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Biomedical waste in hospital

ISLAMABAD:The notices served on 56 hospitals and clinics in Rawalpindi by the Punjab Environment Protection Agency for improper waste disposal once again highlights the failure of public and private health units in the country to maintain hygienic standards. This is the second development within a …

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Almonds curb diabetes, heart disease: study

NEW JERSEY: A new study conducted at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has suggested that eating almonds could help prevent diabetes and heart disease. Scientists discovered that including the nuts into our diets could help treat type 2 diabetes. As well …

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Red meat heightens risk of cancer

LONDON: Cutting back on steak, sausages and salami could help prolong your life, according to the most comprehensive study done on meat and mortality. A team of researchers tracked half a million Americans over a decade and found those who ate more red and processed …

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Smoking explains why Americans don’t live longer

WASHINGTON: Smoking and, to a smaller degree, obesity explain why Americans do not live as long as the French or Japanese, US experts reported on Tuesday. Even though just 20 percent of Americans smoke now, more than 40 percent of US adults smoked in 1960 …

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Breast Cancer Drug May Also Help Lung Cancer Patients

MONDAY: The anti-estrogen drug that transformed the treatment of breast cancer three decades ago may also reduce the risk of dying from lung cancer, researchers say. In a study published in the Jan. 24 online edition of the journal Cancer, tamoxifen lowered the risk of …

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Health Ministry bans establishment of new medical colleges

ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Health, on the recommendations of Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC), has imposed ban on the establishment of new medical colleges for two years. According to the notification issued by the ministry, the ban would remain enforced from April 01 to December …

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High fiber food good for digestion

LONDON: Dietary fiber is a carbohydrate that the body cannot digest or absorb. Also known as roughage or bulk, it passes largely undigested through the stomach, small intestine, colon and out of the body. There are two classifications of fiber: insoluble fiber which cannot be …

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Smoking causes gene damage in minutes

WASHINGTON: Those first few puffs on a cigarette can within minutes cause genetic damage linked to cancer, US scientists said in a study released. In fact, researchers said the “effect is so fast that it’s equivalent to injecting the substance directly into the bloodstream,” in …

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Painkillers ’cause kidney damage’

LONDON: Be it a body pain, a headache or the pain of a wound, all we do is to pop in a Painkiller. Soon the pain subsides and you sign off for a peaceful sleep, unaware of the fact that the painkiller is playing tricks …

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PIMS confirms two more swine flu cases in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Institutes of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Wednesday has confirmed two more cases of swine flu in Islamabad. Earlier today, a woman resident of Islamabad and her servant Sohail were brought to PIMS for medical tests. PIMS’ spokesman Dr. Wasim Khawaja has told that …

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