Health


Parental smoking linked to genetic changes in kids with cancer Saturday, April 8th, 2017

LONDON, (REUTERS): Parents who smoke may contribute to genetic changes in their kids that are associated with the most common type of childhood cancer, a recent study suggests. Some previous research has linked parental smoking to an increased risk of childhood leukemia, but with less consistent..

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One swine flu case detected in Kathmandu Friday, March 3rd, 2017

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..

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Bird flu detected in Pokhara Monday, February 27th, 2017

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..

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58 per cent of all abortions are unsafe: report Saturday, February 11th, 2017

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..

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Medicine shortage hits health centres in Solukhumbu Friday, February 3rd, 2017

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..

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China uncovers 500,000 food safety violations in nine months Sunday, December 25th, 2016

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,..

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‘1,473 people infected with dengue in five months’ Thursday, December 8th, 2016

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..

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Dr Govinda KC ends fast-unto-death on 22nd day Monday, December 5th, 2016

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..

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PM directs ministers to address Dr KC’s demands Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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..

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Health Minister Thapa admits poor service to people Thursday, November 17th, 2016

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,..

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Shorter sleep may increase consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks Saturday, November 12th, 2016

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,..

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Health ministry team in Jhapa to control dengue Friday, October 28th, 2016

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..

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Dengue menace continues, health workers taken ill Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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..

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Dr KC withdraws hunger strike for the time being Saturday, October 8th, 2016

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..

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