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Flu-related deaths continue to climb in Multan

MULTAN: An outbreak of seasonal influenza in Multan claimed three more lives Saturday morning. The death toll has risen to 27 in over a month, informed the Department of Health Spokesperson Dr Atta-ur-Rehman. The deceased include two women and a man, he added. Currently, at least 13 influenza patients are being treated at Nishtar Hospital in Multan, he said, adding …

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Gardening may help cancer survivors eat better, feel greater ‘worth’

For cancer survivors, three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth, researchers say. Possibly as a result of these healthy behaviors, gardeners in the small study also tended to gain less weight around their waists compared to their counterparts on a waiting list for the gardening …

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Dozens of toddlers die from malnutrition, measles in Papua

ASMAT: Dozens of toddlers in Indonesia´s easternmost Papua province have died from malnutrition and measles over the past few months, a military spokesman said Tuesday, underscoring a lack of accessible medical care in the remote region. The high number of deaths comes after President Joko Widodo vowed in 2014 to beef up infrastructure on the island that is shared with …

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Measles alert issued at Chicago’s O’Hare airport

Chicago O’Hare International Airport has issued a measles alert for air travellers, four days after a passenger with a confirmed case of the highly contagious virus passed through two of its terminals. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), in its alert, warned travellers that an individual diagnosed with measles arrived at Chicago O’Hare International Airport on January 10. The …

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Yoga face-toning might compete with fillers and facelifts

To his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-aging treatment: facial yoga. Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-age women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 …

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Smaller social network tied to bigger diabetes risk

A person receives a test for diabetes during Care Harbor LA free medical clinic in Los Angeles, California September 11, 2014. REUTERS Socially isolated people may be more likely to develop diabetes than adults with closer ties to family and friends, a recent study suggests. Loneliness has long been linked to a wide variety of physical and mental health problems, …

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Smaller social network tied to bigger diabetes risk

Socially isolated people may be more likely to develop diabetes than adults with closer ties to family and friends, a recent study suggests. Loneliness has long been linked to a wide variety of physical and mental health problems, particularly among chronically ill and elderly people. With diabetes in particular, close friends and family can influence how patients eat, how much …

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UK plans to eliminate avoidable plastic waste by 2042

LONDON: Britain plans to eliminate all avoidable plastic waste within 25 years, Prime Minister Theresa May will announce Thursday as part of long-term plans for the environment. The government wants supermarkets to introduce plastic-free aisles and intends to inject new funding into plastics innovation, she will say in a speech outlining proposals. Meanwhile, changes to the tax system and charges …

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Exercise may reduce disability even in frail elders

Sedentary older adults who start exercising may not reduce their risk of becoming frail, but they may experience less disability, a new study suggests. Researchers randomly assigned 1,635 adults ages 70 to 89 to participate either in a structured exercise program or in health education workshops. The exercisers did up to 150 minutes a week of walking and activities to …

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Karachi hospital confirms 28 cases of H1N1 seasonal influenza

KARACHI: A private hospital in Karachi has confirmed 28 cases of the H1N1 (seasonal influenza A), with several other patients complaining of symptoms similar to that of the deadly disease. Director Health Karachi Dr Tahir Aziz told Geo News on Monday that up till now 28 cases have been reported of the seasonal influenza at the city’s Aga Khan Hospital. …

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