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Sale of e-cigarettes banned in Jammu, Kashmir

SRINAGAR: In order to discourage the consumption of tobacco products by the public, the Jammu and Kashmir government banned the sale of e-cigarettes in the state with immediate effect on Monday, reported Times of India. “A complete ban has been imposed on the sale (including online sale), manufacture, distribution, trade, import and advertisement of Electronic…

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What preventive measures should be taken during rains?

ISLAMABAD: Due to the change in the season, doctors advised the general public to adopt preventive measures to reduce the chances of mosquito and flies borne diseases during monsoon season. A senior Physician Asim Bukhari talking to a local news channel said unhygienic eating habits, such as eating out often, not washing vegetables and fruits…

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Why is depression bad? Study reveals

ISLAMABAD: Depression can change the structure of your brain, according to a recent study. Scientists at the University of Edinburgh and University of Glasgow used a cutting-edge technique known as diffusion tensor imaging to map the structure of white matter, according to the report. The study of more than 3,000 people, could help in the…

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Global HIV meeting urges US to ‘stay engaged’ on AIDS funding

Paris: Organisers of an international HIV science conference urged the US government, a major donor to AIDS research and treatment programmes, to “stay engaged” even as President Donald Trump has threatened cuts. “The American people are a major funder in this and we need them to stay engaged,” International AIDS Society president Linda-Gail Bekker told…

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Grown on rooftop, vegetable, fruits available on sale in Canada

MONTREAL: A Montreal supermarket on began selling organic fruits and vegetables grown on its roof, a first in Canada. The vegetable garden covers more than 2,300 square meters (24,750 feet) of an IGA supermarket in a Montreal suburb. About 30 varieties of organic fruits and vegetables will be on sale until colder weather sets in,…

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These eight low-sugar fruits are the best for you

NEWS DESK: Many people conscious about their sugar intake cut down on sweet processed foods. However, they ignore the fact that some high-in-sugar fruits are as bad for their blood sugar as any processed food. According to a report published in the Times of India, these eight fruits are safe for consumption as far as…

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‘No policies in place for implementation of proper menstrual hygiene management conditions in Pakistan’

NEWS DESK: Despite the fact that half of the country’s population bleeds every month, there are no policies in place to support the creation and implementation of proper menstrual hygiene management conditions, said a press release issued by the Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) Working Group on Wednesday. MHM Working Group is a coalition of humanitarian…

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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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Islamabad ready to counter mosquito attacks

During the spell of monsoonal rains, the mosquito-borne diseases may be triggered. The residents of twin cities of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are fully geared up to cope with the menace. Watch Shehzad Ali’s report as to how people are preparing against dengue and other diseases.

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World’s first child hand transplant a ‘success’

WASHINGTON: The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors said Tuesday, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months.

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Anti-polio campaign begins in Karachi

KARACHI: A four days oral polio vaccination (OPV) campaign commenced here on Monday to boost immunity of local children against the crippling disease. The exercise underway in 161 union councils of Karachi involves more than 7,000 teams to cover 1.8 million under five children. Commissioner Karachi, Ejaz Ahmed Khan chairing a meeting to review the…

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This is what happens to your body when you sleep with AC on every day

NEWS DESK: It is touching 40 degree Celsius out there and sleeping without an air-conditioner (AC) is out of question. We stay in air-conditioned offices all day and we stay in well air-conditioned rooms all night. The perpetual staying inside such cold temperatures may be relieving you of your sweat-fits but is sure not healthy….

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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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US panel urges approval of cutting-edge cancer therapy

MIAMI: An advisory panel on Wednesday unanimously urged the US Food and Drug Administration to approve a cutting-edge cancer therapy that genetically alters a patient’s own immune system to attack leukemia. The treatment known as CTL019 was developed by lead researcher Carl June at the University of Pennsylvania and licensed to Novartis as a treatment…

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Rabbani for constituting wider medical board to assess Kaavan’s health

ISLAMABAD: In continuation of the efforts to improve condition of the capital’s famous Marghzaar Zoo, the Senate of Pakistan has directed the management of the Zoo and the authorities concerned of Capital Development Authority (CDA) to take urgent steps in this regards besides providing better facilities to the ailing elephant popularly known as `Kaavan’.  …

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Three cups of coffee a day keep the doctor away: studies

MIAMI: Coffee addicts and aficionados often say drinking the bitter liquid makes life worth living, but the habit may also help them live longer, according to two major international studies. Experts cautioned, however, that the US and European reports, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, failed to show that coffee was truly the reason…

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Breakthrough in treatment of gonorrhoea

PARIS: A discontinued vaccine against a bacteria that causes brain inflammation also shielded people against gonorrhoea, the first drug ever to offer such protection against the sexually transmitted disease, researchers said Tuesday. Using a condom or abstaining from sex are currently the only ways to avoid contracting gonorrhoea, which infects about 80 million people every…

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Three cups of coffee a day keep the doctor away: studies

MIAMI: Coffee addicts and aficionados often say drinking the bitter liquid makes life worth living, but the habit may also help them live longer, according to two major international studies Monday.

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Pakistani woman turns to Sushma Swaraj for cancer treatment in India

NEWS DESK: A Pakistani woman suffering from cancer has pleaded Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for help after her medical visa application was rejected by the Indian Embassy. Faiza Tanveer is suffering from a recurrent ameloblastoma, an oral tumour that is aggressive in nature. Eid Mubarak. ईद मुबारक. — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) June 26,…

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India denies visa to cancer patient

India denied visa to Pakistani cancer patient just because she was a Pakistani national. The poor woman, Faiza, has gathered a million rupee for her treatment in India. However, her hopes have been dashed to pieces. Know more in this video report.

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Obesity triggers explosion of the diabetes in Africa: report

PARIS: The costs of diabetes in sub-Saharan Africa could double to almost $60 billion annually just 13 years from now, as obesity fuels an explosion of the disease, a report said Thursday. In 2015, the overall diabetes cost in the region was nearly $20 billion (18 billion euros), or 1.2 percent of total economic production,…

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