disease control and prevention

Breakthrough in asthma research


September 19th, 2012 - 1:33 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 19 (IANS) Scientists may have hit upon an effective way to block asthma attacks by identifying the two most significant biological triggers that bring them on.Researchers from the ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

GM rice tested on Chinese schoolchildren?


September 12th, 2012 - 3:33 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Sep 12 (IANS) China's top health authority has ordered a probe into a report that said genetically modified (GM) rice was tested on schoolchildren as part of a research ... Read more...

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Three die of deadly West Nile virus in Serbia


September 8th, 2012 - 7:37 am ICT by IANS
Belgrade, Sep 8 (IANS/AKI) At least three people have died in Serbia from the West Nile virus, which is carried by mosquitoes and causes brain inflammation. The virus was first ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Tattoos drive new source of bacterial infection?


September 7th, 2012 - 3:31 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 7 (IANS) If you end up with a rash on a new tattoo, don't brush it off as an allergic reaction or a normal part of the healing ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Deadly mice-borne virus spreads in US national park


September 2nd, 2012 - 7:00 pm ICT by IANS
London, Sep 2 (IANS) A deadly virus carried by mice - that causes an incurable lung disease known as Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome - has been spreading from California's Yosemite National ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Women exposed to PFCs have obese babies


September 2nd, 2012 - 4:11 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Sep 2 (IANS) Pregnant women who are exposed to common environmental chemicals, especially polyfluoroalkyl compounds (PFCs), have smaller babies at birth but larger at 20 months, according to an ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Probe into HIV-infected syringe in China


August 27th, 2012 - 1:43 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Aug 27 (IANS) Police are hunting for clues after a man was pricked by an HIV-infected syringe left in a taxi, authorities said Monday.Police have set up a special ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

US hit by worst outbreak of deadly West Nile virus


August 23rd, 2012 - 11:15 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 23 (IANS) The United States has been hit hard by the largest ever outbreak of West Nile virus, spread mostly by mosquito bites, that has killed 47 people ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Anti-hepatitis A shot effective for 10 years


August 10th, 2012 - 12:43 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 10 (IANS) Anti-hepatitis A virus (HAV) shots give infants immunity for least 10 years, according to latest research.The study found that any transfer of the mother's HAV ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

West Nile virus kills four in US


August 2nd, 2012 - 8:54 am ICT by IANS
Washington, Aug 2 (IANS) Four people have died in the US after being infected with the West Nile virus, Xinhua reported.The deaths were among 241 cases of West Nile virus ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Viral illness kills 17, affects 35,000 in China


July 15th, 2012 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, July 15 (IANS) A hand, foot and mouth disease has killed 17 people and affected nearly 35,000 in China's Hunan province this June as high temperatures helped it to ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Lesbians allowed to donate blood in China


July 3rd, 2012 - 4:24 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, July 3 (IANS) Lesbians in China, banned in 1998 from donating blood as a way to prevent the spread of AIDS, have now been "legally allowed" to donate. However, ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

SMART biochip can speedily detect flu virus


June 11th, 2012 - 4:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 11 (IANS) A new biochip - appropriately named SMART - can reliably and speedily detect the flu virus, can be carried in a first aid kit and can ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

US refinery workers find dead monkeys in crate


June 8th, 2012 - 8:51 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Houston, June 8 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Indiana refinery workers received a very big surprise after they opened a crate of valves coming from India and discovered the remains of two monkeys. ... Read more...

Posted in Odd news |

Eating monkeys, apes could cause ‘next HIV’


May 26th, 2012 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS
London, May 26 (IANS) Scientists in Cameroon have warned that eating monkeys and apes could cause the next HIV, it was reported here Saturday.They are already tracking a HIV-like virus ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

American obese population to rise


May 8th, 2012 - 4:07 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 8 (IANS) Almost 42 percent of Americans could be obese by 2030.If that happens, the US healthcare system could be burdened with 32 million more obese people within ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Garlic beats antibiotics in quelling food-borne illness


May 4th, 2012 - 5:04 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 4 (IANS) Researchers have isolated a compound in garlic that is a 100 times more potent than popular antibiotics in combating Campylobacter bacteria, one of the commonest causes ... Read more...

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Passive smoking worsens asthmic children’s health


May 2nd, 2012 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 2 (IANS) Children exposed to passive smoking continue to suffer in terms of health, says a new study.Results showed that 53 percent of children exposed to passive smoking ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Vietnam hit by mystery skin disease


April 22nd, 2012 - 9:38 am ICT by IANS
Hanoi, April 22 (IANS) A province in Vietnam has been hit by a mysterious skin infection that has already killed 19 people and affected more than 170, BBC reported.Vietnam will ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

One out of 30 babies born in US is a twin


April 3rd, 2012 - 2:00 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 3 (IANS) Women conceiving at older ages, thanks to the availability of fertility treatments, has spurred the birth of twins.In 2009, one in every 30 babies born in ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Depression linked to sleep apnea


April 1st, 2012 - 5:21 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, April 1 (IANS) Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and its other symptoms are tied to depression, regardless of factors like weight, age, sex or race."Snorting, gasping or stopping breathing while ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

US cancer death rates continue to decline


March 29th, 2012 - 8:08 am ICT by IANS
Washington, March 29 (IANS) Cancer death rates continued to decline in the US between 2004 and 2008, a government report said.The overall rate of new cancer diagnoses for men and ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Shedding pounds won’t help teens’ self-esteem


March 23rd, 2012 - 2:08 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, March 23 (IANS) Teenaged girls shedding pounds may benefit physically, but it still leaves them with a feeling of low esteem, says a study."We found that obese black and ... Read more...

Posted in Life Style |

Smartphones speed up data gathering in health surveys


March 13th, 2012 - 5:28 pm ICT by IANS
Nairobi, March 13 (IANS) Smartphones have not only placed huge computing power at our finger tips, but are also providing faster, cheaper and more accurate surveillance of diseases.Researchers at the ... Read more...

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China to curb smoking with increased taxes


March 10th, 2012 - 9:46 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, March 10 (IANS) The Chinese government is planning to raise taxes on mid and low-end cigarettes in a bid to reduce smokers in the country.According to Health Minister Chen ... Read more...

Posted in World |

US to build new embassy building in Moscow


February 27th, 2012 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, Feb 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The US will build a new building at its embassy compound in Moscow for consular services to meet the growing demand from Russians wishing to ... Read more...

Posted in World |

China mulls pollution control system


February 22nd, 2012 - 3:23 pm ICT by IANS
Beijing, Feb 22 (IANS) China will launch a new pollution monitoring system that will also check the effect of greenhouse gasses on human health, authorities said.The system will look at ... Read more...

Posted in Environment |

Smokeless cigarettes less harmful


February 21st, 2012 - 4:59 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) Smokers can greatly cut down the risk of disease and death by replacing cigarettes with their smokeless version.They provide a much safer alternative to smokers, because ... Read more...

Posted in World |

Antibiotics of no use in sinus infections


February 15th, 2012 - 1:05 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Feb 15 (IANS) Antibiotics prescribed for sinus infections are ineffective as they do not reduce symptoms any better than an inactive placebo."Our results show that antibiotics aren't necessary for ... Read more...

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Caesarean could pose health risk to babies


February 10th, 2012 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS
London, Feb 10 (IANS) Mothers opting for delivery through caesarean section could be harming their baby's health, researchers have warned contrary to the widely-held belief that a C-section delivery poses ... Read more...

Posted in World |

India faces polio threat from Pakistan: Minister


December 20th, 2011 - 7:49 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Dec 20 (IANS) India faces the threat of importing the polio virus from Pakistan and is taking steps to prevent it, Minister of State for Health Sudip Bandyopadhyay ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

New drug starves malaria parasite to death


December 8th, 2011 - 7:10 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) A potent new drug vanquishes malaria by literally starving its lethal parasites to death.Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by single-celled parasites Plasmodium falciparum, causing severe ... Read more...

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CDC confirms three new swine flu cases in Iowa


November 25th, 2011 - 7:39 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt
Iowa, Nov 25 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that three new cases of the swine flu have been confirmed in Iowa. The CDC says the disease ... Read more...

Posted in Health |

Seeds of obesity epidemic sown in babyhood


November 8th, 2011 - 3:22 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 8 (IANS) The growth charts that paediatricians use can predict a baby's probability of becoming obese later in life. A population-based study by the Children's Hospital Boston and ... Read more...

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Why H1N1 increased mortality in healthy kids?


November 7th, 2011 - 3:42 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Nov 7 (IANS) During the H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009, healthy children became critically ill, developing severe pneumonia and respiratory failure, sometimes fatal. A nationwide investigation in the US ... Read more...

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