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Why are dry fruits so expensive?

The specialty of the cold weather is dry fruits which are liked by all. We have dry fruits available at shops in winter but with their prices running miles ahead from the access of consumers. What is the reason of so high prices of the dry fruits? Fatima Naazish asks this question from the citizens…

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Study sees link between pollution and sperm size, some sceptical

PARIS: Men exposed to fine particle air pollution may risk having smaller, abnormally-shaped sperm, said a study Wednesday, warning this “may result in a significant number of couples with infertility.” An analysis of 2001-2014 data for more than 6,400 Taiwanese men and boys aged 15 to 49, found “a robust association” between a decline in…

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Number of pneumonia patients rises as winter begins

Cold spell has begun in Pakistan giving rise to the number of pneumonia patients. There are reports that at least 92,000 children die of this disease every year in the country. Know more in this report.

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Three-day anti-polio campaign begins

ISLAMABAD: A three-day anti-polio campaign begins in Karachi, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Rawalpindi, Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan on Monday, November 20. In Karachi, the anti-polio drive will continue for six days. Approximately two point three million children under the age of five years will be administered anti-polio drops in one hundred…

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Habit of quick eating may land you in big trouble

ISLAMABAD: The speed at which you eat could determine whether you’re at a risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. According to a preliminary research, slow eaters are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome – a cluster of conditions including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and abnormal cholesetrol levels, that can multiply a person’s risk…

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Punjab govt makes fresh guidelines for doctors

Punjab government took notice of deteriorating conditions of healthcare in the province and issued new guideposts for the doctors. Doctors will have to give at least five minutes to each patients, according to the new directives. Know more in the video report.

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High blood pressure is redefined as 130, not 140: US guidelines

LOS ANGELES: High blood pressure was redefined Monday by the American Heart Association, which said the disease should be treated sooner, when it reaches 130/80, not the previous limit of 140/90. “High blood pressure is now defined as readings of 130 mm Hg and higher for the systolic blood pressure measurement, or readings of 80…

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Delhi hospitals swarm with patients as smog hangs heavy

NEW DELHI: In the emergency ward of a Delhi hospital, men and women gasp for breath as they wait to be treated for symptoms triggered by the choking blanket of smog that descended on the Indian capital this week. Doctors at the government-run Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute say patient numbers have more than tripled since…

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Things you need to know while welcoming winters in the suburbs of Pakistan

By Farah Jamil Winter is coming. This season has always had its own charm and attraction. Although in several cases it becomes unbearable but still people do have a pleasant time and enjoy the weather. Here in Pakistan , the scorching heat is always a problem and every year the problem increases. Moreover the energy…

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Study finds nighttime wounds heal more slowly

MIAMI: People who are injured at night heal far more slowly because the body’s internal clock regulates the pace of healing and performs better during the day, researchers said. The report in the journal Science Translational Medicine found that cuts and burns healed about 60 percent faster if the injury happened during the day compared…

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Farms must stop using antibiotics on healthy animals, says WHO

NEWS DESK: Farmers must stop giving antibiotics to healthy animals because they are fuelling the rise of superbugs, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said, reported The Independent. Considerable amounts of antibiotics are administered to animals in the UK to prevent infections, especially in intensive farming. The drugs are also given to animals to promote…

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Imran Khan outlines priorities in Chitral address

CHITRAL: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan Wednesday asserted that if his party was voted to power in the next general election, he would give top priority to education, health, environment and indigenous resources. Addressing a public gathering here, he said the party would bring reforms in administrative sector besides taking pragmatic anti-corruption measures, adding…

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No surgery for smokers or the obese: Policy in UK stirs debate

NEWS DESK: Two issues are the cause of a plethora of diseases and health conditions affecting people worldwide: smoking and obesity, reported CNN. And one local health committee in the UK has announced a controversial policy “to support patients whose health is at risk from smoking or being very overweight.” For an indefinite amount of…

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Here’s why you shouldn’t lose weight too quickly

NEWS DESK: “Drop two dress sizes by Christmas!” “Lose the festive bulge by NYE!” “Squeeze into your LBD with a two-week blitz!” Nowadays we’re bombarded with supposed quick weight loss fixes, and this is the time of year when they peak. According to a report published by The Independent, to many, the prospect of dropping…

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IUDs cut risk of cervical cancer by one-third: study

MIAMI: Women who get intra-uterine devices (IUDs) for birth control appear to face a dramatically lower risk of getting cervical cancer, the third most common cancer in women worldwide, US researchers said Tuesday. The risk of cervical cancer in women with IUDs was one-third lower than women without them, said the review in the journal…

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Japan firm rewards non-smokers

TOKYO: Non-smoking employees at one Japanese firm are getting six additional days’ holiday to compensate for the time their colleagues spend puffing away at work. Piala, a Tokyo-based online commerce consulting and marketing company, kicked off the programme in September after an employee complained about the time lost by smoking colleagues who frequently disappear to…

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Here’s why you should get open heart surgeries done in the afternoon

NEWS DESK: Open heart surgery appears to be safer in the afternoon because of the body’s internal clock, scientists have said, reported BBC. The body clock – or circadian rhythm – is the reason we want to sleep at night, but it also drives huge changes in the way our bodies work. The research, published…

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Beware! Diseases your microwave is causing

Microwave ovens are one of the most common kitchen appliances that are found in every Indian kitchen. The appliance causes immense convenience in terms of cooking and re-heating already cooked food and that’s why people from most economic backgrounds tend to install it in their kitchens. From boiling water and heating milk to cooking fast…

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Cancer – The Battle We Never Choose

“There is no hope unmingled with fear, no fear unmingled with hope.” – Baruch Spinoza Dealing with emotions and honoring your feelings may not be easy at first when you come to know that someone you know has Cancer. ‘Cancer’ – a disease caused by the growth of abnormal cells in any part of the…

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We will eliminate polio disease in country: Saira Afzal Tarrar

ISLAMABAD: Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarrar said the government is committed to eliminate Polio from the country. Talking to state television, she said Health Ministry has taken effective measures against the crippling disease. She said two types of viruses have been removed but one is still remaining and steps are being taken in this regard….

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Patients need rest, not antibiotics: health officials

NEWS DESK: More patients should be told to go home and rest rather than be given antibiotics, according to health officials, reported BBC. Public Health England (PHE) says up to a fifth of antibiotic prescriptions are unnecessary as many illnesses get better on their own. Overusing the drugs is making infections harder to treat by…

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