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Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes

New York, Aug 31 (IBNS): People who have had a stroke are around twice as likely to develop dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

Impressive African health gains at risk

New York, Aug 31 (IBNS): Life expectancy across Africa has improved significantly, says a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report released on Thursday, but national health systems must be improved to ensure that services get to the people who need them most.

UN food relief agency airlifts aid to DR

New York, Aug 31 (IBNS): Emergency food aid is being delivered to people affected by the Ebola virus in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the World Food Programme (WFP) reported on Thursday.

Sanjiban Hospital and Lincoln University

Kolkata, Aug 30 (IBNS): Sanjiban Hospital (Howrah, India) and Lincoln University College Malaysia recently signed an agreement to launch a Doctor of Medicine program at Sanjiban Hospital campus.

New method to detect early cancer using

Sydney, Aug 28 (IBNS): Researchers have come up with a new method to detect cancer in its early stages by way of a malaria protein that sticks to cancer tumour cells in the blood.

As children in Ebola-affected areas of D

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): As the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) gears up for the upcoming academic year – with some 250 schools in Ebola-affected health zones – the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is scaling up education; health and water; sanitation; and hygiene programmes to assist children and their teachers.

Deadly swine fever threatens Asia, UN ag

New York, Aug 29 (IBNS): The rapid onset of the deadly African Swine Fever (ASF) in China has been detected in areas a thousand kilometres apart – posing an imminent threat to other Asian countries, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Tuesday.

As carbon dioxide levels climb, millions

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Rising levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) from human activity are making staple crops such as rice and wheat less nutritious and could result in 175 million people becoming zinc deficient and 122 million people becoming protein deficient by 2050, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Happy older people live longer, say rese

New York, Aug 28 (IBNS): Happy older people live longer, according to researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore. In a study published today in Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, the authors found that an increase in happiness is directly proportional with a reduction in mortality.

Lack of access to clean water, toilets p

New York, Aug Aug 28 (IBNS): Millions of children are going to school without basic hygiene facilities, and the goal of universal access to basic water, sanitation and hygiene remains “a huge challenge,” the United Nations warned on Monday

Gut enzymes could hold key to producing

New York, Aug 26 (IBNS): For blood transfusions to be safe, the donor and patient blood types must match. Now researchers at the University of British Columbia have identified a new, more powerful group of enzymes that can turn any type of blood into the universally usable type O—expanding the pool of potential blood donors and making blood matching safer and easier.

Men place less value on care-oriented ca

London, Aug 26 (IBNS): Men assign less importance to care-oriented careers than women do, possibly because men internalize different values than women, suggests new research from the University of British Columbia.

Better sleep linked with family tree str

London, Aug 25 (IBNS): The question of why we sleep has been a longstanding subject of debate, with some theories suggesting that slumber provides respite for the brain, which allows it to filter out insignificant neural connections, build new ones, strengthen memories and even repair itself.

People with low muscle strength more lik

New York, Aug 25 (IBNS): Individuals with weaker muscles do not typically live as long as their stronger peers, according to new research from the University of Michigan.

Study finds death rates from stroke 'dec

New York, Aug 25 (IBNS): New research, published today in the European Heart Journal, shows that deaths from conditions that affect the blood supply to the brain, such as stroke, are declining overall in Europe but that in some countries the decline is levelling off or death rates are even increasing.

Eating breakfast burns more carbs during

New York, Aug 25 (IBNS): Eating breakfast before exercise may “prime” the body to burn carbohydrates during exercise and more rapidly digest food after working out, University researchers have found.

DR Congo: Ebola outbreak spreads to east

New York, Aug 25 (IBNS): Rebel violence in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is escalating inside the vast country’s Ebola-hit North Kivu province, putting millions at risk, the United Nations refugee agency warned on Friday.

Combat against devastating effects of to

New York, Aug 23 (IBNS): United Nations agencies must join forces at the policy level and refuse interference from tobacco companies in their programmes so the destructive impact of tobacco can be effectively addressed and lives can be saved, the head of the UN tobacco control treaty watchdog (WHO FCTC Secretariat) told UN News on Wednesday.

Poor sleep may delay wound healing in di

New York, Aug 21 (IBNS): People with Type 2 diabetes who don’t sleep well could need more time to heal their wounds, according to a new study published by UT researchers.

Former India cricketer Bishan Bedi launc

New Delhi, Aug 21 (IBNS) Cricket legend Bishan Singh Bedi on Tuesday launched the spectacles distribution of India Vision Institute's vision screening campaign for 4500 children from less privileged backgrounds in Delhi with the support of CooperVision in India

Syria: WHO appeals for funding to sustai

New York, Aug 21 (IBNS): With conflict raging in northwest Syria, the United Nations health agency has appealed for $11 million to provide life-saving care to parts of Aleppo, Hama, Idleb and Lattakia governorates.

Measles cases hit record high in the Eur

Copenhagen, Denmark,Aug 20 (IBNS):  Over 41 000 children and adults in the WHO European Region have been infected with measles in the first 6 months of 2018.

As body mass index increases, blood pres

New York, Aug 18 (IBNS): Body mass index is positively associated with blood pressure, according to the ongoing study of 1.7 million Chinese men and women being conducted by researchers at the Yale Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) and in China. These findings appear in the Aug. 17 issue of JAMA Network Open.

5Things You Should Know About Sickle Cel

The rate of people having sickle cell anaemia is close to almost 35 percent in few Indian communities, according to the Anthropological Survey of India. The disease is still not documented in the country as it should be and thus there is utter ignorance and unawareness amongst the people. In central India, especially in the Deccan Plateau, the disease is now a thing to be really concerned about as it has become a widespread phenomenon.

Child victims of DRC Ebola outbreak need

New York, Aug 18 (IBNS): An ongoing deadly Ebola outbreak in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has particularly affected children, the UN’s children agency, UNICEF, said on Friday.

Mixing energy drinks with alcohol could

New York, Aug 15 (IBNS): A key ingredient of energy drinks could be exacerbating some of the negative effects of binge drinking according to a new study.

Ebola in DR Congo: conflict zones could

New York, Aug 15 (IBNS): Following a two-day mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday repeated his call for warring parties in conflict-riven North Kivu to stop fighting, and allow health teams access to areas affected by the recent Ebola outbreak in the region.

Deaths from hepatitis C have fallen by 1

London, Aug 14 (IBNS): New data published by Public Health England (PHE) show that deaths from hepatitis C-related end-stage liver disease have fallen by 11% in 2017 compared to the previous year.

Women with intellectual and developmenta

New York, Aug 13 (IBNS): Women with intellectual and developmental disabilities have nearly double the rate of having another baby within a year of delivering compared to those without such disabilities, according to a new study by researchers at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).

Assam: Pregnant woman carried over 9 km

Guwahati, Aug 13 (IBNS): Two days ahead of India's 72nd Independence Day, in Assam the family members of a pregnant woman were forced to carry her to a government run hospital in a hand-cart by crossing three rivers and 9 km of roads.

Psychopaths struggle to recognise genuin

Sydney, Aug 11 (IBNS): New research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found people with high levels of psychopathic traits have difficulty telling when someone is genuinely afraid or upset, based on people's facial expressions.

Remove tobacco by Presidential order, an

One of the deadliest diseases plaguing humankind, cancer strikes fear in the mortal heart. In a chat with Dr. V R Ramanan, Deputy Director, Medical, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, Sudipto Maity and Ranojoy Saha try to decode the disease, problems related with it and how to keep it at bay. Excerpts:

Beware the big backpack, warns study

Washington, Aug 7 (IBNS): All that reading, writing and arithmetic really can add up.

UN targets half a million Yemenis in bat

New York, Aug 7 (IBNS): Over a year after cholera broke out in Yemen, killing more than 2,000 people, the disease is back and spreading fast in the Houthi-held port city of Hudaydah; a target of continued air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition to regain control of the city.

New university study shows acting is the

New York, Aug 5 (IBNS): Have you ever been shopping and returned home to find that you have forgotten to buy the very item you went shopping for? Have you known it was going to rain yet left your umbrella at home? Have you gone out and left the television on?

Liverpool researchers find treatment for

London, Aug 4 (IBNS): A new study published in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, conducted by a Liverpool based research collaboration involving the University of Liverpool, has identified the drug that treats the extremely rare genetic disease alkaptonuria (AKU).

Improved posture can help in doing bette

New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): If you’ve ever felt like a deer in the headlights before taking a math test or speaking before a large group of people, you could benefit from a simple change in posture.

Fresh Yemen hospital attack raises risk

New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): A deadly attack on one of the last functioning hospitals in Yemen in the key port city of Hudaydah has put hundreds of thousands of people at risk and damaged efforts to prevent a third cholera epidemic in the war-torn country, top UN officials warned on Friday.

Conflict in new Ebola zone of DR Congo e

New York, Aug 4 (IBNS): Protecting vulnerable people in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from the latest Ebola Virus outbreak is going to be “very, very complex”, given the huge logistical challenges and ongoing conflict there, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

New cluster of Ebola cases in the Democr

New York, Aug 2 (IBNS): The Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced on Wednesday that preliminary laboratory results indicate a new cluster of cases of the deadly Ebola virus in North Kivu province.

When it comes to breastfeeding, ‘timin

New York, Aug 1 (IBNS): Three-in-five babies, mostly born in low- and middle-income countries, are not breastfed within the first hour of life, placing them at higher risk of death and disease, according to a new United Nations report launched on Tuesday.

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