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Can massage therapy really help you lose weight?


Of all the weight-loss techniques out there, the idea that regular massages could help you shed pounds is definitely among the most appealing. It seems too good to be true—all you have to do is lie there and the weight starts to fall off? Well, that’s not exactly how it works. “In my 15 years …

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ICTs – important tools to reducing maternal and child mortality


Tamale, Sept 18, GNA – The former United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, few years ago, convened a meeting of health leaders and experts from over 30 countries to set a global plan of action to ensure that no woman, newborn, child or adolescent dies from preventable causes by 2030. …

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Prof Akosa calls for research into health implications of galamsey


Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa, former Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has called for research into the health implications of heavy metals used by illegal miners on the various rivers in the country. He said it is not all the people staying downstream of the polluted rivers who …

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‘Pen’ identifies cancer in 10 seconds


A HANDHELD device can identify cancerous tissue in 10 seconds, according to scientists at the University of Texas. They say it could make surgery to remove a tumour quicker, safer and more precise. And they hope it would avoid the “heartbreak” of leaving any of the cancer behind. Tests, published …

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Sugarcane extract may relieve stress-induced insomnia


A new study – published in the journal Scientific Reports – examines the effect of octacosanol in stressed sleep-deprived mice. The research was carried out by a team of scientists led by Mahesh K. Kaushik and Yoshihiro Urade, both of the International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine at the University …

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More effort needed to curb malnutrition in Ghana – Report

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More efforts are needed, particularly by the government to curb the spate of malnutrition in Ghana and other parts of Africa, an international report has recommended. The report launched on Monday by the Malabo Montpellier Panel notes that across Africa, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger dropped from …

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Malaria rapid diagnostics fuel overuse of antibiotics


A study has found that Malaria rapid diagnostic tests (mRDTs) introduced to improve the use of antimalarials may have unintended negative consequences, such as overuse of antibiotics. A WHO policy change in 2010, requiring that malaria cases should be confirmed before treatment, has increased the use of mRDTs on a …

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First cancer ‘living drug’ gets go-ahead


THE US has approved the first treatment to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer. The regulator – the US Food and Drug Administration – said its decision was a “historic” moment and medicine was now “entering a new frontier”. The company Novartis is charging $475,000 (£367,000) …

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