Women older than 75 may not reap death benefit from continued mammography screening

Healthy women over the age of 75 years might not benefit from continuing breast cancer screening. Researchers used data from the Medicare program to estimate the risk of breast cancer mortality under two strategies: continuing versus stopping screening in older women. They found a small mortality benefit for continuing to screen women between the ages of 70 to 74, but […]

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China virus death toll nears 1,400, US bemoans ‘lack of transparency’

The death toll from China’s virus epidemic neared 1,400 on Friday, as the United States complained of a “lack of transparency” from Beijing over its handling of a crisis that has fuelled global panic. Nearly 64,000 people are now recorded as having been made ill by the virus in China, with the last two days showing a steep rise after […]

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Hong Kong reports virus death as workers strike at hospitals

Hong Kong hospitals cut services as medical workers were striking for a second day Tuesday to demand the border with mainland China be shut completely to ward off a virus that caused its first death in the semi-autonomous territory. All but two of Hong Kong’s land and sea crossings with the mainland were closed at midnight after more than 2,000 […]

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Coronavirus spreads to EVERY part of China as death toll jumps to 170

Killer coronavirus spreads to EVERY region of China as death toll jumps to 170 and almost 8,000 people have caught the deadly SARS-like infection China has confirmed 7,711 cases – more than 100 have been recorded elsewhere Deaths have also risen to 170, with 38 patients succumbing in the deadliest day Finland and the UAE yesterday became the latest countries […]

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China warns virus could mutate and spread as death toll rises

A new virus that has killed nine people, infected hundreds and reached the United States could mutate and spread, China warned Wednesday, as authorities urged people to steer clear of the city at the heart of the outbreak. The coronavirus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland […]

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New research could reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death

Around 26 million people worldwide suffer from heart failure, with more than 50 per cent dying suddenly most likely due to the spontaneous onset of a heart rhythm problem, known as an arrhythmia. The link between the electrical signal that triggers the heart cell to contract (action potential) and consequent ability of the heart to pump blood has been known […]

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