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Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat lethal drug resistance, warns WHO

NEWS DESK: Not enough new antibiotics are being developed to combat the threat of deadly drug-resistant infections, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned, reported The Independent. The vast majority of the drugs being developed are modifications to existing kinds of antibiotics, which only provide short-term solutions, the health organisation said in a new report. Commenting on the…

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7 things no doctor tells you about blood tests

NEWS DESK: There are various types of blood tests – liver function test, iron tests, thyroid function tests, serology and many more. However, the most common tests which people undertake are the complete blood count, shortened as CBC, and basic metabolic panel, done to check your infections, heart problem, kidney problem and even cancer. We…

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A fifth of global deaths linked to diet: study

Fewer children are dying before their fifth birthday and although humans are living longer than ever before, one in five deaths last year were linked to poor diet, researchers said Friday. More than 1.6 million people in poor countries died in 2016 from diarrhoea caused by contaminated water and food, while another 2.4 million succumbed to…

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E-cigarettes containing nicotine linked to higher risk of heart attacks, strokes

Many people consider e-cigarettes a healthier alternative to regular cigarettes. But according to a new study, they could increase your risk of heart attack and stroke if they contain nicotine, reported The Independent. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute, a medical university in Stockholm, found that vaping devices containing nicotine can result in a stiffening of…

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Sleeping patterns could be responsible for weight gain

NEWS DESK: Your body clock could be more responsible for weight gain than you thought, a new study has found. Different people have different approaches to timing your meals if you want to lose weight or stay healthy, reported The Independent. Some argue you shouldn’t eat less than two hours before bed, and others advocate…

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Taking high doses of apricot kernel extract could be lethal: report

A man who for five years took daily doses of apricot kernel extract — touted as a natural cancer shield — ended up with cyanide poisoning, a medical journal reported Tuesday. The problem was discovered when abnormally low oxygen levels were measured in the man’s blood while he was under anaesthesia for an operation, doctors…

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Warning: Never gain weight–a herald of diseases including cancer

ISLAMABAD: The adult weight gain between ages 20 and 50 may raise their risk of developing cancer, heart disease and other major illnesses, according to a new study. Even those who only gained 10 pounds faced a higher risk of major chronic diseases and ageing poorly, Health news reported. “In the past, most focus has…

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Living closer to parks may benefit children with asthma

ISLAMABAD: Kids suffering from asthma may suffer less if they live closer to parks and green spaces, a study suggests. Researchers, including those from Johns Hopkins University in the US, noted that children had one extra day when they suffered with asthma symptoms for every 305 meters between their home and the park, Health News…

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Regular bleach use linked to increased risk of fatal lung conditions, study finds

NEWS DESK: The regular use of disinfectant cleaning products such as bleach has been linked to an increased risk of developing fatal lung conditions, researchers said. A study by Harvard University and the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) found that using the products just once a week could increase a person’s…

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Alzheimer’s disease, asthma and high cholesterol being ‘weeded out’ by natural selection: study

NEWS DESK: Genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease, asthma and high cholesterol are being ‘weeded out’ by natural selection, a study has found, reported The Independent. Scientists at Cambridge and Colombia universities discovered that genetic variations associated with these illnesses were less common in people who lived longer. Those who survive to an older age are…

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Cholesterol drug reduces death in men without heart disease

WASHINGTON: A cholesterol drug reduced by 28 percent the mortality rate among men who had high cholesterol but no heart disease, according to new research out. In the longest such trial to date, spanning 20 years, researchers at Imperial College London found that 40 miligrams daily of pravastatin reduced deaths from heart disease in participants…

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Good and bad news on aspirin and colon cancer: study

Daily aspirin use — known to reduce the risk of colon cancer — could also make the disease harder to treat if it does occur, researchers reported Wednesday.  The new findings based on mathematical modelling, If confirmed statistically and in the lab, would mean that aspirin’s ability to ward off colon cancer may come at…

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Video: Doctor’s advice on eating healthy this Eid-ul-Azha

Eid-ul-Azha brings with it lots of consumption of meat and subsequently, plenty of diseases. Here’ the doctor tells us about how to cook the meat perfectly in order to avoid health hazards and to keep regulating the cholesterol level in the human body.   

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A bad work environment can be bad for your health

NEWS DESK: Don’t hit the snooze button on this one. Some dread going to work, and some look forward to it, but how important is it to actually enjoy and feel satisfied with your job? Nearly two-thirds of US workers experience some degree of mismatch between their desired and actual working conditions, according to a…

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Sewage, fecal bacteria in Hurricane Harvey floodwaters

NEWS DESK: Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have dumped trillions of gallons of rain across Texas and Louisiana over six days. Homes, office buildings and other structures along the Gulf Coast and in Houston’s Harris County, were flooded, their occupants forced to find higher ground. To reach safety, most local residents waded through the murky…

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Stay healthy on this ‘Meaty Eid’

By Farah Jamil Today, marks the start of Eid ul Adha, the greater of the two Eid celebrations and one of the holiest occasions in the Muslim calendar. On this occasion, Muslims around the world give sacrifice of animals to follow the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS). While for some, Eid ul Azha is all…

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You Should Lose weight!

 By: Zara Maqbool In my work as a counselor I have come across quite a few clients who were body shamed as children and in teenage years, mostly by their mothers. Body shaming means, “the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size.” Always skinny…

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Women dying from heart attack nearly halved in two decades: Study

ISLAMABAD: Study has recently found that the gender gap in death from heart attack has reduced to half over the past two decades particularly in younger women. According to Health News, findings suggested that in-hospital mortality of patients with an acute heart attack fell by at least half over the 20-year period. The differences in…

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Arsenic in groundwater threatens up to 60 million people in Pakistan

MIAMI – Levels of arsenic in the groundwater of eastern Pakistan are “alarmingly high” and pose a significant health hazard to tens of millions of people who drink the water, researchers said Wednesday. The study in the journal Science Advances is the first to create a comprehensive map of arsenic in the groundwater across Pakistan,…

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Naval chief phones Nawaz Sharif; inquires about Kulsoom Nawaz’s health

KARACHI: Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah Thursday telephoned former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to inquire about health of his wife Begum Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif, who has been diagnosed with lymphoma. According to the spokesman of Pakistan Navy, Admiral Zakaullah inquired about health of Begum Kulsoom Nawaz and prayed for her early recovery. Chief…

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Imran Khan, COAS pray for Kulsoom Nawaz’s health

NEWS DESK: As news of former First Lady of Pakistan Kulsoom Nawaz’s throat cancer surfaced, messages of support and good wishes began pouring in. First, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairperson Imran Khan wished her the best in her battle with the disease. I wish her the best as she fights this disease and pray she wins her…

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