Global health body under pressure to stop Zika virus

BY JULIE STEENHUYSEN AND STEPHANIE NEBEHAY, CHICAGO/GENEVA, (REUTERS): The World Health Organization will hold a special session on Thursday on the Zika virus as the U.N. agency comes under pressure for quick action against the infection linked to thousands of birth defects in Brazil that is..

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Danish hospital says case of Zika virus discovered Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

HELSINKI, (AP): A Danish tourist has been infected by the Zika virus after visiting southern and central America, Danish hospital officials say, but authorities said Wednesday it was not the first case in Europe. In a statement Tuesday, the Aarhus University Hospital said the patient ran a fever,..

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Smoking Lowers Breast Cancer Survival, Study Finds

By Kathleen Doheny, (HealthDay News): Women diagnosed with breast cancer who continue to smoke cigarettes are less likely to survive than those who never smoked or those who quit, new research finds. The study suggests that it's never too late to quit smoking to help boost cancer survival. "Women..

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Sexually active U.S. teens, young adults not getting HIV tests Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

BY LISA RAPAPORT, (Reuters): Most U.S. high school students and young adults who have sex don’t get HIV tests, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, just 22 percent of high school students and 33 percent of young adults aged 18 to 24 who..

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‘Drinking any alcohol regularly is risky’ Friday, January 8th, 2016

LONDON, (AP): British health officials say that drinking any alcohol regularly increases the risk of cancer, in tough new guidelines that could be hard to swallow for a nation where having a pint is a hallowed tradition. Britain's Chief Medical Officer advised both men and women not to drink any..

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Nepal’s hospitals suffer under economic blockade Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

By David Caprara, KATHMANDU: At the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital, patients sit in the lobby waiting to be treated. Many made difficult journeys to get there, some only to be told that the hospital had run out of medication. Seeking care is a challenge these days. Transportation is..

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Why some people can’t recognise faces Monday, December 7th, 2015

LONDON: The causes of congenital face blindness can be traced back to an early stage in the perceptual process, new findings reveal. People with congenital prosopagnosia, or face blindness, are unable to use facial features to identify the person in front of them. Until now, the cause of facial..

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Adolescent deaths from AIDS tripled since 2000: UNICEF Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

New York, (AFP): The number of adolescents dying from AIDS has tripled over the last 15 years, most of them having acquired the disease when they were infants, according to figures released Friday by United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). AIDS is the number one cause of..

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Rights Groups Say Nepal Children at Risk of Disease, Death

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA, KATHMANDU, (AP): A shortage of medicine, fuel and other supplies has put millions of Nepalese children in danger of illness, malnourishment and even death, child rights groups warned. Yet the supply crisis — hitting some of the Himalayan country's most vulnerable — shows..

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Nepal faces medicine crisis amid ongoing protests Thursday, November 26th, 2015

BIRGUNJ: Nepal has been facing medical crisis amid ongoing protest by the Madhesi community at the main crossing of India-Nepal border. Trucks importing medicines from India have been blocked at the border crossing of Birgunj by the Madhesi community. The nascent republic, wedged between China and..

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Ban alarmed by reports of destruction of medicines to Nepal Saturday, November 21st, 2015

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said he is “alarmed” over obstruction and destruction of medical supplies to Nepal due to ongoing blockade of key border trade points with India as he called on all sides to lift these restrictions without further delay. “He is alarmed by..

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Medicines from India destroyed in Madhesi violence in Nepal Friday, November 20th, 2015

KATHMANDU, (FP): Indian-origin Madhesi protesters in Nepal on Friday torched an ambulance and a truck carrying medicines worth over Rs two million imported from India near the border as sporadic violence returned to the Himalayan nation amid a political logjam over the new Constititution. The..

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Thapa asks govt to check irregularities in medical sector  Friday, September 4th, 2015

KATHMANDU: Chairman of Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal, Kamal Thapa, has accused the government of becoming a mute spectator over the alleged financial irregularities taking place in medical education sector. Taking part in a face-to-face programme organised by the Reporters' Club Nepal here..

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Parliamentary committee concerned on health status of Dr KC Monday, August 31st, 2015

KATHMANDU: A team headed by Chairman of Legislature-Parliament Committee on Social Justice and Human Rights Sushil Kumar Shrestha on Monday took stock of the health status of senior orthopedic surgeon Prof Dr Govinda KC, who is on a hunger strike, and expressed concern on his demands and the..

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