Poverty compounding health challenges for Palestine refugees – UN agency

Non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer and smoking-related ailments, account for the majority of the chronic health problems confronting Palestine refugees across the Middle East, a new report by the United Nations agency which supports them, has found.
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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Source: Stayin' Alive - Category: American Health Source Type: blogs
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Source: Journal of Ethnopharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
It’s no exaggeration to say that lives are transformed by the Wheat Belly lifestyle. Look what happened to Susanne after her health was ruined by being gluten-free, reversed by following the Wheat Belly 10-Day Grain Detox. Food manufacturers, out of ignorance or ruthless profiteering, have chosen to replace wheat and gluten with cornstarch, rice flour, tapioca starch, or potato starch—among the few foods that provoke high blood sugar and insulin more than even our favorite grain to bash, wheat. It means that people who are gluten-free and consume such garbage replacement products gain weight in visceral inflamm...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: News & Updates Detox gluten-free grain-free grains Inflammation Weight Loss Source Type: blogs
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Source: Fight Aging! - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Newsletters Source Type: blogs
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Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology - Category: Dermatology Source Type: research
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Source: European Journal of Cancer Prevention - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Research Papers: Gastrointestinal Cancer Source Type: research
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