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Greek parliament approves government’s proposed bailout reforms

ATHENS (Web Desk) The Greek parliament has approved a motion allowing reform proposals submitted by the government to international creditors to be used as a basis for further negotiations.In the early hours of Saturday morning, Greek lawmakers voted 251 to 32 in favor of the government’s proposed reforms in return …

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Rising number of hepatitis cases in Balochistan set alarm bells ringing

QUETTA (Web Desk) As 10 to 30 out of every 100 people are affected by hepatitis in Balochistan, the World Health Organization has declared seven districts at high risk of the disease.According to Chief Minister’s Initiative for Hepatitis Free Balochistan Coordinator Dr Ismail Mirwani, hepatitis is most common in the …

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US proposes cigarette nicotine cut, shift toward e-cigarettes

WASHINGTON (Web DESK) The US government proposed cutting nicotine in cigarettes to “non-addictive” levels on Friday in a major regulatory shift designed to move smokers toward potentially less harmful e-cigarettes. Shares of major tobacco companies in the United States and the UK slumped in heavy trading volume after the proposal …

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Sleep may even help memory in very young babies

NEW YORK (Web Desk)  Three-month-old infants have better recall when they get a brief nap after learning something new, according to small experiment that suggests sleep may play a role in solidifying memories very early in life.While previous research has linked frequent naps to better memory in babies as young …

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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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