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Chronic disease plagues China’s booming evolution

July 31, 2019

China’s resurgence of chronic illnesses, including heart disease and lung cancer, are now leading causes for premature death in the country, according to a recent study by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD). The advent of non-communicable diseases reflects a decline in maternal and child mortality over some three decades due to rapid economic and […]

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Verbal abuse rampant for home healthcare aides

July 26, 2019

Caregivers/healthcare aides are a godsend for those who need them at home, but a recent US study suggests that these aides are likely to face verbal or even physical abuse from their clients, with mounting frequency. Such abuse was observed in some 950 home aides by a team from the University of Massachusetts (UMass) in […]

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WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Congo a global health emergency

July 18, 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”. The Ebola crisis has so far affected 2,500 people in the region since August 2018 – more than 1,600 of them have died and new cases are still being […]

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Philippines declares national dengue alert

July 17, 2019

A recent surge in dengue cases in several regions has prompted Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) to issue a national alert for the first time. About an 85% increase in nationwide cases were reported in the first six months of 2019 – 106,630 cases compared to 57,564 cases over the same period last year. DOH […]

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Seagulls in Australia carry dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria

July 12, 2019

Australian coasts teem with numerous seagulls –the birds could now be dangerous to human health. Research on silver gulls found more than 20% of the species nationwide carry bacteria that causes urinary tract/blood infections and sepsis, contracted from scavenging in rubbish and sewage. Alarmingly, the faecal bacteria also proved resistant to antibiotic medications such as […]

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More US citizens report alcohol’s secondhand harms

July 3, 2019

Smoking’s secondhand effects are better known than alcohol’s – a new US study suggests the latter’s effects are much more dangerous and varied. Women were likely to be harmed by a spouse, partner or family member who is inebriated while men were more likely to be harmed by a drunken stranger. Katherine Karriker-Jaffe at the […]

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Thai research deploys natural killer cells against cancer

June 25, 2019

Natural killer cells are a component of white blood cells, which are crucial to our immune system’s detection/destruction of abnormal cells before they develop into cancerous tumours. Recently, Thai researchers have successfully used these natural killer cells in their national cancer therapy, for high-risk leukaemia (blood cancer) patients. Dr. Koramit Suppipat, Head Researcher of Cell […]

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MS patients must watch their symptoms carefully

June 21, 2019

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune, inflammatory neurological disease of the nervous system, which degrades the protective sheath around nerves and causes scar tissue. The brain has a harder time signaling the body and this will later result in mental impairment and physical disability. MS affects about 2.5 million people worldwide and a few […]

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Pakistan’s HIV outbreak, children most affected

May 31, 2019

Pakistan, population 200 million, has recently been hit by an HIV endemic where some 680 people are reported to have been infected. In Ratodero, Sindh Province, unease grew as 537 children aged 2-12 years were tested positive for the disease. Parents in the local farming community and surrounding villages fear their children’s futures are doomed […]

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Swine fever emergency in Vietnam, over 1mn pigs culled

May 14, 2019

Southeast Asia’s Vietnam has culled some 1.2 million farmed pigs on suspicion of infection by the African swine fever virus. It was first reported in the nation in February 2019 and has since spread to 29 provinces, including Dong Nai, a notable supplier of pork consumed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s southern economic hub. […]

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