Million deaths due to too little fruit and vegetables

Preliminary results of a new study suggest that inadequate fruit and vegetable consumption each year causes millions of deaths from heart disease and strokes. According to estimates, one out of seven deaths could be due to plenty of fruit cases, avoid, and one of twelve by enough vegetables. Based on data from the year 2010, scientists at the Tufts University […]

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Cocaine deaths up in US, and opioids are a big part of it

U.S. health officials say cocaine overdose deaths have been rising. Drug overdose deaths involving cocaine began rising around 2012, and jumped 34 percent between 2016 and 2017. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Thursday. The increase at least partly reflects trends in deaths from heroin, fentanyl and other opioid drugs. Many overdose deaths involve someone who […]

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Globally, 1 in 5 deaths are associated with poor diet

People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients, according to the Global Burden of Disease study tracking trends in consumption of 15 dietary factors from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries, published in The Lancet. The study estimates that one in five deaths globally—equivalent to […]

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Spending too much time sitting down linked to around 50,000 deaths per year in the UK

Spending large amounts of time sitting or lounging around during the day is linked to around 50,000 deaths per year in the UK and the NHS spends in excess of £0.7bn per year treating the health consequences, suggests research from Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. A large proportion of […]

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Philippines to charge Sanofi officials over dengue vaccination deaths

The Philippine government said Friday it would file criminal charges against six officials of the French pharmaceutical firm Sanofi Pasteur over the deaths of children injected with its Dengvaxia anti-dengue vaccine. The Philippines in 2016 was the first nation to use Dengvaxia in a mass immunisation programme, but Sanofi disclosed a year later that it could worsen symptoms for people […]

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Assisted dying methods can cause ‘inhumane’ deaths

Assisted dying can cause ‘inhumane’ deaths for patients who don’t pass out and some take as long as a WEEK to die Patients may not get the correct dose due to difficulty swallowing or vomiting  International researchers said there is no defined way to achieve humane death Assisted dying is legal in some European countries and US states Assisted suicide […]

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Even in best-case scenario, opioid overdose deaths will keep rising until 2022

In the nation’s opioid epidemic, the carnage is far from over. A new projection of opioid overdose death rates suggests that even if there is steady progress in reducing prescription narcotics abuse nationwide, the number of fatal overdoses—which reached 47,600 in 2017—will rise sharply in the coming years. By 2022, such deaths would peak at about 75,400, and begin to […]

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Number of suicide deaths have risen globally to over 800,000 in 2016

The total number of deaths from suicide increased by 6.7% globally between 1990 and 2016 to 817,000 deaths in 2016, finds a study published by The BMJ today. However, when adjusted for age, the global mortality rate from suicide decreased by almost a third (33%) worldwide over the same period. In general, the findings show that men had higher mortality […]

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Study reveals patterns of drug intoxication deaths, organ donors across the US

Drug intoxication deaths have risen dramatically over the past several decades. From 1999 to 2016, the number of deaths due to drug intoxication more than tripled. Over the same period, the number of hearts recovered for heart transplantation has dramatically increased, with the proportion of hearts from drug-intoxication-related donors now making up 17.6 percent of available organs. Transplantation and cardiology […]

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