Health Update

Dengue cases climb to 1,862 in Odisha

Dengue cases climb to 1,862 in OdishaBhubaneswar, Nov 8 : Odisha Thursday confirmed 51 more dengue cases, taking the total number of those infected to 1,861 in the state this year.

The highest 12 cases have been reported from the coastal district of Kendrapada followed by Cuttack which reported eight cases Thursday, a senior health official told IANS.


Odisha fights unknown diseases that killed 24

Odisha fights unknown diseases that killed 24Bhubaneswar, Nov 8 : Odisha has intensified health awareness campaign in tribal-populated Malkangiri district after at least 24 children died of unknown diseases in the region in recent months, an official said Thursday.

The awareness campaign was launched after the children between two and five years of age died in five villages of the district in September and October, chief district medical officer Sashibhushan Panda told IANS.


39 fresh dengue cases push total to 1,200 in Delhi

39 fresh dengue cases push total to 1,200 in DelhiNew Delhi, Nov 5 : Dengue cases in the capital rose to 1,200, with 39 more people testing positive for the mosquito-borne disease Monday, official data revealed.

Of the new cases, 15 were reported from areas in North Delhi Municipal Corporation, 17 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, five from the East Delhi Municipal Corporation and two from the New Delhi Municipal Council
(NDMC), the data showed.


Eyelash extensions new rage among women

Eyelash extensions new rage among womenTokyo, Nov 2 : Eyelash extensions have become a popular beauty procedure among women across all ages, and salons with therapists specializing in the treatment are surging, it has been revealed.

Semipermanent eyelash extensions used to be "a beauty technique just for celebrities such as fashion models," Maki Miura, head of the Japan Eyelist Association said.


Common food preservative may slow or eliminate tumor growth

Common food preservative may slow or eliminate tumor growthWashington, Nov 1 : Nisin, a common food preservative, may slow or even stop the growth of certain head and neck cancers, a University of Michigan study found.


1 in 20 Brit men don’t brush teeth for up to four days!

1 in 20 Brit men don’t brush teeth for up to four days!London, October 23 : One in 20 men in Britain go days without brushing their teeth, a shocking new survey has found.

They blame partying and pressure at work for the lack of oral hygiene.

The study of 2,000 people found one in four women clean their teeth every day, compared to one in five men, and women were more likely to use cleaning aids like floss and mouthwash, the Daily Express reported.


33 fresh dengue cases reported in Delhi

33 fresh dengue cases reported in DelhiNew Delhi, Oct 22 : An additional 33 cases of dengue were reported in the national capital on Monday, taking the total number of patients suffering from the illness to 685.

Thirty cases were reported from three municipal corporations while two were from the VVIP areas of the capital. One case was reported from outside the capital.


One mln Pak children miss polio vaccination due to unrest, floods

One mln Pak children miss polio vaccination due to unrest, floodsIslamabad, Oct 18 : Almost one million children in Pakistan were left out of a polio vaccination drive which ended on Wednesday, due to unrest and floods, officials have said. According to data, around 998,569 children of the
32 million targeted during the three-day nationwide drive, backed by the government and World Health Organisation (WHO), were left unvaccinated, reports The Express Tribune.


Baby's heart squirts blood instead of pumping

Baby's heart squirts blood instead of pumpingLondon, Oct 15 : In an extremely rare medical condition found in one of just 63 people in the world, a British baby's heart squirts blood around his body instead of pumping it.

Six-month-old Jack Renton, son of Joanne Wright and Davey Renton, from Elsdon, Northumberland, has been diagnosed with the rare condition "8p23 deletion", the Daily Mail reported.


Fukushima tobacco detected with above-limit radioactive cesium

Fukushima tobacco detected with above-limit radioactive cesiumTokyo, Oct 11 : Japan Tobacco Inc. has said that radioactive cesium levels found in some dried tobacco leaves harvested in Fukushima Prefecture this year exceeded the company's limit of 100 Becquerel per kilogram.

The company said it will cancel the purchase of some 4.5 tons of leaves found to be contaminated.


UK kids ‘spend more time watching TV than at school’

UK kids ‘spend more time watching TV than at school’London, Oct 9 : British kids are more time watching television than they do at school, a psychologist has warned.

According to Dr Aric Sigman, a child health expert, by the age of seven, a child born today will have spent a full year glued to screens.


Nearly 150 kids die of dengue in Cambodia

Nearly 150 kids die of dengue in CambodiaPhnom Penh, Oct 3 : At least 146 children have died of dengue fever in Cambodia this year, a government report said Wednesday.

The figure was up 147 percent compared to 59 deaths in the same period last year. In 2011, a total of 73 children died in the whole year, Xinhua reported citing a statement from the National Centre for Parasitology, Entomology and Malaria Control.


Smoking tied to early onset of pancreatic cancer

Smoking tied to early onset of pancreatic cancerWashington, October 1 : Those who smoke and drink heavily may are likelier to develop pancreatic cancer at an earlier age than those who don''t, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Michigan Health System found that heavy smokers with pancreatic cancer were diagnosed around age 62 and heavy drinkers at age 61 – almost a decade earlier than the average age of 72.


Male DNA found in women’s brains

Male DNA found in women’s brainsWashington, September 27 : Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, most likely derived from prior pregnancy with a male fetus.

This is according to first-of-its-kind research conducted at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.


Non-caloric beverages `may help teens avoid excessive weight gain`

Non-caloric beverages `may help teens avoid excessive weight gain`Washington, September 22 : Adolescents who eliminate sugar-sweetened beverages for one year gain less weight than those who don't, a new study has shown.

The new study sheds light on an effective intervention to help combat adolescent obesity.


Dairy products `won’t make you skinny`

Dairy products `won’t make you skinny`Washington, September 22 : Adding a couple of servings of milk or yogurt to your daily diet won't help you drop any pants sizes, a new analysis of past studies has claimed.

Some research has suggested that dairy products may help people feel full for longer, or that the calcium in milk and yogurt can prevent the build-up of fat tissue but those remain unproven theories.


‘Gym-shy’ Facebook freaks susceptible to piling on extra pounds

‘Gym-shy’ Facebook freaks susceptible to piling on extra poundsNew York, Sept 18 : More time spent on social networking sites has been linked with less time spent on exercising, researchers have claimed.

The study also found that fans of Facebook were less likely to play team sports, the New York Daily News reported.


World’s smallest baby scanner developed

World’s smallest baby scanner developedLondon, Sept 15 : Engineers from Newcastle University have developed a low-cost baby scanner that can be plugged into any computer or laptop to reveal vital information about an unborn child.

At a cost of 30 pounds to 40 pounds to make, it is far cheaper than traditional ultrasound machines which cost 20,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds.

Electronic engineering lecturer Jeff Neasham was inspired to research the idea by his wife's first pregnancy.


New York slaps partial ban on sale of ‘sugary soda-drinks’

New York slaps partial ban on sale of ‘sugary soda-drinks’London, Sep 14 : New York City''s Board of Health has voted to approve a "soda ban", which would now limit the sale of large sugary drinks within the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has confirmed.

Under the measure, people will not be able to buy sugar-sweetened drinks larger than 16 ounces at fast-food restaurants, convenience stores, movie theaters and food carts.


New wrinkle cream may `wipe out` need for surgery

New wrinkle cream may `wipe out` need for surgeryLondon, September 12 : A 30-pound anti-wrinkle cream is offering a non painful alternative to women who were considering going under the knife.

During tests, the cream is said to have reduced the signs of ageing in just seven days.

That could explain why 60,000 women are said to have signed up for it on waiting lists.


Playing violent games `can increase your pain threshold`

Playing violent games `can increase your pain threshold`Melbourne, September 12 : Those who play violent games have a 65 per cent greater tolerance to pain than those who do not, according to a new study.

In their study, researchers at the Keele University in the UK found gamers who participated in team-based violent video games show more cooperative and less aggressive behaviour than those who play first-person shooter games individually or against opponents.


Indian scientists find safe drug against kala azar

Indian scientists find safe drug against kala azarKolkata, Sep 10 : Indian scientists have found a safe orally-administered drug against kala azar, a disease that puts at risk an estimated 165.4 million people in Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

Termed by WHO as a "neglected disease", kala azhar or visceral leishmaniasis, the second-largest parasitic killer in the world after malaria, has proved resistant to most medicines.


Shanghai sperm bank has 100,000 samples

Shanghai sperm bank has 100,000 samplesShanghai, Sep 10 : A sperm bank in Shanghai, which has been in operation for nine years, now contains over 100,000 samples from a total of 3,289 qualified donors.

The Shanghai Human Sperm Bank, however, says it always lacks volunteers and has had a decline in sperm quality, the Shanghai Daily reported Monday.


Polio-free Southeast Asia within reach: WHO

Polio-free Southeast Asia within reach: WHONew Delhi, Sep 5 : Eleven countries in Southeast Asia region are now on track to declaring the region polio-free as the last case of wild polio virus there was reported in Jan 2011 in India, making a regional polio-free certification possible in early 2014, a World Health Organisation (WHO) official said Wednesday.


Frozen embryos boost IVF success

Frozen embryos boost IVF successLondon, September 4 : Use of frozen embryos is more likely to produce successful, complication-free IVF pregnancies than those that are fresh, a study has found.


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