Paris, 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)
New 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.
Aizawl, 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.
New 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.
New 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.
Patna, 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.
Islamabad, 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)
New 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.
Beijing, 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)
Dhaka, 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.
New 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.
Shanghai, 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.
Los Angeles, March 30 : American scientists have developed a new approach to vaccine design that could be useful against HIV and other viruses which change their structure quickly, says a new study.
The study, which appeared March 28 in Science Express, the early online edition of the journal Science, offers a step toward solving what has been one of the central problems of modern vaccine design: how to stimulate the immune system to produce the right kind of antibody response to protect against a wide range of viral strains, reports Science Daily.
Thiruvananthapuram, March 21 : The country's first such study, using cohort groups, has proven conclusively that smoking bidi (tobacco wrapped in the leaf of the tendu plant) increases the propensity for cancer.
P. Jayalekshmi of the Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) here, who led the study on bidi-induced lung, oral, laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer, said lung cancer risk among former bidi smokers was higher than in those who never smoked bidis.
New Delhi, March 15 : A total of 19 people tested positive for swine flu here Friday, taking the number of those infected to 1,383 this year, an official said.
"Nineteen more people tested positive for swine flu," a doctor from Delhi Health Service (DHS) told IANS.
So far, 16 deaths have been reported in Delhi -- one in January, 11 in February and four in March so far.
The city has seen a spurt in the Influenza A (H1N1 virus) cases this year. In 2012, only 78 swine flu cases and one death were reported.(IANS)
New Delhi, March 12 : Over 56 percent of adolescent girls and 30 percent of the boys in India are anaemic, parliament was told Tuesday.
More than 39 percent adolescent girls in the age group of 15-19 years are mildly anaemic while 15 percent and two percent suffer from moderate and severe anaemia respectively, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told Rajya Sabha in reply to a question.
Anaemia is a long standing problem in India and the country has a high prevalence of anaemia amongst adolescents.
New Delhi, March 9 : Fifteen more people tested positive for swine flu here Saturday, taking the number of those infected by the Influenza A (H1N1) virus in the capital to 1,267, an official said. There were no new deaths.
"Fifteen more people tested positive for swine flu but there have been no deaths today (Saturday)," a doctor at the Delhi Health Service (DHS) told IANS.
So far, 16 deaths have been reported in Delhi - one in January, 11 in February and four in March.
A spurt in swine flu cases has been seen in the national capital this year. In 2012, only 78 swine flu cases and one death were reported in the capital.(IANS)
Washington, Feb 26 : Higher levels of toxic metals were found in the blood and urine of children with autism as compared to other children, according to an American study.
The study, led by James Adams, professor of materials science and engineering, Arizona State University, involved 55 autistic children aged between five and 16 years, as compared to 44 non-autistic children of similar age and gender.
According to the latest information released, a total of 436 lives were lost in the country during clinical trials of drugs in 2012.
The government officials indicated that the government is yet to determine as to how many of the lives were lost due to such tests. The figures showed that 438 lives were lost in the country during 2011 and 668 in 2010. The government informed the ok Sabha that 436 deaths occurred during such trials during the year 2012 in the country.
Washington, Feb, 23 : The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its approval to a highly cohesive anatomically shaped silicone-gel filled breast implant.
Natrelle 410 - manufactured by Allergan, Inc - has now been approved for the purpose of breast augmentation in adults - 22 and older - and in women of all ages - undergoing a breast reconstruction following cancer, CBS News reported.