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Five new polio cases in KP; tally reaches 53 in year 2019

PESHAWAR: Five new polio cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa were confirmed on Tuesday, taking the tally for the year 2019 to 53 so far. The five new victims, including two girls, belonged to Bannu, North Waziristan and Charsadda, with the youngest of them only 22 months old. A four-day anti-polio campaign …

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Medicare to cover expensive cancer cell therapies

The US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Wednesday said it has finalized a decision to cover expensive cancer cell therapies sold by Gilead Sciences and Novartis. CMS, which runs Medicare – the federal government’s health plan for Americans 65 and older – said it will cover the …

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Rain forecast: Emergency declared in public hospitals across Sindh

KARACHI: The Sindh health department on Wednesday declared emergency in public hospitals across the province as meteorological department had forecast downpour in the province from Wednesday to Monday. According to a notification, Sindh DG health cancelled vacations of all the employees and directed them to resume their duties at their …

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Six more infants fall prey to malnutrition in Tharparkar

THARPARKAR: At least six more children died on Tuesday at the Civil Hospital Mithi, Tharparkar, due to malnutrition and other diseases. According to the district administration, the total number of deaths has reached 513 owing to malnutrition from January till date. On the other hand, the patients are facing difficulties …

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Cough and cold medicines may lead to ‘serious side effects’

American doctors are recommending cough and cold medicines less often amid a growing recognition that these treatments may be ineffective and lead to serious and potentially fatal side effects, particularly for young kids, a U.S. study suggests. Recommendations against use of cough and cold medicines in young children have become …

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Punjab govt to shift all public hospitals to solar energy: Dr. Yasmin

LAHORE: Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmeen Rashid on Tuesday said that the provincial government was making efforts to shift all public hospitals to solar energy. According to a statement issued by Directorate General Public Relations Punjab, presiding over the 13th syndicate meeting held at Fatima Jinnah Medical University, Dr. Yasmin …

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WHO says e-cigarettes, ‘smoke-free’ products do not help reduce cancer

GENEVA: Electronic cigarettes and heated tobacco products are not helping fight cancer, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday, urging smokers and governments not to trust claims from cigarette firms about their latest products. The seventh “WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic” said blocking the industry’s interference was …

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World Hepatitis Day being observed today

WEB DESK: World Hepatitis Day is being observed today with the theme of “Invest in eliminating Hepatitis”. The theme focuses on the hepatitis elimination goals by 2030. According to WHO a report a total of 58.7 billion dollars amount is needed to eliminate viral hepatitis as a public health threat …

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WHO says e-cigarettes ‘undoubtedly harmful’

Electronic cigarettes are “undoubtedly harmful” and should be regulated, the WHO said Friday as it warned against the use of vaping products by smokers trying to quit their deadly habit. The growing popularity of e-cigarettes, battery-powered devices that enable users to inhale addictive nicotine liquids, has raised fears among policymakers …

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