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Are stinky inflatable pool toys putting your kids at risk?

Are stinky inflatable pool toys putting your kids at risk?

Turns out, there are many dangerous chemicals lurking in your swimming pool that can risk your children's health.

Inflatable toys and swimming aids, like bathing rings and arm bands, often have a distinctive smell which could indicate that they contain a range of potentially hazardous substances.

Some of these compounds, which include carbonyl compounds, cyclohexanone, phenol and isophorone, might be critical when present in higher concentrations in children's toys, said authors Christoph Wiedmer and Andrea Buettner.

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Vitamin B can protect your heart from air pollution

Vitamin B can protect your heart from air pollution

You may want to take a diet rich in B vitamins as a recent study has suggested that it can help keep you from succumbing to air-pollution-induced heart problems.

In the research conducted at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, healthy non-smokers who took vitamin B supplements nearly reversed any negative effects on their cardiovascular and immune systems, weakening the effects of air pollution on heart rate by 150 percent, total white blood count by 139 percent, and lymphocyte count by 106 percent.

How marriage between first cousins gives heart protection

How marriage between first cousins gives heart protection

The genetics of first-cousin marriage families has revealed how some people are protected from several heart diseases.

More than 1,800 individuals carrying loss-of-function mutations in both copies of their genes, so-called "human knockouts," are described in the first major study by an international collaboration led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues.

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There's an epidemic of sexual assaults in nursing homes

There's an epidemic of sexual assaults in nursing homes

A new study has examined the issue of sexual assault in nursing homes.

The report found that the most vulnerable residents are likely to become victims; legal examinations were infrequent due to administration complexities and training and institutional policy and nursing homes are not adequately equipped to deal with sexual assault cases.

Dear men, eating spinach, pumpkin seeds, yogurt can prevent hip fractures

Dear men, eating spinach, pumpkin seeds, yogurt can prevent hip fractures

Eat spinach, pumpkin seeds, yogurt and almonds in middle to elder age, as a study finds that people, especially men, who lack food rich in magnesium in their diet, are at an increased risk of fractures, particularly fractures of the hip.

According to researchers, magnesium could hold the key to preventing one of the most preventable causes of disability in middle-aged to elderly people.

Soon, a Parkinson's disease cure

Soon, a Parkinson's disease cure

A team of researchers has brought a cure for Parkinson's disease closer to reality.

Palmitoylethanolamide, an endogenous fatty acid amide signalling molecule well-known for its ability to promote the resolution of neuroinflammation and exert neuroprotection, has shown potential therapeutic action in such animal models.

The research showed that ultra-micronized palmitoylethanolamide (um-PEA), slows down disease progression and disability when used as add-on therapy in advanced PD patients.

Beware! Mild painkilling may not help patients with peripheral vascular disease

Beware! Mild painkilling may not help patients with peripheral vascular disease

Beware! That mild painkilling drug may not provide cardiovascular benefits for patients who have progressive circulation disorder caused by narrowing, blockage or spasms in a blood vessel.

According to researchers from University of Florida, aspirin therapy has been a staple of cardiology care for people who have peripheral vascular disease, which causes narrowed arteries and reduced blood flow to the limbs.

The findings were published today in the journal PLOS One.

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Stay fit! Too skinny or overweight both ups risk of migraine

Stay fit! Too skinny or overweight both ups risk of migraine

One has to stay fit for a healthy living as a study finds, both obesity and being underweight are associated with an increased risk for migraine.

Migraine is a headache of varying intensity, often accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and sound.

The findings indicate that obese people were 27 percent more likely to have migraine than people of normal weight.

People, who were underweight, were 13 percent more likely to have migraine than people of normal weight.

The study appeared in journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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Acne vaccine comes closer to reality

Acne vaccine comes closer to reality

A cure for acne may have been found in the form of a vaccine, according to a team of scientists.

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. According to the NHS around 80 percent of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by the disorder.

Lead researcher Eric C. Huange said, "Acne is caused, in part, by P. acnes bacteria that are with you your whole life and we couldn't create a vaccine for the bacteria because, in some ways, P. acnes are good for you," the Daily Star reported.

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An apple a day keeps diabetes away

An apple a day keeps diabetes away

You may want to add fresh fruits to your diet as according to a recent study, the greater the consumption, the lower is the incidence of diabetes, as well as occurrence of complications in diabetics.

Although the health benefits of diets including fresh fruit and vegetables are well established, the sugar content of fruit has led to uncertainty about associated risks of diabetes and of vascular complications of the disease.

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