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This butcher from Cairo opened his apartment for children with cancer

February 15, 2018
This butcher from Cairo opened his apartment for children with cancer

Three years ago, Zaza Ogaz, a butcher from Egypt felt moved to help families bringing their children to a nearby cancer hospital. He took an empty apartment in his building, fixed it up with beds and furniture and offered it free to families who would otherwise have to rent rooms in the neighbourhood while their [...]

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Doctors concerned as boxing fever grips Thailand

February 14, 2018
Doctors concerned as boxing fever grips Thailand

As two boys exchange punches at a boxing ring in Thailand’s northeastern province of Buriram, loud cheers erupt in the crowd. After dominating five rounds, the winner is declared; 11-year-old Nanthawat Promsod, who is better known by his boxing name – “Super Big Saksandee”. He earned 3,000 baht (US$94.34) for winning the fight, and earns [...]

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Vietnam’s rural areas cut off from mental health services – study

February 9, 2018
Vietnam’s rural areas cut off from mental health services – study

Mental health and psychosocial problems are widespread and increasing in Vietnam, particularly among children and young people. Despite some progress, mental health services in Vietnam remain largely inadequate, according to a new study released by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Ministry of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the Overseas Development [...]

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New data finds high levels of antibiotic resistance worldwide: WHO

February 7, 2018
New data finds high levels of antibiotic resistance worldwide: WHO

The World Health Organization’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) has revealed widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500, 000 people with suspected bacterial infections across 22 countries. The most commonly reported resistant bacteria were Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus pneumoniae, followed by Salmonella spp. The system does not include data on resistance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes tuberculosis [...]

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More evidence appears on the link between advanced maternal age with preterm births

February 5, 2018
More evidence appears on the link between advanced maternal age with preterm births

A Canadian study has confirmed that women over 40 do have the highest risk of preterm births: 7.8 % of pregnancies in this age group resulted in preterm births and 1 % ended in extremely premature deliveries. Women age 30 to 34 had the lowest risk: 5.7 % of pregnancies involved preterm deliveries and 0.6 [...]

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Florida nurse warns: “wash your stinking hands!”

February 5, 2018
Florida nurse warns: “wash your stinking hands!”

A Florida nurse has given frank advice to people on how to avoid the deadly flu outbreak: “wash your stinking hands!” In the six-minute video entitled “After Work Thoughts”, which has been watched more than 6 million times since it was posted on Facebook last weekend, Katherine Lockler unloaded her frustrations after long shifts in [...]

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Malaysia creates world’s first AI-equipped stethoscope

February 1, 2018
Malaysia creates world’s first AI-equipped stethoscope

Malaysia has created the world’s first artificial-intelligence-equipped stethoscope said Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah. “It will disrupt how we listen to the heart and lungs with detailed and accurate analyses,” he posted on the official Health D-G website recently. Dr Noor Hisham said that this is the first device in the world [...]

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Nearly two-third of U.S. doctors suffer from burn-out and this affects patients

January 22, 2018
Nearly two-third of U.S. doctors suffer from burn-out and this affects patients

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both – and those feelings affect how they relate to patients, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. “One in three depressed doctors said they were more easily exasperated by patients; 32 % said they were less engaged with their patients; and 29 %acknowledged being [...]

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Residents of low-income neighbourhoods have harder time accessing resources to manage their diabetes

January 19, 2018
Residents of low-income neighbourhoods have harder time accessing resources to manage their diabetes

People with diabetes who live in poor communities with limited access to exercise facilities or grocery stores may have a harder time managing their symptoms than diabetics living in more affluent areas, a U.S. study suggests. Communities with lower employment, income and education that have scant resources to support exercise and healthy eating have long [...]

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China’s 2017 birth rates fell 3.5 %

January 19, 2018
China’s 2017 birth rates fell 3.5 %

Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 % to 17.23 million last year, according to a recent China Daily report which cited figures from the country’s statistics bureau. The fall in the number of births in 2017 came despite a 2016 move to relax China’s so-called “one-child policy” and allow all couples to have a [...]

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