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Turkey carries out world’s first quadruple limb transplant

Turkish surgeons have performed the world’s first-ever quadruple limb transplant at a university hospital in Ankara, the Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday. “In such a big organ transplant… more than 50 percent of the (patient’s) body has changed,” Professor Murat Tuncer, rector of Ankara’s …

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India removed from WHO list of polio nations

NEW DELHI: India marked a major success in its battle against polio Saturday by being removed from the World Health Organisation’s list of countries plagued by the crippling disease. Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said the WHO removed India from the list after the country …

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Hepatitis C kills more Americans than HIV: study

More Americans died in 2007 of hepatitis C infection, which causes incurable liver disease, than from the virus that causes AIDS, US health authorities said this week. More than 15,000 people died of hepatitis C infection in 2007, compared to 12,734 who died from HIV-related …

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Total rethink needed on dieting: scientists

Everything you know about dieting is wrong, say US scientists who have devised a new formula for calculating calories and weight loss that they hope will revolutionize the way people tackle obesity. Obesity rates have doubled worldwide in the past 30 years, coinciding with a …

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Cold-water baths may soothe aches, risks

BELFAST: Taking a dip in a tub of cold water after exercising may prevent muscle soreness, but a new look at past research says little is known about its side effects or even how long to stay in the water. In general, the researchers said …

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Baby ‘unharmed if pregnant mum has chemotherapy’

Women who are given chemotherapy during pregnancy do not run a risk of harming their baby, doctors reported in The Lancet Oncology.     European cancer specialists looked at 68 pregnancies, producing 70 children, during which 236 cycles of cancer drugs were administered. On average, …

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Study: Chocolate, Strawberries Help Blood Pressure

Many people in the United States and around the world like to share special gifts and cards with their loved ones every year on February 14, Valentine’s Day. Originally a day to honor a Christian saint, it is no longer associated with any particular faith. …

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Drug reaction: SC orders to form DRA till Feb 17

WTP REPORT ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Monday ordered to establish a Drug Regularory Authority (DRA) by February 17, Geo News reported. The SC expressed angered on absence of Punjab Advocate General and questioned the role of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in investigations. A …

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Green tea drinkers show less disability with age

NEW YORK: Elderly adults who regularly drink green tea may stay more agile and independent than their peers over time, a large study of Japanese adults suggests. Green tea contains certain antioxidant chemicals — particularly a compound known as EGCG — that may help ward …

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Women’s lung cancer risk not tied to childbirths

NEW YORK: A woman’s lung cancer risk doesn’t appear to be linked to the number of children she has, although some scientists had thought hormonal changes during pregnancy might protect against the disease. That’s according to a new report that sums up 16 previous studies …

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