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New Device Can Reduce or Prevent Migraines

Cefaly is a band that is worn on the forehead and sends electric shocks to one of the nerves of the brain. The invention developed by a Belgian company, has just received approval from the Food and Drug Administration ( FDA), after several studies, the institution considered it safe and effective in the prevention and treatment of migraines. Using Cefaly is very simple, the band goes on the forehead and just above the ears standing. When activated, electrical impulses are sent to the the trigeminal nerve associated with migraine attacks. In a high percentage of patients, the result after a period…
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Being Born Small or Premature Can Lead to Infertility

It is increasingly clear that fetal development influences subsequent life events. Since the cardiovascular risk to the possibilities of developing different diseases may be influenced by what has been experienced in the womb or shortly after leaving it. Now, a study published in the journal BMJ Open, shows that the physical characteristics of girls at birth can affect the chances of being infertile when they become older . Specifically, the study says, a birth weight less than expected (low weight for gestational age) or smaller in size could double the risk of not being able to have children as adults.…
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New WHO Guidelines for Sugar Intake

The World Health Organization (WHO ) wants you to stop eating too much sugar. Based on new guidelines proposed this week, WHO is encouraging people to consume less than 5% of their total daily calories from sugars. Current guidelines from the organization, published in 2002, recommend consuming less than 10% of total daily calories from sugars. "There is growing concern that consumption of sugars, particularly in the form of sweetened beverages ... may result in an increase of total caloric intake , leading to an unhealthy diet , weight gain and increased risk of noncommunicable diseases" the WHO said in…
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Heroin Overdose Deaths Are A Public Safety Issue, Eric Holder

Concerned about the increase in heroin overdose deaths , Attorney General of the United States, Eric Holder, called for increased efforts to fight what he considered an "urgent public health crisis." In a video released Monday, Holder said the increased efforts include not only law enforcement, but also treatment and efforts to keep people away from the deadly drug . "It is clear that opium addiction is urgent - and - growing public health crisis. Which is why the authorities of the Department of Justice and other local leaders, state and federal code, are fighting it aggressively" Holder said, adding…
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A New Blood Test May be Able to Predict Alzheimer’s 3 Years Before Onset

A new blood test could detect with 90 % accuracy whether a person will develop Alzheimer's or mild cognitive impairment three years in advance, according to a study released by the journal Nature Medicine. The research, conducted by a group of experts from the Georgetown University Medical Center in the Washington DC, found that some changes observed in the blood may mean that the patient is suffering from Alzheimer's in its earliest stage. Scientists examined for five years over 70,525 healthy people and identified ten main phospholipids which could be used to predict whether patients will develop mild cognitive impairment…
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HealthSource RI to Open Temporary Contact Center in Warwick

PROVIDENCE – HealthSource RI, the state’s health benefits exchange, will open a temporary satellite Contact Center at 250A Centerville Road in Warwick. The temporary location will open Monday, March 10, and will remain open until the end of April. HealthSource RI will open the satellite center to provide a convenient alternative walk-in location to Rhode Islanders from communities outside the immediate Providence area. The Warwick center will be open seven days a week, from 8 to 9 , Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 on Sunday. Consumers interested in learning more about health care coverage options available through…
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Scientists Warn That Climate Change Could Increase Malaria Cases

Malaria affects millions of people every year. A group of British scientists and researchers warned that climate change could bring a significant increase in cases of malaria around the world, as well as the spread of the disease to mountainous areas of Africa and South America. The study, published in the journal Science, says that even a small increase in temperature in the future could result in millions of cases of disease. The researchers found evidence that mosquitoes that transmit the disease are moved to higher ground as the temperature rises. People living in high altitude areas lack adequate immune…
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Scientists Successfully Reprogram HIV Cells

In the world there is a very small group of people who is immune to the HIV virus that causes AIDS . For years, scientists have attempted to replicate this natural resistance. Now researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, in the United States, managed to genetically engineer the immune cells of 12 patients with HIV to make them resistant to the virus. Using a relatively new techniques, scientists edited the genome of the cells in the immune system and removed a protein that makes most people susceptible to the virus. To do this, patients who participated in the research published…
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Local Hospitals Contacting Patients Who May Have Been Exposed to Measles

The Rhode Island Department of Health is reporting that both Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center are working to notify patients who may have been exposed to measles. On February 25, a man was treated at Roger Williams Medical Center for a sore throat and fever. He was then seen on the 28th at a CVS Minute Clinic in North Attleboro for a rash. That same day the patient was sent to Rhode Island Hospital. Any patients who were in the Emergency Room on the Friday, February 28th between 5:30 and 3:30 Saturday may have been exposed. The hospitals…
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Older Men Are Linked to Diseases In Children

A wide variety of diseases and psychological disorders in school-age children are linked to the fact that they are children of older men. So says an extensive joint investigation by Indiana University and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden where million people were studied. The researchers noted that these diseases are caused by mutations in sperm in older men. Among the diseases that were included in the study, high rates of autism, bipolar depression, schizophrenia, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity among others were reported. This study has been defined as one of the most comprehensive and rigorous on the topic.
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