One swine flu case detected in Kathmandu

KATHMANDU: A person was confirmed to have contracted H1N1 virus, commonly known as swine flu, at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku of the Capital. According to infectious disease specialist Dr Sher Bahadur Pun, a man from Lalitpur, was tested positive for swine flu during his treatment at the hospital. Cases of swine flu were detected among the patients during the monsoon last year, shared Dr Pun, adding that the person visiting the hospital was unaware of the..

Bird flu detected in Pokhara

POKHARA: Bird flu has been detected at Khalte in Pokhara, said the Kaski District Livestock Services Office (DLSO). The avian-flu virus has been detected in the sample taken from ducks raised by local resident Mina Pariyar, confirmed the Central Veterinary Laboratory. Following the incident, the area covering Khahare Khola to the east, Bhagawati Marga to the west, Khaltemasina Pitched Road to the north and the area within the perimeter of up to 500 meters of the incident area to the south has..

‘Alarming’ superbugs a risk to people, animals and food, EU warns

LONDON, (REUTERS): Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an "alarming" threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned on Wednesday. A report on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said some 25,000 people die from such superbugs in the European Union every..

58 per cent of all abortions are unsafe: report

KATHMANDU: Although safe abortion services have been available in the country since 2002, 58 per cent of all abortions are unsafe, a study revealed. A report made public by CREPHA and US-based Guttmacher Institute here on Friday showed that majority of the women in Nepal still lacked adequate information about the legalisation of abortion. The researchers found that, despite abortion being legally available, many Nepalese women had potentially unsafe abortions performed by unapproved or..

Medicine shortage hits health centres in Solukhumbu

SOLUKHUMBU: Most of the health centres are facing a shortage of essential medicines since long in the district. A local Shyam Bishwakarma of Nele of the district has complained that he was compelled to return empty handed after reaching a local health post due to lack of medicine. Despite government's strong instructions to the concerned bodies not allow the shortage of medicines to disrupt services, the health centres are yet to receive the cost-free medicines provided by the..

Proliferation of bird flu outbreaks raises risk of human pandemic

LONDON, (REUTERS): The global spread of bird flu and the number of viral strains currently circulating and causing infections have reached unprecedented levels, raising the risk of a potential human outbreak, according to disease experts. Multiple outbreaks have been reported in poultry farms and wild flocks across Europe, Africa and Asia in the past three months. While most involve strains that are currently low risk for human health, the sheer number of different types, and their presence in..

Romantic love hormone may help treat psychosexual disorders, study reveals

LONDON, (IANS): Men who were given an injection of a naturally occurring hormone showed enhanced activity in brain regions involved with sexual arousal and romantic love, decline in negative moods as well as helping treat some psychosexual disorders that commonly occur in patients with infertility, a study has found. Kisspeptin has been linked to sexy and romantic feelings and is essential to the body's reproductive system. "Our study indicates that kisspeptin plays a role in stimulating..

China uncovers 500,000 food safety violations in nine months

BI JINGQUAN, (REUTERS): China, rocked in recent years by a series of food safety scandals, uncovered as many as half a million illegal food safety violations in the first three quarters of the year, an official said. Chinese officials have unearthed a series of recent food health scandals, including rice contaminated with heavy metals, the use of recycled “gutter oil” in restaurants as well as the sale of baby formula containing lethal amounts of the industrial chemical melamine in..

‘1,473 people infected with dengue in five months’

KATHMANDU: A total of 1,473 people from 30 districts have been infected with dengue virus in the past five months, up by multiple folds the figure during the same period last year, said a report by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division under the Department of Health Services. Last year a total of 134 people from 31 districts were found to have suffered from the disease while the figure reached 785 in the fiscal year 2070�71 and 302 in the FY 2071-072. Chitwan district has the..

Dr Govinda KC ends fast-unto-death on 22nd day

KATHMANDU: Dr Govinda KC, who had been staging a fast-unto-death for the past 21 days, has ended his strike drinking juice from the hands of a two-and-a-half-year-old Marshang Tamang, an earthquake survivor, on Sunday. KC ended his 10th hunger strike after he signed a 12-point agreement during a meeting with the government representatives today. With his 10th and latest fast-unto-death concluding on Sunday, KC has spent altogether 119 days on hunger strike during the last four years, to..

PM directs ministers to address Dr KC’s demands

KATHMANDU: Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' has directed the Minister for Education and the Minister for Health to address the demands of Doctor Govinda KC, who is on a fast-onto-death for the past 19 days, putting forth various demands. The PM summoned Education Minister Dhaniram Poudel and Health Minister Gagan Thapa to his official residence, Baluwatar and instructed them to address Dr KC's demands. Health of Dr KC, who is on his 10th hunger strike, seeking reforms in the..

Human Organ Transplant Centre Bhaktapur conducts first successful heart surgery

BHAKTAPUR: The Bhaktapur-based Human Organ Transplant Centre has performed a successful heart surgery for the first time in the history of its establishment. A team comprising senior heart surgeons Dr Mohandev Bhandari, Dr Sampurnaman Tuladhar, Dr Prem Raj Baidhya, cardiologist Dr Kartikesh Kumar Thakur, anaesthesiologist Dr Sandeep Bhandari and some other foreign doctors was involved in the successful heart operation on a patient from the eastern Sankhuwasabha district last Thursday. At a..

Health Minister Thapa admits poor service to people

KATHMANDU: Minister for Health Gagan Thapa has said people have not yet realised quality health service despite the passage of one year after the country got new constitution. During a national annual process review seminar relating to the activities under the Ministry for the fiscal year 2015/16, Minister Thapa admitted that the Ministry was yet to grasp the new ways and habits for implementing encouraging health programmes. "I learnt everything about the health sector now. Time has come for..

Shorter sleep may increase consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks

New York, (IANS): People who sleep five or fewer hours a night are likely to drink significantly more sugary caffeinated drinks, such as sodas and energy drinks, according to a new study "We think there may be a positive feedback loop where sugary drinks and sleep loss reinforce one another, making it harder for people to eliminate their unhealthy sugar habit," said Aric A. Prather, assistant professor at the University of California San Francisco. "This data suggests that improving people's..

Health ministry team in Jhapa to control dengue

KAKADVITTA: In the wake of dengue outbreak in Jhapa district, separate specialist teams from the Health Ministry and the District Public Health Office (DPHO) are in the affected-zone since a week, to carry out efforts to control the spread of the mosquito-borne disease. The government responded to the increasing number of people suffering from the disease. So far over 100 people are reported to be infected with it. "Our team now is in Damak. The government teams are on a war footing to..

Dengue menace continues, health workers taken ill

JHAPA: As many as 60 persons have fallen ill due to dengue fever in Damak of Jhapa. The dengue fever has spread to 60 individuals including three health workers and one journalist as of Sunday, District Public Health Office, Jhapa said. The data shows that Life Line Hospital Damak's Medical Superintendent, Dr Tilak Chandra Sah, and two health workers with Advance Health Care in Damak have been contaminated with the mosquito-borne disease. The dengue fever has also taken hold of Federation of..

Dr KC withdraws hunger strike for the time being

KATHMANDU:Dr Govinda KC who started a fast-onto-death for the ninth time, putting forth various demands has withdrawn his protest for the time being. His demands include the reforms in medical education and initiation of impeachment process against Chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority Lokman Singh Karki. He announced that he was suspending the hunger strike during the Dashain at a press meet here Friday. Endorsement of the medical education bill and..

Minister Thapa requests Govinda KC to end strike

KATHMANDU: Minister for Health Gagan Thapa on Thursday urged Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital’s senior orthopaedic surgeon Dr Govinda KC to end the fast-unto-death. Organizing a press conference at the Ministry today, Minister Thapa said, “I am the person who says the government must meet demands raised by Dr KC. I had extended support to him in previous strikes,” Thapa said, “I am in a position to fulfil those demands now. All demands are being addressed.” Putting forth..

Japan’s Ohsumi wins Nobel medicine prize

STOCKHOLM, (AP): Japanese scientist Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday for discoveries related to the degrading and recycling of cellular components. The Karolinska Institute honoured Ohsumi for “brilliant experiments” in the 1990s on autophagy, the machinery with which cells recycle their content. Disrupted autophagy has been linked to various diseases including Parkinson’s, diabetes and cancer, the institute said. Though the concept has been..

Parliament endorses proposal on Nepal Medical Education Bill 2073 BS

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Legislature-Parliament on Sunday passed with a majority the proposal that the House consider the Bill related to Nepal Medical Education Bill 2073 BS. Minister for Education Dhaniram Poudel presented the bill in the meeting opining that it was inevitable to make the medical education well-managed and professional. Similarly, the meeting has unanimously passed the proposals on Labour Bill 2072 BS and Social Security Bill 2072 BS to send them to the concerned..

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