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Two million children in Congo at risk of starvation, UN warns

GENEVA (Web Desk) More than 2 million children in the Democratic Republic of Congo are estimated to be at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition if they do not get the aid they need, the United Nations warned on Friday. UN humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock will meet donors next week …

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Vitamin D linked to lower risk of cancer: study

Islamabad (Web Desk) Higher levels of Vitamin D in the blood may be linked to a lower risk of developing certain cancers, a study in Japanese adults reported Thursday. “These findings support the hypothesis that Vitamin D has protective effects against cancers at many sites,” researchers reported in a study …

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Women happier to donate kidney to partner than men: study

PARIS (Web Desk) Women are statistically far more likely to donate a kidney to a partner than receive one, according to a study released Thursday to coincide with World Kidney Day and International Women’s Day. Based on European data assessed, 36% of women donate a kidney to their husband in clinically …

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LINGER OVER LUNCH TO LOSE WEIGHT: STUDY SUGGESTS

TOKYO (Web Desk) People who wolf down their food could lose weight simply by chewing longer and pausing between bites, study results suggested Tuesday.Research involving nearly 60,000 Japanese people showed a link between eating slower or faster, and losing or gaining weight.Changes in eating speed can affect changes in obesity, …

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Inflammatory’ diet linked to higher risk of colon cancer

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) People who consume lots of foods linked to chronic inflammation, such as red meat and refined grains, may be more likely to develop colorectal cancer than individuals who tend to avoid these foods, a U.S. study suggests.Researchers examined more than two decades of U.S. survey data on eating …

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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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