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Siri is no doctor, and can't help in health crisis

Researchers tested four virtual voice-activated personal assistants to see how they would respond to conditions when a smartphone owner faces a health crisis.


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Long hours at office can increase heart disease risk

A new study suggests that working for long hours may increase your risk of heart disease.


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Marijuana-based drug found to reduce epileptic seizures

GW Pharmaceuticals on Monday announced that an experimental drug derived from marijuana has succeeded in reducing epileptic seizures.


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To quit smoking, quit all at once, study says

A new study has suggested that those who quit smoking all at once are more likely to be successful than those want to quit smoking by cutting down on cigarettes gradually. "For many people, the obvious way to quit...


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Plastic bottles safe for packing drugs, expert committee informs NGT

An expert committee set up by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) informed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Monday that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles are safe for pharmaceutical packaging.


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Yoga improves life of people with abnormal heart rhythm

Yoga improves quality of life in patients with abnormal heart rhythm, according to a new study which also found that blood pressure and heart rate decreased in patients who took part in the meditative practice.


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Procter & Gamble Halts Vicks Action 500 Extra Sales in India After Ban

U.S. consumer health mogul Procter & Gamble's India unit on Tuesday announced that it had stopped production and sale of its cough-and-cold medicine Vicks Action 500 Extra with immediate effect, after regulators...


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Nutritional supplements lower genetic hearing loss in kids

A study found that an antioxidant treatment of beta carotene, vitamins C and E and magnesium helped decelerate progression of hereditary deafness in mice, with removal of Connexin 26 gene - a protein that causes innate hearing loss.


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Blueberries can help you fight Alzheimer's

A recent study has found that the blueberry, already known as a 'super fruit,' can be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.


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Pfizer Stops Corex Cough Syrup Sales In India After Ban

US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc's India unit announced on Monday that it had stopped retailing its popular Corex cough syrup, after regulators banned it saying it was a risk to human health.


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FDA approves Pfizer's lung cancer drug Xalkori for expanded use

Federal authorities on Friday approved the expanded use of Xalkori (crizotinib) manufactured by pharma giant Pfizer to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.


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Having Younger Sibling Lowers Obesity Risk In Children

A new study has suggested that having a younger sibling is good for health. The researchers said that kids with younger siblings are much less likely to be obese. The study showed that children who didn't welcome a...


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Reading from a tablet before sleeping may affect sleep quality

A new study has found that people who read from the tablet for half an hour before going to sleep felt less sleepy, adding these readers had different electrical activity in the brain during sleep.


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Ultra-processed food make up half of Americans' calories

More than half of the calories consumed daily by Americans come from ultra-processed food, rich in added sugars, according to the scientists. The researchers said that ultra-processed foods are concoctions of several ingredients...


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New Method Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor

A new study demonstrates kidney disease patients might live far longer if they receive a transplant from an incompatible living donor instead of waiting for a good match.


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First uterus transplant in US fails after complication

The Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday announced that the first uterus transplant in the US had failed and the doctors were forced to remove the organ of the patient because of a complication.


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Fish oil, Vitamin D can't cure osteoarthritis: study

A research conducted by Australian scientists has revealed the ineffectiveness of fish oil and vitamin D as treatments for knee osteoarthritis. The Australian team, from the University of Tasmania's Menzies, discovered...


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Study: Special infant formulas don't help prevent asthma, allergies

A new review of the data on these "hydrolyzed" infant formulas has found that there is no concrete proof to suggest that special cow's milk formulas protect children from the autoimmune disorders.


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Forget weight, being 'out of shape' ups diabetes risk

Weight, diet and a lack of activity in adulthood are known to increase the likelihood of developing type 2 diabetes. The new study using data from Swedish military recruits demonstrates that strength and fitness as a...


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Body fat bigger health risk than body size: study

A new research suggests that people who have more body fat may have a greater risk of dying early than people whose bodies have less fat. On the other hand having a high body-mass index was not linked to early death in the...


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Grapeseed oil can cut heart disease, diabetes risk

Risk of diabetes and heart disease might be reduced with a diet higher in a lipid found in grapeseed and other oils, but not in olive oil, according to a new study. Ohio State University researchers found that women and...


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Jimmy Carter no longer needs cancer treatment

After several rounds of a new form of cancer therapy, former president Jimmy Carter announced at his hometown church on Sunday that he is no longer receiving cancer treatments. In Aug 2015, Carter was first diagnosed with a...


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Whole Foods takes pre-peeled oranges off shelves after backlash

Supermarket chain Whole Foods faced Twitter backlash after offering packaged, pre-peeled oranges for sale in its stores.


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Peanuts to babies? Studies back allergy-preventing strategy

Two new studies reinforce evidence that giving babies peanuts or other allergy-causing foods is more likely to help them than to cause problems. One study suggests that the early prevention approach results in persistent...


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Evidence Mounts of Zika's Risk to Pregnant Women

According to Researchers, the Zika virus may be associated with a wider variety of "grave outcomes" for developing babies than previously known. The findings released Friday are initial results from the first study...


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Women need higher dose of Truvada than men to prevent HIV infection

In a recent study, researchers have found that the drug Truvada, the only one permitted for prevention of HIV infection, requires different levels in men and women to prevent infection efficiently. In the study that...


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NY attorney general to probe insurers over hepatitis C drugs

New York's attorney general is investigating state health-insurance companies for allegedly restricting coverage of drugs that can cure hepatitis C. New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office has...


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Happiness Too Can Cause Broken Heart Syndrome

Joyful events can also trigger a dangerous condition called the "broken heart syndrome," researchers and doctors reported on Thursday.


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First Cases Of Zika Virus Reported In Colorado

Colorado health officials have confirmed the state's first two Zika cases this year.


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Drug prompts strong immune response in some breast cancers

According to a study, a single dose of the drug trastuzumab triggered a stronger immune response in one subtype of HER2-positive breast cancer tumors.


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