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Diarrhea and gastroenteritis cases reach new heights in Karachi
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Diarrhea and gastroenteritis cases reach new heights in Karachi

KARACHI: The cases of water and foodborne diseases marked a surge across Karachi following the heavy monsoon rains. Approximately, 15,000 adults and children reported with diarrhea, typhoid, gastroenteritis, and waterborne diseases in public sector health facilities in the last ten days. According to a survey of government hospitals, cases of gastroenteritis, including adults and children,…

Hepatitis C drugs can reduce liver cancer-related deaths
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Hepatitis C drugs can reduce liver cancer-related deaths

KARACHI: A recent study claimed that antiviral medication used to treat hepatitis C are beneficial in lowering liver-related deaths by nearly 50% in patients with a history of liver cancer. Findings of the study were published in the journal ‘Gastroenterology.’ Many doctors previously believed that hepatitis C, for all its harmfulness, activates the immune system…

Air pollution as harmful as smoking a cigarette pack per day
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Air pollution as harmful as smoking a cigarette pack per day

KARACHI: Researchers have found that ozone air pollution, which is increasing with climate change, can accelerate lung disease as much as that by smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. “We were surprised to see how strong air pollution’s impact was on the progression of emphysema on lung scans. It is in the same league…

Most aggressive brain cancer’s treatment without surgery
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Most aggressive brain cancer’s treatment without surgery

If all goes well at the OHIO lab, pharmacy students there will have successfully invented a non-invasive treatment for Glioblastoma, the most aggressive form of cancer that begins in the brain and spinal cord. OHIO: Pharmacy students at the University of Findlay, Ohio, are working to develop an oral compound that treats Glioblastoma, the most…

Smartphone games a better stress reliever than fidget-spinner
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Smartphone games a better stress reliever than fidget-spinner

KARACHI: People who play games after a stressful day at work should know they are likely to be gaining a real benefit. According to the results of a new study, digital games, like those on smartphones, may help in relieving stress after a day’s work more effectively than a fidget-spinner toy. “Far from feeling guilty…

Social media may improve mental health
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Social media may improve mental health

KARACHI: Contrary to popular belief, using social media and the internet regularly could help improve mental health among adults and fend off serious psychological distress, such as depression and anxiety, a study revealed. According to researchers from Michigan State University in the US, communication technologies and social media platforms make it easier to maintain relationships…

How much exercise is recommended for kids?
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How much exercise is recommended for kids?

KARACHI- The importance of keeping ourselves physically active cannot be undermined; many adults exercise to keep themselves healthy and fit. However, when it comes to children, we overlook the role exercise plays for their health and wellbeing. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services guidelines, children aged six and older need physical…

Swimming in ocean ups infection risk 
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Swimming in ocean ups infection risk 

KARACHI- Swimming in the ocean alters the skin microbiome and may increase the likelihood of infection, a study has found. The researchers detected ocean bacteria on all participants after air drying and at six and 24 hours post-swim, but some participants had acquired more ocean bacteria and/or had them persist for longer. “Our data demonstrated…

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