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South Korea reports first MERS case in three years

South Korea reported its first case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in three years, health officials said Saturday.   A 61-year-old businessman was diagnosed with the highly contagious viral respiratory illness, according to officials at the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  He returned to South Korea on Friday from a business trip in Kuwait where he stayed ...

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Scientists developing new blood test to screen for secondary heart attack

Researchers are developing a new blood test which could screen if a person is at risk of a secondary heart attack.   The Baker Institute’s head of metabolomics, Professor Peter Meikle and his team have identified plasma lipid biomarkers (fats in the blood) that improve upon traditional risk factors in predicting heart disease and stroke.  He says the revolutionary blood ...

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Hospital children’s teams shortlisted for prestigious national health award

Teams caring for children at The Royal London Hospital are up for a prestigious national health award. The play and paediatric liaison teams have been shortlisted in this year’s Health Service Journal (HSJ) awards following the success of a ‘heroes’ project which has boosted the confidence of children and young people with chronic illness. The project helps them to discuss ...

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Bradford transplant patient in plea for more organ donors

A hospital receptionist, waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant, is urging more people to sign up to the organ donor register. Married father-of-two Brendan Tate, who works at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is one of 841adults in the city waiting for a kidney transplant. The 56-year-old was in his early 20s when ...

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Treating prostate cancer with hormone therapy could be risky

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer can go either way, while some patents withstand the therapy, others outwit a standard hormone therapy, causing cancer to spread. A recent study explores the reason behind this.   The research also points to a simple blood test that may help doctors predict when this type of hormone therapy resistance will occur.  The study also ...

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SUST team invents low-cost cancer-detecting technology

SUST Correspondent : A team of researchers from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has invented a low-cost technology to detect cancer through analysing blood samples. The team, led by Prof Dr Yasmeen Haque of SUST Physics department, invented the technology by researching nonlinear optics under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP). Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid disclosed the ...

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Deadly ‘rat fever’ in flood-ravaged Indian state

“Rat fever” and other diseases have killed 14 people in the southern Indian state of Kerala after the worst floods in almost a century, authorities said Tuesday.   The separate death toll from the monsoon floods that forced more than a million people from their homes in Kerala last month has meanwhile risen to 486, the government said.  “We had ...

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Half of over 60s ‘ignore bowel cancer screening in England’

Half of people in England sent a home-testing kit for bowel cancer in 2015 did not use it, according to research in the European Journal of Cancer. Fewer men than women returned the kits, which are designed to detect the disease before symptoms appear.   The current screening kit requires small stool samples to be posted for screening in specially ...

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New vaccine could soon treat acne

A cure for acne may have been found in the form of a vaccine, according to a team of scientists.   Acne is one of the most common skin conditions.  According to the NHS around 80 percent of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by the disorder.   Lead researcher Eric C. Huange said, “Acne is caused, in part, ...

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Diabetic children need comprehensive eye care services: Experts

Guests and experts at an event organised by Orbis International Bangladesh in the capital recently to share the learning of a project – A Comprehensive Model of Eye Care in Childhood Diabetes for Bangladesh. Experts have suggested engaging multiple stakeholders in eye care service for children to combat childhood blindness called diabetic retinopathy.   The suggestion came at an event ...

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