Category archives for: HEALTH/MEDICINE NEWS

Bihar wants ICMR to probe congenital blindness

Bihar wants ICMR to probe congenital blindness

Patna, May 8 (IANS) Twentyeight cases of congenital blindness have been reported in a span of few months in Bihar's Bhojpur district, prompting the state government to approach the New Delhi-based Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to examine the reasons.

'The government sent a request to the ICMR after a

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Nuclear negligence: Heads must roll

Nuclear negligence: Heads must roll

With a population of nearly 1.2 billion, human life has never been a premium in India. Thousands die every year due to easily avoidable causes such as stampedes at temples, wilful flouting of road safety rules particularly by state-run buses, people touching live electric wires left loose by government utilities

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Schwarzenegger stubs out California smoking ban

Schwarzenegger stubs out California smoking ban

San Francisco, May 4 (DPA) California governor, former bodybuilder and action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger has used his veto power to snuff out a bill that would have banned smoking in all state parks and beaches, calling it 'an improper intrusion of government into people's lives'.

Schwarzenegger, an avid cigar smoker

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More cash-strapped Australian mums opt multiple birth

More cash-strapped Australian mums opt multiple birth

Melbourne, May 3 (IANS) Birth rate of twins and triplets is set to increase as more Australian women undergoing in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) insist doctors to implant multiple embryos to reduce the cost of fertility treatment.

Despite multiple births carrying a five-fold greater risk of death, premature delivery or other complications, clinic

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Women who smoked during pregnancy more likely to have obese teenagers

Women who smoked during pregnancy more likely to have obese teenagers

London, May 1 (IANS) Children of women who smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be obese in their teenage years, a new study has found.

Researchers found that those who were exposed to cigarette smoke while in the womb had significantly higher quantities of fat than their non-exposed peers later

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World Bank loan to improve Tamil Nadu’s health systems

World Bank loan to improve Tamil Nadu’s health systems

Washington, April 30 (IANS) The World Bank has approved a $117.70 million loan from the International Development Association (IDA) to India designed to improve quality of and access to health services in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

This comes as additional financing to the Tamil Nadu Health Systems Project,

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Modern workplaces are health risks for workers

Modern workplaces are health risks for workers

Geneva, April 28 (IANS) Use of nanotechnology and restructuring of workplaces are greater threats to workers' health, the International Labour Organisation has said.

'In the wake of the crisis, let us act together to prevent a downward spiral in labour conditions and build recovery founded on safe work,' Juan Somavia, ILO

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Mass food poisoning in Colombian prison

Mass food poisoning in Colombian prison

Bogota, April 27 (IANS/EFE) At least 300 inmates of 2,600 at a Colombian prison showed symptoms of food poisoning and had to be hospitalised, officials said.

Colombian health authorities are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the mass poisoning during the weekend at the Picalena prison in Ibague city, municipal health secretary

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Sex wonder pill to be sold in Britain

Sex wonder pill to be sold in Britain

London, April 26 (IANS) A pill that prevents premature ejaculation is all set to be launched in Britain with 'the potential to do as much for men's sexual health as Viagra'.

The Sun reported Monday that the Priligy tablet is to be taken one to three hours before sex and it

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850,000 people die every year from malaria: Unicef

850,000 people die every year from malaria: Unicef

New York, April 24 (DPA) About 850,000 people die each year from a mosquito bite - with nearly 90 percent of all malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) said Friday.

Ahead of World Malaria Day Sunday, Unicef Executive Director Ann Veneman said there were only 250 days

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