Malaria Continues to Affect 50 Children Below the Age of Five Every Hour: UNICEF

Despite a 40% drop in child deaths due to malaria since 2000, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) reported that malaria kills more than 1,200 children a day across the world. The UN agency released its "Facts about Malaria and Children" ahead of World Malaria Day to show the extensive impact of the disease on children and on pregnant women around the world. "With a 40% reduction in child deaths from malaria since 2000, this year's World Malaria ...
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Order to Kill Stray Dog Population Withdrawn by Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj

In response to the request from the Humane Society International/India (HIS/India), the department of Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj has withdrawn an order to kill stray dogs. HIS/India demanded a clarification from the department of Andhra Pradesh Panchayat Raj on the order to kill stray dog and urged the department to adopt World Health Organization's suggested guidelines to control dog population in the state. Shri. B. Ramanjaneyulu, Chief Commissioner ...
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Nepal Earthquake Toll Rises To Over 700, Many Still Trapped: Updated Report

Officials report that more than 700 people are reported to have died in a powerful earthquake that struck Nepal, and many are still feared to be trapped under rubble. According to the BBC, the magnitude of the quake measured between 7.8 and 7.9 on the open-ended Richter Scale. It struck in an area between national capital Kathmandu and the city of Pokhara, the US Geological Survey said. Tremors were felt across the region, with ...
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Your Brain Structure Can be Damaged by Prolonged Exposure to Air pollution

Long-term exposure to polluted air can cause damage to brain structures and impair cognitive function in middle-aged and older adults, says study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston University School of Medicine. Researchers studied over 900 participants of the Framingham Heart Study and found evidence of smaller brain structure and of covert brain infarcts, a type of "silent" ischemic stroke resulting from a blockage in the blood ...
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Tobacco, Alcohol Most Common Substances Abused Among Street Children in India

As per the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, tobacco and alcohol are the most common substance abuse among children on streets, followed by cannabis and inhalants, sedatives, heroin and opium. Some of the findings of the study were that over 50% children living on streets reported bad or very bad relationship or no relationship with the family. The percentage of inhalant users (lifetime, last one year and last one month) was ...
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Ebola Outbreak In West Africa Leaves Nearly 4 Million Untreated Malaria Cases

Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia experienced the widespread Ebola virus outbreaks last year and a new report has shown that as many as 10,900 extra malaria deaths may have occurred last year due to the disruption of healthcare services in the three countries in west Africa. The interruption of insecticide treated net (ITN) delivery resulted in an additional 3,900 deaths. These new estimates of malaria deaths that would have been prevented by health systems when ...
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Corporates, Stakeholders Must Support ‘TB Free India': JP Nadda, Health Minister

Out of the estimated 8.8 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that India continues to have the highest prevalence of TB, with over 2 million cases reported in 2013 alone. To tackle a href="http:www.medindia.net/patients/patientinfo/tuberculosis.htm" target="_blank" class="vcontentshlink" alt="Information About Tuberculosis" title="Information About Tuberculosis"tuberculosis/a head-on and create ...
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Three to Four Hours of Extra Sleep May Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Fruit flies showing Alzheimer's-like condition needs extra sleep to fix memory problems, report a new study done at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Scientists demonstrated that extra sleep helps the brain overcome catastrophic neurological defects that otherwise would block memory formation. Studying three groups of flies, the scientists interfered with their ability to remember by disabling a different critical memory gene in ...
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Resilience Help Teens Cope With Online Risks Than Limiting Internet Use

A better approach to protect teens from online risks is to teach the coping strategies that improve resiliency and not abstinence, says a new study by Pennsylvania State researchers. Researcher Haiyan Jia said that in the study, more resilient teens were less likely to suffer negative effects even if they were frequently online. Jia added that internet exposure does not necessarily lead to negative effects, which means it is okay to go online, but the ...
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Dry Eye Occurs Mostly in Spring Compared to Other Seasons

Airborne allergens pitch in the month of April causing dry eye, the culprit behind red, watery, gritty-feeling eyes, reports a recent study. Anat Galor, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami said, "For the first time, we have found what appears to be a connection between spring allergens like pollen and dry eye, but also saw that cases rose in winter." Dry eye can significantly impact ...
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