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Ghana: Doctors to call off services from Monday………

XYZ News can confirm that Doctors have declared a nationwide strike starting Monday April 8, 2013.   The decision was reached at a National Executive Council meeting of the Ghana Medical Association in the Ashanti regional capital Kumasi today Saturday April 6, 2013.   From Monday, April 8, the Doctors will turn away all new Out-Patients and only attend to ...

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Changes in your diet can help lower that Blood Pressure…

Sunday, April 7, is World Health Day, and this year’s theme is high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The World Health Organization has recommended reducing salt or sodium intake to lower the risk of stroke, cardiovascular disease and kidney failure. But researchers say the benefits would be greater if dietary potassium intake was increased at the same time. The ...

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Chinese authorities kill 20K birds as avian flu toll rises to 6

Hong Kong (CNN) — Chinese authorities have killed more than 20,000 birds from a live-poultry trading zone in Shanghai after an unusual strain of bird flu that has so far killed six people in the country was found in pigeons on sale in the city, state-run media outlet Xinhua reported Friday. Details of the slaughter of chickens, ducks, geese and ...

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HEALTH TOPIC OF THE WEEK:When a Smoker Lights-up…… May Increase Health Risks

The health risks of cigarette smoking are well known, such as cancer, emphysema and cardiovascular disease.  But new research shows that when you smoke can make it even more risky. Tobacco remains the leading cause of preventable death, according to the World Health Organization. It estimates six million people die every year from smoking-related illnesses, most in low and middle ...

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In Senegal, Skin-Lightening Remains Popular Despite Health Risks

DAKAR, SENEGAL — The World Health Organization says that a quarter of Senegalese women use skin-lightening products regularly. The products, even those claiming to have so-called “natural” components, can contain mercury, hydroquinone or caustic agents like sodium hydroxide. These are dangerous ingredients that can cause cancer and are potentially disfiguring. Some women in capital city Dakar say the risks are ...

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Latest Cancer Research Leads to Better Screening, New Drugs

LONDON — New research has nearly doubled the number of genetic variations implicated in breast, prostate and ovarian cancer, offering fresh avenues for screening at-risk patients and, potentially, developing better drugs. The bumper haul of 74 gene changes that can increase risks for the three hormone-related cancers, announced by scientists on Wednesday, is the result of the largest ever study ...

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Study Links Early Baldness to Prostate Cancer in African Americans

ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI — New research finds a link between early baldness and cancer of the male reproductive gland known as the prostate. The study involved African-American men, a group at particularly high risk of prostate cancer. At first glance, there doesn’t seem to be an obvious connection between prostate cancer and baldness. But University of Pennsylvania researcher Charnita M. ...

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Researchers: Bitter Cassava Related Disease, Konzo, Impacts Brain Function

Konzo is a crippling disease found mostly in Central and East Africa, and affecting mainly children. Now, an international team of researchers has found that it can affect the brains as well as the bodies of its young victims. Konzo is essentially a result of cyanide poisoning. The cyanide comes from a staple food, a starchy tuber called bitter cassava, ...

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