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Vampire bat rabies bleeds Peru’s Andean farmers dry

Vampire bats that swoop down after dark to bite cattle in the Peruvian Andes are helping trap farmers in poverty by infecting their animals with fatal rabies, researchers said. Comprehensive vaccinations of livestock would stop animal deaths hitting farmers as rabies carried by the blood-drinking bats spreads into new areas, said Julio Benavides, a researcher at Scotland’s University of Glasgow. …

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Arab alliance claims one million cholera cases report of Yemen exaggerated

DUBAI: The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said on Friday an announcement by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) that cholera cases in the country had reached one million suspected cases was exaggerated. “It is nearly impossible to accurately determine whether the suspected cases are cholera or simple diarrhoea,” a statement by the spokesperson for the coalition said. …

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Three-day polio campaign starts in Balochistan today

QUETTA: A three-day anti-polio campaign in 17 districts of Balochistan kicked off from Monday, said Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Balochistan Coordinator Syed Faisal Ahmed. Ahmed shared that more than 17,75,614 children will be administered polio vaccine during the campaign. Security arrangements for the campaign have been completed. During the campaign, around 6,761 teams will be in the field with 5,934 …

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Judge blocks Trump administration rules on contraceptive coverage

A US judge on Friday blocked President Donald Trump’s administration from moving forward with new rules that undermined an Obamacare requirement for employers to provide health insurance that covers women’s birth control. US District Judge Wendy Beetlestone in Philadelphia issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of rules the administration announced in October that allowed businesses or non-profits to obtain exemptions …

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Italy adopts living wills allowing patients to refuse treatment

ROME: Italy’s Senate passed into law on Thursday a bill allowing severely ill people to refuse treatment that would prolong their lives. The bill passed 180 votes to 71 in the face of opposition from right wing parties. It allows all adults to prepare a document to express their preferences on how to be treated if they lose the faculty …

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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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