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Week 34 of pregnancy reduces breast cancer risk: study

PARIS: Women's bodies undergo a "striking" change during a specific week of pregnancy that can significantly reduce their risk of developing breast cancer later in life, scientists said Tuesday. Previous research has highlighted how women under the age of 30 can reduce their risk of contracting breast cancer later in life by having a baby. But a new study by experts in Denmark and Norway claims to have identified the precise week of pregnancy when the change occurs. "If you deliver a child at week 33 you get the…

International aid saves 700 million lives but gains at risk: report

LONDON: International aid financing and innovation has helped to save nearly 700 million lives in the past 25 years, but those gains could be lost if momentum and political will wane, global health experts said on Monday. A report by international aid advocacy group the ONE Campaign said the progress against preventable deaths and diseases since 1990 could stall, and even go into reverse, unless donor governments make new commitments to innovation and action. The good news is that the world knows what it takes to…

Dementia risk doubles right after a stroke: study

CALIFORNIA: People who have recently experienced a stroke may be more than twice as likely to develop dementia than individuals who haven’t had a stroke, a new study suggests. While stroke has long been linked to a heightened risk of dementia, particularly in older adults, the exact magnitude of the increased risk hasn’t been consistent across previous studies investigating this connection. For the current study, researchers pooled data from 48 previous studies with a total of 3.2 million participants worldwide. People…

Toxic metals tied to increased heart disease risk

NEW YORK: People with heavy exposure to arsenic, lead, cadmium or copper may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, a review of existing studies suggests. While these elements occur naturally in the earth’s crust, certain metals can also appear at unsafe levels in drinking water, food, and air as a result of agricultural and industrial practices, mining, and smoking, the research team notes in The BMJ. Copper and lead, for example, can seep into drinking water from corroded pipes, while arsenic and cadmium can…

Bitcoin slips below $8,000 as investors step away from risk

NEW YORK: Bitcoin briefly fell below $8,000 as investors scaled back their exposure to cryptocurrenices, after a sell-off in shares of technology and internet companies spilled over into other risky assets. The technology index tumbled 1.79 percent as disappointing results last week from Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Intel Corp spurred worries about growth for a sector that has led the equity market to record highs. “It looks like the entire market is in a risk-off mood today. It started with the (FAANG) stocks, but…

Flight attendants may have higher cancer rates: Study

U.S. flight attendants may be more likely than other Americans to develop several types of cancer including tumors of the breast, uterus, cervix, thyroid, and skin, new research suggests. “This study is the first to show higher prevalences of all cancers studied, and significantly higher prevalences of non-melanoma skin cancer compared to a similarly matched U.S. sample population,” said lead study author Eileen McNeely of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. Researchers asked 5,366 flight…

An egg a day helps lower risk of heart disease

A Chinese study suggests that people who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don’t eat eggs at all. Researchers examined survey data on egg consumption among 461,213 adults who were 51 years old on average. When they joined the study, none had a history of heart disease. Overall, they ate an average of half an egg daily; about 9 percent of them avoided eggs altogether while 13 percent ate roughly one egg every day. At least half of the participants were…

Red meat linked to liver disease, diabetes risk factor: study

NEW YORK: People who eat lots of processed and red meat are at increased risk of developing chronic liver disease and insulin resistance, a diabetes risk factor - especially if they like their steak well done, an Israeli study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which is associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While red and processed meat has long been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease, evidence to date has been mixed about…

Crypto assets don’t pose a risk – yet: study

PARIS: Virtual currencies and so-called crypto assets do not, yet, pose a systemic risk, the body which makes recommendations about the financial system said in a study released Sunday. "The FSB’s initial assessment is that crypto-assets do not pose risks to global financial stability at this time," said the Financial Stability Board. "The market continues to evolve rapidly, however, and this initial assessment could change if crypto-assets (notably digital currencies) were to become significantly more widely used or…

Frailty screening predicts risk of poor outcomes after surgery

OTTAWA: A checklist to screen for frailty before surgery could help doctors identify patients who are most likely to have poor outcomes and repeat hospitalizations, researchers say. The greatest value of this rapid-screening tool may be in helping surgeons identify people whose vulnerability isn’t obvious or due only to age, and to take steps to lessen those risks before surgery, the study team writes in Canadian Medical Association Journal. After emergency abdominal surgery, for example, frail patients “are at higher…