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Remedy for Cancer that can boost up the immune system

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Remedy for Cancer that can boost up the immune system Scientist uncovered a protein that can improve the number of cancer fighting T-cells. Researchers from Imperial College London discovered a once unknown protein that boost up the production of very important cytotoxic T-cells (Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy are the prime examples of cytotoxic therapy) which destroy virus-infected and cancerous cells. This discovery is named as lymphocyte...


Breath test ‘could give clues to stomach cancer risk’

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Breath test ‘could give clues to stomach cancer risk’ ISLAMABAD: A simple breath test could help predict whether people with gut problems are at high risk of developing stomach cancer, an early study shows. It detects chemical compounds in people’s breath, in an attempt to distinguish unique “breath prints” in those with risky pre-cancerous changes, BBC News reports. Experts say if proven in large...


This dietary fiber may help control weight better

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This dietary fiber may help control weight better ISLAMABAD: A study has suggested that a dietary fiber supplement named ‘oligofructose’ may lead to better weight control. The research, conducted by University of Calgary, helped to determine the mechanisms of weight control and energy balance. The experiment was conducted on rats, who were given the dietary fiber supplement, while being on a high fat...


Promising single-dose Ebola vaccine developed

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Promising single-dose Ebola vaccine developed ISLAMABAD: A single dose of an experimental Ebola vaccine has been found to protect monkeys against the strain of the deadly virus that killed thousands of people in West Africa last year. “These findings may pave the way for the identification and manufacture of safer, single dose, high efficiency vaccines to combat current and future...


Blood transfusion can transmit food allergies in kids

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Blood transfusion can transmit food allergies in kids ISLAMABAD: Some children may develop anaphylactic allergies to previously tolerated foods after blood/platelets transfusion, a case study reveals. “It is very unusual to identify someone who experienced passive transfer of allergy from blood products,” said Julia Upton from the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto. “Importantly, this condition has an excellent prognosis and typically resolves...


Ebola-hit Sierra Leone arrests 13 at unsafe burial: police

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Ebola-hit Sierra Leone arrests 13 at unsafe burial: police FREETOWN: Police in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone raided a funeral and arrested 13 people suspected of organising an unsafe burial, risking spreading the disease, officers said on Tuesday. Police superintendent Da Samah said “heavily-armed” police arrived just in time to stop a 50-year-old man being interred on the outskirts of Freetown after they were tipped off...


Less sleep, mood disorders trigger nightmares

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Less sleep, mood disorders trigger nightmares ISLAMABAD: Showing a clear connection between overall wellbeing and nightmares, Finnish researchers have found that symptoms of depression and insomnia are the strongest predictors of having frequent nightmares. “This is most evident in the connection between nightmares and depression, but also apparent in many other analyses involving nightmares and questions measuring life satisfaction and health,”...


Agri Extension Dept, growers’ body to hold pre-rain awareness drive

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Agri Extension Dept, growers’ body to hold pre-rain awareness drive HYDERABAD:  Agriculture Extension Department Hyderabad and growers’ organisation will hold awareness campaigns among growers and farmers to prevent loss to the crops due to expected rain falls in the province. The decision was taken in a meeting held at Hyderabad Office of Agriculture Extension on Friday which was presided by Director General (DG) Agriculture Extension...


Meeting for anti-dengue campaign to be held on Saturday

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Meeting for anti-dengue campaign to be held on Saturday FAISALABAD: A meeting to sensitize all segments of society regarding an anti-dengue campaign will be held in Iqbal Stadium here on Saturday. Officers of the government departments will participate in it in addition to focal persons of all other semi government and private organizations. Engineer Rizwan Ashraf President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry has...


DNA can’t explain all inherited biological traits

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DNA can’t explain all inherited biological traits ISLAMABAD: Scientists studied proteins found in cells, known as histones, which are not part of the genetic code, but act as spools around which DNA is wound. Histones are known to control whether or not genes are switched on. Researchers found that naturally occurring changes to these proteins, which affect how they control genes, can...


Discarded drug can better fight cancer

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Discarded drug can better fight cancer ISLAMABAD: A discarded anti-cancer drug might be more useful in the fight against cancer than previously thought, say researchers from the University of Missouri. Doctors used 6-Thioguanine, or 6-TG, as a chemotherapy treatment to kill cancer cells in patients with leukaemia for decades. However, in recent years, many doctors have shelved 6-TG in favour of...


Anti-polio drive starts

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Anti-polio drive starts QUETTA: A three-day anti-polio campaign started here on Tuesday. An official in Health Department said that a three-day anti-polio drive was launched in 18 union councils of the provincial capital. “Medical teams including 982 mobile teams, 94 fixed teams and 59 transit teams have been formed for administering anti-polio drops to 485,000 children below age...


Sub-national Immunisation Days in UCs of Thatta from April 6

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Sub-national Immunisation Days in UCs of Thatta from April 6 THATTA:  Sub-national polio immunisations days (SNIDs) will be commenced from April 6, 2015 in 13 Union councils of district Thatta to ensure that each and every child below five years of age is vaccinated against polio disease which could be overcome through collective struggle of all relevant circles. This was said by Deputy Commissioner Thatta...


Aga Khan University Hospital to celebrate Cancer Survivor Day

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Aga Khan University Hospital to celebrate Cancer Survivor Day KARACHI:  Aga Khan University Hospital will celebrate Cancer Survivor Day on April 4, with recovered individuals, cancer specialists, including consultants, radiologists and nurses to share the views. Organisers here on Tuesday said the event is a celebration of life for those who have survived, an inspiration for those recently diagnosed, a gathering of support for...


Pakistan ranks 6th among high TB affected countries

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Pakistan ranks 6th among high TB affected countries ISLAMABAD: Pakistan ranks sixth among the 22 high tuberculosis affected countries, and has 43 per cent share of its patients in the Eastern-Mediterranean region of World Health Organization (WHO). According to available data, the incidence of TB per 100,000 population in Pakistan is 181, case notification per 100,000 per year is 150 while the treatment...


Fast food causing thyroid cancer

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Fast food causing thyroid cancer MULTAN: A frequent use of fast food and imbalance diet are major cause of increasing patients of thyroid cancer. This was said by MINAR Cancer Hospital Principal consultant Dr Muhammad Saqib, talking to APP here on Monday. He said thyroid hormones managed smooth functioning of the body and its disturbance resulted in different complications, including...


Breakthrough in genetic cancer treatment

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Breakthrough in genetic cancer treatment ISLAMABAD: Deadly stomach and breast cancers that are genetically inherited could be treated or even prevented with existing drugs identified by New Zealand cancer researchers. Cancer genetics researchers at Otago University said that the key genetic mutation underlying familial stomach and lobular breast cancers also opened them to attack through drug therapies targeting cellular mechanisms,...


Brain ‘can classify words during sleep’

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Brain ‘can classify words during sleep’ ISLAMABAD: The brain is still active while we are asleep, say scientists, who found people were able to classify words during their slumber. Researchers from Cambridge and Paris introduced participants to a word test while awake and found they continued to respond correctly while asleep, BBC Health reported. The sleeping brain can perform complex tasks,...


Eminent surgeon stresses on good communication skills for doctors

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Eminent surgeon stresses on good communication skills for doctors HYDERABAD: Communicating information to patients about their illness forms the basis of an effective interaction between doctors and patient, This was said by eminent surgeon and Associate Professor of Surgery Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences Jamshoro Dr. Faisal Ghani Siddiqui Wednesday while talking to APP. Dr. Faisal Ghani said that the resident doctors...


Early life stress can leave lasting impacts on brain

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Early life stress can leave lasting impacts on brain ISLAMABAD: Researchers have said that for kids, a little bit of stress provides a platform for learning, adapting and coping,however, a lot of it – chronic, toxic stress like poverty, neglect and physical abuse – can have lasting negative impacts. A team of University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers recently showed these kinds of stressors, experienced in...


Five natural ways to treat malaria at home

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Five natural ways to treat malaria at home ISLAMABAD: With the arrival of monsoon, the number of malaria cases see a steady rise despite the fact that the disease isn’t season specific. This happens because the risk of transmission is highest during the humid rainy season. Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites. The parasites are transmitted by infected Anopheles mosquitoes, called ‘malaria vectors’,...


WHO chief wants tobacco firms pushed ‘out of business’

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WHO chief wants tobacco firms pushed ‘out of business’ ABU DHABI:  World Health Organization chief Margaret Chan urged global action Wednesday to drive tobacco companies “out of business” and hailed progress in tackling smoking in many countries. Speaking at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Abu Dhabi, Chan welcomed steps taken by several countries, led by Australia, to introduce plain packaging for...


Pakistani Showcase at the South-by-Southwest Music Festival

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Pakistani Showcase at the South-by-Southwest Music Festival ISLAMABAD: The U.S. embassy, in cooperation with Foundation for Arts, Culture, and Education (FACE), has sponsored six Pakistani bands to strengthen connections between the United States and Pakistan through a week of performances at 2015 South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. The bands represent a diverse cross-section of the Pakistani music scene, including traditional...


Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040

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Experts call for a tobacco-free world by 2040 ISLAMABAD: New Zealand researchers have claimed that they will try to create a tobacco-free world by 2040 with sufficient political support and stronger evidence-based action against the tobacco industry. The Lancet, an international group of health and policy experts will launch the series in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, at the 2015 World Conference on...


New gene technology to help treat blood cancer

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New gene technology to help treat blood cancer ISLAMABAD: Australian researchers have developed a new genome editing technology that can target and kill blood cancer cells with high accuracy. The technology called CRISPR has been adapted to specifically mimic and study blood cancer. “Using preclinical models, we were able to kill human Burkitt lymphoma cells by deleting MCL-1, a gene that has been...


U.S. healthcare worker with Ebola arrives in U.S. -NBC

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U.S. healthcare worker with Ebola arrives in U.S. -NBC WASHINGTON: A U.S. healthcare worker who tested positive for the Ebola virus while working in Sierra Leone has arrived in the United States for treatment, NBC reported on Friday. The patient, who was transported in isolation by chartered aircraft, will be admitted to the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s high-security containment facility in Maryland, NIH...


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