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Alzheimer’s breakthrough: Scientists may have found potential cause of the disease

by Charlie Cooper/The Independent
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Finding to kickstart hunt for a treatment after years of under-investment by drug firms

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Simple movements are all the exercise you need
You may think a weekly hour or two of exercise with a capital E is enough to offset long hours sitting around, but here’s the bad news – it isn't.

Break out of the food rut
The amount of food we portion out for ourselves and how much we ultimately eat is dictated in part by the visual cues we receive — what our plate looks like

Swimming key to healthy living
Olympian and sports Guru Greg Whyte says swimming could be the key to healthy living for everyone


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Plant-based diet helps beat diabetes
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Too much junk food leads to memory loss: study
An American study has revealed clear results on memory impairment
Irregular heart rhythm during surgery tied to stroke risk
A large new U.S. study finds that people who developed irregular heart rhythms during hospital stays for surgery were more likely to have a stroke later on.
Reassuring news on cancer risk from IVF drugs - study
A long-term study of women who used ovary-stimulating hormones for fertility treatment found no widespread evidence of a higher cancer risk, researchers said on Monday.
One foreign health worker dies, five infected with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in UAE
WAM said the six were all first aid service personnel from the Philippines working with the UAE Interior Ministry in the city of Al Ain.
Another Saudi MERS death raises kingdom toll to 67
Saudi health authorities announced another death caused by the MERS virus in Riyadh, bringing the nationwide toll to 67
Down Syndrome-hit children in Oman need support
The exact number of children afflicted with Down Syndrome in Oman is not known yet but the number keeps rising
Passive smoking causes irreversible damage to kids' arteries
Exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children's arteries - increasing their risk of heart attacks or strokes when they grow up
Hookah is not harmless: experts
Smoking hookah can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review
Tuna study reveals oil pollution causes heart problems
The reason people have more heart attacks when air pollution levels rise may have been revealed by a study on the impact of the BP oil spill on tuna, scientists said
More evidence e-cigs may help in quitting tobacco
Electronic cigarette users followed over a year reduced or quit using tobacco cigarettes in large numbers and were less prone to resume smoking, at least in the short term.
HIV drugs may get new role in fighting cancer
A type of HIV medicine that stops the AIDS virus from entering immune system cells could in future be put to work against cancer in new combination therapies being developed by drug companies.
Experts urge renewed push on US-Thai HIV vaccine
Health experts on Thursday called for trials of an HIV vaccine under development in Thailand to be speeded up following recent setbacks in other efforts to end the AIDS epidemic.

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New two wheeler licence rules leave expatriates in Oman in a difficult situation
As new rules for two wheeler licence are implemented to regulate the two-wheeler traffic in Oman, bike sellers and buyers cry foul
Oman crime: Police arrest three national on charges of impersonating policemen and robbery
Azaiba Police arrested three citizens on charges of robbery and impersonating police officers.
Oman crime: 3000 capsules of psychotropic substances seized at Muscat airport
The Directorate General of Inquiries and Criminal Investigations led by Dhahira police also arrested an accused from Asian nationality selling banned cigarettes.
Oman ranks second in happiness index in GCC
Oman scored an overall rank of 6.853 in the United Nations (UN)-backed World Happiness Report 2015 released on Thursday.
Egypt's ousted president Morsi faces new espionage trial on February 15
Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi faces a new espionage trial on February 15 for allegedly leaking "classified documents" to Qatar and Al Jazeera television, a judicial source said on Monday
Suspected Al Qaeda militants arrested in Italy for plotting attacks on Vatican, in Pakistan and Afghanistan
Some of the suspects, who are all Pakistanis and Afghans, were arrested in early morning raids across Italy. Police burst into the home of the group's suspected spiritual leader
Europa League: Italian clubs kept apart in Europa League semifinals
Rafa Benitez’s Napoli will take on Dnipro of Ukraine while Fiorentina will face holders Sevilla in the semifinals, with the first legs to be played on May 7 and the second legs on May 14
Times of Oman Inter School Quiz: Crack this question and win a prize
Try cracking this question asked by Times of Oman Quizmaster Giri 'Pickbrain' Balasubramaniam.
Oman all set to get a dedicated court for sports soon
Oman will soon join an elite group of nations to establish a dedicated court to resolve all sports disputes
Strong earthquake rocks New Zealand
The quake hit at 3:36 pm (0336 GMT) with its epicentre about 66 kilometres (41 miles) from the South Island town of Kaikoura at a depth of 55 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.
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Oman accidents: Focus back on drivers after bus hits girl
The Indian School Mabela student has been lying unconscious in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Sultan Qaboos Hospital since Wednesday.
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