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George H.W. Bush hospitalized days after wife’s death: office

WASHINGTON: Former president George H.W. Bush was being treated for a blood infection on Monday, hours after laying his wife Barbara to rest, his office said. A statement stressed that Bush, 93, was responding to treatment. He was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital early Sunday, just a day after bidding a final farewell to his…

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Heart patients who walk faster are hospitalized less

ISLAMABAD: Increasing the pace of walking may bring some added benefits as a new study said  that faster walking patients with heart disease are hospitalized less. “The faster the walking speed, the lower the risk of hospitalization and the shorter the length of hospital stay,” said study author Carlotta Merlo, a researcher at the University of…

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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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Insect farms gear up to feed global protein demand

LANGLEY, British Columbia: Layers of squirming black soldier fly larvae fill large aluminum bins stacked 10-high in a warehouse outside of Vancouver. They are feeding on stale bread, rotting mangoes, overripe cantaloupe and squishy zucchini. But this is no garbage dump. It’s a farm. Enterra Feed, one of an emerging crop of insect growers, will…

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Post-mortem: Punjab big on roads, small on hospitals

Punjab has been so focused on building roads that it forgot about hospitals. “Health has never been a priority,” said SAMAA’s Lahore bureau chief Ahmad Waleed. “The Orange Line and Metro projects got more attention and funds.” He was speaking during a special government post-mortem broadcast on Monday. The PML-N government set up 20 new…

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Post-mortem: Here’s how people rate the Sindh govt

SAMAA TV asked people how they would rate the performance of the PPP government in Sindh. The question was asked as part of a special transmission to discuss the government’s performance province by province. This is what people had to say.

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In sniffling Islamabad, pollen allergies soar as spring brings less rain

ISLAMABAD: With the approach of springtime, most residents in this capital city look forward to trading in snow and icy weather for milder temperatures and blossoming flowers and trees. But as the days grow longer, the budding trees and blooming flowers are also bearers of an unwelcome reality: the start of the allergy season. As…

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Anti-polio drive begins in KP, Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir

A five-day anti-polio campaign in Punjab and three-day anti-polio drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir begins Monday. In Punjab, nearly forty four thousand teams have been constituted to administer anti-polio vaccine to about 18.5 million children below the age of five all over the province. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, more than six point…

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Schwarzenegger back home after heart surgery: spokesman

LOS ANGELES: Action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger is back home in Los Angeles and in good spirits after undergoing open heart surgery following complications with a routine operation, his spokesman said on Friday. The 70-year-old “Terminator” and “Predator” star, and former governor of California, was at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, near Hollywood, to have a valve…

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China experiments with artificial heart

CHONGQING: Three Chinese hospitals are experimenting with artificial hearts called Evaheart, a left ventricular assist system developed in Japan in 2005. Three patients had the devices implanted in Beijing’s Fuwai Hospital. The patients experienced marked improvements in their heart conditions and quality of life, the hospital said. Similar tests are under way in Wuhan Union…

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Overlooked ‘organ’ could play role in cancer spread

Paris, France: Thanks to a laser-equipped mini-microscope developed by a French start-up, scientists have discovered a previously undetected feature of the human anatomy that could help explain why some cancers spread so quickly. Nobody was looking for the interstitium, as the new quasi-organ is called, because no one knew it was there, at least not in…

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Schwarzenegger wakes from heart surgery declaring: ‘I’m back!’

Los Angeles: Hollywood action star Arnold Schwarzenegger is in a stable condition after undergoing emergency open-heart surgery, his representatives said Friday, adding that his first words on waking were “I’m back.” The 70-year-old actor turned activist — famous for the catchphrase “I’ll be back” — was in a Los Angeles hospital Thursday to have a…

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CJ rejects Sindh govt report on Thar children deaths

KARACHI: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar has lashed out at the Sindh health department for failing to provide proper health facilities to people of Tharparkar. A three-member bench header by CJ Saqib Nisar was hearing a suo motu case regarding the death of children in Thar on Saturday. Sindh Health Secretary Fazlullah Pechucu appeared before the…

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Childhood cancer survivors may develop heart problems sooner

Adult survivors of childhood cancer have a greater risk of heart disease and develop risk factors like high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol earlier in life compared to the general population, a German study suggests. Researchers studied 951 adults, ages 23 to 48, who had been diagnosed with cancer when they were less than 15…

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Life in this village near Karachi is worse than Tharparkar

Poverty, unemployment and lack of medical facilities have made life of the people of this village in Karachi’s Malir district miserable – literally worse than the people of Tharparkar desert. Watch this report by Shafqat Aziz.

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Are lonely hearts prone to cardiovascular disease?

Feeling lonely contributes less to the risk of cardiovascular disease than recent research suggests, scientists said Tuesday, but social isolation really does up the odds of dying after a heart attack or stroke. The alleged link between loneliness and heart disease essentially disappears once other well-known risk factors — smoking, drinking, poor diet, lack of…

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The little blue pill that changed older men’s lives

Twenty years ago, a little blue pill called Viagra unleashed a cultural shift in America, making intimate relations possible again for millions of older men and bringing the once-taboo topic of impotence into daily conversation. While the improvement revolution it sparked brightened up the lives of many couples, it largely left out women still struggling with dysfunction…

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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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Exercise may prolong life for the elderly: study

ISLAMABAD: A few hours a week of light exercise walking the dog, puttering about in the garden lower the risk of death in older men, even if workouts are brief, researchers said. Their findings, reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, challenge two long-held assumptions about the benefits of physical activity for the elderly….

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