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Physicist Hawking criticizes UK health secretary on service

Physicist Hawking criticizes UK health secretary on service

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Noted physicist Stephen Hawking has criticized Britain's health secretary for what he described as the selective use of scientific studies to support changes in the National Health Service. The world-renowned scientist has accused Conservative minister Jeremy Hunt of "cherry picking" evidence to support the changes and says the service is at risk. Hunt rejected Hawking's charges Saturday, but the public spat underscored the strains on the health service after years of cost-cutting. Hawking, a supporter of the opposition Labour Party, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 1962. He says he "would not be here today if it were not for the service." Hawking says when public figures "abuse scientific argument, citing some studies but suppressing others to justify policies they want to imp...
Bodybuilding Mom of 2 Reportedly Dies of Protein Overdose

Bodybuilding Mom of 2 Reportedly Dies of Protein Overdose

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She had a urea cycle disorder, which blocks the body from correctly breaking down protein. This article originally appeared on People.com.A bodybuilding competitor and mom of two reportedly died June 22 from a protein overdose, according to Perth Now.Meegan Hefford, a 25-year-old from Mandurah, Australia, was discovered to have a urea cycle disorder, which blocks the body from correctly breaking down protein.Hefford was preparing for a bodybuilding competition in September and consuming various protein supplements, her mother, Michelle White, tells Perth Now. Hefford had told her mom in June that she was feeling tired and “weird.”“I said to her, ‘I think you’re doing too much at the gym, calm down, slow it down,” White said.Hefford was found unconscious in her apartment
Why It’s Risky to Try to Eat Like a Celebrity, According to a Nutritionist

Why It’s Risky to Try to Eat Like a Celebrity, According to a Nutritionist

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Stars' food diaries are fun to read—but remember that every body has different needs. It's hard to resist headlines that promise to reveal what stars like Jessica Alba and Jenna Dewan Tatum eat in a day—in hopes of discovering their dietary secrets to flat abs and glowy skin. (If only it were that simple!) But as a nutritionist who works with celebrities, I strongly advise against copying exactly what they eat in a day. Let me explain why.First and foremost, what works for a particular star may not be what works for you. Sure, adopting your favorite celeb's general diet philosophy (say, clean eating or vegetarianism) may help you reach your healthy goals. But the specific foods and portions you consume—as well as how often you eat per day—should be based on your own age,
Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years'

Peanut allergy treatment 'lasts up to four years'

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An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found.Children were given a probiotic, with a peanut protein, daily for 18 months. When tested one month later, 80% could tolerate peanuts without any allergic symptoms and after four years, 70% of them were still able to eat peanuts without suffering any side-effects.Food allergies have risen dramatically in recent decades, with peanut allergy one of the most deadly. Lead researcher Prof Mimi Tang, of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, said half the children were consuming peanuts regularly while others were only eating them infrequently. "The importance of this finding is that these children were able to eat peanuts like children who don't have peanut allergy and stil...
Nearly 4 million people die from asthma each year, says COPD

Nearly 4 million people die from asthma each year, says COPD

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WEDNESDAY, Aug. 16, 2017 -- Two major chronic lung diseases -- asthma and COPD -- kill nearly 4 million people worldwide annually, a new report finds.The study calculates that 3.2 million people died in 2015 from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) -- a group of lung conditions that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, often tied to smoking. Asthma caused another 400,000 deaths, the report found.While asthma is more common, COPD is much more deadly. And while both conditions can be treated, many people remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. In addition, in many countries, treatment -- if it exists at all -- may be at insufficient levels, the research team added."Although much of the burden [from these illnesses] is either preventable or treatable with affordable interventions, ...