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Blood Test Predicts Suicide Risk, Study Suggests

A new gene linked to suicide risk has been discovered, and researchers say the finding could lead to a blood test that predicts a person’s risk of attempting suicide. In the study, researchers scanned the genes of brain tissue samples from people who had died …

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Two new polio cases confirmed in Peshawar, Bara

PESHAWAR: Despite the government’s efforts to root out polio virus from the country, the National Institute of Health, Islamabad (NIH), has confirmed two new polio cases, one each from Peshawar and Bara of Khyber Agency, bringing the nationwide tally to 104 this year. According to …

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Polio case reported after two-and-a-half years in Balochistan

By Syed Ali Shah QUETTA: A fresh case of polio was found in Balochistan’s Killa Abdullah district on Thursday after a period of two-and-a-half years. According to United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef) sources, the crippling virus was found in a 18-month-old girl in union council …

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Are we hyping infection control inside clinics?

Shobha Shukla, (CNS) Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious bacterial disease and spreads through the air. When people with pulmonary TB cough, sneeze or spit, they propel the TB germs into the air and a person needs to inhale only a few of these germs to …

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New Drug Regimen: A miracle treatment for TB is a near possibility

By Shobha Shukla,CNS Two years after launching a first of its kind Combination Drug Study for TB treatment in 2010, the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development (TB Alliance) raised hopes of a novel drug regimen to treat both forms of TB—drug sensitive (DS) and …

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Five New Polio Cases Reported Across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Five new polio cases were reported in different areas of the country, taking the total number of this year’s cases to 99 on Saturday. One of the victims was identified as 21-month-old Hamza from Gadap Town, Karachi. His parents reportedly refused to give him …

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One of every 20 Britons of Pakistani origin suffers from hepatitis

ISLAMABAD-UNS : One out of every 20 Pakistanis living in the United Kingdom is suffering from hepatitis, says a non-governmental organisation. According to a press release issued by the Maslaha NGO, hepatitis virus often silently attacks people showing no symptoms until the disease reaches an …

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‘Biological pacemaker’ tested in lab

By Helen Briggs Grow-your-own pacemakers are a step closer to reality, after pioneering experiments in pigs. Scientists turned heart cells into pacemaker cells by injecting a gene. The “biological pacemaker” was able to “effectively cure a disease”, said scientists from the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in …

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Mexico restricts soft drink TV ads to fight obesity

UNS/BBC: Mexico is restricting television advertising for high-calorie food and soft drinks, as part of its campaign against obesity, the government says. Such ads will be banned with immediate effect on terrestrial and cable TV between 14:30 and 19:30 on weekdays and between 07:30 and …

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West Africa Ebola toll tops 600: WHO

GENEVA: The death toll in West Africa’s Ebola outbreak has risen to 603, the World Health Organization (WHO)) said on Tuesday, with 68 new fatalities mostly in Sierra Leone and Liberia. The UN health agency said the new deaths were recorded between July 8 and …

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