Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Health

Researchers identify 275 mn new genetic variants: Study

LOS ANGELES: Researchers have discovered more than 275 million previously unreported genetic variants, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) said.

Hamas confirms to Qatar medicines for hostages received in Gaza, delivery begins

DOHA: The Qatari government has said that Hamas has confirmed the receipt of a shipment of medicines and the commencement of their delivery to beneficiaries among the Israeli hostages in the Gaza Strip.

73 students hospitalised following wasp attack in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: A total of 73 school children from Passara National School in Sri Lanka's Uva province were admitted to hospital following a wasp attack, police said.

New Zealand to bring back over-the-counter sales of cold, flu drug in pharmacies

WELLINGTON: New Zealand will bring back over-the-counter sales of cold and flu drugs in pharmacies by getting rid of unnecessary red tape.

Consuming over 22 per cent protein daily may clog your arteries: Study

NEW YORK: While eating protein is essential for good health, US researchers have discovered a molecular mechanism by which excessive dietary protein could increase atherosclerosis risk.

Govt to foster equality in healthcare, make last mile delivery accessible: Mandaviya

NEW DELHI: The government is striving to foster equality in healthcare, and making the last mile delivery affordable and accessible, said Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday.

Oxygen shortage kills 8 patients in besieged Gaza hospital: Minister

GAZA: Eight patients have died in a major hospital in southern Gaza's Khan Younis city after days of power outage and oxygen supply shortage due to continuous Israeli strikes on the facility, said Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila.

WHO sets up 17 cholera treatment centres in Ethiopia to combat outbreak

ADDIS ABABA: The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that it has established 17 standard cholera treatment centres in Ethiopia to support the country's efforts in combating a cholera outbreak.

Risk-reducing mastectomy may lower breast cancer mortality in some women: Study

TORONTO: Risk-reducing mastectomies (RRM) in women with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic variant may significantly reduce the risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer and also lower the probability of death.

Urgent need for global action against antimicrobial resistance: Report

NEW YORK: Even as nearly 5 million deaths are associated with Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) every year worldwide, a new report has called for urgent need for global action.

Students take to anti-sleep pills in exam season

LUCKNOW: Prajakta Swarup, a Class 10 student, underwent a major brain surgery for a clot that led to swelling of nerves, last week.

Four govt hospitals in Lucknow to go paperless

LUCKNOW: Patients visiting four government hospitals in Lucknow will soon be among the first to experience paperless OPDs, where barcodes or unique numbers will replace traditional OPD tickets.

UK Deputy High Commissioner inaugurates University of Leeds and JGU Conference on public health

SONIPAT: The University of Leeds (UK) and O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) hosted a joint conference titled 'Reimagining Priorities in Global Public Health' recently.

Covid infection may not be responsible for memory problems & fatigue: Study

LONDON: Headaches, memory problems, and fatigue -- commonly known to continue post a Covid-19 infection -- may be a result of inflammation in the rest of the body and not because SARS-CoV-2 infects the brain, claims a new research.

Viagra 'a possible solution' to treat oxygen-deprived newborns: Study

TORONTO: Viagra, primarily known as an erectile dysfunction drug, may also help treat babies who run out of oxygen during pregnancy or at birth (neonatal encephalopathy), according to a study.

Yogi govt resolves to eradicate filariasis in UP by 2026

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has set an ambitious target to eradicate filariasis from the state by 2026, aligning with the Central government’s goal to achieve nationwide elimination by 2027. Globally, the target for eliminating this disease has been set for 2030.

Herpes virus may double dementia risk: Study

LONDON: People who have had the herpes virus at some point in their lives are twice as likely to develop dementia compared to those who have never been infected, warned a study.

WHO releases 1st-ever guidance on clinical management of diphtheria

GENEVA: In a first, the World Health Organization (WHO) has released guidance on the clinical management of diphtheria.

Measles alert in Sydney

SYDNEY: The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has issued another public warning over measles infection, only a few days after detection of a case in north of the state.

Bihar: 'Dead' woman comes back to life on way to hometown

PATNA: An elderly woman who was declared dead in Chhattisgarh, miraculously came back to life as soon as she entered her native state Bihar.

Migraine & hot flashes may raise heart disease, stroke risk in young women

NEW YORK: Women with both migraine and persistent hot flashes may face significant risk of heart disease and stroke, finds a study.

Chikungunya to raise death risk from heart, kidney disease: Lancet

LONDON: People infected with the chikungunya virus (CHIKV) still have an increased risk of death from complications of heart and kidney for up to three months post-infection, according to new research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Study shows rheumatoid arthritis drug may prevent disease progression

LONDON: A drug used to treat rheumatoid arthritis could also prevent the disease in individuals deemed to be at risk.

1 in 9 adults in US experience Long Covid: CDC

LOS ANGELES: About one in nine adults in the US who have ever had Covid-19 continue to experience Long Covid with a wide range of symptoms, according to new data of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

UP to host International Arogya 2024 conference

LUCKNOW: The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh will host the prestigious four-day International Arogya 2024 conference, themed ‘Ayush for One Health,’ at Awadh Shilpgram here from February 24.

50 taken ill after wedding feast in Ahmedabad

AHMEDABAD: Fifty people, including the newlyweds, were taken ill after having a wedding feast in Ahmedabad.

A simple blood test to predict risk of heart attack within six months

LONDON: A simple blood test can help detect several important biological processes that are active during the months before a heart attack, suggests a study.

US records about 15,000 deaths from flu this season: CDC

LOS ANGELES: There have been at least 22 million flu illnesses, 250,000 hospitalizations, and 15,000 deaths from flu so far this season in the US, according to the latest data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Japan culls 14,000 birds after avian flu outbreak

TOKYO: About 14,000 birds have been culled in the southern Japan after an avian influenza outbreak was confirmed, local authorities said on Monday.

Snacking on tree nuts boosts health, does not lead to weight gain: Study

NEW YORK: Snacking on tree nuts like pistachios, almonds does not lead to belly fat, rather they help in better weight management and are a more efficient source of energy, according to a study.

1200 take part in Paras Health ‘Run for health’ on cancer awareness

PANCHKULA: As many as 1200 participants including doctors, army personnel, senior citizens, women and kids participated in ‘Run for health’ on cancer awareness, which was organized by Paras Health Panchkula in association with Bluebuck media at Panchkula on Sunday.

Need to focus on rising cancer cases in smaller cities in India: Experts

NEW DELHI: Even as cancer cases are also rising in smaller cities in India, health experts stressed the need to expand oncology services to the country's tier-II cities.

How heart attack symptoms differ in men & women

NEW YORK: Sweating, nausea, dizziness and unusual fatigue may not sound like typical heart attack symptoms, but are common in women, and may occur more often when resting or asleep, according to a study.

1748 gram panchayats in UP claim to be TB-free

LUCKNOW: At least 1748 gram panchayats -- out of 57,647 gram panchayats in Uttar Pradesh -- have claimed to have achieved Tuberculosis-free status.

Gujarat Govt launches probe after 7 patients lose vision post cataract surgery

PATAN: The Gujarat Government has launched a probe after seven patients allegedly reported partial or complete loss of vision post a cataract surgery at the Sarvoday Eye Hospital in Radhanpur town on February 2, officials said on Saturday.

People who quit smoking before 40 likely to live same as non-smokers: Study

NEW DELHI: Smokers who quit smoking before the age of 40 can expect to live almost as long as those who never smoked, a new report has said.

Women sick with Covid probably less interested in sex: Study

SAN FRANCISCO: Women, who have suffered from coronavirus, have been found to be interested less in sexual activity, a new study has discovered.

Cambodia records 1st death from H5N1 bird flu so far this year

PHNOM PENH: A nine-year-old boy from northeastern Cambodia's Kratie province had died of H5N1 avian influenza, the first death from the virus in the country so far this year, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Study finds genetic factors for severe Lassa fever

NEW YORK: An international team of scientists has identified genetic factors that cause severe Lassa fever -- an infection that is caused by the Lassa virus.

Three sustain burn injuries at Magh Mela in Prayagraj

PRAYAGRAJ: Three persons sustained burn injuries on Friday after a fire broke out in the camp of Kinnar Akhara at the ongoing Magh Mela in Prayagraj.

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