Best supplements for cholesterol: The fatty substance proven to lower ‘bad’ cholesterol

Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the body which can be split into two types – HDL stands for high-density lipoproteins and LDL stands for low-density lipoproteins. LDL is labelled ‘bad’ cholesterol because high levels can lead to a build up in the arteries. It’s important to have some cholesterol in the body, but high levels can cause arteries […]

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Sudden spike in suspected opioid ODs has Middlesex-London Health Unit on high alert

The Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) is expressing concern over the possibility that a new, extremely toxic opioid has hit the streets following a sudden spike in suspected opioid overdoses. According to the MLHU, 16 suspected overdoses occurred in a 24-hour span on Monday and Tuesday, three of which occurred in Middlesex County. The health unit also says that London’s police […]

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High blood pressure: Five foods you can eat to help lower your reading

High blood pressure affects more than one in four adults in the UK and can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. The condition can cause hardening and thickening of the arteries, which can then lead to a heart attack or stroke. It can often be prevented or reduced by eating healthily. But what foods in particular should you […]

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There's a new blood test that could detect up to 90% of cases of endometriosis

The Mitomic Endometriosis Test, which was developed at MDNA’s Newcastle lab, looks for biomarkers of endometriosis in the blood through the close examination of mutations in mitochondrial DNA. A study published in the journal Biomarkers in Medicine found that these newly-identified biomarkers can accurately detect endometriosis in blood samples in up to nine out of 10 cases, even in the […]

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Mayor Watson calls for Ministry of Health to overturn funding cut for OPH safe consumption site

In a letter to Ontario Minister of Health and Long-term Care Christine Elliot sent on Monday, Mayor Jim Watson has asked the ministry to overturn their decision to cut funding to Ottawa Public Health’s safe consumption site at 179 Clarence St. On Friday, the Ontario government announced that they will be providing funding for 15 safe consumption sites in the […]

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The BGH rejects claim for damages due to artificial nutrition

Life, even if it is associated with suffering, can never be a harm. A life-sustaining treatment, such as artificial nutrition, can trigger, therefore, no claims for damages, ruled on Tuesday, 2. April, 2019, the German Federal court of justice (BGH) in Karlsruhe, Germany (Az.: VI ZR 13/18). This follows from the enshrined in the basic law human dignity and the […]

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'It wasn't until I was about 30 that we realised it was IBS' – How these sufferers have learnt to manage their symptoms

‘I think of IBS as an umbrella term,” says Deirdre O’Donovan, consultant gastroenterologist. “The only cardinal feature that has to be present is abdominal discomfort.” There can also be bloating, diarrhoea and constipation, but the discomfort is key in order to distinguish constipation, for example, for which there are many causes, from constipation with IBS. “There is no single test […]

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Transplant Patients Need Anti-Rejection Drugs. Why Won’t Insurers Pay for Some of Them?

The question might seem indelicate. But transplant centers find it is necessary these days to know the answer even before they place a patient on the list for an organ transplant. “How will you pay for the anti-rejection drugs?” These are patients with insurance — they need it to pay for the transplant itself — so it might seem obvious […]

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12-week medical abortion limit 'causing confusion', say doctors

Many women encounter “a huge amount of confusion” about what constitutes 12 weeks’ pregnancy when accessing a medical abortion. This can lead to some fraught situations since the new law came into effect in January, warn doctors. Medical director of the Irish Family Planning Association Dr Caitriona Henchion said under the new abortion law a termination can only be carried […]

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