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Recall of locally manufactured cough syrup ordered after DRAP alarm

KARACHI (Web Desk) The Pakistani branch of global pharmaceutical and healthcare company Novartis has ordered complete recall of their locally manufactured cough and cold syrup Sancos due to out of specification composition of the controlled substances in the product. The Drug Regulatory Authority of Pakistan (DRAP) had raised the issue after …

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Study challenges ‘obesity paradox’ in heart disease risk

NEW YORK (Web Desk) The more overweight people become, the more likely they are to have a heart attack or stroke and to develop risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, a large UK study concludes. Contrary to some past research suggesting there might be a heart-protective effect of …

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Anti-polio drive begins in KP, Fata, Gilgit-Baltistan, Kashmir

Islamabad (Web Desk) A five-day anti-polio campaign in Punjab and three-day anti-polio drive in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, FATA, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Kashmir begins Monday. In Punjab, nearly forty four thousand teams have been constituted to administer anti-polio vaccine to about 18.5 million children below the age of five all over the …

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Smartphones could help measure Parkinson’s disease symptoms: research

BALTIMORE, US(Web Desk)  An experimental smartphone application could monitor changes in Parkinson’s disease symptoms throughout the day, sending data to doctors to help them treat patients, U.S. researchers say. “Like diabetes, Parkinson’s has variability and symptom fluctuations, which can also vary the treatment. We can’t measure these fluctuations at home, …

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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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Eye and balance exercises may ease multiple sclerosis symptoms

NEW YORK (Web Desk) People with multiple sclerosis who do balance and eye movement exercises may feel steadier on their feet and experience less fatigue and dizziness, a small trial suggests.Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a rare, disabling autoimmune disease that damages the central nervous system. It can lead to fatigue, …

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