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Cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s northeast kills nearly 100

 The United Nations says at least 97 people have died of cholera in northeastern Nigeria over the past two weeks. As well as the outbreak, the region is grappling with attacks by local militant group Boko Haram. A cholera outbreak in Nigeria’s northeast has killed dozens of people and led to hundreds of new infections, the United Nations said Saturday. ...

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Alcohol responsible for one in 20 deaths worldwide: WHO

Alcohol kills three million people worldwide each year — more than AIDS, violence and road accidents combined, the World Health Organization said Friday, adding that men are particularly at risk.   The UN health agency’s latest report on alcohol and health pointed out that alcohol causes more than one in 20 deaths globally each year, including drink driving, alcohol-induced violence ...

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Air pollution linked to higher risk of dementia: study

Urban air pollution, mostly from vehicles, is associated with an increased risk of dementia, according to research published Wednesday.   The link remained even after heavy drinking, smoking and other well established risk factors for dementia were ruled out, the researchers reported in medical journal BMJ Open.  Worldwide, about seven percent of people over 65 suffer from Alzheimer’s or some ...

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Household disinfectants could be making kids overweight, study says

Did you know? Commonly used household cleaners could be making children overweight by altering their gut microbiota.   Researchers from across Canada looked at data from the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development (CHILD) birth cohort on microbes in infant fecal matter. They used World Health Organization (WHO) growth charts for body mass index (BMI) scores.  Associations with altered gut flora ...

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Poppy Jaman CBE scoops Asian Achievers Award 2018

Top honours for inspirational Asian role models were presented in London on Friday, 14 September British Bengali mental health campaigner Poppy Jaman has received the 2018 Asian Achievers Award for her services to the community during a glittering ceremony held in London. The awards celebrate outstanding British Asian talent across the arts and media, sports, community service, the professions, uniformed ...

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South Africa superbug kills six newborns

An outbreak of the Klebsiella pneumonia superbug that killed six newborns at a government hospital in Johannesburg has forced medics to close the facility’s neo-natal and maternity wards.   The Thelle Mogoerane hospital in the eastern Johannesburg township of Vosloorus has been in the grip of the antibiotic resistant bacteria since July 11.  “We can no longer admit babies here,” ...

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UN agrees global plan to battle TB ahead of first-ever summit

UN member-states on Friday agreed on a global plan to step up the fight against tuberculosis, the world’s number one killer among infectious diseases, settling a row with the United States over access to cheap drugs.   Following weeks of tough negotiations, the text of a final declaration won approval and will be formally adopted at the first-ever TB summit ...

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NHS mental health crisis worsens as 2,000 staff quit per month

Pledge to boost services undermined by failure to retain thousands of key workers, minister admits Thousands of nurses, therapists and psychiatrists are quitting NHS mental health services, raising serious doubts about ministerial pledges to dramatically expand the workforce. Two thousand mental health staff a month are leaving their posts in the NHS in England, according to figures from the Department ...

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High blood pressure linked to aortic valve disease

Turns out, people with a long-term problem of blood pressure has an increased risk of aortic valve disease (AVD) – problems with the valve that controls how blood is pumped from the left ventricle of the heart out into the main artery, the aorta.   In a recent study conducted by European Society of Cardiology, researchers found that above a ...

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Ig Nobel win for kidney stone removing roller-coaster

Riding on some types of roller-coaster is an effective way of removing kidney stones. This is the conclusion of research that has won this year’s Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine.   The US researchers who carried out the work recommend that those afflicted with the condition should regularly use the theme park attractions.   The Ig Nobels are spoof prizes ...

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