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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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Sale of e-cigarettes banned in Jammu, Kashmir

SRINAGAR (Web Desk) In order to discourage the consumption of tobacco products by the public, the Jammu and Kashmir government banned the sale of e-cigarettes in the state with immediate effect on Monday, reported Times of India.“A complete ban has been imposed on the sale (including online sale), manufacture, distribution, …

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Can Islamabad’s reincarnated restaurants recapture old magic?

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) After authorities cracked down on commercial entities operating in residential areas last year, several eateries disappeared from the map of the capital. Some saw reincarnation; others were never heard from again.The problem with most sequels, be they in movie theatres or fine-dining establishments, is that they seldom …

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Women with HIV in Cameroon still stigmatised

YAOUNDE (Web Desk) Blandine, a 28-year-old mother of a baby girl, sits restlessly on a chair in a womens’ health centre in Cameroon’s capital, not knowing how or what to feel as she waits for an HIV test.Blandine is HIVpositive.But the waiting is not for her — it is to …

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Hunt for HIV cure turns to cancer drugs

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) The outstanding progress in boosting the immune system to treat cancer may help unlock a cure for HIV, according to scientists meeting in Paris.The body’s normal defences struggle to clear the body of HIV and cancer.But the rapidly emerging field of immunotherapy has seen some patients with …

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