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Women should be given more time to give birth, make choices: WHO

GENEVA (Web Desk) Women in labor should be given more time to give birth and have fewer medical interventions, while participating more in decision-making, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.Among 26 new recommendations, it rejected a traditional benchmark in labor wards worldwide for the dilation of a woman’s …

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Study suggests link between ultra-processed foods, cancer

PARIS (Web Desk) Scientists suggested on Thursday a link between cancer and “ultra-processed” foods such as cookies, fizzy drinks and sugary cereals, though outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study results.Researchers from France and Brazil used data from nearly 105,000 French adults who completed online questionnaires detailing …

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ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMICALS MAY BOOST BODY WEIGHT: STUDY

HARVARD (Web Desk) Chemicals used in food wrappers, non-stick pan coatings and clothing may boost body weight by interfering with metabolism, especially in women, US researchers said These chemicals known as perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have previously been linked with cancer, hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, high cholesterol, and obesity.Now, for the …

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LINGER OVER LUNCH TO LOSE WEIGHT: STUDY SUGGESTS

TOKYO (Web Desk) People who wolf down their food could lose weight simply by chewing longer and pausing between bites, study results suggested Tuesday.Research involving nearly 60,000 Japanese people showed a link between eating slower or faster, and losing or gaining weight.Changes in eating speed can affect changes in obesity, …

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Second-hand plastic toys pose serious risk to kids: study

LONDON (Web Desk) Children who play with second-hand plastic toys may be exposed to unsafe levels of chemicals like lead and cadmium that have been linked to developmental problems and organ damage, a UK study suggests.For the study, researchers tested 200 second-hand plastic toys they found in homes, nurseries and …

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Kids with food allergies often put at risk by their parents

NEW YORK (Web Desk) Parents of kids with food allergies often engage in behaviors that could trigger an allergic reaction in their child, a survey found.Almost half of parents of kids with food allergies reported at least one risky behavior, such as not carrying epinephrine autoinjectors or not reading food …

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Hot tea tied to higher cancer risk for smokers and drinkers: study

BEIJING (Web Desk) Drinking scalding hot tea is associated with an increased risk of esophageal tumors in people who also smoke and drink alcohol, two habits that already make many cancers more likely, a Chinese study suggests.Among Chinese adults who drank at least one beer, cocktail or glass of wine …

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SUN SAFETY MAY NOT BE A TOP PRIORITY IN DAYCARE

NEW YORK (Web Desk) Kids in daycare may not always learn about sun safety because their teachers are more focused on lessons about healthy food choices, brushing teeth and getting plenty of exercise, a US study suggests.Researchers surveyed 202 administrators, managers and teachers at Head Start and other daycare centers …

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Inflammatory’ diet linked to higher risk of colon cancer

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) People who consume lots of foods linked to chronic inflammation, such as red meat and refined grains, may be more likely to develop colorectal cancer than individuals who tend to avoid these foods, a U.S. study suggests.Researchers examined more than two decades of U.S. survey data on eating …

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Mutant flu’ could lead to more effective vaccine: study

MIAMI (Web Desk) Experiments in lab animals have shown signs of success for a newly engineered flu virus that may lead one day to a more effective vaccine, researchers said Thursday.Trials in humans are still a long way off, but the report in the US journal Science earned praise from …

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