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WHO commends 6 countries for public health achievements
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WHO commends 6 countries for public health achievements

Health ministers of six countries were felicitated for public health achievements by the Regional Committee, which is the highest decision-making and governing body of the WHO in South East Asia Region, which is home to one-fourth of the world’s population. Eliminating endemic diseases, enhancing emergency preparedness and achieving universal care (UHC) to reduce out-of-pocket expenditure…

We Need Earth; Earth Needs Us
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We Need Earth; Earth Needs Us

By Dr Hira M. Khan Earth is our home; a home we watch getting robbed, attacked and humiliated daily. It is our home! It is the land beneath our feet, and it gives us air to breathe… to live. Home does not discriminate. Kings and queens, and homeless have reaped from it, drank its water and slept…

Blood transfusion can save millions of lives each year
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Blood transfusion can save millions of lives each year

KARACHI: On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day 2019, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, emphasized that everyone in the world had the right to access safe blood transfusion, when and where it was needed. Access to safe blood and blood products is essential for universal…

Over 1m curable STI cases emerge daily
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Over 1m curable STI cases emerge daily

KARACHI: Every day, there are more than 1 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15-49 years, according to data released by the World Health Organization office at Geneva. This amounts to more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections – chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis. “We are…

Negative attitude to body changes during pregnancy leads to depression
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Negative attitude to body changes during pregnancy leads to depression

KARACHI: According to the results of a recent study, depression after childbirth in women can be attributed to the negative attitude towards their body’s changes during pregnancy. These several physical and emotional changes contribute to postpartum depression. In the study, researchers discovered that pregnant women’s feelings about their changing bodies could help predict how well…

Physical fitness may help cut cancer risk
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Physical fitness may help cut cancer risk

KARACHI: According to a study, staying physically fit may help reduce the risk of developing lung and colorectal cancer. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the US studied 49,143 adults who underwent exercise stress testing from 1991-2009 and were followed for about 7.7 years. The research, published in the journal Cancer, showed…

Adopting a healthy lifestyle reduces risk of dementia
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Adopting a healthy lifestyle reduces risk of dementia

KARACHI: According to new set of guidelines issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) Geneva, people can reduce their risk of developing dementia by regularly exercising, avoiding harmful habits such as smoking and alcohol use, maintaining a healthy diet, controlling their weight, maintaining a healthy blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels. “In the next…

Warm weather affects mood and memory
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Warm weather affects mood and memory

KARACHI: Extreme heat makes one feel hot and sweaty, which may cause dehydration and result in a heat stroke severe enough to require hospitalization. Groups at risk include young children, people over 65 years, and those with pre-existing medical conditions like diabetes and heart disease. Between 2030 and 2050, weather extremes are expected to cause…

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