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More than 8 million Yemenis ‘a step away from famine,’ says UN

GENEVA: Warring sides must let more aid get through to 8.4 million people who are “a step away from famine” in Yemen, a senior UN official said on Monday. A Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen’s civil war blockaded ports last month after a missile was fired towards Riyadh. Jamie McGoldrick, the humanitarian coordinator for Yemen, …

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Indonesia vaccinates millions to halt deadly diphtheria outbreak

JAKARTA: Millions of Indonesian children are being vaccinated this week as the country responds to a widespread diphtheria outbreak that has killed dozens, officials said Monday. Some eight million children and teenagers across the Southeast Asian nation will receive the shot to prevent further spread of the disease which is caused by a bacterial infection. It can lead to breathing …

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Expecting mothers can protect babies from asthma by eating fish: study

ISLAMABAD: Pregnant women who consume two to three servings of fish a week are as likely to protect their newborns from developing asthma, finds a recent study. Researchers at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, have found that children whose mothers consume high doses of Omega-3 fatty acids daily during the third trimester are less likely to develop …

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Open windows and doors can improve sleep quality

Leaving a bedroom door or window open may help people sleep better, a study from the Netherlands suggests. Open windows and doors helped reduce carbon dioxide levels and improve ventilation and air flow, which was related to better sleep quality for the healthy young adults in the study. “We spend nearly a third of our life in the bedroom environment, …

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China jails 21 people for 2015 nursing home fire

SHANGHAI: China has jailed 21 people for their roles in a deadly fire that killed 39 elderly people at a private nursing home two years ago, state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Friday. Xinhua said the nursing home in the central Henan province had been illegally extended and flammable materials had been used on the extension. Fan Huazhi, legal representative …

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Peshawar hospital bans use of mobile phones in operating room

PESHAWAR: The Lady Reading Hospital Medical Teaching Institution Peshawar banned the use of mobile phones by hospital staff in operation theaters on Thursday. Notification of the Lady Reading Hospital. Photo: Lady Reading Hospital According to a notification by Lady Reading Hospital medical director: “There will be a complete ban on use of mobile phone in operation theatres (regular OTs/ Emergency …

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Indonesia fights ‘extraordinary’ diphtheria outbreak that has killed 32

JAKARTA: Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world’s fourth most populous country this year. The health ministry said at least 591 cases had been reported since January, a 42 percent increase from last year, and …

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Babies’ brains at risk from toxic pollution: UN

NEW DELHI: As New Delhi and other major cities hit new toxic smog peaks, the United Nations sounded the alarm Wednesday over the damage that pollution is doing to babies´ developing brains. The UN´s children´s agency, UNICEF, said Asia accounts for more than 16 million of the world´s 17 million infants aged under one year living in areas with severe …

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Second polio case in three months confirmed in Karachi

KARACHI: The city witnessed its second case of polio within a span of three months, the latest victim being a five-month-old infant who has been diagnosed with the virus. Five-month-old boy Zaibullah, son of Ghulam Sakhi, a resident of UC-4 Gadap Town, had been administered with anti-polio drops during a past campaign. However, his routine immunisation had not been completed, …

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