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Novartis hopeful for novel heart drug, despite ‘modest’ benefit

ZURICH (Web Desk) Novartis will seek regulatory approval this year for a new kind of anti-inflammatory heart drug, though some experts fear fatal infection risks and a high price may overshadow the medicine’s limited benefits.Keenly awaited clinical trial results released on Sunday showed heart-attack survivors on one of three doses …

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Why teens need to understand care plans for dying parents

LONDON (Web Desk) When children lose a parent during adolescence, their mental health as young adults may depend on how comfortable they were with the treatment and support provided at the end of their parents’ lives, a recent study suggests.To understand the lasting psychological impact of the death of a …

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More than 1,500 dengue cases reported in Peshawar

PESHAWAR (Web Desk) A total of 24 new cases have been reported in Peshawar in the last 24 hours, according to the office of deputy commissioner Peshawar.Around 1,547 dengue positive cases have been reported since June 1, the office revealed.Since June 1, about seven patients have passed away due to …

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Eating disorders linked to history of theft

NEW YORK (Web Desk) Women with anorexia nervosa or bulimia are up to four times more likely to be convicted of theft – often petty thefts like shoplifting – compared to peers without eating disorders, according to results from a large Swedish study. This increased risk of criminality in women …

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Low to no risk from pesticide-tainted eggs experts

PARIS (Web Desk) The pesticide fipronil at the heart of Europe’s latest food safety scare is found in common household products used to rid the family dog of ticks, kill lawn pests, and in cockroach bait.It is also a prolific killer of bloodsucking red mites that can devastate poultry farms, …

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KMC’s lab finds 99pc water samples unfit for humans

KARACHI (Web Desk) The food laboratory of the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation has informed Mayor Wasim Akhtar that out of 204 water samples it collected across the city, 202 were found unfit for human consumption.The food lab presented a report regarding its findings to the mayor on Monday. The report led …

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Early help tied to better language skills in kids with hearing loss

MELBOURNE (Web Desk) Children with permanent hearing loss may develop better language skills if they get hearing aids or cochlear implants while they’re still babies, an Australian study suggests.For the study, researchers examined data on language abilities at age 5 for children born with permanent hearing loss who received similar …

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High-fat diet linked to lung cancer risk study

NASHVILLE, US (Web Desk) People who eat a lot of saturated fat – the “bad” kind of fat that’s abundant in foods like butter and beef – are more likely to develop lung cancer than individuals on low-fat diets, a recent study suggests.Compared to adults who didn’t get a lot …

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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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Can Islamabad’s reincarnated restaurants recapture old magic?

SANAM ZEB Two popular eateries in the capital have managed to rekindle their spark since the authorities cracked down on them 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 …

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