Health Update

Fever claims nine lives in Kerala

dengueThiruvananthapuram, June 4 : Nine people have died of fever in Kerala and 14,000 new cases, including those of jaundice and dengue, have been reported from across the state, an official said Tuesday.

Thiruvananthapuram has reported the highest number of such cases. More than 2,000 fresh cases have been reported from the hilly district of Wayanad.

At least 91 people Monday tested positive for dengue. Nine people died Monday, and 14,000 new cases were reported, the official said.

Fizzy drinks as harmful as drugs for teeth

Fizzy-drinksLondon, June 1 :  It's time to cut down on fizzy drinks. New research indicates that they are as bad for your teeth as drugs.

The study is based on the experience of woman in her 30s. She drank two litres of diet fizzy drinks daily for three to five years and experienced tooth decay similar to that suffered by a 29-year-old methamphetamine addict and a 51-year-old habitual crack cocaine user, reports femalefirst. co. uk.

"The key part of this research is the fact the damage was caused by frequent consumption of fizzy drinks," said Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation.

Anti-smoking clinics fail to help China kick the habit

Anti-smoking clinics fail to help China kick the habitBeijing, May 30 : In a country of 300 million smokers and where two trillion cigarettes are produced every year, "smoking cessation clinics" seemed to be a promising business. But the results such clinics have produced show how far off the mark such an effort was.

According to the latest figures, 600,000 people develop lung cancer every year in China, accounting for one-third of the world's total.

Bangalore hospital gives new life to African girl

doctor-surgeryBangalore, May 25 : An eight-year-old African girl from Nigeria got a new life after she was cured of a brain tumour at Narayana multi-specialty hospital in this tech hub.

Though Angel (name changed) underwent surgery in 2011 at the hospital's Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre when she was six years old, doctors diagnosed her of being relieved of the dreaded brainstem tumour (glioma) after monitoring her progress for two years.

"The complicated surgery has set a benchmark in pediatric oncology," the hospital's radiation oncologist, Sandeep Jain, who treated Angel, told IANS here Saturday.

104-year-old operated on successfully

spinal-surgeryNew Delhi, May 24 : In a veritable medical miracle, a 104-year-old man successfully underwent spinal surgery within weeks of recovering from a heart operation, his doctors said here Friday.

"While the spine procedure in itself was simple, there were multiple risks considering the age of the patient and the prior medical history," said Sandeep Vaishya, additional director, neurology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurgaon.

Stressful job might take life

Stressful-jobLondon, May 18 : A stressful job can change the way body handles fat, resulting in raised cholesterol levels and even a heart disease, almost fatal for anyone.

According to Spanish researchers, stressful situations affect how the body metabolises fat - ultimately leading the body with too much 'bad' cholesterol,” reports dailymail. co. uk.

New research shows that stress can lead to dyslipidemia, which is a disorder that alters the levels of fats and lipoproteins in the blood.

Researchers using two drugs to fight cancer

Researchers using two drugs to fight cancerCancer researchers have said in a new research that they have used a combination of two drugs to fight the disease more affectively.

They used a combination of two drugs from Bristol-Myers Squibb that was able to reduce the tumors significantly in about 41 per cent of patients with advanced melanoma. The researchers also said that in some of the total 52 patients in the study, the tumors disappeared completely in the patients.

Vietnam suspends vaccine after 9 kids die

Vietnam suspends vaccine after 9 kids dieHanoi, May 9 : Vietnam has suspended the use of Quinvaxem vaccine until the World Health Organisation (WHO) gives a report, following the death of nine children after receiving the vaccine since November 2012, state media reported.

Quinvaxem is a preventative inoculation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis or whooping cough, hepatitis B and H and influenza Type B.

First case of SARS-like virus in France

First case of SARS-like virus in FranceParis, May 8 : France has identified its first case of coronavirus infection, a virus akin to SARS, the health ministry announced Wednesday.

"This is the first and the only case confirmed in France to date", with an infection by a new virus from the coronavirus family, the ministry said.

It said the infected person had stayed in the United Arab Emirates before returning to France, and is now placed in isolation, reported Xinhua.(IANS)

Unsafe abortions claim lives of 4,500 women per year

Unsafe-abortionsNew Delhi, May 3 : As many of 4,500 deaths or eight percent of all maternal deaths occur due to unsafe abortions every year, parliament was told Friday.

As per Registrar General of India's Sample Registration System (RGI -SRS) survey report (2001-03), 8 percent of maternal deaths in the country are attributed to "abortion" which translates into an absolute number of approximately 4,500 deaths in one year, Minister of State for Health Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury told the Lok Sabha in a written reply.

Over 600 pigs die of swine fever in Mizoram

pigsAizawl, May 1 : Over 600 pigs have died from swine fever and about 12,200 have been infected in the past two months in Mizoram, officials said here Wednesday.

"The endemic swine fever caused the death of as many as 470 pigs in Aizawl district alone while remaining 130 died in other districts. Over 12,200 pigs have been infected with the disease," a Mizoram animal husbandry and veterinary department official told reporters.

The northeastern state shares border with Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Nearly one percent children diabetic: Health minister

ghulam-nabi-azadNew Delhi, April 29 : A sample survey by the government, conducted in schools in three cities, has shown that more than one percent of children suffer from diabetes, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad informed the Lok Sabha Monday.

Azad, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha, said that under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke, a study was conducted on 92,047 school children in Nainital (Uttarakhand), Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh), and Bhilwara (Rajasthan).

"According to the study, 1,351 (1.467 percent) of the students were suspected to be diabetic," Azad said.

Boy of 11 undergoes open heart surgery in Delhi Hospital

BLK-Super-Specialty-Hospital-DelhiNew Delhi, April 25 : An 11-year-old girl from Africa, who had sickle cell disease, underwent a rare open heart surgery, doctors at a hospital here claimed Thursday.

Ayesha Sadiq was diagnosed with a disorder of the heart valve, which caused outflow of the blood from the right side to be obstructed. She also had sickle cell disease, a genetic disorder.

Bihar launches vaccination drive against Japanese encephalitis

vaccinationPatna, April 23 : Bihar Tuesday launched a special vaccination drive to cover 1.8 million children against Japanese encephalitis, a minister here said.

"It is to provide immunity against the deadly Japanese encephalitis to children in the age group of 1-15 years in the state," Health Minister Ashwani Choubey said.

He added that the vaccines would be administered at all government and private schools, and primary health centres across the state.

Last year, the acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) killed nearly 240 children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur and Gaya districts.

Four kids die of measles in Pakistan

measlesIslamabad, April 20 : Four children in Pakistan's northwest tribal region have died while 20 others have fallen ill due to a measles epidemic, a media report said Saturday.

Two brothers - six-year-old Saniyal and four-year-old Hamid - died in Nihag area of Upper Dir, the Daily Times reported.

Three other children are under treatment at a local hospital.

In Khaisra area of Nowshera, nine children of a family were hospitalised after being diagnosed with measles. Four-year-old Aleena died during treatment.

Eight children are under treatment in two hospital of Peshawar.(IANS)

Skeyndor offers alternative anti-ageing treatments

anti-ageing-treatmentsNew Delhi, April 18 : Do you want painless treatment for your wrinkles? Spanish skincare brand Skeyndor offers a solution in the form of "corrective treatment".

The treatment, which has elements like peptide messender, hyaluronic acid and pearl, is recommended for women over the age of 40.

Ceri Silk, a skin expert and international trainer of Skeyndor, was here to launch the range of corrective treatment through a live workshop.

Chinese lab reveals H7N9 source

H7N9Beijing, April 10 : A top Chinese biology lab Wednesday ascribed the H7N9 avian influenza to genetic reassortment of wild birds from east Asia and chickens from east China.

The researchers found that no genes in H7N9 were traceable to pigs, thus excluding pigs as intermediate hosts for the deadly new strain of bird flu, reports Xinhua.

The report came from the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology.

A fresh outbreak of bird flu in China has killed nine people.(IANS)

Bangladesh reports first bird flu death

bird-fluDhaka, April 8 : A two-year-old baby from eastern Bangladesh has died of H5N1 virus, the first bird flu death in the South Asian country, a senior health official said Monday.

Mahmudur Rahman, head of the country's Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told Xinhua that "the seventh case of Influenza A (H5N1) has been confirmed from one of our surveillance sites in Comilla".

Comilla is 96 km east of capital Dhaka.

He said the male child was from Chauddogram sub-district of Comilla.

More young people falling prey to hypertension

hypertensionNew Delhi, April 6 : Changing social norms on smoking and drinking and a fast-food dominated lifestyle are causing a growing number of young people to fall prey to hypertension and a host of other diseases, doctors warn.

This year's theme for World Health Day April 7 is hypertension, or high blood pressure.

The disease is now striking at an earlier age, and even those in their 20s and 30s are affected, doctors say.

China reports fourth bird flu death

H7N9-bird-fluShanghai, April 4 : Another person died of H7N9 bird flu in China's Shanghai cith Thursday, taking the total number of such deaths in the country to four, reports Xinhua.

Three suspected H7N9 cases were also reported in the city, said the Shanghai Municipal Health and Family Planning Commission Thursday.

The latest death case involved a 48-year-old man surnamed Chu, who was a native of Rugao in neighbouring Jiangsu province. The man was a poultry transporter.

He developed symptoms of coughing March 28. After having fever Monday, he went to a private clinic for treatment.

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