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Pakistan ranks 6th among high TB affected countries

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th March 2015

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

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd March 2015

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

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st March 2015

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’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st March 2015

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

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th March 2015

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

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th March 2015

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

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th March 2015

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’

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th March 2015

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

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th March 2015

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

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th March 2015

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

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th March 2015

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...


High vitamin D levels may lead to stroke

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th March 2015

High vitamin D levels may lead to stroke ISLAMABAD: Very high levels of vitamin D in the blood may increase your risk of dying from a stroke, warns a study. In terms of public health, a lack of vitamin D has long been a focal point and several studies have shown that too low levels can prove detrimental to our health. The new...


Cancer deaths worldwide to rise over 11 mln in 2030

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th March 2015

Cancer deaths worldwide to rise over 11 mln in 2030 ISLAMABAD: World Health Organization (WHO) has said that deaths from cancer worldwide are projected to continue  to rise over 11 million in 2030. According to WHO, cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide as it accounted for 7.6 million deaths which is around 13% of all deaths in 2008. Lung, stomach, liver, colon and...


66 gastro patients reported

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th March 2015

66 gastro patients reported MULTAN: Some 66 patients of gastro were hospitalized to the city on Wednesday. Exactly 49 patients were reported at Children Complex while seven gastro cases were brought to the Nishtar Medical Institute, said an official source. Three patients of gastro were admitted to Civil Hospital and seven landed at Fatima Jinnah Hospital for Women, he...


WHO asks independent panel to assess its Ebola response

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th March 2015

WHO asks independent panel to assess its Ebola response LONDON: The World Health Organization (WHO), criticised as being slow and poorly coordinated in its response to West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, has commissioned an independent expert panel to asses its handling of the deadly epidemic. The Geneva-based United Nations health agency was sharply criticised for failing to heed repeated warnings by the medical charity Medecins...


Have a sense of purpose in life to protect heart

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th March 2015

Have a sense of purpose in life to protect heart ISLAMABAD: Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, new study says. The new analysis defined purpose in life as a sense of meaning and direction, and a feeling that life is worth living. “Developing and refining your sense of purpose could protect your heart,health and...


Campaign against smoke emitting vehicles and bikes sans lights from March 9

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th March 2015

Campaign against smoke emitting vehicles and bikes sans lights from March 9 ISLAMABAD: Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) has decided to launch campaign against smoke emitting vehicles from March 9 (Monday) in coordination with Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The decision to this effect was taken here on Friday during a meeting between SSP (Traffic), Malik Matloob and DG EPA, Dr. Muhammad Khursheed, a police spokesman said on...


Arabicas rebound 6 percent on short-covering spree

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th March 2015

Arabicas rebound 6 percent on short-covering spree NEW YORK/LONDON, Arabica coffee futures on ICE jumped 6 percent on Wednesday, snapping back from the prior session’s biggest tumble in nearly five years on heavy short-based buying, while raw sugar fell to the lowest level since 2010 on abundant supplies. London cocoa futures inched up to a five-month high, rising for the fifth straight...


AbbVie to buy cancer drug maker Pharmacyclics in $21 bln deal

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 5th March 2015

AbbVie to buy cancer drug maker Pharmacyclics in $21 bln deal Drugmaker AbbVie Inc said it will buy Pharmacyclics Inc, the maker of blockbuster cancer drug Imbruvica, for about $21 billion to boost its oncology drugs pipeline. AbbVie will pay $261.25 per share in cash and stock, a 13 percent premium to Pharmacyclics stock’s closing price on Wednesday on the Nasdaq. The deal will consist of...


Pakistan suspends health officials for wasting vaccines worth

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd March 2015

Pakistan suspends health officials for wasting vaccines worth ISLAMABAD: Pakistani authorities have suspended two health officials after $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated by UNICEF to protect children from deadly diseases were wasted, officials said Tuesday. The pentavalent vaccines, which protect against five diseases with a single shot, spoiled because they were not stored at the proper temperature, officials said. “An inquiry commission...


Japan-US food trade

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd March 2015

Japan-US food trade Tokyo, JAPAN: US beef is displayed under a newly designed brand mark at a press conference in Tokyo on March 2, 2015. US Meat Export Federation (USMEF) president Philip Seng is now here to promote more US meat consumption in the Japanese market. Japan and US governments are now in talks to lower tariffs on...


Childhood depression, anxiety tied to pain later

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 27th February 2015

Childhood depression, anxiety tied to pain later ISLAMABAD: Children who experience abuse or other adversities and develop mental health disorders are at greater risk for chronic physical problems when they are adults. Child maltreatment has been associated with increased risk of adverse physical health outcomes. In prior research that examined the influence of early psychosocial  environment on later physical health, the potentially...


Smoking is the major risk factor for ulcers: Experts

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th February 2015

Smoking is the major risk factor for ulcers: Experts KARACHI: Smoking has emerged to be one of the leading risk-factors for ulcers that if left untreated may unfold into serious health conditions, said senior medical practitioners during a continuing medical education program at Murshid Hospital. Senior physicians, Dr. Abdus Sattar Essa Jaffer,  Dr. Madiha Ata and Dr.Sharif Abbasi, registering their concern towards growing trend...


Now, get tested for Ebola within 10 minutes

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th February 2015

Now, get tested for Ebola within 10 minutes ISLAMABAD: Scientists have come up with quick test for Ebola that can diagnose the deadly disease within 10 minutes. The new test from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers involves a device, a simple paper strip similar to a pregnancy test, that can rapidly diagnose Ebola, as well as other viral hemorrhagic fevers such as...


Eating peanuts early could prevent allergy in infants: Study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th February 2015

Eating peanuts early could prevent allergy in infants: Study ISLAMABAD: With peanut allergies on the rise worldwide, a study has found that contrary to previous advice, feeding foods containing peanuts to babies before 11 months of age may help prevent allergies. The findings in the New England Journal of Medicine are based on a British study of 640 children, aged four months to 11...


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