Focus @ Health

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SINCE the acclaimed Hollywood star Angelina Jolie announced in May 2013 that she had preventive double mastectomy after she tested positive for BRCA1 hereditary cancer gene, exposing her to 87 percent chance of developing breast cancer, this malignancy among women came under the spotlight more than ever.

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THE culture in the practice of medicine today in general has been assailed by two new studies that highlighted “overdiagnosis and overtreatment for ailments that might never seriously impact a person’s health.”

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THE Ebola crisis in the West African countries of Guinea, where it started in December 2013, and spread in March 2014 to Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, the deadliest ever in history, has been so well-covered in various media that it has eclipsed the notoriety of graver killer diseases in our midst today.

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THE abuse of alcohol is the leading risk factor for disability and premature death in the world.

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THE human body is a powerful chemical laboratory, a powerhouse that produces and secretes drugs (hormones, enzymes, painkillers, sedatives, etc.) that enable our cells, tissues and organs to function properly and efficiently.

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