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Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

When Clara Massons  was in labor  with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an old, now controversial technique for troubled deliveries. Masson said her pleas to ...

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Germany on alert as swine fever nears border

Sniffer dogs, drones and electrified fences: Germany is deploying a full array of defences to stop boars from bringing swine fever into the country and avert a disaster for its thriving pork industry.The virus is not harmful to human health but can cause deadly bleeding in domestic pigs and boars. The only way of getting rid of it is through ...

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165,000 people affected with HIV/Aids in Pakistan

The number of HIV/Aids patients in Pakistan currently stands at 165,000, the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) said, adding that 9,565 new cases were detected this year. “Only 36,902 people are registered with the NACP. Of which, around 20,994 are undergoing treatment,” The Express Tribune reported on Monday citing the NACP data as saying. As many as 6,426 people contracted ...

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Brain region smaller in women taking oral contraceptives

Researchers have found that women taking oral contraceptives, commonly known as birth control pills, had significantly smaller hypothalamus volume, compared to women not taking the pill. Located at the base of the brain above the pituitary gland, the hypothalamus produces hormones and helps regulate essential bodily functions including body temperature, mood, appetite, sex drive, sleep cycles and heart rate. Structural ...

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Ice baths not helpful for building muscle

Successful athletes such as Andy Murray and Jessica Ennis-Hill are known for using ice baths after exercise, however new research suggests that ice baths aren’t helpful for repairing and building muscle over time, because they decrease the generation of protein in muscles. According to health experts here, rather going for ice bath people can opt to get mild massage, consume ...

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UK patient diagnosed with monkeypox

A patient has been diagnosed with the rare viral infection monkeypox in the south west of England. It is believed the patient contracted the infection while visiting Nigeria, Public Health England (PHE) said. According to the World Health Organisation, the condition is similar to human smallpox and although it is much milder, it can be fatal.The patient has been transferred ...

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Once-a-month oral contraceptive pill in tests

Researchers have developed a once-a-month oral contraceptive pill that they say would offer women more choice and control over their fertility. Once swallowed, the pill remains in the stomach for weeks, slowly releasing hormones to prevent a pregnancy. It is specially designed to resist immediate attack by stomach acid.A US team, funded by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, has tested ...

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Measles deaths ‘staggering and tragic’

More than 140,000 people died from measles last year as the number of cases around the world surged once again, official estimates suggest. Most of the lives cut short were children aged under five. The situation has been described by health experts as staggering, an outrage, a tragedy and easily preventable with vaccines.Huge progress has been made since the year ...

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UN says online anti-vaxxers fuelling Samoa measles deaths

Social media giants must crack down on anti-vaccination posts that are fuelling Samoa’s deadly measles epidemic from afar, UNICEF’s Pacific islands chief said Thursday. Sheldon Yett, the regional representative for the UN children’s agency, said “incredibly irresponsible” online material on platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram had exacerbated the Samoa measles outbreak — which has claimed 62 lives since ...

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Typhoid vaccine ‘works fantastically well’

A new typhoid vaccine works “fantastically well” and is being used to help stop an almost untreatable strain of the infection, doctors say. Cases of the bacterial disease fell by more than 80% in trials, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.Experts said the vaccine was a game-changer and would reduce the “terrible toll wrought by typhoid”. Nine million ...

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