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Monthly Archives: May 2021

Study suggests tai chi can mirror healthy benefits of conventional exercise

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A new study shows that tai chi mirrors the beneficial effects of conventional exercise by reducing waist circumference in middle-aged and older adults with central obesity. The study was done by investigators at the University of Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Chinese Academy of Sciences; and UCLA. Central obesity is a major manifestation ...

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Joe Biden honors war dead at Arlington, implores nation to heal

ARLINGTON: President Joe Biden honored America’s war dead at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the hallowed burial ground and extolling the sacrifices of the fallen for the pursuit of democracy, “the soul of America.” Biden invoked the iconic battles of history and joined them to the present as he implored Americans to rise above ...

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New data in Peru show COVID-19 death toll is over 180,000

In this March 20, 2021 file photo, a worker digs a grave in the San Juan Bautista cemetery in Iquitos, Peru, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. On May 31, 2021, Peru announced a sharp increase in its COVID-19 death toll, saying there have been more than 180,000 fatalities since the pandemic hit the country early last year. Credit: AP Photo/Rodrigo ...

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FDA warns of bogus fertility claims for some supplements

by U.S. Food and Drug Administration Women who are struggling to get pregnant, beware of false dietary supplements that claim to help cure infertility and other reproductive health issues. Such supplements are not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and they could prevent patients from seeking effective, approved drugs, the agency warned. “These purported fertility aids seek to ...

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Emmanuel Macron suggests France may pull out troops from Mali

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday suggested France will pull troops from Mali if the country’s institutional instability persists and inhibits the fight against Islamic extremists. Macron told a news conference that “our priority in Mali is the fight against terrorism and the presence of our forces on the ground is not enough in this fight. It also requires ...

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Is it COVID-19 or seasonal allergies?

You suddenly develop the sniffles. Is it allergies or COVID-19? One expert says whether you have a history of allergies might provide your biggest clue. “Symptoms such as congestion, sore throat and loss of smell are all common with both seasonal allergies and COVID-19,” said Dr. Jonathan Matz, an allergist and immunologist with LifeBridge Health, in Maryland. “We’re not getting ...

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Gene plays major role in brain development

Fluorescence image of two zebrafish embryos. After switching off the Plexin-A1 gene (bottom), malformations of the nervous system occur, such as a pathological enlargement of the neural fluid spaces in the brain (left). Credit: © Dr. Gabriel Dworschak / University of Bonn The so-called Plexin-A1 gene seems to play a more extensive role in brain development than previously assumed. This ...

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