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As tide turns, AIDS claimed 1 million lives in 2016: UN

AIDS claimed a million lives in 2016, almost half the 2005 toll that marked the peak of the deadly epidemic, said a UN report Thursday proclaiming “the scales have tipped”. Not only are new HIV infections and deaths declining, but more people than ever are on life-saving treatment, according to data published ahead of an AIDS science conference opening in …

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Russia probes fidget spinners over health fears

MOSCOW: Russia’s state consumer watchdog warned Tuesday over possible harmful effects on children from an addiction to fidget spinners, the craze sweeping playgrounds around the world. It came after state TV said the toys could make people susceptible to the messages of the political opposition. The Rospotrebnadzor watchdog said it had noted “the aggressive promotion of so-called spinners around children …

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Drug for chronic Hepatitis C approved by FDA

Gilead Sciences Inc said on Tuesday that the US Food and Drug Administration has approved its hepatitis C drug for patients who had failed to respond to prior treatments. Vosevi is the first drug to be approved for hepatitis C patients already treated with Sovaldi or other drugs, which inhibit a protein called NS5A, the FDA said in a separate …

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Blood sugar swings tied to depression in elderly with type 2 diabetes

Greater ups and downs of hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c), a marker of long-term blood sugar levels, are associated with a higher number of symptoms of depression in elderly individuals with type 2 diabetes, a recent Israeli study finds. “The results suggest that maintaining stability in glycemic (‘blood sugar’) control may be important for prevention of depressive symptoms in elderly diabetic patients,” …

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World’s first child hand transplant a ‘success’

WASHINGTON: The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed, and dress himself, doctors said Tuesday, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months. The report in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health provides the first official medical update on 10-year old Zion Harvey, who underwent surgery to replace both …

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Teeth-grinding in teens may mean they are being bullied: study

Teeth-grinding in teenagers could possibly suggest that they are being bullied at school or elsewhere, according to a new research. The study, published in the Journal of Oral Rehabilitation, revealed that teenagers who experience verbal bullying are prone to suffer from teeth-grinding and sleep bruxism as compared to others. That equated to 65% among the bullied students, compared to 17% …

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WHO warns of cholera risk at annual Haj, praises Saudi preparedness

GENEVA: A cholera epidemic in Yemen – which has infected more than 332,000 people – could spread during the annual Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia in September, although Saudi authorities are well prepared, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday. The pilgrimage draws 2-4 million Muslims every year, including 1.5-2 million foreigners, raising the risk from diseases, such as …

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US charges 412 people for health fraud, opioid scams

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced what he called the largest ever health care fraud enforcement action, with 120 of the 412 defendants charged with opioid-related crimes US authorities slapped 412 doctors, nurses and other medical professionals with fraud charges Thursday, many for overprescribing opioids that have stoked an expanding national addiction crisis. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the charges …

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Hepatitis patients to receive medicines at doorstep

LAHORE: To provide relief to hepatitis patients, Punjab government has launched a programme to deliver medicines to the registered patients at their doorstep, according to The News. The programme was inaugurated by Minister for Primary and Secondary Health Khawaja Imran Nazir, who handed over a medicine parcel to a courier company which then delivered it to a female hepatitis patient …

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Contraceptives as critical as food, water, shelter in crises: experts’ claim

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Contraceptives can save lives during crises and should be provided in emergencies the same way as food, water, and shelter, aid experts said on Tuesday. Women fleeing conflict or uprooted by a disaster are desperate not to become pregnant when their lives are already at risk, said Ugochi Daniels of the United Nations Population Fund. Pregnancies …

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