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Issue 194  |  Tuesday May 12, 2015


What is Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)?

Hypertension is the leading cause globally of death and disability. It is the major risk factor for heart attack and stroke, and is also a significant risk factor for chronic kidney disease and chronic heart failure. Because individuals with hypertension usually don’t have any symptoms, it is a disease that is often under-diagnosed...
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What should your blood pressure be?

BP results are given as two numbers. An example BP result may be 120 over 80 (written as 120/80). The first number represents...
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How to have healthy eyes

The eyes are very sensitive instruments which become damaged if they are exposed to too much light or other toxic substances...
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How smoking affects skin health

Smoking is associated with diseases like lung cancer and cardiovascular disease. But there are many lesser known health effects as well, including effects on the skin...
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Men and suicide: Know the warning signs

Men who feel suicidal often display distinctive warning signs, offering those closest to them significant opportunities to intervene, a study by...
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Rush to crush risks medicine effectiveness

People who take more than four doses of medicine a day appear more likely to crush tablets or open capsules potentially reducing their effectiveness, ...
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Exercise key to fighting fat in the liver and gut

Overweight people should exercise rather than count kilos if they want to reduce their risk of liver disease, diabetes and cardiovascular problems, according to...
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Can children with egg allergy tolerate pasteurised raw egg?

New research shows pasteurised (heated) raw egg contains the same main allergens as fresh raw egg, and is not likely to be tolerated in children with egg allergy...
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The hopes, fears and realities of weight loss surgery

The statistics tell us that rates of gastric banding and other weight loss surgery are rising steeply, yet very little is known about the experiences of people who undergo it...
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Acid poses rapid risk to wine tasters’ teeth

New research shows the acid in wine can make teeth vulnerable to erosion within minutes, prompting renewed calls for professional wine tasters to...
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Stamps on foods help IBS sufferers choose wisely

A certification stamp on packaged foods to help irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) sufferers choose foods that don’t trigger their symptoms is being adopted by...
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