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Colombia village’s ‘curse’ could hold Alzheimer’s cure

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th December 2014

Colombia village’s ‘curse’ could hold Alzheimer’s cure by Philippe ZYGEL YARUMAL: – When John Jairo, a meticulous night watchman, lost his job for leaving all of his employer’s doors open, his family knew they were hit by the “Yarumal curse.” Yarumal, a Colombian village perched in the Andes Mountains, has a high incidence of a genetic mutation that predisposes its population to...


Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 18th December 2014

Shame in China as village votes to expel HIV-positive boy BEIJING: – The plight of a Chinese boy with the HIV virus, reportedly pushed to leave his home by 200 villagers who signed a petition, sparked intense online soul-searching in the country on Thursday. The case has highlighted the stigma attached to HIV in China, where many sufferers face widespread discrimination. The boy’s guardian, his...


10,832,898 children vaccinated against poliovirus

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th December 2014

10,832,898 children vaccinated against poliovirus ISLAMABAD: A total of 10,832,898 children have been vaccinated against polio-virus in the year’s last three-day national polio eradication campaign. According to the available data, 147 districts, towns, agencies and FRs shared coverage details of first day of the polio campaigns and as per information, Islamabad recorded total of 81,482 vaccinated children. Similarly, Punjab vaccinated 5,968,789 children...


China holds first-ever food festival in Islamabad

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th December 2014

China holds first-ever food festival in Islamabad ISLAMABAD: China Radio International (CRI-Dosti channel) held first-ever food festival here last night at a local hotel, further promoting people-to-people relationship, through its famous cuisine and food recipes. The Chinese Cuisine Association’s office-bearers and chefs especially traveled to Pakistan to demonstrate the cooking of the Chinese food. It was the part of on-going efforts of...


US health care worker in WAfrica brought home for Ebola tests

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 4th December 2014

US health care worker in WAfrica brought home for Ebola tests WASHINGTON:- A US health care worker who has been assisting efforts in west Africa has been flown to the United States to be tested for Ebola in Atlanta, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Emory University Hospital will monitor the patient to see if they have been infected, spokeswoman Holly Korschun told AFP. “An American health care...


Pakistani businessman from Liberia suspected Ebola patient

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st December 2014

Pakistani businessman from Liberia suspected Ebola patient KARACHI:  A 45 year old man was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC)’s isolation ward from Jinnah International Airport this morning for being a suspected Ebola patient. The man of Pakistani origin, doing businessman in Liberia had arrived in the city with high fever and details he mentioned in his health card, a prerequisite along with...


Gynae specialist calls on NGOs, community to join fight against AIDS/HIV

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st December 2014

Gynae specialist calls on NGOs, community to join fight against AIDS/HIV HYDERABAD:  Chief Gynaecologist CDF Hospital and Consultant Aga Khan and Ghani Hospitals Hyderabad, Dr. Sajda Muneer Siddiqui has called upon the organisations, NGOs and community to participate in combating the HIV/AIDS  menace in the district. Talking to APP here on Monday on the occasion of World AIDS Day, Dr. Sajda Muneer Siddiqui said that it...


WHO warning as China says nearly 500,000 living with HIV

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st December 2014

WHO warning as China says nearly 500,000 living with HIV BEIJING:- The World Health Organization issued a call to action to China Monday over HIV/AIDS as government figures said nearly half a million people are living with the disease or its precursor, with hundreds of thousands more thought to be undiagnosed. Bernhard Schwartlaender, the World Health Organization’s representative in China, wrote in an op-ed in...


High blood pressure climbs in winter

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st December 2014

High blood pressure climbs in winter ISLAMABAD: Falling temperatures in winter may cause an unhealthy rise in high blood pressure in elderly people, according to a new study linking cooler temperatures with higher blood pressure. Seasonal variations in blood pressure have been noted for years, but few studies have looked at these temperature-related effects in one of the most at-risk populations:...


E-cigarettes more harmful than regular cigarettes

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 30th November 2014

E-cigarettes more harmful than regular cigarettes ISLAMABAD: E-cigarettes contain 10 times the level of cancer-causing agents as regular tobacco it has been revealed. Health experts in Japan discovered high levels of chemicals including formaldehyde and acetaldehyde in the vapour produced by several types of e-cigarette liquid, Daily Mail reported. The latest findings will come as a blow to those in favour...


Poor accountability of doctors coupled with unchecked quackery enhances women vulnerability to maternal morbidity: Experts

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th November 2014

Poor accountability of doctors coupled with unchecked quackery enhances women vulnerability to maternal morbidity: Experts KARACHI:  Poor accountability, inadequate attention towards updated training through mandatory and regular refresher courses coupled with lack of communication skills among a  majority of qualified gynecologists are some of the major factors triggering high incidence of “Maternal Morbidity” in the country. Experts during a session organised by Pakistan Medical Association also identified rampant quackery exposing...


Global Ebola toll rises to 5,689: WHO

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th November 2014

Global Ebola toll rises to 5,689: WHO GENEVA:  The World Health Organization said Thursday that the global death toll from the Ebola virus had increased to 5,689 out of a total of 15,935 cases of infection, mainly in western Africa. The earlier WHO toll from last Friday gave a death toll of 5,459 and 15,351 cases. The WHO believes that the number...


Dengue, Ebola virus awareness seminar

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 27th November 2014

Dengue, Ebola virus awareness seminar SARGODHA: A seminar for awareness about precautionary and preventive measures against the dengue and Ebola virus was held here at the District Cooperative Office. Focal Person Dengue Control Cell Dr Tariq Hassan, speaking on the occasion, said viral diseases could only be addressed through precautionary measures. He said symptoms of Ebola were very much same...


Attack on Polio team 3 women among 4 dead, 3 injured

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th November 2014

Attack on Polio team 3 women among 4 dead, 3 injured QUETTA: Four health workers including three women were shot killed and three others injured in armed attack on their minivan in Eastern Bypass area when they were on way to administer anti-polio drops to children here on Wednesday morning. Home Secretary, Capt (retd) Akbar Hussain Durrani said that seven health workers leaving their home in...


Governor for launching Congo fever awareness campaign

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th November 2014

Governor for launching Congo fever awareness campaign KARACHI: Sindh Governor Dr.Ishrat-ul-Ebad Khan has directed the Health Department to launch awareness campaign immediately throughout the province regarding Congo fever so that the affected patients could get treatment at early stage of the deadly disease. Taking notice of two deaths due to Congo fever in Karachi on Wednesday, he asked the officers concerned to...


PMA seeks protection of citizens against criminals in Karachi

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th November 2014

PMA seeks protection of citizens against criminals in Karachi KARACHI: Pakistan Medical Association (PMA – Karachi) has demanded immediate improvement in law and order situation in Karachi. Optimum protection and security of citizens in general against crime as well as criminal elements playing havoc in the metropolis was sought by General Secretary of PMA – Karachi, Dr. Qazi M Wasiq. Registering protest, Wednesday, against...


Walking burns more fat than running

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th November 2014

Walking burns more fat than running ISLAMABAD:Researchers have found that low-intensity exercise may burn more fat than high-intensity activities when it comes to shedding pounds. The findings were reported in the International Journal of Sports Medicine,The research team, led by Dr. Vassilis Mougios of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, randomly assigned 14 normal-weight and overweight women to one of two...


Job authority adds to depression in women

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th November 2014

Job authority adds to depression in women ISLAMABAD: Depression in women increases with job authority, according to a recent study. A study by the University of Texas found out that symptoms of depression increases for women in authority while for men, it was the exact opposite, reported BBC health. The study called, “Gender, Job Authority, and Depression,” looked at 1,300 middle-aged men...


Elderly should take cholesterol-lowering statins: US study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th November 2014

Elderly should take cholesterol-lowering statins: US study WASHINGTON- Nearly everyone aged 66 to 75 should consider taking cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins to reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke, new guidelines published Monday said. A total of 97 percent of people in the age group, and 100 percent of men, should be on the medication even if their cholesterol levels are...


Benefits of regular vitamin D tests remain unproven: study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th November 2014

Benefits of regular vitamin D tests remain unproven: study WASHINGTON- Experts said Monday regular tests for vitamin D levels are not proven to be beneficial or harmful, despite previous research warning of damaging effects of vitamin D deficiencies in adults. Studies have found that low levels of the vitamin can increase the risk of bone fractures, heart disease, colorectal cancer, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease...


Higher intake of fatty fish hinders cancer growth

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th November 2014

Higher intake of fatty fish hinders cancer growth ISLAMABAD: A recent study shows that a higher intake of fatty fish could prevent the body from developing cancerous tumors. According to a study by the US-based Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, those who consume a certain amount of rich omega-3 fatty acids in somes types of fish such as wild Alaskan salmon are...


DAP, WHO collaborating centre to observe World Diabetes Day on Sunday

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd November 2014

DAP, WHO collaborating centre to observe World Diabetes Day on Sunday KARACHI: The Diabetic Association of Pakistan and WHO Collaborating  Centre, Karachi have chalked out an elaborate programme to celebrate World Diabetes Day (WDD) here on Sunday. Secretary General, Diabetic Association of Pakistan and Honorary President, International Diabetes Federation, Prof. A Samad Shera, sharing details of the day long WDD activities said it would comprise two...


Too much texting bad for your spine, says study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st November 2014

Too much texting bad for your spine, says study ISLAMABAD: Simple texting on smartphone can exert nearly 23 kg of pressure on your spine depending on the angle at which you are texting, an alarming research has revealed. “Loss of the natural curve of the cervical spine leads to incrementally increased stresses about the cervical spine,” wrote study author Kenneth K. Hansraj, a New...


Job authority spells depression for women: study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 20th November 2014

Job authority spells depression for women: study WASHINGTON- Women in authority appear to be more vulnerable to depression than their male counterparts, a study by sociologists in the United States said. Researchers looked into 1,500 middle-aged women from Wisconsin and compared their workplace experiences with 1,300 men in the same age bracket from the same US state. They found that women with...


Exercise best medicine for older women

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th November 2014

Exercise best medicine for older women ISLAMABAD: Studies had shown that high intensity exercise over a sedentary lifestyle significantly reduced the risk of death. For women over age 50, daily exercise can be prescribed as medicine to reduce the risk of death, BBC health reported. According to researchers, in addition to conventional treatments for physical and mental health, doctors should prescribe...


Pomegranate miraculously good for heart :Report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th November 2014

Pomegranate miraculously good for heart :Report ISLAMABAD: The pomegranate – A nutrient dense, antioxidant rich fruit revered as a symbol of health, fertility and eternal life offers protection against heart disease and cancer,says a report. The report aired by a private news channel said the pomegranate a nutrient dense food contains high levels of flavonoids and polyphenols, potent antioxidants offering protection...


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