HEALTH

Throat cancer - not just a smoker's disease

THROAT cancer refers primarily to malignant tumours of the voice box and the lining of the muscular tube that lies behind it. The main risk factors are smoking and alcohol and these are synergistic when both factors are present. Throat cancer usually affects older males but it can also affect...

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Not all wheezing is asthma-related

ASTHMA is a common medical condition affecting the lower respiratory tract. It affects all age groups, genders and is seen globally. It has several causes - namely genetic and environmental factors. However, in the absence of an obvious precipitant, it is often idiopathic (when the cause is...

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Age-related hearing loss has wider ramifications

HEARING loss affects an estimated 5 per cent of the world's population, and will affect twice that number (900 million) in 30 years. The majority of these will be adults and especially the elderly because of the declining population (in the developed world) with increasing longevity.