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Pakistan may be polio free by next year: UNICEF health official

PESHAWAR: With an 85% reduction in recorded polio cases in 2015, Pakistan may be declared a ‘non-endemic country for polio virus’ by next year, a Unicef health official said on Monday. Pakistan, which along with Afghanistan remains the only place where the crippling disease is …

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Designer cells reverse baby girl’s cancer in world first

LONDON (AFP) – A one-year-old girl in Britain has become the first in the world to be treated with “designer” immune cells genetically engineered to reverse her cancer, doctors said Thursday. Layla Richards was suffering from leukaemia, but was cured after scientists used a new …

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Taiwan and China to hold historic summit in Singapore

SINGAPORE-UNS/BBC- Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou will meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Singapore – the first ever meeting between leaders of the two sides. Both said the talks would focus on relations across the Taiwan Straits. China claims sovereignty over Taiwan and views the …

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Health benefits — The pomp of pomegranate

This superfood has incredible benefits for the body and may lower the risk of many diseases. Low in calories but loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B5, potassium, and fibre. Low in calories but loaded with vitamin C, vitamin B5, potassium, and fibre. Fairly nondescript on …

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Epicurious: Pass the salad

BY SAIMA S. HUSSAIN Now that you’ve indulged in a three-day carnivorous celebration, you may wish to spare a thought for your ownintestines, liver and heart. Fresh cooked kaleji, grilled botis and roasted raans are difficult to resist, but adding a bit of variety to …

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Sitting no worse for health than standing: UK study

LONDON -UNS : Sitting down is no worse for you than standing up as long as you take regular exercise, a British study said Monday, casting doubt on the health benefits of sit-stand work stations. The study also challenged advice from the UK National Health …

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Factfile on Nobel anti-malaria drug artemisin

PARIS -UNS : A frontline drug in the fight against malaria, artemisinin has a history going back many centuries, for it traces its past to ancient Chinese medicine. Tu Youyou, who helped discover its therapeutic treasures in lab work at the height of China’s Cultural …

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$100 billion could ensure radiotherapy for all

PARIS -UNS : An investment of $97-184 billion (87-165 billion euros) could make life-saving radiotherapy accessible to most people who need it by 2035 and save millions of lives, research showed Saturday. Achieving full access to radiotherapy in low- and middle-income countries would save an …

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Bill Gates meets PM Nawaz, lauds anti-polio efforts

NEW YORK: Chairman Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bill Gates on Saturday called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at Waldorf Astoria Hotel here and appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate polio from the country. According an official press release, matters relating to polio eradication, education and …

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WHO takes Nigeria off global list of polio-endemic countries

LAGOS -UNS – The World Health Organization on Friday took Nigeria off the list of polio-endemic countries, hailing a “historic achievement” more than a year after the last recorded case of the disease in Africa´s most populous nation. The announcement, made in a statement and …

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