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Donors pledge $7.5 bn to extend child vaccine drive

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 28th January 2015

Donors pledge $7.5 bn to extend child vaccine drive BERLIN: Countries and private donors have pledged $7.5 billion (6.6 billion euros) to help immunize 300 million more children in developing countries over the next five years, a major vaccine alliance announced Tuesday. The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) announced it had just slightly exceeded its “bold” request for funding for 2016 to...


Low carb diet can cause digestive problems: Experts

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th January 2015

Low carb diet can cause digestive problems: Experts ISLAMABAD: Low carb diets may be used as a weight loss tool by some people but dieticians warn that it may contribute helping in setting up health problems instead. The average fibre intake is already low and avoidance of foods like potatoes, a surprisingly important fibre provider is bad news for digestive health, BBC health...


Minor girl dies of measles

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th January 2015

Minor girl dies of measles MASTUNG: A minor girl was died after she had been affected by measles here in Kanak area on Monday. Area Councilor Mohammad Hanif Rustamzai told APP that the measles outbreak had hit the area for past many days which affected several children. “Two year old daughter of Mohammad Hussain was died in absence of proper...


After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop “surge capacity”

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 26th January 2015

After Ebola, WHO to set up contingency fund, develop “surge capacity” GENEVA: The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday it will create a contingency fund and an emergency workforce to respond quickly to crises after strong criticism of the agency’s delay in confronting the Ebola epidemic. Director-general Dr Margaret Chan said at an emergency meeting called to discuss the agency’s Ebola response that the outbreak...


Top US court to consider use of lethal drugs in executions

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 24th January 2015

Top US court to consider use of lethal drugs in executions WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether a cocktail of lethal drugs used for executions in Oklahoma represent cruel and unusual punishment. Three inmates on death row in the central state are challenging the multiple drug protocol that was at the center of a botched execution in April last year. The nine...


China air quality dire but improving: Greenpeace

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 22nd January 2015

China air quality dire but improving: Greenpeace BEIJING: The skies of China’s notoriously smog-filled cities saw a marginal amelioration last year, according to figures released by Greenpeace Thursday, but pollution remained far above national and international standards. China’s cities are often hit by heavy pollution, blamed on coal-burning by power stations and industry, as well as vehicle use, and it has become...


Coffee may protect against some skin cancers

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 21st January 2015

Coffee may protect against some skin cancers ISLAMABAD: Drinking coffee on a regular basis may protect individuals against malignant melanoma, a leading cause of skin-cancer death, a new study suggests. Avid drinkers of coffee-who take four or more cups daily- were 20 percent less likely to develop malignant melanoma than non-coffee consumers, according to a study, Press Tv reported. The study showed...


‘Lifestyle’ diseases kill 16 mn prematurely: WHO

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 19th January 2015

‘Lifestyle’ diseases kill 16 mn prematurely: WHO GENEVA: Diseases linked to lifestyle choices, including diabetes and some cancers, kill 16 million people prematurely each year, the World Health Organization said Monday, urging action to stop the “slow-moving public health disaster”. Unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol abuse and consuming too much fat, salt and sugar have sparked an epidemic of diseases which together...


Polio awareness walk held

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th January 2015

Polio awareness walk held LARKANA:  To create awareness about Polio, a mass awareness walk was organised here on Friday  by the District Health Department Larkana, in collaboration with WHO and UNICEF, in connection with the three- day national campaign for the eradication of Polio. The campaign will be conducted from January 19 to 21, 2015. The anti Polio walk...


President for standardisation of education in the field of alternative medicine

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th January 2015

President for standardisation of education in the field of alternative medicine KARACHI: President Mamnoon Hussain has urged the practitioners as well as proponents of alternative medicine in the country to focus towards scientific research as well standardization of education and training in Homeopathy and Tibb respectively. Addressing the inaugural session of International Expo Alternative Medicine, organised by monthly Moalij, here Saturday, he said efficacy and relevance of traditional...


Dutch ‘horror dentist’ sent to French psychiatric unit

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 17th January 2015

Dutch ‘horror dentist’ sent to French psychiatric unit BOURGES, France: A Dutch dentist suspected of mutilating dozens of patients in France has been detained in a special prison psychiatric unit, a judicial source said. Dubbed the “horror dentist” by the media, Mark van Nierop, 50, claims to suffer from “psychological problems” including gender identity issues and suicidal tendencies, which he had cited in...


Two volunteers with potential Ebola exposure flown to Britain

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th January 2015

Two volunteers with potential Ebola exposure flown to Britain LONDON: Two volunteers with potential exposure to the deadly Ebola virus are being transported to Britain for precautionary monitoring, health officials said on Friday. The volunteers, who had been working with victims of the vast Ebola epidemic in West Africa, would arrive on Friday for assessment, and then be monitored for the rest of a...


Widespread cancer screening does little to prevent deaths

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 16th January 2015

Widespread cancer screening does little to prevent deaths ISLAMABAD: Screening for cancer does little to prevent deaths and may do more harm that good, a widespread review of studies has found. Researchers at Stanford School of Medicine looked at data from 45 trials and 98 statistical reviews to find out whether screening for diseases like prostate or ovarian cancer was beneficial. The research...


Taiwan culls 6,000 more geese to curb bird flu outbreak

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 13th January 2015

Taiwan culls 6,000 more geese to curb bird flu outbreak TAIPEI: Taiwan on Tuesday slaughtered nearly 6,000 geese after 14 more farms were confirmed to have been infected in the latest outbreak of avian influenza that has led to the culling of more than 140,000 birds. The confirmation brought to 21 the total number of farms infected by the outbreak since last week — all...


Girl in China got HIV through blood transfusion: report

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 12th January 2015

Girl in China got HIV through blood transfusion: report BEIJING: A five-year-old girl in China contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, state media reported, the latest case to shine a light on an issue that has long bedevilled the country. According to the official news agency Xinhua, the girl, nicknamed Maomao, was infected during an operation for congenital heart disease in 2010 in the...


Sierra Leone now has means to control Ebola epidemic: UN

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 10th January 2015

Sierra Leone now has means to control Ebola epidemic: UN FREETOWN: Sierra Leone now has the means to curb the Ebola epidemic, the new head of the UN mission for the fight against the disease and a senior World Health Organization official said Friday. “Sierra Leone is in much better shape today to control Ebola than it was a few weeks ago,” UN Ebola mission...


Two-thirds of cancer cases due to bad luck: Study

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 2nd January 2015

Two-thirds of cancer cases due to bad luck: Study ISLAMABAD: The majority of cancer cases can be explained by “bad luck” rather than the result of environmental factors and inherited genes, a U.S. study said. The study, published in the journal Science, found that two-thirds of adult cancer incidence across tissues might be caused by random mutations that occur in dividing healthy stem cells,...


W. Africa Ebola death toll nears 8,000: WHO

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 1st January 2015

W. Africa Ebola death toll nears 8,000: WHO ISLAMABAD: The World Health Organization (WHO) says the death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has reached 7,905, out of a total 20,206 confirmed, probable and suspected cases. The international organization released the new numbers, as the year that saw the worst Ebola outbreak ever reported came to an end.  Medical experts say...


Japan culls 42,000 chickens after second bird flu outbreak

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 29th December 2014

Japan culls 42,000 chickens after second bird flu outbreak TOKYO: Japan on Monday ordered the slaughter of some 42,000 chickens after officials confirmed the country’s second bird flu outbreak in less than a month. DNA tests confirmed the H5 strain of the virus at a farm in Miyazaki prefecture in the country’s southwest after its owner reported Sunday that several chickens had suddenly died,...


Commissioner reviews five day special anti-polio campaign conducted in 11 UCs of Karachi

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 25th December 2014

Commissioner reviews five day special anti-polio campaign conducted in 11 UCs of Karachi KARACHI:  Commissioner Karachi, Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui on Thursday extensively reviewed the five day special immunization campaign, initiated on December 20, in 11 high risk union councils (UCs) of Karachi. The exercise undertaken by Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI – Sindh) in coordination with provincial health department and Karachi administration was focussed on covering all under-...


Fast food could slow down kid’s brain

By: Web Desk, Uploaded: 23rd December 2014

Fast food could slow down kid’s brain ISLAMABAD: Eating fast food affects not only your child’s general health but could also slow down his/her brain, a new research suggests. Children who eat the most fast food score a lot less in tests for maths, science and reading said the study appeared in the journal Clinical Pediatrics. “Research has been focused on how...


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...


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