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US makes new push for graphic warning labels on cigarettes

WASHINGTON - US health officials are making a new attempt at adding graphic images to cigarette packets to discourage Americans from lighting up. If successful, it would be the first change to US cigarette warnings in 35 years.The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday proposed 13 new warnings tha

Cheese Protects Blood Vessels from Salt Damage

Cairo- Hazem Badr - Cheese lovers, rejoice! A new US study found that cheese protects your blood vessels from damage caused by high levels of salt in the diet. Sodium is a mineral that is vital to the human body in small doses. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams

Are Coffee and Tea Actually Dehydrating?

What’s the first thing you reach for when you’re feeling parched? Probably not a steaming hot cup of coffee, as it’s always been thought that tea and coffee dehydrate you, right? While good old H2O is undeniably the best choice for maintaining adequate hydration status, drinks li

US vaping illnesses top 500, Missouri man is 8th death

More than 500 people have been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown, US health officials said Thursday. An eighth death was also reported. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration revealed that its criminal investigations unit started tracking leads ea

Teen vaping of nicotine jumped again this year, US survey finds

A greater share of US teens are vaping nicotine e-cigarettes. About 25 percent of high school seniors surveyed this year said they vaped nicotine in the previous month, up from about 21 percent the year before. The University of Michigan study was published online on Wednesday by the New England J

Adopting a healthy diet can ease depression

Studies have established that people who eat a low-quality diet are more likely to have depression — and that the lower the diet quality, the more severe the symptoms. So can improving diet quality in turn improve mental health? Yes, asserts Australian-led research in the journal Psychosomati

Health experts back treatment for kids with peanut allergy

WASHINGTON  — Government experts on Friday backed an experimental treatment for children with peanut allergies that could become the first federally approved option for preventing life-threatening reactions. The treatment is daily capsules of peanut powder that gradually help children bu

Michigan becomes first US state to ban vaping to protect children

Michigan has become the first state in the US to ban the sale of flavoured e-cigarettes, following concerns more children are getting addicted to nicotine delivery products. America has witnessed a huge rise in young people taking up vaping, with fast-growing e-cigarette producer Juul enjoying a bo

Cancer 'biggest middle-age killer in rich nations'

Globally, heart problems and stroke is the leading cause of death at this age. But the researchers say people in rich nations are 2.5 times more likely to die of cancer than cardiovascular disease in their middle years. In poorer nations, the reverse is true - with cardiovascular disease three tim

Four European states lose measles eradication status as cases soar: WHO

Measles cases are skyrocketing in Europe and the disease is surging in four countries previously considered to have eliminated it, including the UK, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday, urging countries to step up vaccination efforts. The WHO said there were 89,994 cases of measles

A few puffs on a nicotine-free e-cigarette impedes blood vessel function, study finds

A new study has revealed alarming changes in blood vessel function among healthy people who smoked an e-cigarette for the first time. The US research, carried out on 31 adults who had never vaped or smoked before, reported significant changes in the blood flow within the femoral artery in the leg.

Ethiopian rehab centre tackles khat addiction

MEKELE - Yonas Getu Molla started chewing khat as an architecture student, when he and his friends would munch on the leafy stimulant late into the night to help them study. When they closed their books, their heartbeats racing, they would seek out depressants like vodka and cannabis to dull the pl

A daily glass of orange juice could increase cancer risk

 A daily glass of orange juice could increase the risk of cancer, new scientific research has found.   A study of 100,000 French adults published in the British Medical Journal, reveals those consuming just 10g of sugar a day in drinks were 18 per cent more likely to get cancer.  

Simple eye scan can reveal extent of Multiple Sclerosis

A simple eye test may offer a fast and easy way to monitor patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), medical experts say in the journal Neurology. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a scan that measures the thickness of the lining at the back of the eye - the retina. It takes a few minutes per eye

Heart test could predict future attacks in elderly

A test to measure the heart's electrical activity could help predict future heart attacks in otherwise healthy adults over 70, said a US study on Tuesday. Researchers followed 2,192 healthy adults aged 70-79 for a period of eight years, according to the study published in the Journal of the America

Garlic 'remedy for hypertension'

By Helen Briggs   Health reporter, BBC News Garlic may be useful in addition to medication to treat high blood pressure, a study suggests. Australian doctors enrolled 50 patients in a trial to see if garlic supplements could help those whose blood pressure was high, despite medication. Tho

Is OJ as good source of vitamin D as supplements?

A glass of orange juice may not only help the vitamin pill go down. A new study suggests that fortified varieties can also help the body's vitamin D levels go up - just as effectively as the supplement itself. The finding could bring a welcome addition to a very short list of sources for vitamin D,

People who get less sleep risk premature death

People who get less than six hours sleep per night have an increased risk of dying prematurely, researchers said on Wednesday. Those who slumbered for less than that amount of time were 12 percent more likely to die early, though researchers also found a link between sleeping more than nine hours a