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Citizen-scientists: Uncle Sam wants you to fight Zika!

The mosquitoes that can spread Zika are already buzzing among us. The U.S. government could use some help figuring out exactly where. No experience is necessary for what the U.S. Department of Agriculture envisions as a nationwide experiment in citizen-science. Teenagers already have proven themselves up to the task in tryouts involving a small number of high school students and ...

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Scientists unlock how breast cancer cells spread

A team of researchers — including an Indian-origin scientist — has found that breast cancer cells spread to other parts of the body by sliding around other cells, blocking their escape route out of the original tumour. Metastasis — the spreading of cancer cells from one part of the body to another — is the leading cause of death among ...

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Breast milk boosts brain growth of premature babies

Feeding premature babies mostly breast milk — irrespective of whether that came from the babies’ own mothers or donated by other women — during the first month of life appears to spur more robust brain growth, compared with babies given little or no breast milk, says a study. “The brains of babies born before their due dates usually are not ...

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Fatty liver may increase heart disease, mortality

A patient suffering from fatty liver disease is prone to an increased risk of heart disease as well as the mortality rates associated with it, a new study has found. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is an increasingly common condition in patients with obesity, type 2 diabetes and arterial hypertension — where high blood pressure in the arteries is persistently ...

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All about heat stroke

If someone becomes too hot and loses water and salt from the body, leading to tiredness, weakness and muscle cramps, this is referred to as heat exhaustion. If the body loses the ability to maintain the correct temperature and it becomes dangerously high, this is referred to as heatstroke. Heat stroke generally occurs when an individual has been too hot ...

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Scientists raise fear of higher Zika risk

The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, scientists in Brazil say. Leading doctors have told the BBC that Zika could be behind more damaging neurological conditions, affecting one in five pregnant women who contract it. Rates of increase in Zika infection in some parts of Brazil have slowed, thanks to better information about preventing the ...

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21 countries could be malaria-free by 2020

As many as 21 countries, including six in the African region and four of India’s neighbours — Bhutan, China, Nepal and Malaysia, could be free of malaria by 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has estimated in a report published on Monday to mark World Malaria Day. One of the goals of WHO’s 2016-2030 programme against malaria is to eliminate ...

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Global event to showcase Bangladesh’s e-health capacity begins in Dhaka Tuesday

Bangladesh will host the first inter-country conference on “measurement and accountability for health” in Dhaka from Tuesday. The two-day event would bring “global health gurus” together with development partners. “This is a proud moment for us that we have been selected for hosting this conference,” said Prof Abul Kalam Azad, an additional director of the government’s health directorate. He has ...

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INTER-COUNTRY CONFERENCE ON MEASUREMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY FOR HEALTH (MA4HEALTH)

25 April 2016 : Dhaka, Bangladesh: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh is hosting the Inter-Country Conference on Measurement and Accountability Conference for Health (MA4Health) from 26th to 28th April, 2016, at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Conference follows the Measurement and Accountability for Results in Health Summit (MA4Health) held ...

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Junior doctors’ strike: All-out stoppage ‘a bleak day’

The first all-out doctors’ strike in the history of he NHS has begun in England with ministers admitting it is a “bleak day” for the health service. But Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt again reiterated that the government would not back down and halt the imposition of the new contract. Junior doctors walked out of routine and emergency care at 08:00 ...

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