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  • A Florida county of 15,000 people is the least healthy place in America — here's why

    October 17, 2017 5:34 PM 8

    Joe Pietrangelo, health officer at Union County's department of health, has said the department's lack of funding consistently prevents it from offering people the services it needs. These include things like counseling, support, and information people can use to improve their health. It could explain why Union County has the second-highest smoking rate in the state

  • Ailing China PhD student pledges her head for scientific study after death

    October 16, 2017 5:24 AM 11

    BEIJING (CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A Peking University student has pledged to donate her head for scientific research after she dies. "After I pass away, I want to give up my head for medical study and hope motor neuron disease can be overcome soon so that those suffer from this disease can get rid of the pain," Ms Lou said in her will, which

  • Hospitals in England to ban 'super-size' chocolate bars

    October 15, 2017 11:01 PM 20

    "Super-sized" chocolate bars are to be banished from hospital shops, canteens and vending machines, NHS England says. Sweets and chocolate sold in hospitals should be 250 calories or under, the head of the body says. Under the plans, most "grab bags" will be banned - with hospitals given a cash boost for facilitating the change. The proposals would also see 75% of pre-packed

  • Physicians are reminded how much you need to eat vegetables and fruits a day

    October 15, 2017 10:26 AM 19

    Scientists have found that in order to prolong your life and be healthy to eat 3-4 servings of fruits, vegetables, and legumes. Previously it was thought that a person needs five, seven or even ten portions (one serving is considered to be 80 grams) daily. But in the new study of Fruit, vegetable, and legume intake, and cardiovascular disease and deaths

  • Japanese man invents 'coffee' made entirely of garlic

    October 15, 2017 7:04 AM 14

    AOMORI (Kyodo) -- "Garlic coffee" can be a boon to coffee-loving pregnant women abstaining from the beverage, according to a man in northeastern Japan who invented the drink that looks and tastes like coffee but is made up entirely of locally grown garlic. "My drink is probably the world's first of its kind," said 74-year-old Yokitomo Shimotai, a former

  • Yemen cholera outbreak kills more than 2,000

    October 14, 2017 9:02 PM 16

    Cholera-stricken Siddique Nuruddin Ali, seven, at a treatment centre in the Red Sea port city of Hodeidah last Sunday. The cholera outbreak in war-torn Yemen is the largest single-year cholera outbreak on record, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric has said, with more than 2,150 associated deaths and over 820,000 cases since April. The World Health

  • Sharp rise in smuggling and sale of e-cigarettes

    October 14, 2017 9:00 PM 14

    Experts flag 15,000 cases over three years as worrying sign of growing popularity E-cigarettes are hot on the black market, given the rising number of cases the authorities have investigated in recent years. From April 2014 to March this year, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) probed about 15,000 vaporiser cases, including cases of people trying to sell them online

  • Gleneagles Hospital to cover bills for security guard who had heart attack

    October 13, 2017 1:36 AM 21

    SINGAPORE: Gleneagles Hospital will cover the bills for one of their security guards who was unable to pay for his medical costs after he had a heart attack and had to be placed in the hospital's intensive care unit (ICU). In an update on a page set up to raise funds for the security guard Mr Thomas Lukose, his brother on Thursday (Oct 12) thanked

  • A durian feat not to be sniffed at

    October 9, 2017 9:00 PM 24

    United by love of the thorny fruit, group cracks open its DNA and finds answers to smelly questions Their day job was cancer research, but a group of scientists from different institutions here had another equally uniting passion. Gathering together in Chinatown every week to get their fix during the season, the self-confessed durian connoisseurs began

  • [Graphic News] China dominates cosmetic surgery tourism

    October 8, 2017 8:26 AM 30

    According to the data compiled by the Ministry of Health and Welfare, foreigners spent around 270 billion won ($235 million) in South Korea on plastic surgeries and dermatology treatments last year. The number of foreigners visiting South Korea for medical purposes came to 452,380 in 2016, with nearly 100,000 of them receiving beauty-related treatments