There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

A drug used to ease the effects of jet lag may also prevent the painful side effects of cancer medications, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Aberdeen in the UK found that a drug known as melatonin appeared to prevent pain caused by chemotherapy damage to nerves by blocking the harmful effects on nerve health. They focused on a common condition known as chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP), which causes tingling and pain to touch and cold temperatures, that can be severe enough to cause…

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Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

Dear parents, watch out for these 9 signs that indicate your kid needs an eye test

With the proliferation of screens in our lives – phone screen, tablets, Kindles, computers – television isn’t the only source of eye strain for kids and adults. But, unlike in case of adults, it is harder to gauge when children develop vision issues. “More often than not, vision problems go unnoticed until children begin school,” said associate professor of Ophthalmology Marcela Frazier, “Children grow up naturally adapting to vision issues, so when they get into school and start reading and learning, that is when parents and teachers begin to notice…

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Island Jar hosts talk on transitioning to a vegan diet

Island Jar hosts talk on transitioning to a vegan diet

LITTLE CURRENT—A small gathering of folks came together on a recent Sunday afternoon at the Island Jar in Little Current to discuss veganism and to try out some new recipes. Workshop facilitator Ryan Hutchinson of Sandfield shared the story of his path to veganism and presented many arguments for switching to a vegan diet and its associated benefits while walking workshop participants through the preparation of vegan “cheese” and lasagna. Mr. Hutchinson stressed that while transitioning to a vegan lifestyle, or even if someone isn’t interested in converting to a…

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Top health news of the week: 5 study results that help you fight asthma, breathe easy

Top health news of the week: 5 study results that help you fight asthma, breathe easy

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. Symptoms include coughing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. That it is a significant problem in India is evident from the statistics: The sales of anti-asthma medicines in India went up 43% over the past four years, shows market data, with 2016 marking a 15% growth in anti-asthma prescriptions across children and adults. Despite the statistics, there are ways to prevent asthma and certain things can help you cope better. Here’s a round-up of research…

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To shed kilos, have salads and more, experts tell us why

To shed kilos, have salads and more, experts tell us why

We all crave a fit body. And that goal is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we start practising just about any diet that is remotely promising. Salads, in this scenario, seem like an obvious healthy option, be it for mid-day snacking or as complete meals — that’s where we go wrong! The concept of a bowlful of leafy greens seems to be healthy because salads are mostly oil-free, and have no spices, gravy, starch and heavy meats. But hey, that’s the reason why you are losing energy and…

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Want to avoid risk of bowel cancer? Cut processed red meat, alcohol from your diet

Want to avoid risk of bowel cancer? Cut processed red meat, alcohol from your diet

Are you a meat lover? We have some important news for you. According to a new study, a group of researchers have found strong evidence of links between lifestyle and colorectal cancer risk. Physical activity and whole grains lowers risk of this cancer; too much alcohol and red meat, processed meats and obesity increase the risk. Eating whole grains daily, such as brown rice or whole-wheat bread, reduces colorectal cancer risk, with the more you eat the lower the risk and there was strong evidence that physical activity protects against colon cancer. Edward…

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Women ‘more likely to lose interest in sex than men’

Women ‘more likely to lose interest in sex than men’

Women are more than twice as likely as men to lack interest in sex when living with a partner, a study of British sexual attitudes suggests. It found that while men and women lost passion with age, women were often left cold by longer relationships. Overall, poor health and a lack of emotional closeness affected both men’s and women’s desire for sex. The findings are based on the experiences of nearly 5,000 men and 6,700 women, published in BMJ Open. The UK researchers said problems of sexual desire should be treated…

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Plan not to give HPV vaccine to boys causes concern

Plan not to give HPV vaccine to boys causes concern

A decision not to vaccinate boys against a cancer-causing sexually transmitted infection has attracted fierce criticism. Reported cases of human papilloma virus (HPV) – thought to cause about 80% of cervical cancers – have fallen sharply since girls were given the vaccine. But the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) found little evidence to justify treating boys too. Critics said vaccinating boys could help reduce the risk still further. Doctor’s call to ‘equally protect’ boys with HPV vaccine Girls’ cancer jab could help also boys, say teachers HPV vaccinations…

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Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers. Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times. The approach has been shown to work in mouse studies, described in the journal Science. The researchers say the technology could help patients around the world. Childhood immunisations come with tears and screams. And there are a lot of them. Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, polio, Hib and hepatitis B at…

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Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Are Bananas Good for Gaining Weight or Losing Weight?

Whether or not you like them, bananas are great. They are full of nutrients like fiber, potassium, good carbohydrates, Vitamin C and many more important vitamins and minerals. They are a breakfast staple in almost every household as it gives you instant energy to kick-start your day. You may have often been advised to eat bananas to gain weight but you may have also heard that bananas are great for weight loss. Confused? Does eating bananas help you gain or lose weight? We have all the answers you’re seeking right here. Yes, it is…

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