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Taking contraceptive pill for five year doubles risk of brain tumour, warn scientists

Taking the pill for at least five years more than doubles the risk of developing a brain tumour, a study has shown. Scientists say that hormonal contraception, particularly progestogen-only methods such as the micro-pill, increased the chance of glioma of the brain, a rare type of cancer which affects around five in 100,000. Researchers studied the contraception methods of more ... Read More »

Essential oils for wellbeing: All you need to know

Aromatherapy is one of the most popular of all complementary therapies. It is moving in bold direction playing a greater role in the treatment of pain, as a mood enhancer or even in sleep therapy.  Aromatherapy has flourished in the past forty years. Sales of essential body oils are continuously growing as more people are indulging aromatherapy to enhance their ... Read More »

8 health benefits of ginger tea

Nothing beats cold in the winter like a piping hot cup of ginger tea. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health. Once made into tea, you can add peppermint, honey or lemon to mask the taste of the ginger. Here's why you should have this soothing beverage. Relieve nausea ... Read More »

Know your breast cancer-blocking diet

Changing your nutritional habits can help you go a long way in decreasing cancer risk. Here are some tips to feed your body right against the fight: Cruciferous vegetables: Phytonutrients in cruciferous veggies stop the spread of cancer and the formation of cancer cells. They also change estrogen metabolism so your body produces a kind of estrogen that doesn’t initiate ... Read More »

Study: HIV causing AIDS ‘weakening over time’

The rapid evolution of HIV, a human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause Aids, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Africa. Scientists at Oxford University have said that research suggests a less virulent HIV could be one of several factors contributing to a turning of the deadly pandemic, eventually leading to the end of ... Read More »

Can you drink too much milk?

PARIS: Drink lots of milk to strengthen your bones and boost your health, doctors say. But a study in The BMJ medical journal Wednesday said Swedes with a high intake of cow’s milk died younger — and women suffered more fractures. The findings may warrant questions about recommendations for milk consumption, although further research is needed, its authors said, as ... Read More »

Doctors transplant ‘dead’ hearts in surgical breakthrough

SYDNEY: Australian surgeons said they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated. Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice and rushing them to ... Read More »

Obama: Science, not fear, key to Ebola response

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama says the US must be guided by science — not fear — as it responds to Ebola. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says he was proud to give Texas nurse Nina Pham a hug in the Oval Office after she was cured of Ebola. He says the other nurse who contracted Ebola is ... Read More »

Can’t get enough fiber in your diet? Turn to Flax Seeds

Living in the Kingdom, it is tempting to fall into the pattern of eating a diet rich in white, starchy carbs that are practically void of fiber; such as rice, savory breads, the famous mana’eesh (cheese or thyme or meat pies), sweet pastries, and Afghani tameez bread. So what if I miss out on fiber and how much fiber should ... Read More »

Artificial sweeteners may promote diabetes, claims study

NEW YORK: Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said ... Read More »

Breastfeeding — advantages and disadvantages

First and foremost, we will talk about breastfeeding, its advantages and disadvantages. Human milk is unquestionably the best source of nutrition for infants during the first months of life. Q: What are the advantages of breastfeeding? A: Evidence concerning the prevention of infection by breastfeeding continues to accumulate. Of all infections, those that cause gastroenteritis are the most common. Babies ... Read More »

Pregnancy acne and home remedies

Pregnancy is a beautiful yet difficult stage in the lives of mothers-to-be. One of the downsides of this period is skin problems, mostly acne. Although some women don’t face any skin troubles, others must deal with painful and uncomfortable breakouts. To learn more about this issue, we interviewed Dr. Treva Abdullah Aspir, a master degree holder in dermatology from the ... Read More »

Bangladesh is the cheapest country in the world in terms of tobacco prices. Naqaa backs SR35 as ‘fair price’ for a pack of cigarettes

The anti-smoking charity society Naqaa said the decision to put the price of a pack of cigarettes in Saudi Arabia at SR35 is fair and in line with the gradually increasing prices of tobacco in the advanced countries of the world over the past few years. The price increase of cigarettes worldwide has been effected in a bid to curb ... Read More »

UN concerned over food shortages in Ebola-hit nations

DAKAR: The UN warned on Tuesday of “grave food security concerns” in the west African countries hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak as the deadly epidemic caused labour shortages and disrupted cross-border trade. Restrictions on movement in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone has led to panic buying, food shortages and severe price hikes, especially in towns and cities, the UN’s ... Read More »

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