Pollution Level Increases in India Post-Diwali

Pollution levels have risen significantly following the excessive use of fireworks during Diwali. Bursting of firecrackers added to the air, noise and garbage pollution even as massive awareness drives advocating a noiseless and pollution free festival were conducted in different parts of the country by activists, police and civic administration. Accusing people of not remembering Prime Minister Narendra Modi's 'Clean India Mission', a cleaner in Nagpur, ...
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Unique Kind of For-Profit Social Network Receives (Dollar) 5.5 Million in Fresh Funding

Startup social networking website Ello has legally changed its corporate standing to back a promise to remain ad-free following reports that it has received over (Dollar) 5.5 million in fresh funding from venture capitalists. Ello converted to a public benefit corporation, which it described as "a new kind of for-profit company in the USA that exists to produce a benefit for society as a whole ? not just to make money for its investors." The announcement posted ...
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Over-the-Scope Clip Found to be Safe and Effective in Treating Gastrointestinal Defects

Opting for an over-the-scope clip (OTSC) placement for the closure of gastrointestinal (GI) defects, such as anastomotic leaks, fistulae and perforations, has been found to be a safe and effective therapy, an international multicenter study reveals. Clinical success was best achieved in patients undergoing closure of perforations or leaks when OTSC placement was used for primary or rescue therapy. The overall clinical success for the closure of perforations and ...
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The Desperate Struggle of Pakistan’s Polio Martyrs

Nadia Khan treasures two photos of her sister Sumbal: one showing her bright-eyed and smiling, the other blank-faced in death after she was gunned down by militants, a "martyr" in Pakistan's desperate fight against polio. It was May 2013 and Sumbal and her friend Shirafat were vaccinating children against the crippling disease at a rough mudbrick house in the village of Badaber in the country's militant-plagued northwest. Suddenly a motorbike pulled ...
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European Union Boosts Ebola Aid for West Africa to 1.0 Billion Euros

European Union leaders agreed at a summit Friday to boost aid to combat the Ebola virus in west Africa to one billion euros ( (Dollar) 1.26 billion), EU president Herman Van Rompuy said. "EU will increase financial help to 1.0 billion euros (USD 1.26 billion) to fight Ebola in West Africa," Van Rompuy tweeted on the second day of an EU leaders' summit in Brussels. The 28 member states and the European Commission have already pledged nearly 600 million euros ...
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Over 1,000 Health Workers to be Sent by AU to Ebola-Hit West Africa

Over 1,000 African health workers are being sent to Ebola troubled regions including Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the head of the African Union Commission has said. "Several African member states have pledged to send in a number of health workers to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, including DR Congo which will send around 1,000 workers in three groups," Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told reporters in Freetown. "Though we are awaiting other responses, ...
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Screening Questions Not Effective in Identifying Teens at Risk for Hearing Loss

A new study conducted by researchers at Penn State College of Medicine has found that subjective screening questions designed to identify teenagers at risk for hearing loss fail in their primary objective. The results suggest that objective hearing tests should be refined for this age group to replace screening questions.The American Academy of Pediatrics, in partnership with the Bright Futures children's health organization, sets standards for pediatric preventive ...
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