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World’s first human case of rat disease found in Hong Kong

Rat Hepatitis E virus is very distantly related to human hepatitis E virus variants

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Scientists believe they’ve found a new way to treat Alzheimer’s

A new drug that could reduce brain damaging proteins is in the testing phase

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Fears mount as Ebola reported in DR Congo city

An outbreak of Ebola in remote Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has spread to a city, health watchdogs said Thursday, sharpening fears that the deadly virus now posed a regional threat. The fresh outbreak, publicly declared on May 8 with 23 deaths so far, had previously been reported in a rural part of Equateur Province…

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New Ebola case reported in DR Congo: WHO

The head of the World Health Organization said there has been another reported case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and that an experimental vaccine to fight the disease is expected to become available in the country this week. Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on a visit to DR Congo, said the suspected new…

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Oral antibiotics may cause kidney stones: Study

Children and adults treated with oral antibiotics may have a higher risk of developing kidney stones,  a new study said. The study suggested that the strongest risks appeared at younger ages and among patients most recently exposed to antibiotics, reported health news. “The overall prevalence of kidney stones has risen by 70 per cent over the…

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Wide waist with ‘normal weight’ bigger risk than obesity

Paris: People of “normal” weight who sport a wide waist are more at risk of heart problems than obese people, said researchers Friday, urging a rethink of healthy weight guidelines. How fat is distributed on a person’s frame determined disease risk as much as how much fat they had overall, according to an investigation of…

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Antibiotics consumption soars, fueling fears over superbugs

WASHINGTON: Global consumption of antibiotics has soared since the year 2000, stoking calls for new policies to rein in usage — and fueling fears that the worldwide threat posed by drug-resistant superbugs will spiral out of control, researchers say.   A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) — based on…

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Obesity may cause 13 different cancers: study 

ISLAMABAD: Obesity which often leads to cancer in older adults is now reported with increasing frequency in young adults, a new study says. According to the research, published in the journal Obesity, obesity increases the risk of 13 different cancers in young adults. The meta-analysis describes how obesity has shifted certain cancers to younger age…

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Bengal tiger dies in Lahore, another falls sick

Reporting by Saman Iqbal Lahore zoo has lost its 12-year-old Bengal tiger, Mohini, while another is sick Mohini, who was brought to the zoo in Lahore in 2009. A veterinary team has been treating the animals at the zoo. She died of a disease affecting tigers, Dr Rizwan said. Another tiger, Raval, has been sick…

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Brain-maiming protein may have spread via surgery: study

PARIS: A dangerous protein that attacks the brain’s blood vessels may have infected children via poorly sterilised surgical instruments decades before the onset of harmful bleeding, researchers reported Thursday. Investigating a quartet of mysterious cases in Britain of brain lesions caused by amyloid beta deposits in young adult patients, they found that all four had…

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Battling cancer: Rate of survival improves worldwide

PARIS: Cancer survival is increasing across the world but large gaps endure between nations, while some cancers remain hard to treat everywhere, according to a major review released Wednesday. The progress, and the gap, are especially large for childhood cancers, according to the CONCORD-3 study covering 71 nations and 18 types of cancer, published in…

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Women three times more likely to die than men after heart attack: Study

ISLAMABAD: Fewer women who suffer a heart attack would die if they were given the same treatments as men, a new study found. Researchers analysed the outcomes of 180,368 Swedish patients who suffered a heart attack over a 10-year period. They found women were three times more likely to die than men in the year…

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Influenza toll rises to 14 as woman dies in Multan 

MULTAN: The toll of seasonal influenza cases rose to 14 with the death of another female patient who was tested positive here at Intensive Care Unit of Nishtar hospital. Nishtar hospital Focal person for infectious diseases, Dr Irfan Arshad said that Zakiya (35) hailed from Muzaffargarh was a suspected seasonal influenza patient who was tested…

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Here is what may happen if you use heaters excessively

ISLAMABAD: Health experts on Wednesday urged people to avoid excessive use of heaters or hot air blowers in winter to save themselves from hazardous effects of various diseases and allergies. Talking to a private news channel, Dr Asim Bukhari said with the onset of bitter winter, cases of respiratory problems, eye infections, skin allergies and…

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You can avert spread of TB by wearing surgical mask

ISLAMABAD: The patients of tuberculosis are being covered countrywide adequately under National TB Control programme and they are being provided free medicines and treatment. In Punjab , these medicines are being provided free of cost through courier services at their residential addresses. This was stated by Dr Nasir Mehmood Khan National Program Manager, National TB…

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Selfie syndrome: A disease of new era

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) has officially confirmed what many people thought all along: taking ‘selfies’ is a mental disorder. Watch this report…

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Dengue outbreak causes 69 deaths in KPK: WHO

ISLAMABAD: Dengue outbreak in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has claimed 69 lives so far, according to a report by World Health Organization. Pakistan, which is endemic to dengue since 1994, has faced a number of repeated outbreaks in different provinces; however, the virus peaked during July to November this year, private news channel reported. “This year an…

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Flu: This young mother died one day after falling sick

Alani Murrieta NEWS DESK: A young mother from Phoenix, Arizona has tragically passed away just one day after contracting the flu, reported The Independent. Alani Murrieta was 20-years-old and had no pre-existing health conditions when she started feeling unwell. She was rushed to hospital after she began encountering breathing difficulties and was subsequently diagnosed with…

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Second polio case in three months confirmed in Karachi

ISLAMABAD: Karachi witnessed its second case of polio within a span of three months, the latest victim being a five-month-old infant who has been diagnosed with the crippling disease. Five-month-old boy Zaibullah, son of Ghulam Sakhi, a resident of UC-4 Gadap Town, had been administered with anti-polio drops during a past campaign. However, his routine…

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Habit of quick eating may land you in big trouble

ISLAMABAD: The speed at which you eat could determine whether you’re at a risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. According to a preliminary research, slow eaters are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and abnormal cholesetrol levels, that can multiply a person’s risk…

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Punjab govt makes fresh guidelines for doctors

Punjab government took notice of deteriorating conditions of healthcare in the province and issued new guideposts for the doctors. Doctors will have to give at least five minutes to each patients, according to the new directives. Know more in the video report.

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