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Karachiites keen to ascertain their hepatitis status

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Karachiites keen to ascertain their hepatitis status KARACHI:  Despite fasting, and also giving final touch to their preparations for the Eid festival, hundreds of Karachiites visited Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation(SIUT) Monday to avail of the free of charge screening facility against Hepatitis. The screening against all types of Hepatitis and free administration of first dose of Hepatitis B was part...


Hepatitis E found in donor blood; call for EU screening

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Hepatitis E found in donor blood; call for EU screening PARIS: One in almost 3,000 blood donors in England carry the hepatitis E virus (HEV) which can cause liver disease, said a study Monday that sparked a call for screening in Europe. Published on World Hepatitis Day, a study in The Lancet medical journal said a systematic analysis of donated blood showed that 79 out...


Hepatitis is claiming 0.12 mln lives in Pakistan per anum

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Hepatitis is claiming 0.12 mln lives in Pakistan per anum HYDERABAD:The Hepatitis is claiming around 0.12 million lives every year in Pakistan and if the authorities concerned failed to initiate sincere efforts, the numbers of death could rise further. Dr. Ali Akbar Siddiqui, talking to this scribe here on Thursday said that awareness to masses about precautionary measures against disease could reduce the numbers of...


Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds

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Paracetamol no better than placebo for low back pain, study finds LONDON: Paracetamol, a painkiller universally recommended to treat people with acute low back pain, does not speed recovery or reduce pain from the condition,according to the results of a large trial published on Thursday. A study published in The Lancet medical journal found that the popular pain medicine was no better than placebo, or dummy...


Encephalitis outbreaks in India kill more than 150

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Encephalitis outbreaks in India kill more than 150 NEW DELHI: Recent outbreaks of encephalitis in India have killed more than 150 people, with health officials on alert fearing the death toll could rise further, state government directors said. Some 102 people have died in West Bengal state from the mosquito-borne virus which affects mainly malnourished children and can cause brain damage and seizures,...


Cancer drug works in HIV treatment: Researchers

By: Hassaan Ali, Uploaded: 23rd July 2014

Cancer drug works in HIV treatment: Researchers ISLAMABAD: Researchers have experimented a drug used against cancer to activate hibernating HIV virus, which is then released from infected cells and turns into a sitting duck target. The Danish scientists used Romidepsin, a drug used to treat rare lymphomas, to kick the virus out of the cells. HIV is known to hibernate in so-called...


World Brain Day observed with theme “Our Brain-our future”

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World Brain Day observed with theme “Our Brain-our future” ISLAMABAD: World Brain Day was observed on Tuesday across the globe including Pakistan for the first time to create awareness about factors which can lead to brain hemorrhage with theme “Our Brain-Our future”. The World Federation of Neurology (WFN) launched the event and dedicated it to highlighting the importance of brain health and prevention of...


Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms

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Chocolate too bitter? Swap sugar for mushrooms NEW YORK: An upstart U.S. food technology company has developed a unique fermentation process using mushrooms to reduce bitterness in cocoa beans that it believes will cut sugar content in chocolate candy. A year after first launching its fermentation method to reduce bitterness in coffee beans, one of the world’s biggest commodity markets, MycoTechnology, Inc...


Pakistan registers decline in Malaria and TB induced deaths

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Pakistan registers decline in Malaria and TB induced deaths KARACHI: Pakistan has registered accelerated decline in death rates from TB and malaria since 2000, when the Millennium Development Goals were established to stop the spread of these diseases by 2015. Although less pronounced, Malaria cases in Pakistan dropped to 2.9 per cent annually between 2000 and 2013 while malaria mortality rates declined by an...


Middle East virus found in air of camel barn

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Middle East virus found in air of camel barn WASHINGTON:Researchers in Saudi  Arabia said Tuesday they have found genetic traces of the dangerous Middle East respiratory virus, MERS-CoV, in the air of a barn that housed a sick camel. The study in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, calls for further research to determine if the potentially fatal virus can be...


Early HIV drugs ‘may not stop virus’

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Early HIV drugs ‘may not stop virus’ ISLAMABAD: HIV can rapidly form invulnerable strongholds in the body, dashing hopes that early treatment might cure the virus, according to new research. A baby was thought to have been cured with treatment hours after birth, but the virus emerged years later, BBC reported. Monkey research, published in the journal Nature, suggests untouchable “viral reservoirs”...


Oral cancer claims one life every six hours in India

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Oral cancer claims one life every six hours in India ISLAMABAD: One person dies every six hours due to oral cancer in India signalling an alarming rise in the incidence of the disease, according to a top orthodontist. The situation could be still graver as many cases of the disease went unreported, Secretary-General of the Indian Dental Association Dr Ashok Dhoble has said, Press Trust...


China shuts meat factory supplying McDonald’s, KFC

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China shuts meat factory supplying McDonald’s, KFC SHANGHAI- Shanghai has shut a factory of US food provider OSI Group for selling out-of-date meat to restaurant giants including McDonald’s and KFC, authorities said Monday in China’s latest food safety scandal. Shanghai television, which reported the original allegations, said that workers at the OSI China plant mixed expired meat with the fresh product and...


Yoga helps in dealing with social anxiety disorders

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st July 2014

Yoga helps in dealing with social anxiety disorders ISLAMABAD: Yoga and other exercises, which have relaxing effect on our bodies, can help people with social anxiety disorders look at the world positively, a new study claims. Adam Heenan, a Ph.D. from Queen’s University found that relaxation activities literally change the way people perceive the world, altering their perception so that they view the...


Niacin for high cholesterol carries death risk

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th July 2014

Niacin for high cholesterol carries death risk WASHINGTON:A major international study out found that niacin does not reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with high cholesterol, but it does boost the risk of death. Therefore, most people should not take the widely used supplement, also known as vitamin B3, according to an editorial in the New England Journal...


Childhood obesity linked to genes

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th July 2014

Childhood obesity linked to genes ISLAMABAD: Whether a 10-year-old child is slim or overweight is explained mostly by genetic factors, scientists suggest urging parents to be more vigilant and aware of what their children are eating. A recent study, involving more than 2,500 pairs of twins, suggests that genes account for 82 per cent of the variation in body mass...


Coffee protects against Parkinson’s

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 14th July 2014

Coffee protects against Parkinson’s ISLAMABAD:A new research has found that drinking coffee could reduce risk of developing several neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. Researchers identified a specific genetic variation (GRIN2Agene) as a protective factor against Parkinson’s, Press TV reported. Researchers at the Linkoping University in Sweden examined a combination of the protective factor caffeine and the genetic variant in...


Pakistan urges drug companies to provide affordable medicines

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 11th July 2014

Pakistan urges drug companies to provide affordable medicines UNITED NATIONS: Reaffirming its commitment to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart ailments, cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes, Pakistan has urged world’s leading pharmaceutical companies to fulfil their corporate social responsibility by offering medicines at affordable prices in developing countries. “Non-communicable diseases represent one of the world’s most serious health challenges,” Ambassador Masood Khan, Pakistan’s...


Study finds kidney donation safe for healthy older adults

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th July 2014

Study finds kidney donation safe for healthy older adults ISLAMABAD: Older people who donate kidneys have similar longevity and cardiovascular health as those who do not donate, revealed a U.S. study. Over the past two decades, live kidney donation by individuals aged 55 years and older has become more common, but there have been concerns that the removal of a kidney could make older...


Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking-study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 9th July 2014

Extreme obesity cuts lifespan more than smoking-study NEW YORK: That obesity can cut life short by causing strokes and other illnesses comes as no surprise, but a study reported on Tuesday quantifies the toll:The most extreme cases cut a person’s lifespan more than cigarettes. The analysis, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, is the largest-ever study of the effect of extreme obesity...


Expectant mothers are more prone to diabetes

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 8th July 2014

Expectant mothers are more prone to diabetes ISLAMABAD: Around 18 per cent expectant mothers develop diabetes making it one of the most common health problems of pregnancy, health expert said. Talking to private news channel, Dr. Usama Ishtiaq, Consultant Endocrinologist SIH, said that gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that some women get during pregnancy. Dr. Usama informed that it is...


Gastro uncontrollable in Punjab-Suffers 1348 more people

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 7th July 2014

Gastro uncontrollable in Punjab-Suffers 1348 more people LAHORE: Gastric disease failed to be controlled up till now in Punjab, only within two days over more than a thousand people have been diagnosed by this disease, Aaj News reported. According to the spokesperson of health department of Punjab, this epidemic of gastric disease is turning severe due to extreme hot weather. The numbers...


Ramadan is `ideal time’ to quit smoking

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Ramadan is `ideal time’ to quit smoking ISLAMABAD: The holy month of Ramadan is the best time for Muslims to quit smoking, says a senior Saudi Health Ministry official. Ali Alwadey, director general of the ministry’s Tobacco Control Program, said there are 54 anti-smoking clinics, which include 10 mobile ones, throughout the Kingdom to assist smokers, Arab News reported. Alwadey said Ramadan...


Use of soft drinks at Iftar injurious to kidneys

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 6th July 2014

Use of soft drinks at Iftar injurious to kidneys ISLAMABAD: Soft drinks either diet or regular are injurious to health especially at Iftar because after sixteen hours fasting, the use of soft drinks started declining the function of kidneys. Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT) Civil Hospital, Head Dr Adeeb Rizvi suggested that instead of soft drinks, it is better to use fresh...


Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 3rd July 2014

Saudi MERS: Philippines urges its Muslims to abort Hajj MANILA- The Philippines urged its large Muslim minority on Thursday to reconsider plans to join pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia this year due to a deadly virus outbreak there. About 6,500 Filipinos who are set to join the annual Hajj pilgrimage in October are being urged to go next year instead, when the Middle East respiratory...


Vaccines have low risk of serious side effects: study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st July 2014

Vaccines have low risk of serious side effects: study WASHINGTON: Some childhood vaccines are linked to serious side effects, but they are quite rare and do not include autism, food allergies or cancer, said a review of scientific literature Tuesday. A host of vaccines commonly given to children under age six were the focus of the systematic review of rigorously conducted studies, published in...


 
 
 



 
 



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