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  • Two lung diseases killed 3.6 million in 2015: study

    August 18, 2017 5:28 AM 17

    PARIS- The two most common chronic lung diseases claimed 3.6 million lives worldwide in 2015, according to a tally published Thursday in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. About 3.2 million people succumbed that year to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused mainly by smoking and pollution, while 400,000 people died from asthma. COPD is a group

  • Dementia progress could be tracked with THIS simple tool

    August 17, 2017 8:47 AM 19

    DEMENTIA - or Alzheimer’s disease, which is a form of dementia - could be tracked by analysing and testing sense of smell. Simple odour identification tests could help track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease before symptoms actually appear. Experts have claimed by the time you start losing your memory it is almost too late. This is because the damage

  • Fleas Carrying Plague Found In 2nd Arizona County

    August 14, 2017 3:14 PM 10

    A second Arizona county in two weeks has confirmed that fleas in the area tested positive for plague. The announcement by Navajo County Public Health officials on Friday comes one week after Coconino County officials found prairie dogs in the area to be carrying fleas with the plague. Plague is an infectious disease infamous for killing millions of Europeans

  • Odisha swine flu toll rises to seven

    August 11, 2017 10:30 PM 30

    The swine flu toll in Odisha increased to seven with three more persons succumbing to the disease on Friday, official sources said. A 51-year-old man undergoing treatment at SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack succumbed to Swine flu late last night. The deceased hailed from Tirtol area in Jagatsinghpur district. The second victim was a 58-year-old

  • Heads up, Moscow mule lovers: That copper mug could be poisoning you

    August 8, 2017 3:30 PM 19

    The Moscow mule — that Instagram-ready cocktail that has surged in popularity in recent years — has only a few ingredients: vodka, ginger beer, lime and ice. But perhaps the most crucial component of the drink is the copper mug in which it’s almost always served, beverage aficionados say. Now, public health officials are warning that those mugs could

  • Chantek, sign-language speaking orangutan, dies at age 39

    August 8, 2017 2:45 PM 32

    Chantek, an orangutan who became one of the first apes to communicate with researchers using sign-language, died Monday at an Atlanta Zoo. He was 39. Zoo Atlanta announced the orangutan’s death on its website. Chantek’s cause of death is not immediately known, but the zoo said veterinarians had been treating him for progressive heart disease

  • Mug for alcoholic beverage could cause contamination

    August 7, 2017 9:48 PM 30

    (WTVG) - It's a popular mug for a popular drink, but it could hold more than just a Moscow Mule. Iowa's Alcoholic Beverages Division says the copper mugs used to serve the adult beverage could be dangerous. The agency says the alcoholic mix of vodka, ginger beer and lime juice has a pH level lower than six. According to the experts, that could cause

  • Social media turn children into addicts, says watchdog

    August 7, 2017 1:32 PM 20

    Children become addicted to social media such as Facebook and Snapchat in the same way as junk food, the children’s commissioner for England has warned. Anne Longfield said that technology companies should stop using their algorithms to hook youngsters, and that parents also needed to play a part. “None of us would want our children to eat junk food all the time,” she said. “For those

  • Loneliness as deadly as obesity

    August 6, 2017 9:01 PM 24

    Social isolation also tied to increased risk of premature death Loneliness may be a greater public health hazard than obesity, according to a study which found that social isolation may put people at an increased risk of early death. "Being connected to others socially is widely considered a fundamental human need -crucial to both well-being and survival

  • Death toll from swine flu reaches six in Nepal

    August 4, 2017 1:55 AM 30

    Death toll due to H1N1 influenza in Nepal reached six on 3 August after a 37-year-old woman, who was admitted to intensive care unit of Green City Hospital, Kathmandu, died of swine flu in the course of treatment. The Central Diagnostic Laboratory and Research Centre confirmed the cause of Sabina Thapa's death and sent a report to Epidemiology and Disease