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Estonia to DNA test 100,000 residents and give lifestyle advice based on results

The Estonian government is to collect the DNA of 100,000 citizens to provide them with personalised health and lifestyle advice, the Independent reports. Nearly eight per cent of the country’s 1.3 million population will supply blood samples...
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Sydney university develops glue to seal wounds in a minute

Got a wound? Got minute? No problem, someday we’ll just seal it with glue. But not just any glue, this elastic glue was developed by researchers and biomedical engineers from the University of Sydney to seal wounds in a span of a minute. In...
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Stem cell therapy restores sight in two patients

Two patients in the UK with advanced cases of age-related macular degeneration regained enough vision to be able to read again thanks to a new stem-cell therapy. Both patients were losing their sight so severely that they could no longer see...
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Lower your blood pressure with spinach

There are some foods that scientists say can contribute to reducing high blood pressure (BP). Spinach is one of those. A Swedish study has shown that spinach is one of the superfoods that will bring your BP readings down due to its abundance...
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Half a glass of wine a day ‘raises risk of dementia’

Drinking three and a half glasses of wine a week is enough to raise the risk of dementia, researchers have warned. Their study of more than 13,000 adults is the largest of its kind to show how even low levels of alcohol can harm the brain. Men...
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Kittens help memory loss patients find joy

An assisted-living facility in the United States that cares for patients with memory loss two years ago launched a new program that fosters community and even seems to be helping bring back some long-lost memories. Catalina Springs Memory Care...
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WHO issues new recommendations for TB prevention

The World Health Organization (WHO), in its latest set of guidelines for combating tuberculosis, has recommended scaling up access to testing and treatment for TB infection, especially among groups who are at risk, such as children and people...
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New study suggests blood test can help diagnose autism in children

A study published in the Molecular Autism journal concludes that a blood test could help diagnose autism in children by detecting early warning signs. Scientists at the University of Warwick in the UK say it is almost 90% accurate and could...
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Indian man ends up with two beating hearts after surgery

A 56-year-old man in India has undergone life-saving cardiac surgery – but ended up with two beating hearts inside his chest. The man, who suffered from end-stage heart failure, had been admitted to hospital in Hyderabad, for a heart...
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WHO warns of soaring rates of measles in Europe

Europe has seen a big surge in measles cases in 2017, which the World Health Organization says is a tragedy after a record low of 5,273 cases in 2016, BBC reports. Cases increased four-fold, with more than 20,000 people affected and 35 deaths. Fifteen...