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WHO concerned by global spread of COVID-19; China reports significantly fewer new cases

February 24, 2020

Despite a sharp fallin new deaths and cases of the coronavirus – in the Chinese epicenter Wuhan – on Saturday (US Central Time), new infections continued to rise in other countries, such as South Korea, Iran, Italy and Lebanon. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against making predictions about the outbreak as it was deeply […]

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WHO announces official name of novel coronavirus; hopes rapid infections will cease soon

February 14, 2020

The World Health Organization (WHO) has finally announced the official name of the deadly virus from China, “COVID-19” – “co” stands for corona, “vi” for virus and “d” for disease, while “19” was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified in late December 2019. WHO had earlier given the virus the temporary name […]

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WHO calls coronavirus outbreak a global emergency; more cases reported outside of China

February 3, 2020

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak has been declared a global emergency recently, with World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issuing a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) announcement – it will allow countries to follow the WHO’s leadership in taking certain measures especially on interaction with affected countries. “The declaration of the […]

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Women seem to have faster aging blood vessels than men, accounts for earlier CV risk

January 20, 2020

Women have been thought to simply ‘catch up’ to men in terms of their cardiovascular risk, according to the Director of Public Health Research, Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute, Dr. Susan Cheng. However, new research from the Los-Angeles-based institute has found that women’s blood vessels – including both large and small arteries – age at a […]

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SEA ramps up checks at entry points following viral pneumonia outbreak in China

January 9, 2020

Southeast Asia is on high alert after Singapore reportedly registered its first case of a mysterious viral pneumonia this past week – a 3-year-old female Chinese national has been warded and isolated after developing symptoms similar to the disease, which has affected scores of people in Wuhan, China. Although a report later said that investigations […]

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Independent testing confirms no asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder

December 9, 2019

US healthcare corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has announced that its widely-used consumer product, Johnson’s Baby Powder, was free of asbestos following allegations by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of trace amounts of the material found in a bottle purchased online. According to J&J, the FDA’s reported results could have either been because […]

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Dementia risk associated with childhood cognitive ability

November 13, 2019

A person’s cognitive ability is expected to change over the course of their life – new research suggests that cognitive ability during childhood may indicate future risks of dementia. Dementia is a form of cognitive decline that can impede a person’s ability to solve problems, remember, speak, and think. This time, the researchers compared the […]

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South Korean study finds air pollution may be causing hairfall

November 11, 2019

Particulate matter (PM) is the term used to denote solid particles/droplets found in the air and their respective diameters. Major pollutants like PM10 and PM2.5, then, would cause serious health conditions – various concentrations of PM10-like dust and diesel particulate has also been recently found to cause hair loss in humans. Lead researcher, Hyuk Chul […]

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Specific gut bacteria species could increase bowel cancer risk, research suggests

November 11, 2019

Recent research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) in Glasgow, UK, highlights a significant relationship between a specific type of gut bacteria and an increased risk of colorectal/bowel cancer.The new research is the first to use an analytical method known as the “Mendelian randomisation” to reveal that a specific type of bacteria, from […]

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German study suggests shorter people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes

September 30, 2019

Height could predict the risk for diabetes, as a short stature is associated with a higher risk of type-2 diabetes,with each 10cm difference in height corresponding to a 41% decreased risk of diabetes in men and a 33% decreased risk in women. The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) postulates that the increased […]

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