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Dubai bans Chinese 'slimming medicine'

The announcement comes barely a week after the UAE ministry of climate change and environment issued a warning prohibiting the import of Japanese Kikkoman soy sauce due to its alcohol content. The Dubai Municipality on Sunday announced a ban on a Chinese product being sold in the emirate. In a post on Instagram, the authority said a product named ‘Natural Chinese medicine magic slim’ has been banned in the ‘local

Your phone is full of germs

In 2015, the US telco Verizon posted a survey of its customers that revealed 90% used their phone in the bathroom. There are several reasons to leave your phone or tablet when you’re bathing, grooming or taking care of business, according to a recent USA Today article. Not the least of these is that your smartphone likely carries more germs than your toilet. The article cited a 2011 study from

Dangers of Vitamins and Supplement

British disease experts have suggested to do away with the “incorrect” advice to always finish a course of antibiotics, saying the approach was fuelling the spread of drug resistance. Rather than stopping antibiotics too early, the cause of resistance was “unnecessary” drug use, a team wrote in The BMJ medical journal. “We encourage policy makers, educators and doctors to stop advocating ‘complete the course’ when communicating with the public,” wrote

Sarawak to vaccinate dogs and cats in areas affected by rabies

KUCHING, July 2 — Sarawak state authorities will carry out house to house survey and vaccinate dogs and cats in the Serian district where the outbreak of rabies has occurred. According to state Veterinary Services Department acting director Dr Adrian Susin Ambud today, these efforts are important to prevent the spread of rabies to other areas. “Owners of dogs and cats in the affected areas are advised to keep their

How exercise can improve your love life

(CNN)You’ve likely heard that regular exercise can reduce the risk of chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes or osteoporosis. But a growing body of research shows it may have another, more surprising effect: improving your sex life. In men, regular exercise appears to be a natural Viagra: It’s associated with a lower risk of erectile problems. In one small study, sedentary middle-aged men assigned to participate in a vigorous

Scotland to introduce soft opt-out system for organ donation

Scottish ministers are to introduce a new system of organ donations based on presumed consent in an effort to increase life-saving organ transplants. Ministers in Edinburgh announced plans on Wednesday to introduce a “soft opt-out” system, where patients are assumed to agree to donate useful organs unless their families strongly object. The change of policy follows the introduction in Wales of a presumed consent system in December 2015, which led