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Non-Communicable Disease Deaths Increasing Globally, Especially In Developing Nations

Non-communicable diseases, which can seriously undermine a country’s social and economic development, are progressively killing more people worldwide, according to a new report issued by the World Health Organization. Examples of non-communicable diseases include diabetes, Alzheimer’s, cancerosteoporosis, chronic lung disease, stroke, and heart disease. Almost four-fifths of all deaths from non-communicable diseases occur in developing countries.

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Polonium-210: Why is Po-210 so dangerous?

Polonium-210 toxin
Polonium-210 is highly radioactive substance and a lethal poison.

Polonium is a radioactive chemical element (atomic number 84) that was discovered in 1898 by Marie Curie, who named the element after her country, Poland.

In its natural state, at room temperature, polonium is a solid metal with a silver color. Polonium-210 is one of 25 known radioactive isotopes of polonium.

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What are the benefits of composting?

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People can use compost to create nutrient-rich soil in their gardens.

Composting is a natural way to recycle certain food and yard products. It is also an opportunity for people to help the environment and enrich the soil for plants to grow.

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Are pesticides in food harmful?

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Farmers may use pesticides to increase crop yield.

Pesticides are chemicals that prevent insects, weeds, and fungi from damaging crops. Farmers use them to increase the amount of crops they are able to produce.

The United States government tests and regulates pesticides. Testing produce ensures that levels are low enough to not pose a risk to human health.

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Why is nutrition so hard to study?

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Nutrition is a maze. In this article, we ask why.

Is dairy good or bad for health? Is cholesterol evil? Does red meat kill or cure? Is the ketogenic diet a godsend or a health hazard? Can the vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian, or raw food diet extend disease-free life?

Nutrition is wrapped in multiple confusions. Why is it so hard to determine whether a food is good or bad for health?

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How can we reduce our exposure to potentially harmful aluminium?

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Researchers from Germany warn about the dangers of aluminum in non-food products.

A new report carried out by German officials suggests that even though exposure to dangerous aluminum compounds in foods has been decreasing, we are still ingesting more of this substance than experts deem safe. What can we do to minimize our exposure to aluminum compounds? 

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Using salt to fight cancer

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Injecting salt nanoparticles into mouse tumors restricted their growth significantly.

Although scientists continually refine cancer treatments, there is still much room for improvement. A new study, carried out in mice, focuses on salt. The researchers have successfully used sodium chloride nanoparticles to destroy cancer cells.

Over the decades, researchers have developed an ever-growing arsenal of drugs to combat cancer. However, many of these drugs are toxic, not only to cancer cells but to healthy tissue.

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