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Moms-to-be 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 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 such …

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Low visibility, health hazard as smog chokes Lahore

LAHORE: A blanket of thick smog has enveloped Lahore and adjoining regions in central Punjab, reducing visibility and resulting in breathing difficulties and irritation in eyes for residents. Visibility plunged to 200-300 metres on the Motorway early Tuesday morning, as thick smog – an unwanted by-product of fog and pollution – continued to persist in the air, disrupting transportation. The …

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Cash incentives help smokers quit, study finds

MIAMI: Smokers who are offered cash incentives are far more likely to give up cigarettes than those who are simply offered tips on how to quit, said a US study Monday. The approach could offer ways to cut the number of smokers, which has remained steady at about one-fifth of the US population in recent years, according to the report …

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Risk of irregular heart rhythm rises with weight and age

The risk of developing an irregular heart rhythm increases as people age and become overweight or obese, spiking after age 50 for men and age 60 for women, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined data on almost 80,000 people, ages 24 to 97, in four European studies. When they joined the studies, none of the participants had atrial fibrillation. After …

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Lions, chimps, sharks get added protection under UN convention

MANILA: Lions, chimpanzees, giraffes, leopards and a wide variety of sharks received added protection at a UN wildlife conference in the Philippines, organisers said Saturday. Some 34 endangered species were selected to receive heightened conservation efforts at the Conservation of Migratory Species (CMS) conference that just concluded in Manila. Protecting migratory species poses particular difficulties since they cross borders, including …

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Global measles deaths fall, but elimination goals far off: WHO

Annual deaths from measles dropped below 100,000 worldwide last year for the first time, to 90,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other international agencies said on Thursday. Reporting an 84 percent drop in 16 years, to 90,000 deaths in 2016 from more than 550,000 in 2000, the Measles and Rubella Initiative (M&RI) said more children getting vaccinations was the …

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Depression tied to shorter lifespan

People who suffer from depression may not live as long as individuals who don’t experience this mental health disorder, a Canadian study suggests. Researchers examined six decades of mental health and mortality data on 3,410 adults during three time periods: 1952 to 1967, 1968 to 1990 and 1991 to 2011. Depression was associated with an increased risk of premature death …

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Judge rejects bid by 18 states to revive Obamacare subsidies

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON: A US judge on Wednesday refused to block President Donald Trump’s decision to end subsidy payments to health insurers under Obamacare, handing Trump a victory against Democratic attorneys general who have regularly challenged the president’s policies in court. US District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco said the federal government did not have to make the payments while …

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Irregularities found in narcotics, intoxicant medicines across major hospitals in Karachi

KARACHI: Major private and public hospitals across the metropolis, where large numbers of poor patients go for their health care, are not ensuring standard operating procedures (SOPs) when using narcotics and intoxicant drugs, a report submitted by Director Health Karachi has revealed. According to the report submitted by Director Health Dr Muhammad Taufiq to Secretary Health Dr Fazlullah Pechuho, a …

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