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Does diabetes make a heart attack feel different?

People with diabetes may not always feel classic symptoms like acute chest pain when they have a heart attack, according to a small study that offers a potential explanation for why these episodes are more deadly for diabetics. Researchers examined data from detailed interviews with 39 adults in the UK who had been diagnosed with diabetes and had also experienced …

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Madagascar plague deaths hit 94, 1,100 suspected cases: WHO

GENEVA: The death toll from a plague outbreak in Madagascar has risen to 94, with the number of suspected cases jumping to more than 1,100, the World Health Organization said Friday. Officials on the poor Indian Ocean island nation had earlier this week reported 74 fatalities and 805 cases. WHO’s director for health emergencies in Africa, Ibrahima Soce Fall, told …

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Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh in dire state: UNICEF

GENEVA: Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Up to 12,000 more children join them every week, fleeing violence or hunger in Myanmar, often still traumatised by atrocities they witnessed, it said in a report “Outcast …

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Ebola-like Marburg virus kills two in Uganda: official

KAMPALA: Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country´s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said Thursday. “Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg”, Uganda´s health ministry permanent secretary, Dr Diana Atwine told AFP. She said a …

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US approves second gene therapy against cancer

WASHINGTON: US regulators have approved a second form of gene therapy to fight cancer. The treatment, called Yescarta, is the first immunotherapy on the US market for certain kinds of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), a cancer that attacks the lymph nodes. Known as a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy, Yescarta modifies a patient´s white blood cells so they can …

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After yoga, meditation breaks into the mainstream

NEW YORK: It is 5 pm, otherwise known as rush hour in Manhattan. Julia Lyons, 31, finishes work and heads straight for her daily dose of peace and quiet — half an hour at meditation studio “Mndfl.” Since April 2016, when she discovered the then-brand-new studio, the investment bank employee has abandoned yoga and embraced meditation. “I have been meditating …

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Trump chips away at Obamacare with executive order

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump fired his latest salvo against Barack Obama´s signature health care reforms Thursday, making it easier for insurers to sell low-cost plans that critics warn would also provide less quality coverage. And in a new unilateral move, the White House announced the administration would halt payments to insurers that are designed to help millions of lower-income …

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Little evidence new cancer drugs improve survival

Researchers looked at 48 cancer drugs approved by the European Medicines Agency for 68 different uses from 2009 to 2013. Photo: File There’s not much evidence to show that most new cancer drugs approved in Europe in recent years can help patients live longer or improve their quality of life, a recent study suggests. Researchers looked at 48 cancer drugs …

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Bird flu pours new misery on Dutch poultry farmers

HAGUE: Dutch poultry farmers, already left reeling by a contaminated egg scandal, were in a new flap Friday over an outbreak of bird flu with thousands of hens to be destroyed. “An outbreak of a variant of H5 bird flu has been detected in a poultry farm in Zeeland province,” Economic Affairs Minister Henk Kamp said. All 42,000 egg-laying hens …

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Pet dogs help kids feel less stressed: study

ISLAMABAD: Pet dogs can lower stress levels in kids and provide valuable social support, a new study has found for the first time. “Many people think pet dogs are great for kids but scientists are not sure if that is true or how it happens,” said Darlene Kertes, from the University of Florida in the US. Kertes reasoned that one …

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