Health Update

Brit kids aged 11 have maths ability of 7-yr-olds

Brit kids aged 11 have maths ability of 7-yr-oldsLondon, Feb 13 : Thousands of 11-year-olds in Britain are leaving primary school with maths skills of kids, who are four years junior to them, a new survey has revealed.

The startling findings came to light after an analysis of last year's SATs results.

They showed that 27,500 students, who were aged 11, were going on to secondary school with the numeracy skills of 7-year-old kids. That is a staggering one in 20 of the total.


India observes World Cancer Day

India observes World Cancer DayKolkata/Nagpur, Feb. 5 : World Cancer Day was observed in India on Saturday, and saw the participation of cancer patients and locals in different events aimed at spreading a message of fighting against the deadly disease and to promote the undying spirit of life.

In Kolkata, the D S Research Centre organised a rally to spread awareness about the disease and its treatment.


Food poisoning killed 137 people in China last year

Food poisoning killed 137 people in China last yearBeijing, Feb 3 : Over 8,324 people in China suffered food poisoning last year, and nearly 137 of them died because of it, a report has revealed.

According to a report by China’s Ministry of Health, the number of sickened people increased 13 percent last year as compared to 2010 figures.

The report posted on the ministry’s website, however, said that the number of deaths dropped 26 percent, Xinhua reports.


People enjoy endings most

People enjoy endings mostLondon, Jan 26 : Moviegoers may have felt `Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2' was more magical than the previous parts because it was the last in the series, according to researchers.

University of Michigan researchers say people often view the `last' moments of an event positively simply because they signal the end of an experience.


Man dies of bird flu in China

Man dies of bird flu in ChinaBeijing, Jan 23 - A 39-year-old man in China's southwestern province of Guizhou died Sunday from the bird flu virus H5N1, the health ministry said.

The man felt unwell Jan 6. He was taken to hospital in the provincial town of Guiyang Jan 19 after his health condition deteriorated. Despite intensive therapy, the man died, reported RIA Novosti.


Turkey conducts its first face transplant

Turkey conducts its first face transplantAnkara, Jan 22 : Doctors in Turkey Saturday began the country's first ever face transplant surgery on a 19-year-old Turkish national, the Anatolia news agency reported.

The face of a 45-year-old donor named Ahmet Kaya is to be transplanted to Ugur Acar, whose face was almost completely damaged by a burning blanket when he was only 40 days old.


Meet the man with two hearts who lived after double heart attack!

Meet the man with two hearts who lived after double heart attack!New York, Jan 21 : A 71-year-old man who turned up at an Italian hospital with symptoms of cardiac trouble surprised doctors when it was discovered that he had two hearts.

He had undergone a rare heart transplant seven years earlier in which a new organ was paired with the diseased one. The two hearts had developed independent rhythms and doctors attempted drug therapy to correct the problem.


Ignorance about calories putting millions at risk

Ignorance about calories putting millions at riskLondon, Jan 3 - Millions of people are unaware of the calories they take in their daily meal and thus risking themselves to be affected by diseases like cancer, diabetes or heart ailments due to their uninformed choices in everyday life, a study has suggested.


Regarding meat as ‘treat’ may help tackle obesity

Regarding meat as ‘treat’ may help tackle obesityLondon, Dec 31 : One should only eat meat on feast days to help tackle obesity, a government food advisor has advised.

According to Tim Lang, a professor of food policy at City University, London, people should re-adopt the tradition of regarding meat as a treat and only eating it on feast days, such as Christmas.

He also said that dramatically reducing one’s intake of meat would also help prevent climate change.


WHO warns of lab-produced bird flu virus

WHO warns of lab-produced bird flu virusGeneva, Dec 31 - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued an alert to warn that studies undertaken by several institutions, which generate mutations of the H5N1 influenza virus, could pose risks to public health.

H5N1 virus is commonly known as bird flu virus.


Cancer cases found in women with French brand implants

Cancer cases found in women with French brand implantsParis, Dec 31 - Health authorities in France have confirmed to have come across at least 20 cases of cancer among women having breast implants of a French brand.


‘Glitzy’ cigarette branding lures new young smokers

 ‘Glitzy’ cigarette branding lures new young smokersLondon, Dec 30 : Branding on cigarette packets attracts more youngsters, according to a new report.

It says young people would be less likely to smoke if cigarettes were sold in plain packaging," Sky News reported.

Almost 70 percent of young people surveyed by The British Heart Foundation said they considered cigarette packets to be a form of advertising.


Woman with rare hormonal disorder operated upon

Woman with rare hormonal disorder operated uponGurgaon, Dec 27 : A 22-year-old woman suffering from a rare hormonal disorder - Cushing's syndrome - was successfully treated at the Artemis Health Institute (AHI), a doctor here said Tuesday.


Mum-to-be spends 3 months in tilted bed to avoid miscarriage

Mum-to-be spends 3 months in tilted bed to avoid miscarriageLondon, Dec 21 : A pregnant mother, who had suffered repeated miscarriages, has given birth to a baby girl after lying upside down for three months.

Donna Kelly suffered from a weak cervix and was warned at five months into the pregnancy that she was at high risk of losing another baby.


Brit women told to remove boob implants amid cancer fears

Brit women told to remove boob implants amid cancer fearsLondon, Dec 21 : As French authorities issue cancer alert, thousands of British women have been told to get their breast implants removed in case they are worried.

The French government is to bear the cost for tens of thousands of women to have their breast implants removed, amid fears they are at a heightened risk of cancer.


Soybean compounds enhances effects of cancer radiotherapy

Soybean compounds enhances effects of cancer radiotherapyWashington, Dec 20 : Compounds found in soybean compounds make radiation therapy to treat lung cancer tumours more effective, a new study has revealed.


UK woman conceives six times in five years despite contraception

UK woman conceives six times in five years despite contraceptionLondon, Dec 20 : A woman in UK is now pregnant for the sixth time in five years, despite trying every form of contraception available.

Gemma Potter, 23, has conceived repeatedly despite using condoms, the pill, the coil, progesterone injections and an implant.

She and her husband Glenn, 27, now have three children - Shaun, four, Jessica, three, and Sophie, two - and have suffered two failed pregnancies.


Revolutionary new technique keeps normal and tumour cells alive in lab

Revolutionary new technique keeps normal and tumour cells alive in labWashington, Dec 19 : Scientists have discovered a way to keep normal cells as well as tumour cells taken from an individual cancer patient alive in the laboratory — which previously had not been possible.

The discovery is a major step that could revolutionize biomedical research.


Average man sleeps with 9 different partners in entire life span

Average man sleeps with 9 different partners in entire life spanLondon, Dec 16 : An average man has nine sexual partners in his entire life, compared to women, who have four, a new study has revealed.

The Health Survey for England found that men reported having 9.3 different partners on average, with a quarter of men boasting of more than 10 conquests.


77 suffer food poisoning in Mexico

77 suffer food poisoning in MexicoMexico City, Dec 14 - Seventy-seven people fell ill in central Mexico after eating contaminated food, Xinhua reported.

They ate the food at a party in El Porvenir town.

Juan Antonio Muro, vice director of sanitary regulation, said Tuesday they suffered food poisoning due to the spread of a bacteria caused by poor preservation of cooked food. (IANS)


Harder but shorter exercise can lower blood sugar of Type 2 diabetics

Harder but shorter exercise can lower blood sugar of Type 2 diabeticsWashington, Dec 13 : Exercising harder, but in a significantly shorter amount of time, could provide significant benefits to Type 2 diabetes patients similar to longer, but more moderate, activity, a new study has suggested.


Stem-cell treatment helps American see again, view Taj Mahal

Stem-cell treatment helps American see again, view Taj MahalNew Delhi, Dec 6 - Seven years after he lost his sight following acute illness, it was no less than a miracle for 62-year-old Carl Stevens when he was able to catch a glimpse of the Taj Mahal after treatment by an Indian doctor.

An American citizen, Stevens, lost his vision in 2004. He is now recovering his sight in what can be called nothing short of a medical miracle, made possible through stem-cell therapy.


Cuba has carried out 5,000 kidney transplants

Cuba has carried out 5,000 kidney transplantsHavana, Dec 6 - Cuba has carried out nearly 5,000 kidney transplants since the beginning of the programme in the 1970s, Prensa Latina news agency reported.

This was a great achievement for Cuba's health sector, said Alexander Marmol Sonora, a senior official of the ministry of health's National Transplant Organisation.


Sugary way to stave off heart disease

Sugary way to stave off heart diseaseSydney, Dec 6 - Mary Poppins was right when she said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down -- scientists have now stumbled upon a sugary way to keep heart disease at bay.

Corin Storkey, scientist at the Heart Research Institute, made the discovery while working for his PhD under Carl Schiesser, a professor at the Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne.


Scientists unearth wound-healing genes

Scientists unearth wound-healing genesSydney, Dec 6 - Scientists have closed in on 68 regions of the genome, tied to blood platelet formation, potentially opening the way to better diagnosis of bleeding disorders.

Platelets are vital for healing wounds and clotting. An abnormally high count increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke; too few platelets can up the risk of haemorrhage, reports the journal Nature.


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