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Singapore’s worst cyberattack steals personal data of 1.5 million

Hackers have infiltrated Singapore’s government health database in the country’s worst breach of personal data, stealing records on 1.5 million patients including the prime minister’s own personal drug prescriptions, the government said on Friday.

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Four people test positive for dengue in Peshawar

Zar Wali, 58, was admitted to Khyber Teaching Hospital Peshawar. He tested positive, with dengue larva found in his blood

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Air pollution plays significant role in diabetes: study

Air pollution caused one in seven new cases of diabetes in 2016, according to a US study, which found even low levels raised the chances of developing the chronic disease. Diabetes has primarily been associated with lifestyle factors like diet and a sedentary lifestyle, but research by the Washington University School of Medicine in St…

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Is there plastic in your milk?

Cows in our cities scavenge food from heaps of garbage. There’s plenty of garbage for them, but it is mixed with plastic and countless other toxins. These cows are often milked and that milk is sold to unsuspecting customers.

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Vegetable insulin? Karela juice is good for diabetes

It works as an anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and even an anti-bacterial—if you can stand juicing it. The humble karela, or bitter gourd, is kind of a wonder vegetable, researchers say, confirming what folk medicine has known. Turkish scientists just published a paper in the Journal of Traditional Medicine & Clinical Naturopathy on the benefits of raw…

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Blood test may predict premature birth

US and Danish researchers said Thursday they have developed an inexpensive blood test that may predict with up to 80 percent accuracy whether a pregnant woman will give birth prematurely. While more research is needed before the test is ready for widespread use, experts say it has the potential to reduce fatalities and complications from…

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Sweet tooth? Brain-tinkering study makes sugar taste vile

Have you ever been on a diet and wished that spinach excited your tastebuds? Or that chocolate left you cold? Neuroscientists said Wednesday they have discovered how to manipulate the brain to make sweet things off-putting, and bitter ones nice. But only in mice, for now. Mooting promise for an obesity treatment, researchers in the…

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Heartbreaker? Smoking causing millions of heart attacks, strokes: WHO

While the link between smoking and a range of cancers is well known, the World Health Organization warned Thursday there was too little awareness of tobacco’s impact on the human heart. On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Thursday, the UN health agency hailed that smoking had declined significantly since year 2000, but warned…

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Walk and chew gum, it may keep you thin

Still looking for the secret to effortless weight loss? It may be as simple as chewing gum while walking, Japanese researchers suggested on Saturday. In experiments, they said, the heart rate of 46 people, aged 21 to 69, increased when they were given gum to chew while walking at a natural pace. And while masticating…

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Extra weight may boost patient survival: study

Obese hospital patients are more likely to survive an infectious disease than people of normal weight, according to research that pointed Friday to seemingly paradoxical benefits of a condition loaded with health risks. Presented at the European Congress on Obesity in Vienna, a study of more than 18,000 sick people in Denmark showed that the…

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Battle to treat Madagascar women for debilitating fistula

“Get rid of the girl who stinks,” they said about Sana Rodiny who for three years had to endure unrelenting abuse after developing a fistula. Now at 18 she hopes the people of her small village in southern Madagascar will leave her in peace after she underwent surgery for the debilitating condition that left her…

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Gates mocks Trump for not knowing difference between HIV, HPV

Bill Gates is not a huge fan of Donald Trump, and at a recent event hosted by his foundation, he made that clear as he revealed details about his interactions with the US president. The billionaire Microsoft founder drew laughter from the crowd when he said that at two meetings, Trump needed help distinguishing the…

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Weight loss surgery bad for bones

Weight loss surgery can have far worse effects than initially thought. Weight loss surgery can lead to a reduction in bone mass and strength, and also increase the risk of fractures, according to a study appears in the journal JBMR Plus. Skeletal changes after surgery appear early and continue even after weight loss plateaus and…

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Eat fish twice a week for healthy heart: Experts

Consuming fish which are high in Omega-3 fatty acids twice a week can help reduce the risk of heart failure, coronary heart disease, cardiac arrest and ischemic stroke, said a new scientific advisory from the American Heart Association. The experts recommends eating two 3.5-ounce servings of non-fried fish, or about three-fourth cup of flaked fish…

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Tick tock: Study links body clock to mood disorders

Messing with the natural rhythm of one’s internal clock may boost the risk of developing mood problems ranging from garden-variety loneliness to severe depression and bipolar disorder, researchers said Wednesday. The largest study of its kind, involving more than 91,000 people, also linked interference with the body’s “circadian rhythm” to a decline in cognitive functions…

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New Ebola case reported in DR Congo: WHO

The head of the World Health Organization said there has been another reported case of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo and that an experimental vaccine to fight the disease is expected to become available in the country this week. Doctor Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on a visit to DR Congo, said the suspected new…

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Oral antibiotics may cause kidney stones: Study

Children and adults treated with oral antibiotics may have a higher risk of developing kidney stones,  a new study said. The study suggested that the strongest risks appeared at younger ages and among patients most recently exposed to antibiotics, reported health news. “The overall prevalence of kidney stones has risen by 70 per cent over the…

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Toxic water causing deformities to villagers in Punjab’s Kot Asadullah

Basharat Ali was 15 when his legs began to falter, a condition doctors have blamed on polluted water in a Pakistani region infamous for the deformities that afflict many of its people. Too weak to carry his own schoolbag, he was taken to hospital, where doctors said water laden with toxic levels of arsenic, fluoride,…

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Young male smokers 88% more likely to have stroke before 50

Young men who smoke are more likely to have a stroke before age 50 than their peers who avoid tobacco, a new study suggests. In the past, the link between smoking and the increased risk of stroke has been studied mainly in older adults or young women. For the current study, researchers examined data on 615…

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Tharparkar gets modern heart treatment facility

The National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) has opened its seventh satellite centre at Mithi in Tharparkar. The modern facility will provide specialised heart treatment facility to the rural population at their door steps. According to Executive Director NICVD, Professor Nadeem Qamar, the facility has been made functional in collaboration with Sindh government. “People of…

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Concerned about your fertility? Avoid heating food in microwave

Food microwaved in plastic containers can put you or your unborn child at a greater risk of infertility, diabetes, obesity and cancer. Scientists have found that heating food in plastic containers in a microwave oven can cause high blood pressure, affect fertility, and damage the brain functioning. On that note, heating plastic containers in the…

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