Japan drugmaker reports two more deaths in supplement scare

A Japanese drugmaker, Kobayashi Pharmaceutical, has reported two more deaths potentially related to its dietary supplements containing red yeast rice. Last week, the company recalled three supplement brands due to customer complaints of kidney problems. The total number of deaths being investigated is now four, with over 100 others hospitalized. Red yeast rice is known…

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How Do Men and Women Compare?

Research has debunked the belief that men have higher sex drives than women due to societal norms and biases influencing how sexual behaviors are reported. Factors like biology, age, and societal attitudes impact sexual interest for both men and women. Studies have found that men and women report similar levels of sexual activity when societal…

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Sarcopenic Obesity Predicts Earlier Death

Sarcopenic obesity (SO) increases the risk of earlier death, but screening for muscle function can help with intervention. A study in the Netherlands evaluated 5888 older adults and found that those with sarcopenia had a higher risk of all-cause mortality. Participants with SO and altered body composition had an even higher risk. The researchers suggest…

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Understanding Diabetes and Junk Food Consumption

Diabetes can be managed through a healthy diet, regular exercise, and medication. Junk food consumption can contribute to the development of diabetes due to its high sugar, fat, and calorie content. It is important to be mindful of the foods we eat and make healthier choices to prevent or manage diabetes. Consulting with a healthcare…

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STI rates rose by 30 per cent in 2023

A new report has shown that rates of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) in Ireland increased by almost one third last year, with significant rises seen among young women and girls. Gonorrhoea saw a 68% rise in cases, while chlamydia grew by 25%. Overall, 23,272 STI cases were reported, with the majority relating to chlamydia and gonorrhoea….

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Genomics research projects in Australia secure $9M funding and more briefs

Funding of A$6.5 million has been awarded to four genomics-focused research projects at the University of Melbourne. These projects aim to establish patient datasets for inherited retinal diseases, develop new solutions for endometrial-related health issues, and improve prostate cancer diagnosis using genomic testing. The projects will have access to DNA sequencing technology at the TAGC…

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