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Many elderly have preventable eye problems

NEW YORK: A large fraction of elderly people have age-related degenerative changes in their eyes that put them on a path to blindness — but could be preventable – a new study finds. Eye exams given to more than 5,000 elderly Icelanders found that over …

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Green veggies reduce diabetes risk

LONDON: Tucking into more spinach and other green leafy vegetables can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes, a study published by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) said. The research wades into a controversial area, and its authors caution more investigation is needed to confirm …

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Older US women stick to hormone pills: study

WASHINGTON: Prescriptions for hormone replacement therapy have fallen more than 50 percent in the United States since 2001, but doctors are still inexplicably giving women high-dose pills linked to strokes and cancer, researchers reported on Thursday. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other groups …

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Party drug mephedrone banned across EU

The European Union on Friday banned suspected killer drug mephedrone, a popular ecstasy-like party drug sometimes known as “meow meow” that is sold on the Internet and available in 12 EU nations. Mephedrone, already illegal in 15 EU nations, has been linked to 37 deaths …

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Federal Health Budget 2010-2011 reduced by 46% : Minister

KARACH:Federal Minister for Health, Makhdoom Shahabuddin on Friday evening said budgetary allocation for health sector, for fiscal year 2010 2011, has been reduced by 46%.He attributed this cut to almost non existent tax culture in the country during the inaugural ceremony of 5th national symposium …

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Fish, olive oil help against skin cancer

BERLIN: It’s well documented that following a Mediterranean diet can have health benefits. The ingredients in Mediterranean recipes are full of heart-healthy nutrients. But new research now also links Mediterranean food with the prevention of malignant melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. Because …

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Largest food court in Egypt

CAIRO: The Tivoli Dome, Cairo, Egypt, was given a Guinness World Records title for the Largest Food Court in the world. The adjudication ceremony was held on the night of the 26th of November at 8:00 pm in Tivoli Dome, which is located at 70 …

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‘Fruits unable to protect from cancer’

LONDON: Eating fresh fruit and vegetables will not protect you from cancer as they have little effect, a study finds. Official guidelines recommend at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day in order to be healthy but new research has found that this …

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NIH confirms five new polio cases

ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Health (NIH) has confirmed that five new cases of polio have surfaced in Pakistan. Out of these cases, four are from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and one from Sindh. In Sindh, polio has been detected in a three-year-old girl from Ghotki. As …

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World AIDS Day being observed today

World AIDS Day is being observed worldwide to raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic. Like other parts of the world, the day is also being observed in Pakistan. The theme of this year’s World AIDS Day “Universal Access and Human Rights” is extremely important …

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