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Hepatitis outbreak in Bhakkar affects 850 in one month

Report by Farhan Paracha BHAKKAR DISTRICT: Around 850 cases of hepatitis were reported from Bhakkar in one month as the infectious disease becomes widespread in the district.  The shocking figures became public knowledge after a Hepatitis Treatment and Prevention Clinic opened at Bhakkar DHQ Hospital where as many as 840 patients checked into the clinic…

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Fake doctor arrested from Jinnah Hospital’s gynae ward

Report by Mohammad Ashhad KARACHI: Police arrested a fake female doctor from Jinnah Hospital’s gynae ward on Tuesday.  According to details, Ayesha was serving as a doctor at Jinnah Hospital’s gynae ward for the past one year. Police took action against the fake doctor after hospital administration complained about her. Ayesha was taken into custody…

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Pakistanis spend Rs 200 billion annually on cigarettes

Reported by: Shakeel Ahmad ISLAMABAD: It has been found out that Pakistanis on an annual basis consume cigarettes whose total value amounts to Rs 200 billion. The number of smokers in Pakistan has exceeded the 25 million mark as cigarette manufacturers continue to reap profits. This in turn causes the government to pocket revenue amounting to…

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Traumatic events increase headaches and migraines

OSLO: Teens exposed to traumatic or terror events may have a higher risk for weekly and daily migraines, according to a study of adolescents who survived a terror attack in Norway. The findings further the idea that violence and psychological trauma could lead to physical symptoms. “We have very little systematic knowledge about the physical…

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Selfitis–the compulsive need to post selfies is a mental disorder

If you post countless selfies throughout the day on social media–you may be affected with a mental disorder known as ‘Selfitis’ according to experts.  This finding was obtained after  Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management carried out a research to determine whether the mental disorder ‘Selfitis’ existed or not. Turns out it does. Dr Mark Griffiths,…

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Why a walk in the park beats a stroll on the street

LONDON: Older adults who take a daily constitutional may want to avoid traffic-jammed city streets and head to a park instead because polluted air diminishes the benefits of exercise, a UK study suggests. Researchers in London randomly assigned 119 men and women age 60 or older to take two-hour walks along one of two distinct…

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WHO fears complacency as progress against malaria stalls

LONDON: Progress in the global fight against malaria has stalled amid signs of flatlining funding and complacency that the mosquito-borne disease is less of a threat, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Malaria infected around 216 million people in 91 countries in 2016, an increase of 5 million cases over the previous year, the…

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Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia: A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia’s Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time. The non-profit healthcare system is one of the state’s largest employers and sits in the heart of economically depressed coal country. It faces a $40 million deficit this year as it struggles with…

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Trump scraps key Obamacare subsidies, urges Democrats to fix ‘broken mess’

WASHINGTON D.C.: U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday urged Democrats to make a healthcare deal after cutting off Obamacare subsidies to health insurance companies for low-income patients in a forceful move that sparked threats of legal action and concern of chaos in insurance markets. “ObamaCare is a broken mess,” Trump tweeted early on Friday. “Piece…

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World Heart Day 2017–Important facts related to the organ

On the occasion of the World Heart Day 2017 it is imperative that each and every one of us takes a minute to consider whether or not we are taking ample care of our heart.  Arguably the most important organ of the human body, the heart pumps blood which is used by cells and organs….

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98 percent children immunized in special anti-polio drive

PESHAWAR: Three days special anti-polio campaign ends in the selected districts of the province with 98 percent coverage as 2.818 million children are inoculated against the target of 2.87 million.    According to Emergency Operations Center Khyber Pakhtunkhwa the campaign was launched in 12 districts of the province with a view to cover families coming…

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CEJ workshop sheds light on maternity care, malnutrition and health reporting

By Shahjahan Khurram KARACHI: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) in collaboration with the White Ribbon Alliance held a half-day workshop at the IBA City Campus to enumerate the various challenges our country faces when it comes to knowledge, awareness and call to action with regard to maternal care and health reporting.  Dr. Asma Badar,…

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Video: Private hospitals in Karachi not reporting Dengue cases

KARACHI: The Dengue Services Cell claimed that cases of the diseases were on the rise in the city but were not being reported by private hospitals.  The chief of the Dengue Services Cell in Karachi claimed that only 400 Dengue cases were reported in the city for the current year whereas the real number was…

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Scientists find protein that regulates skin cancer spread

PARIS: Scientists have pinpointed a cancer protein which controls the disease’s spread from the skin to other organs, and proposed Wednesday that blocking it may be an effective treatment. Working with mice genetically engineered to develop human skin cancers, the team discovered that the protein plays a key role promoting — or inhibiting — metastasis, the…

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One third of U.S. adults don’t know e-cigarette vapor may harm kids

ATLANTA: Even though the U.S. Surgeon General has concluded e-cigarette vapor may expose children to nicotine and other harmful chemicals, a new study finds that one in three adults aren’t sure if the devices are dangerous to use around kids. Big U.S. tobacco companies are all developing e-cigarettes, battery-powered gadgets with a heating element that…

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WHO ranks antibiotics in a bid to counter drug resistance

GENEVA: The World Health Organization published a new classification of antibiotics on Tuesday that aims to fight drug resistance, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense and others only for use when absolutely necessary. The new “essential medicines list” includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes, categorized into three groups: “Access”, “Watch”…

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Pakistani doctor beats 64 cooks to win Masterchef title

LONDON: A Pakistani female doctor has made headlines around the world by beating 64 other amateur cooks to win BBC’s Masterchef title.  Whoever suspected that 29-year-old Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, a British-Pakistani from Watford, will go on to become BBC’s Masterchef of 2017. The task was not an easy one since Saliha had to beat 64 other…

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Smoking only in social situations may still be tied to heart problems

So-called social smokers who only light up on special occasions may have some of the same risks for heart disease as people with a daily cigarette habit, a U.S. study suggests. For the study, researchers examined data on smoking habits, cholesterol levels and blood pressure for a nationally representative sample of 39,555 adults. Most people…

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All you need to know about the ‘killer’ heat stroke

News feature by Shahjahan Khurram Video editing by: Danish Hafeez It was not more than two years ago when a killer heatwave claimed the lives of more than 1,500 people in Karachi, raising alarm bells across the country and making headlines over the world. Two years on, the city has failed to generate awareness regarding…

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Shocking photo of Vinod Khanna goes viral

MUMBAI: A photo of veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna went viral on social media in which he looked extremely thin and pale. News broke of Vinod Khanna’s poor health when he was hospitalised at a suburban Mumbai hospital a couple of days ago. A picture of the actor in which he looked extremely thin and…

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5 mln children administered anti-polio drops in Punjab

LAHORE: As many as five million children upto 5 years of age were administered anti-polio drops during current anti-polio drive by the Extended Programme for Immunization (EPI) of Punjab Health department. A spokesman of EPI department in a press statement Tuesday said, during the anti-polio campaign children upto 5 years of age were administered polio…

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