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34 suspected cases of H1N1 influenza reported in Punjab

LAHORE (Web Desk) A total of 34 suspected cases of H1N1 influenza have been reported so far in Punjab this year with only one confirmed case whereas 443 cases were reported last year that resulted in 31 deaths, said an official of the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Thursday. Surveillance and …

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K-P likely to expand anti-cancer project

PESHAWAR (Web Desk) As the toll from the viral dengue fever soared past 30, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Health Minister Shahram Tarakai only had words to offer. Addressing an event organised by the Oncology department of the Hayatabad Medical Complex’s (HMC) in collaboration with a multinational pharmaceutical company, Tarakai stated that the Pakistan …

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‘Lucifer’ heat wave holds Italy, eastern Europe in fiery grip

WASHINGTIN (Web Desk) Swathes of southern and eastern Europe sweltered in temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius (104°F) on Friday in a heat wave nicknamed “Lucifer” that has fanned forest fires, triggered weather warning alerts and damaged crops.Italy and the Balkans were worst affected, though areas as far north as southern …

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Drug for all hepatitis C types approved in Europe

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) AbbVie Inc said on Friday it had received European approval to market its drug for treatment of all six major forms of hepatitis C.The company said the approval of Maviret was supported by eight studies evaluating more than 2,300 patients in 27 countries. The drug, a combination …

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Volunteering just two hours a week may help loneliness

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) Volunteering at least two hours a week may go a long way toward helping to ease feelings of loneliness and social isolation, a study of recent widows suggests.Loneliness is a serious medical problem for many older adults; previous research links it to declines in physical and mental …

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HEALTH Woman dies after being bitten by sick cat

TOKYO (Web Desk) A Japanese woman has died from a tick-borne virus after being bitten by a stray cat in what is possibly the world’s first animal-to-human transmission of the disease.The woman in her 50s died some 10 days after being bitten by the cat last year after she took …

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Insecticide responsible for deaths of 13 children in Bangladesh

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Controversial insecticide endosulfan, which has been banned by more than 80 countries, was responsible for the deaths of 13 children in Bangladesh in 2012, a study found on Monday.All of the fatalities, caused by brain inflammation, were linked to exposure to lychee fruit and occurred within 20 …

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Doctors view technology as largely problematic

SAN FRANCISCO (Web Desk) When an endurance runner with a history of heart failure felt under the weather, he brought his activity tracker data from a workout to his cardiologist.Dr Michael Blum examined the runner’s heart rate readings. The cardiologist could see when his patient was pushing to climb a …

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Drugs cocktail ‘cut HIV deaths by 27%’

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) HIV is often diagnosed late, when it has already ravaged the immune system, leaving people vulnerable.To counter this, researchers tried prescribing a cocktail of drugs at the start of HIV therapy to treat “opportunistic” infections.The results, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed deaths fell …

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Women to be hired for polio eradication plan in Bajaur

KHAR (Web Desk) The United Nations Children Fund (Unicef) has planned to hire female staff for its polio eradication activities in Bajaur Agency, according to sources. They said that according to the notification sent to local health department by Unicef few days ago, at least 60 female staffers including community …

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