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Weather change increases health risk to children

Sudden change in weather pattern, burning sun, excessive sweating and dehydration are increasing health risks to children. As children are very vulnerable to weather change, a little fluctuation in temperature can cause several problems in their system leading to cough, fever, dehydration and diarrhoea. “Most of the children are suffering from fever as they are very sensitive to the ongoing ...

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High Court asks government to take steps to stop sale of antibiotic drugs without doctors’ prescription

The High Court (HC) has ordered the government to take necessary measures to stop sale of antibiotic medicines without prescriptions of registered physicians. The court also asked the director general (DG) of the Directorate of Drug Administration to issue a circular to this effect in two days after getting the order. Following the circular issued by the DG, the deputy ...

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Measles: Half a million UK children missed jab

More than half a million children in the UK were not given a crucial measles jab between 2010 and 2017, an analysis by children’s charity Unicef reveals. It comes as NHS chief Simon Stevens warned measles cases had almost quadrupled in England in just one year and urged families to get the vaccine.He said people rejecting vaccines was a “growing ...

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Innovative child malaria vaccine to be tested in Malawi

A large-scale trial of what has been called the world’s first malaria vaccine to give partial protection to children is due to start in Malawi. The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites. Earlier, smaller trials showed that nearly 40% of the 5-to-17-month-olds who received it were protected.Malaria cases appear to ...

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Acidity? Try these quick and simple home remedies

Acidity is a common problem which many people face on a daily basis. A common habit to deal with acidity at a symptomatic level is to quickly pop up an antacid in order to get rid of the bloating, heartburn, gas and flatulence that it causes. However, this will only bring temporary relief from acidity by curbing the symptoms for a ...

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Sore knee? Maybe you have a fabella

A little bone in the knee scientists thought was being lost to evolution seems to be making a comeback, say experts from Imperial College London. The fabella is found in some people buried in the tendon just behind their knee.Doctors think it is entirely pointless, and you can happily live without it – many people do. However, people who have ...

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No breakfast and late dinner may up heart attack risk: Study

People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime may have worse outcomes after a heart attack, a study has warned. The study found that people with the two eating habits had a four to five times higher likelihood of death, another heart attack, or angina (chest pain) within 30 days after hospital discharge for heart attack. The study, published ...

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Mums share how they are reducing their children’s sugar intake

The recent Change4Life campaign highlighted that children in England are consuming too much sugar – an extra 2,800 sugar cubes per year. That’s equivalent to 312 cans of sugary cola,469 higher-sugar yoghurts or 562 chocolate bars! Too much sugar is bad for children’s health and has contributed to increased obesity levels. It can also lead to the build-up of harmful ...

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HIV used to cure ‘bubble boy’ disease

US scientists say they used HIV to make a gene therapy that cured eight infants of severe combined immunodeficiency, or “bubble boy” disease. Results of the research, developed at a Tennessee hospital, were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The babies, born with little to no immune protection, now have fully functional immune systems.Untreated babies with this disorder ...

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Measles cases triple globally in 2019, says UN

The UN body said provisional data indicated a “a clear trend”, with all regions of the world seeing outbreaks. Africa had witnessed the most dramatic rise – up 700%. The agency said actual numbers may be far greater, since only one in 10 cases globally are reported.Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can sometimes lead to serious health ...

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