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  • 11 things that have changed since the smoking ban was brought in 10 years ago

    June 15, 2017 3:02 AM 11

    IT was dubbed one of the most important public health reforms in generations. And on July 1, 2017, it will be 10 years since a ban on smoking in enclosed public places in England was brought in. Can't remember what it was like drinking or eating out before the ban? 3. More people have quit. According to a Department of Health report in 2011, an extra

  • World Blood Donors Day: When donating blood becomes habit

    June 14, 2017 8:26 PM 9

    COIMBATORE: About six months ago, this city-based 73-year old gentleman received a call from a hospital to check if he was available to donate blood. This hospital reached out to him as they were unable to find a donor for O+ blood then. Arun Gokuldas’s face lights up with joy when he shares with us that this was the 157th time he donated blood. The hospital

  • Blood donation helps save lives, says judge

    June 14, 2017 7:06 PM 4

    Senior Civil Judge and member-secretary of District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) Latha said on Wednesday that there was no donation as big as blood donation as it helped save lives. She was speaking at the World Blood Donor Day function organised by the district unit of Indian Red Cross Society here. Ms. Latha said that many people had misconceptions

  • Espinoza: $1.2 billion anti-polio fund

    June 14, 2017 3:18 PM 6

    A TOTAL of US $1.2 billion for the global fight against polio was pledged to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative of Rotary by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and donor governments during the 100th anniversary celebration of the Rotary Foundation on Tuesday. The Rotary, together with its partners and donors, has reduced the polio cases in the Philippines

  • Severe pain may increase risk of dying early

    June 8, 2017 9:15 AM 20

    Middle-aged adults suffering from severe pain persistently that interferes with daily life may be at an increased risk of dying early, a study has showed. Chronic pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. The study showed that individuals who were often

  • How to quit smoking – for good

    May 31, 2017 6:21 AM 10

    I quit smoking in February 2016 – almost 15 years after I bought my first pack. If I were to do the math, I could say that I've puffed half of my life away. What started out as an attempt to fit in with older, seemingly more sophisticated peers in college developed into a full-blown habit. I've written about my failed attempts to quit smoking a few years

  • Cholera outbreak in Yemen spreads but at a slower speed

    May 30, 2017 12:11 PM 22

    Up to 52,000 suspected cases are reported in the country, but the daily number is decreasing Dubai: More than 470 people have died because of cholera in Yemen and up to 52,000 suspected cases of infection were reported, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said. However, the WHO downgraded fears of a wide outbreak of cholera in Yemen, saying there

  • Alert over deadly tilapia virus outbreak

    May 27, 2017 5:06 PM 10

    ROME (Xinhua) – A highly contagious disease is spreading among farmed and wild tilapia, one of the world’s most important fish for human consumption, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Friday. The Rome-based UN agency said the outbreak should be treated with concern, and countries importing tilapias should take appropriate risk-management

  • New large-scale study finds a high blood platelet count is 'strong predictor' of cancer

    May 24, 2017 7:50 PM 8

    A NEW UK study has revealed the first new strong indicator of cancer in 30 years, finding that having a high blood platelet count can predict who will go on to be diagnosed with cancer, and the researchers urge that it should be used by doctors in order to try to catch the disease early. Known as thrombocytosis, up to half a million people (two percent)

  • Democratic Republic of the Congo: External Situation Report 5 (19 May 2017)

    May 20, 2017 5:34 PM 10

    WHO, UN Agencies, International organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners continue to support the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo to rapidly investigate and respond to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Likati Health Zone, Bas Uele Province located in the northeast of the country. On 19 May 2017, three