. As the adage goes, we know more about the surface of the moon than we do about the bottom of the ocean. The sea’s ability to transition from dark, explosive rage to serene, crystal-clear

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Clinical trial shows why energy drinks are bad for the heart

By Yella Hewings-Martin PhD How do energy drinks affect the heart? Energy drinks are popular, especially among teenagers and young adults. But a clinical trial reports that energy drinks caused disturbances to the volunteers’ heart rhythms and blood pressure. Energy drinks are the second most popular dietary supplement of choice for teenagers and young adults

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Stroke study finds mouth bacteria in brain clots

By Catharine Paddock PhD Ensuring good oral hygiene could help to prevent stroke. This was what scientists proposed after finding DNA traces of oral bacteria in samples of blood clots that had caused strokes. Researchers from Tampere University in Finland analyzed clot samples from 75 people who received emergency treatment for ischemic stroke when they

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Birmingham Halal Abattoir (UK 4496) recalls meat and pet food products because they may be unsafe

Birmingham Halal Abattoir (UK 4496) is recalling sheep and lamb meat and pet food products because they may contain meat which is unfit for human and pet consumption. Meat and pet food from four product lines which should have been removed from production have been packaged with meat and pet food which passed inspection. As

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Pharmaceutical exec guilty of bribing doctors to push opioid

Photo (AP) A pharmaceutical company founder accused of paying doctors millions in bribes to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray was convicted Thursday in a case that exposed such marketing tactics as using a stripper-turned-sales-rep to give a physician a lap dance. John Kapoor, the 76-year-old former chairman of Insys Therapeutics, was found guilty of

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‘I got HIV and hepatitis C from contaminated blood but told not to tell anyone – even my family’

by Paul Gallagher Derek Martindale was diagnosed with HIV in 1985, aged 23, given a year to live and told not to tell anyone about his condition. Derek Martindale told the inquiry that his brother Richard, who also had severe haemophilia, had also contracted the virus and died aged 23 in 1990. The first victim

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Qatar Charity inks pact with Somalia’s health ministry

Qatar Charity (QC) recently signed a co-operation and partnership agreement with the Ministry of Health and Social Care, Somalia. QC said in a statement that the pact, inked at the ministry’s headquarters in Mogadishu, came as part of its keenness to co-ordinate and co-operate with all its government partners and support the efforts of the

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Hospitals on alert following cholera outbreak in Nairobi

All hospitals in Nairobi have been urged to reactivate cholera treatment units to prevent the spread.The outbreak was confirmed on March 20. In a statement, county Health director Lucina Koyio directs all sub counties to be on high alert. “Treat all suspected cases of cholera as cholera cases. ”The alert to hospitals comes as the

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Computers may beat doctors at predicting heart failure

Heart failure is a disease that affects millions of people worldwide. Research led by a team at Imperial College London and the Medical Research Council is trying to use computers to predict the disease. Using a computer program called 4Dsurvival, they analyzed scans from people with pulmonary hypertension. By tracking the motion of the heart

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Wife of Somalian President visits health facilities

Sainab Abdi Moallim, wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo, accompanied by Minister of Public Health H E Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari visited yesterday a number of health facilities in the country. Moallim visited Qatar Rehabilitation Institute (QRI), Women’s Wellness and Research Center, Al Wajbah Health Center and

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