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Breast cancer risk higher in overweight and obese women

Breast CancerAccording to results of a large study published Wednesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, overweight and obese women are at increased risk of breast cancer and of being diagnosed with advanced disease.

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Harvard scientists’ latest finding related to aging

SirtrisAccording to a research on aging, led by Harvard Medical School scientists, the integrity of chromosomes is compromised as people age, and that 'resveratrol' - a minor ingredient of red wine - works by activating a protein known as 'sirtuin' that restores the chromosomes to health.

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Some makers of US infant formula claim products melamine-free

Some makers of US infant formula claim products melamine-freeThe reports of the finding of the Food and Drug Administration - relating to trace amounts of melamine present in US-made baby formula - have caused alarm among parents, even as the agency claimed that the low level posed no risk.

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Thousands of Ontario prisoners might have been fed on Listeria–contaminated meals

Eurest Dining ServicesThousands of prisoners in Ontario and the jail staff might have consumed Listeria-contaminated meals between November 13-16.

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Iressa effective in chemotherapy in few cases only

A cancer treatment pill proves to be as effective as chemotherapy for lung patients. Although both the treatment can prolong the life by eight months but the pill known as Iressa (gefitinib) causes fewer serious side effects. Thus it can be a better choice for these patients.

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Exercise keeps away cancer

Exercise keeps away cancerAccording to a new study conducted by Coyle Y. M. at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, the lack of inactivity and physical exercise increases the risk of breast cancer.

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Hairspray doubles the risk of boys’ birth defect

Recent research showed that exposure of women to hairspray during pregnancy doubles the chances of the genital defect in the boys at the time of birth.

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Superglue operation gave new life to a 17-month-old girl

A superglue operation gave new life to a 17-month-old girl. In this operation, American doctors used glue to seal tiny brain blood vessels that were threatening her life.

Ella-Grace Honeyman, 17 months, was born with vein of Galen malformation, which causes tiny holes in the brain's main blood vessels.

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UBC Professor gets award for gene mutation study

Dr. Michael Hayden, Professor of medical genetics at the University of British Columbia has been awarded the “Health Researcher of the Year” award instituted by Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

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Patients exposed to blood- borne infections during sugar level tests

Manitoba’s  largest health authority has ordered an enquiry after the possibility of 17 patients getting exposed to blood- borne infections while having their blood sugar level tested.

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