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Colon cancer: Changes in gut bacteria may lead to new blood test

WT24 Desk New research in mice and humans suggests that imbalances in gut bacteria could play a key role in promoting the development of colorectal cancer. The finding is helping researchers develop a blood test that may help them diagnose this form of cancer, according to MNT. In 2019, doctors will have diagnosed an estimated 145,600 new cases of colorectal cancer in the United ...

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Short sleep may harm bone health in older women

WT24 Desk Can insufficient sleep be harmful to bone health? New research in postmenopausal women has found that those who slept for no longer than 5 hours per night were most likely to have lower bone mineral density (BMD) and osteoporosis., Agencies report A team from the University at Buffalo, NY, led the study of 11,084 postmenopausal women, all of ...

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Using soup to fight off malaria

WT24 Desk A new paper suggests that certain traditional soup broths may contain active ingredients that could help fight off malaria, MNT reports. The research appears in the BMJ journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, and professor Jake Baum, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London in the United Kingdom, is the last and corresponding author of the ...

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Expired medicines worth Tk 34 cr destroyed: Report

WT24 Desk Expired medicines, worth over Tk 34 crore, were destroyed in the last two months while over Tk 1 crore was realised in fine by mobile courts for storing expired and adulterated medicines, Agencies report. A report titled ‘Action taken against sale of expired, fake and adulterated medicine from August 1 to October 31’ prepared by the Department of ...

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Plant-based diet may prevent cognitive decline

WT24 Desk New research finds that following a diet rich in plant-based foods and low in animal products during midlife is associated with a significantly lower risk of cognitive impairment later in life, according to MNT. According to the latest estimates from the United Nations, there are currently 137 million people over the age of 80 worldwide. Experts expect this number to ...

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Exercise after the age of 60 may prevent heart disease, stroke

WT24 Desk A study finds that increased activity over the age of 60 can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to MNT. In 2015, 900 millionTrusted Source people, globally, were over the age of 60. By 2050, the World Health Organization (WHO) expect that number to reach 2 billion. While it is common for people to become less active as ...

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The link between insomnia and cardiovascular disease

WT24 Desk Sleeping problems can affect both mental and physical health. Now, a large-scale analysis in China highlights how insomnia might lead to potentially life threatening cardiovascular diseases, MNT reports. Insomnia is a relatively widespread problem. When a person has insomnia, they often struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. Some people experience both. Around 1 in 4 adults in the United States ...

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Atrial fibrillation: Height could predict risk

WT24 Desk Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have found that people who are taller also have a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation, a common heart condition, and that there may be a genetic link, according to MNT. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 2.7–6.1 millionTrusted Source people in the United States have atrial fibrillation. Though ...

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Is there a link between muscle mass and cardiovascular risk?

WT24 Desk A new study has found a link between lower muscle mass and a higher risk of cardiovascular events — at least in males aged 45 and over. This association, the research indicates, is valid even for males with no history of heart disease, according to MNT. Some loss of skeletal muscle mass occurs naturally as people age. This ...

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Late evening eating may compromise women’s heart health

WT24 Desk New research finds that eating more calories in the evening is associated with poorer cardiovascular health in women, according to MNT. Evidence is accumulating that meal times can impact cardiometabolic health. One recent study, for example, showed that eating meals earlier in the day can help people lose weight, while eating later in the day may promote weight gain and slow ...

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