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There’s a Bizarre Link Between Parkinson’s Disease and Your Appendix

There seems to be a link between the degenerative neurological disorder Parkinson’s disease and your appendix. Just what that relationship might be, nobody can agree upon, but here’s what we know so far.

Late last year, an analysis of 1.7 million people found you were 25 percent less likely to develop the condition if you had your appendix removed. Now a bigger study says the complete opposite. Believe it or not, this is science working perfectly.

Over the years there have been a number of studies claiming that having your appendix taken out delays the onset of Parkinson’s disease, increases your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease, or has absolutely no effect whatsoever.

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Ghanaian Agritech Startups, Sesi Technologies and SAYeTECH Win Big At ASME ISHOW Kenya 2019

Ghanaian Agritech startups, Sesi Technologies and SAYeTECH have been adjudged winners in the just ended ASME iSHOW Kenya Competition.

Sesi Technologies and SAYeTECH were two of three winners of the competition; the third being Savanna Circuit Tech from Kenya.The three startups will share a cash prize of $30,000 and receive in-kind technical support, and tickets to the ISHOW Bootcamp in New York in October

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Stakeholders walk to demand investment in scientific research

Scientists, researchers and farmers have marked this year’s Ghana March for Science event with a health walk in Tamale to draw attention to the need for government to invest in scientific research to address societal challenges.

The event dubbed: “Science: Our Past, Our Present, Our Future” drew attention to the important role of government to support research institutions to undertake critical research to end environmental degradation, reduce poverty as well as support farmers through technology to accelerate national development.

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New Doctors’ DNA Ages 6 Times Faster Than Normal in First Year

In just a few short weeks, tens of thousands of newly minted doctors will start the most intense year of their training: the first year of residency, also called the intern year.

A new study suggests that between now and next summer, that experience will make their DNA age six times faster than normal. And the effect will be largest among those whose training programs demand the longest hours.

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