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  • About one-third of dementia cases could be prevented by actions that begin in childhood, experts say

    20 July 2017 2:45 PM

    More than 1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia can be traced to factors — such as inadequate education, obesity, hearing loss and smoking — that simply don’t need to be, according to a new report. These challenges first present themselves in childhood, and they continue to make their presence felt all the way through one’s

  • Team New Zealand, Luna Rossa to release America's Cup protocol in September

    19 July 2017 12:49 AM

    (Reuters) - Defenders Team New Zealand and challenger of record Luna Rossa are considering the possibility of the 36th America's Cup being staged in Auckland in 2021 and will release the protocol in September, the teams' governing bodies have said. Team New Zealand beat Oracle Team USA 7-1 in Bermuda last month and can now dictate the location, dates

  • Tsunami advisory cancelled after Russia 7.8 earthquake

    18 July 2017 1:38 AM 2 1

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A strong earthquake on the Russian side of the Bering Sea briefly prompted a tsunami advisory for parts of the Pacific, including Alaska’s remote Aleutian Islands and Russia. The National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska, cancelled the advisory because the tsunami no longer posed a threat. Officials at the warning centre had cautioned

  • Fish oil findings prove promising for mums

    17 July 2017 5:51 PM 3

    Researchers are investigating whether taking fish oil during pregnancy could reduce a child's risk of diabetes. Children of overweight women are more likely to become overweight themselves, and nearly twice as likely to develop problems like diabetes in later life. Paediatrician Dr Ben Albert has co-led a Liggins Institute study of rats that found fish oil during

  • U.S. doctor meets specialists treating Charlie Gard in U.K

    17 July 2017 4:35 PM 9

    Parents have fought in court for permission bring to 11-month-old to U.S. for treatment An U.S. doctor specializing in treating rare genetic conditions is meeting with other specialists treating Charlie Gard, assessing the critically ill 11-month-old for the first time. Dr. Michio Hirano of Columbia University will talk with doctors from Great Ormond

  • Artificial sweeteners could cause weight gain over time, review of studies says

    17 July 2017 4:00 PM 2

    Too much sugar, we know, is linked to obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. And people who are watching their weight may choose the artificial sweetness to fight back products like aspartame, sucralose and steviocide (brand names: Equal, Splenda and Stevia.) But a new analysis of studies in the Canadian Medical Association Journal looked at the long-term

  • 27 contact lenses found lodged in woman's eye

    17 July 2017 3:21 PM 8

    Anyone who wears contact lenses knows how uncomfortable it can be when they slip and get stuck under the eyelid. Which is why the case of a British woman who lost 27 lenses in the back of her eye is so stunning. The 67-year-old woman recently went in for cataract surgery, and after doctors injected anesthetic into her eye, they found a “bluish mass” emerge

  • Mental health awareness important in preventing suicide

    17 July 2017 5:51 AM 1

    THE recent suicides in Cebu has prompted the Department of Health (DOH) to strengthen awareness on mental health issues, the signs of an impending suicide and how this can be possibly averted. Erika Datan, assistant mental health program coordinator of DOH-7, said there are many persons suffering from acute depression and if left alone, could take upon themselves

  • DTI backs coconut industry vs coco oil backlash abroad

    16 July 2017 4:00 PM 2

    MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is backing the coconut industry position against the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recent advisory that gave a bad reputation to the use of coconut oil. The agency said it concurs with the stand of industry associations such as United Coconut Associations of the Philippines Inc. (UCAP)

  • Son's overseas death preventable: family

    12 July 2017 6:58 PM 5

    A Kiwi man suffered a heart attack and died in a Japanese hospital because he had been tied to a bed for 10 days, his older brother suspects. A Kiwi man suffered a heart attack and died in a Japanese hospital because he had been tied to a psychiatric ward bed for 10 days straight, his older brother suspects. Kelly Savage, 27, had been teaching English