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South Korea shuts 2,000 schools as Mers cases rise

South Korean authorities have ordered nearly 2,000 schools closed nationwide to prevent the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers), reports Al Jazeera. The Health Ministry on Monday reported 23 new infections, bringing the total to 87. Six people have so far died in the outbreak. Reflecting public concern among parents, 1,869 schools across the country are due to be ...

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Simple injection to cure glaucoma

Glaucoma, an eye disease that damages the optic nerve and can result in vision loss and blindness, can now be treated with a simple injection, eye surgeons have said. In glaucoma, eye pressure plays a role in damaging the optic nerve. A new technology developed by a US-based company relieves the pressure in the eye with a minimally invasive method, ...

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Your smoking habit may impoverish your child

Smoking is bad not only for the smokers’ health, it annually pushes thousands of children into poverty in England, a study has revealed. Smoking places a financial burden on low-income families, suggesting that parents are likely to forgo basic household and food necessities in order to fund their addiction. “Smoking reduces the income available for families to feed, clothe and ...

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Artificial heart lung machine cures swine flu affected child in India

Doctors in India has successfully treated a 12 year old swine flu patient using the artificial heart lung machine. Apollo Children’s Hospitals, Chennai’s leading pediatric hospital and the only hospital in Chennai to house an Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine exclusively for children with successful outcomes, has helped a critical H1N1 12 year old Soubhashree survive. The entire treatment regime ...

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Fitness lesson from world’s oldest yoga teacher!

Tao Porchon-Lynch is the world’s oldest yoga teacher. Here, she talks about how she keeps a body of a 30-year-old. “In my head I’m still in my 20s, I don’t feel my age,” says Tao Porchon-Lynch, a French-Indian yogi from the US, who’s a Guinness World Records-certified yoga teacher at 97. She takes classes every day, even after going through ...

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Here’s why contact lenses can be harmful for eye health

  Listen up contact lens lovers! A new study has found that wearing lenses can cause more infections in your eyes as compared to those who don’t wear them. Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center used high-precision genetic tests to differentiate the thousands of bacteria that make up the human microbiome, and found a diverse set of microorganisms in the ...

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Dementia causing protein also leads to memory loss in healthy brains

A new study has examined that a brain protein act as a key component in the progress of dementia that can cause memory loss in healthy brains. The study conducted at University of Sussex observed how insoluble protein Abeta affected healthy brains of pond snails (Lymnaea stagnalis) by observing the effect of administering the protein following a food-reward training task. ...

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Chinese herbal medicine could treat obesity: Study

An extract from a plant traditionally used in Chinese medicine may help suppress appetite and lose weight, new research says. The findings suggest that the compound extracted from the “Thunder God” vine could be developed into a drug for treatment of obesity. In the study, the compound was found to reduce food intake significantly and cause up to a 45 ...

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Summer tips for a healthy heart

The arrival of spring and summer means days at the pool, family picnics and other outdoor activities. Here are some tips from the American Heart Association to keep your family physically active in the warmer months. Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such ...

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Dos and don’ts of contact lenses

Specialists have noticed a rise in eye infections among contact-lens wearers and are warning users to take extra care. Bacteria, fungi and micro-organisms can stick to contact lenses and cause pain, irritation and serious harm. So here are some of the risks, and the dos and don’ts: Don’t sleep with your lenses in Unless your optician has said you can, ...

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