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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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Watch out if you are fond of cookies and fizzy drinks

PARIS: Scientists suggested on Thursday a link between cancer and “ultra-processed” foods such as cookies, fizzy drinks and sugary cereals, though outside experts cautioned against reading too much into the study results. Researchers from France and Brazil used data from nearly 105,000 French adults who completed online questionnaires detailing their intake of 3,300 different food…

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One in 9 people infected after gut surgery: study

PARIS: More than 12 percent of people who have gastrointestinal surgery become infected within 30 days of going under the knife, researchers said Wednesday in a study covering 66 countries. For low-income nations, the incidence of so-called surgical site infection was double the global average, according to the results, based on data compiled by a…

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Officials arrest gang in spinal fluid scam

Islamabad: Pakistan police have arrested a gang accused of extracting spinal fluid from swindled victims, officials said Tuesday, the latest case involving the country’s notorious medical black market. Police in Punjab province’s eastern Hafizabad district arrested five suspects after being tipped off by relatives of a woman victim, who was told the procedure was needed…

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USAID provides anti-typhoid syringes to Sindh govt

KARACHI: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Government of Sindh on a children’s anti-typhoid campaign by donating 250,000 syringes. After the Sindh Department of Health noticed a recent rise in the number of drug-resistant typhoid cases, it reached out to USAID for assistance. The syringes will help immunize over…

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Migraines linked to heart disease: study

NEWS DESK: Suffering with migraines could be a sign of underlying heart problems, a 19-year investigation involving more than half a million people has suggested, reported The Independent. Cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, stroke, blood clots and irregular heart rates are all linked to migraine, according to the research published in the British Medical Journal….

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Living close to nature may cut stress, make brain healthy

ISLAMABAD :People who build their homes in the lap of mother nature may have a healthier brain and may be at lower risk of developing stress-related depression and anxiety disorders than those living near the urban green or wasteland, a research said. The findings showed that city dwellers are at a higher risk of psychiatric…

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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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Heavy periods may soon be a thing of the past: study

NEWS DESK: Women who suffer from heavy periods can attest how terrible it feels when their time of the month comes around. Thankfully, heavy periods may soon be a thing of the past thanks to a pioneering new study into the causes of heavy menstrual bleeding, reported The Independent. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh,…

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Ban enforced on sale of chalia in Punjab

Punjab Food Authority (PFA) has enforced a complete ban on the purchase and sale of Chalia (betelnuts) in the province. The department has stated that chalia is the reason of mouth and throat cancer.

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NIH asks health authorities to take measures against seasonal influenza

ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Health (NIH) has asked the healthcare authorities to take special measures for prevention and control of seasonal Influenza (H1N1) in the federal capital and other areas of the country. According to NIH, there was a need to strengthen and improve the level of preparedness in prevention, control and management of…

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Anti-polio campaign begins in Karachi

KARACHI: A six-day anti-polio drive begins in Karachi on Monday. More than twenty-two hundred thousand children will be administered anti-polio drops in 188 union councils. Nine thousand polio workers will take part in the campaign. Commissioner Karachi Ejaz Ahmad Khan has urged the members of Task Force for Elimination of Polio to handle the challenges…

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Watch: Toll of Multan flu victims reaches 27

The number of patients suffering from flu in Multan has reached 27 as three people have lost their lives due to the outbreak of the disease.

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It is not your fault if you have craving for chocolate

TOKYO: Under pressure and gobbling pizza or chocolate? It may not be your fault, according to Japanese researchers who have isolated the neurons that drive a craving for carbs. The team at Japan’s National Institute for Physiological Sciences found that activating neurons known to respond to social stress increased the appetite in mice for carbohydrates….

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Here’s the scientific reason fibre is good for us

NEWS DESK: A diet of fibre-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Indeed, the evidence for fibre’s benefits extends beyond any particular ailment. People who eat more of it simply have lower odds of dying, reported The Independent. That’s why experts are always saying how…

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Newly donated blood better for heart surgery: study

ISLAMABAD :Heart surgery patients receiving newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood donated more than two weeks before their surgery, found a research. The study examined records at the New Brunswick Heart Centre (NBHC) in Saint John, Canada for heart surgeries performed over the past nine years on patients…

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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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Egg-preserving hysterectomy raises heart risks later: study

NEWS DESK: Women who undergo hysterectomy before age 35 may face significantly higher long-term heart risks, even if their ovaries are preserved, a study found Wednesday, reported AFP. The research by experts at Mayo Clinic focused on more than 2,000 US women who had their uterus removed but left their ovaries intact — widely considered…

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Brain tumours effectively treated by injecting patients with viruses

NEWS DESK: Aggressive brain tumours have been effectively treated by injecting viruses into patients. The treatment, which involved administering viruses into the bloodstream via a drip, works by stimulating the internal defences of patients to fight their tumours, reported The Independent. “The presence of cancer in the brain dampens the body’s own immune system,” said…

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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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