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University of Otago psychiatrists call on colleagues to say no to euthanasia

The impact of legalizing euthanasia will be devastating on older people, the poor and disabled, according to two University of Otago psychiatrists who are calling on their colleagues both in New Zealand and internationally to oppose the move. Consultant psychogeriatrician Associate Professor Yoram Barak and Senior Lecturer Chris Gale, from the Department of Psychological Medicine, […]

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How long does it take to run a half marathon?

Thousands of runners are out on the streets this morning for the Manchester and London Royal Parks respective half marathons, which both kicked off at 9am. Frankly, we’re just proud if we make it out of bed for that time on a Sunday morning… Whether you’re training, participating, or just wondering when the runners will […]

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Close to 1,300 cases of vaping-linked illness now identified

(HealthDay)—The number of Americans sickened with a severe lung injury tied to vaping just keeps rising, U.S. health officials said Thursday. “As of Oct. 8, 2019, 1,299 confirmed and probable lung injury cases associated with use of electronic-cigarette, or vaping, products were reported by 49 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands,” […]

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Killing brain cells believed to fight Alzheimer's could delay disease

Alzheimer’s could be halted with treatment which eliminates immune cells in the brain, scientists claim Tangled tau protein in the brain is a recognised tell-tale of an Alzheimer’s patient When tau becomes knotted, immune brain cells known as microglia attack it  But in doing so, the microglia actually damages the neuron and causes damage  Alzheimer’s […]

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Barley: A tasty alternative to rice

(HealthDay)—Looking for a simple yet delicious way to enjoy whole grains? Start with nutritious, easy-to-cook barley, a great swap for processed grains like white rice. When shopping, choose hulled barley instead of pearl. Hulled barley retains more of the outer bran layer with its fiber and nutrients. Pearl parley has had most of the bran […]