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Possible to reduce sugar levels to 'pre-diabetes' level with proper diet and exercise

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Most of the people suffering from diabetes believe that it is not possible for them to reduce their blood sugar levels to normal. However, a new study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that it is possible to reduce the blood sugar levels to ‘pre-diabetes’ stage, provided one sticks to a healthy diet and exercises regularly. Once the sugar levels become normal, one can reduce the medicines or get off them completely and lower the risk of developing diabetes...

Consumption of Cannabis before Driving Increases chances of Accident

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  According to a new study published on the website of the British Medical Journal, the likelihood of a collision increases by almost two times when the driver of the vehicle has consumed cannabis within three hours of driving. This is the first study of its kind which looks purely on the effect of cannabis and not on the effect of alcohol or other drugs.   The study was led by researchers from the Dalhousie University. For their research, the scientists analyzed the results of nine...

Alcohol Consumption by Patients with Type I Diabetes is Associated with High Mortality

A study published in the British Medical Journal to find out trends in mortality among patients with early and late onset type I diabetes has found that alcohol consumption in patients with type I diabetes is associated with a high rate of mortality. It has also found that the chances of survival of patients with early onset (0 to 14 years) type I diabetes has improved with time whereas it has decreased in patients with late onset (15 to 29 years) type I diabetes. The population based...

New World Health Organization (W.H.O.) Guidelines to Manage Drug Resistant Tuberculosis

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  A new document 'The WHO guidelines for the programmatic management of drug-resistant tuberculosis: 2011 update' has been published today in the European Respiratory Journal. It focuses on areas of importance for healthcare professionals in the diagnosis, treatment and care of drug-resistant TB. It also calls upon the scientific community to do more research in the field of management of this difficult condition.   Tuberculosis is a pandemic caused by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis which...

Drastic climatic changes negatively impact food safety

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Accelerating changes in the climatic conditions and the increase in the incidence of natural disaster is threatening the safety of the world’s overall food supply – Speakers at the yearly symposium revealed. In the past decade, the world has witnessed a vast climatic shift and a tremendous increase in the number of natural calamities and disasters including heavy rains, droughts, floods, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes and the likes. If scientific predictions are to be believed, the...

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