Health

  • China's Hubei to adopt thorough checks on patients to curb virus epidemic - Xinhua
    A patient receives her lunch from a medical worker in protective suit inside the Wuhan Parlor Convention Center that has been converted into a makeshift hospital following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on February 15, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   February 18 (Reuters): The central Chinese province of Hubei will adopt more thorough and forceful measures to find patients with fever to further help contain the new coronavirus epidemic, th
  • Vaccine misinformation is more likely on social media
    New York, February 18 (IANS): Researchers have found that people who rely on social media for information were more likely to be misinformed about vaccines than those who rely on traditional media.   The study, based on nationally representative surveys of nearly 2,500 US adults, found that up to 20 per cent of respondents were at least somewhat misinformed about vaccines.   Such a high level of misinformation is "worrying" because misinformation undermines vaccin
  • Japan targets HIV drug trials to fight coronavirus; cruise ship evacuations continue
    A woman wearing a protective face mask runs across a street at Shibuya in Tokyo, Japan on February 17, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   TOKYO, February 18 (Reuters): Japan plans to trial HIV medications to treat patients infected with coronavirus as its growing number of cases poses an increasing threat to the economy and public health, the government's top spokesman said on Tuesday.   The government was making "preparations so that clinical trials using HIV medi
  • Air pollution's tiny particles may trigger heart attacks
    NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 16 (IANS): Researchers have found that even a few hours' exposure to ambient ultrafine particles common in air pollution may potentially trigger a non-fatal heart attack.   Myocardial infarction is a major form of cardiovascular disease worldwide. Ultrafine particles (UFP) are 100 nanometres or smaller in size. In urban areas, automobile emissions are the primary source of UFP.   For the study, published in the journal Environmental Health
  • Virus spreads on ship in Japan, American passengers set to disembark
    A passenger wearing a mask stands on the deck of the cruise ship Diamond Princess, as the vessel's passengers continue to be tested for coronavirus, at Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan on February 13. (REUTERS File Photo)   TOKYO, February 17 (Reuters): Hundreds of passengers were preparing to be evacuated from a cruise ship on Sunday after spending two weeks under quarantine off Japan over the coronavirus, with Americans expected to begin
  • China says coronavirus curbs starting to work
    A worker in protective suit stands amid snow to help transport novel coronavirus patients outside a hospital, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on February 15. (REUTERS Photo)   SHANGHAI/BEIJING, FEBRUARY 16 (REUTERS): The number of new coronavirus cases in China fell on Sunday and a health official said intense efforts to stop its spread were beginning to work, as another 70 people tested positive on a virus-stricken cruise ship quarantined in Japan.   The coronavi
  • Chronic kidney disease killing over 1mn people worldwide
    New York, February 14 (IANS) Researchers have revealed that chronic kidney disease caused 1.23 million deaths worldwide in 2017 and the rates of people needing dialysis have increased more than 40 per cent since 1990. According to the findings, published in the journal The Lancet, there were 697.5 million cases of chronic kidney disease in 2017 and nearly one-third of those patients lived in two countries - China, with about 132 million cases, and India, with about 115 million. "
  • 10K steps a day may not prevent weight gain
    Couple. (IANS  File Photo)   NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 14 (IANS): Contrary to the common belief that walking 10,000 steps a day prevents weight gain, the researchers have found that it doesn't actually prevents weight gain rather it may decrease your sedentary time.   For the findings, published in the Journal of Obesity, the research team studied 120 freshmen in the US over their first six months of college as they participated in a step-counting experiment.
  • Coronavirus inflicts growing toll on China's health workers
    A man wearing a face mask rides his bike into a tent with an infrared imaging system to detect body temperature, at an entrance of a residential community following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country, in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China on February 12. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING, February 14 (Reuters): A new coronavirus has taken a growing toll of Chinese health workers on the front line of the fight to stop it, a top official said on Friday, as author
  • China says 1,716 health workers infected by coronavirus, six dead
    A medical worker puts on a protective suit before entering a sports centre which has been converted into a makeshift hospital to treat patients of the novel coronavirus, in Wuhan, Hubei province, China on February 12. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING, February 14 (Reuters): A senior Chinese health official said on Friday 1,716 health workers have been infected by the coronavirus and six of them have died. National Health Commission Vice Minister Zeng Yixin told a news conference
  • Breast milk boosts brain development in babies
    New York, February 13 (IANS) With maternal factors, such as breast milk, having been shown to affect a baby's development, now researchers have found that the carbohydrate, the oligosaccharide 2'FL, found in breast milk enhances cognitive development. In this cohort study of 50 mothers and their babies, the researchers analysed breast milk composition and frequency of feeding at 1 and 6 months of age. Cognitive development was measured at 24 months using the Bayley-III scale
  • 50 and fabulous: Tips to be fitter after hitting half-a century
    New Delhi, February 11 (IANSlife) Age is just a number. The same is what should be kept in mind when it comes to fitness. For people above the age of 50 even a small amount of exercise daily can have many health benefits. Staying active in your golden years helps build muscles and keep you flexible. This in turn helps you to recover quickly and keep your immunity levels up, says Shweatali Pagar, AVP (Marketing), Fitternity. Pagar says it is very important to take proper precautio
  • Chinese expert says coronavirus may peak soon as death toll surges past 1,000
    Vietnamese people repatriated from Chinese city of Wuhan wearing protective suits arrive at Van Don airport, Quang Ninh province, Vietnam on February 10. (REUTERS Photo)   SHANGHAI, February 11 (Reuters): China's coronavirus outbreak may peak soon, a prominent Chinese expert said on Tuesday, as the death toll soared past 1,000 and worry grew about the true extent of economic disruption to the world's second-largest economy.   Companies struggled to get back t
  • Advance team of WHO experts arrives in China to probe coronavirus
    Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a news conference on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Geneva, Switzerland on February 6, 2020. (REUTERS Photo)   GENEVA, February 10 (Reuters): An advance World Health Organization team of medical experts arrived in China on Monday to help investigate the coronavirus outbreak, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva.   Tedros, who visited Beijing for tal
  • UK coronavirus cases double to eight, government declares 'imminent threat'
    A bus transports passengers, who arrived in Britain from China, out of RAF Brize Norton near Oxford, Britain on February 9. (REUTERS Photo)   LONDON, February 10 (Reuters): Britain said on Monday the number of confirmed coronavirus cases had doubled to eight as the government declared the virus a serious and imminent threat, giving it additional powers to isolate those suspected of being infected.   Alarm over the coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan, China
  • Coronavirus cases outside China may be 'tip of the iceberg' - WHO
    Jin Yang, 28, who works in a department of China's State Administration of Foreign Exchange, rides on a bike from bike-sharing service, in the morning on his first day of returning to work after the extended Lunar New Year holiday caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Beijing, China on February 10. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING, February 10 (Reuters): People across China trickled back work on Monday after an extended Lunar New Year holiday as the government eased res
  • New technique to improve melanoma detection, treatment
    Sydney, February 10 (IANS) Combining three assays together, researchers have developed a new way to spot melanoma skin cancer cells circulating in the blood that could provide a new avenue for cancer diagnosis and therapies. With the new approach, the researchers raised detection rates to 72 per cent which is higher than using one test, said the study published in the British Journal of Cancer. The research has the potential to significantly improve the monitoring of cancer
  • In French Alpine village, families line up for coronavirus tests
    A general view shows the French Alpine resort of Les Contamines-Montjoie, France, where five British nationals including a child have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, after staying in the same ski chalet with a person who had been in Singapore on February 8. (REUTERS Photo)   LES CONTAMINES-MONTJOIE, France, February 9 (Reuters): Residents, a few wearing facemasks, lined up in a French Alpine village on Sunday to get tested for the new coronavirus as authoritie
  • China's coronavirus deaths surpass SARS as millions stagger back to work
    Passengers wearing masks walk outside the Shanghai railway station in Shanghai, China, as the country is hit by an outbreak of a new coronavirus on February 7. (REUTERS Photo)   SHANGHAI/BEIJING, February 9 (Reuters): China raised the death toll from the coronavirus epidemic to 811 on Sunday, passing the number killed globally by the SARS epidemic in 2002/2003, as millions prepare to return to work after an extended Lunar New Year break.   Authorities ha
  • Enjoy guilt-free calcium
    New Delhi, February 9 (IANSlife) If you think milk and milk products are the only good sources to obtain dietary calcium, think again! You can very well meet your daily recommended allowance of calcium even if you turn vegan or completely plant-based. Of late, milk has earned a bad rap for being a controversial dietary ingredient. The reason being the presence of pro-inflammatory substances in milk (more research is needed to conclude this) and more and more people developing intole