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JS body for increasing preventive measures against Dengue, Chikungunya

Parliamentary standing committee on Health and Family Welfare Ministry  discussed the overall activities taken to prevent Aedes mosquito from breeding and preventive measures against Dengue and Chikungunya. The committee directed the Local Government Department to collaborate    with the City Corporations to increase the activities regarding prevention of the diseases, said an official release issued on Wednesday. Also, the meeting ...

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E-cigarettes turn many young people into smokers: expert

A number of international cohort studies have confirmed that e-cigarettes are the gateway to many teenagers and young adults developing smoking habits, said Xiao Lin, a researcher at the Tobacco Control Office at the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CCDCP). As e-cigarettes contain nicotine, a widely recognized cause of lung cancer and a number of other serious diseases, ...

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New Zealand provides further support for Samoan measles outbreak

New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Winston Peters announced further support to Samoa on Monday as the government of Samoa responded to a serious measles outbreak. “New Zealand will deploy a further 18 vaccination nurses, bringing the total to 30 working in Samoa over the next four weeks,” Peters said in a statement. “A New Zealand Medical Assistance ...

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Huntington’s disease: Woman who inherited gene sues NHS

A woman is suing a London NHS trust for not revealing her father had been diagnosed with Huntington’s disease before she had her own child. She only discovered he carried the gene for the degenerative, incurable brain disorder after her daughter was born. The woman then found out she too carried the faulty gene, meaning her daughter has a 50% ...

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Complementary cancer therapies ‘do more harm than good’

Cancer patients should tell their doctors if they are taking herbal products because some of the ingredients could stop their treatment working, a cancer conference has heard. Garlic, ginger and ginkgo pills, for example, can delay the healing of skin wounds when breast cancer spreads. Surgeon Prof Maria Joao Cardoso, said there was no evidence that herbal therapies or creams ...

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Two people just got black death plague in China

Two people in China are being treated for plague, authorities said Tuesday. It’s the second time the disease, the same one that caused the Black Death, one of the deadliest pandemics in human history, has been detected in the region — in May, a Mongolian couple died from bubonic plague after eating the raw kidney of a marmot, a local ...

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Tents, stench, smoke: Health risks are gripping migrant camp

A smoke-filled stench fills a refugee camp just a short walk from the U.S.-Mexico border, rising from ever-burning fires and piles of human waste. Parents and children live in a sea of tents and tarps, some patched together with garbage bags. Others sleep outside in temperatures that recently dropped to freezing. Justina, an asylum seeker who fled political persecution in ...

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Right ‘doses’ of yoga can reduce depression, anxiety

If applied in right “doses”, yoga and breathing exercises can improve symptoms of depression and anxiety in both short and long terms, reveal new research. Published in the Journal of Psychiatric Practice, the study from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) provided evidence that yoga can be a helpful complementary treatment for clinical depression or major depressive disorder. To reach ...

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Tonga closes schools as measles epidemic spreads

All government primary schools and kindergartens in Tonga have been shut in an effort to limit the spread of measles sweeping through the South Pacific, the government announced Thursday. With the number of confirmed and suspected measles infections in the Pacific kingdom nearing 200, Education Minister Siaosi Sovaleni said schools would be closed until at least November 25. “Children who ...

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How meditation can help you to become less error prone

Researchers have found that meditation could help you to become less error prone. According to the health experts here, meditation also helps in rejuvenating the mind, mental well-being, better concentration power along with improved memory. Practically stress and unwanted tension are some of the major reasons of short term forgetfulness and unfocused behaviour, the experts added. Manish Gupta, senior consultant ...

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