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Tens of thousands die in Africa each year due to fake drugs

DAKAR (Web Desk) When Moustapha Dieng came down with stomach pains one-day last month he did the sensible thing and went to a doctor in his hometown of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso’s capital. The doctor prescribed a malaria treatment but the medicine cost too much for Dieng, a 30-year-old tailor, so he …

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Pneumonia to kill nearly 11m children by 2030, study warns

PARIS (Web Desk) Pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under five by 2030; experts warned on Monday on a global day aimed at raising awareness of the biggest infectious killer of infants worldwide. While in the developed world the severe lung infection mainly affects the elderly, in developing nations it …

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Coffee can cut risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s: study

London (Web Desk) Besides boosting your energy and attention levels, researchers have found that drinking coffee may also protect you against developing both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. This could be due to phenylindanes – an antioxidant compound found in roasted coffee beans, reported Business Standard. Co-director at Univeristy Health Network’s …

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Being obese or skinny ‘can cut four years of life’: study

London (Web Desk) Beingoverweight or underweight could knock four years off life expectancy, a study in a Lancet journal suggests. The report involved nearly two million people who were registered with doctors in the UK. Researchers found that, from the age of 40, people at the higher end of the …

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Conjoined Bhutanese twins separated by surgery in Australia

MELBOURNE (Web  Desk) Australian surgeons on Friday successfully separated 15-month-old Bhutanese twins, Nima and Dawa, who had been joined at the torso. The team of more than 20 doctors and nurses spent six hours operating on the pair, who shared a liver but no other major organs, to the relief of …

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14 million ‘on brink of famine’ in Yemen: charities

SANA (Web Desk) Thirty-five Yemeni and international NGOs called Wednesday for an “immediate cessation of hostilities” in Yemen, where they warned 14 million people were now “on the brink of famine”. The joint appeal was signed by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Action Against Hunger, CARE International, Oxfam, …

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