Swine flu death in Waling, alert issued Thursday, July 27th, 2017

WALING: The Waling Primary Health Centre in Syangja has issued an alert for the people of Waling and its adjoining areas following the death of a person attributed to swine flu.  Khum Prakash Aryal, 49, of Waling-14 who had initially visited the hospital with a complaint of severe headache died..

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Prof Dr Govinda KC begins hunger strike Monday, July 24th, 2017

KATHMANDU: Professor Govinda KC, an orthopaedist in the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), has begun his fast-unto-death from Monday.  This is the 11th time that Dr KC is on hunger strike, demanding reforms in the medical sector including passing Act on Medical Education and..

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Dr KC to begin hunger strike again Sunday, July 16th, 2017

KATHMANDU: Dr Govinda KC has again announced his hunger strike saying that his demands put for the reforms in the medical sector were not addressed by the government despite his repeated calls. Issuing a press statement on Sunday, Dr KC announced to stage the hunger strike from July 24 stating..

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Cholera death toll in Yemen rises to 1500 Sunday, July 2nd, 2017

SANAA, Yemen (AP): The World Health Organization says a rapidly spreading cholera outbreak in Yemen has claimed 1500 lives since April and is suspected of sickening 246,000 people.  WHO representative in Yemen Dr. Nevio Zagaria said in a news conference in Sanaa on Saturday that the number of..

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Science Says: Pregnant or trying? Don’t let Zika guard down Thursday, June 29th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AP): The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down — especially if you're pregnant or trying to be.  While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year's peak in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, Zika..

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Health Research Council called upon to broaden research sphere Sunday, June 25th, 2017

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Health Research Council has been called upon to broaden its research sphere.  The Council has been supporting the government in policy and programme formulation, health research regulation and enhancement of health research capabilities since the past two decades. Health..

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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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Trump, Bolton and the Syrian Confusion Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

It’s a messy, though typical picture. US President Donald Trump wants to pull out forces in Syria. When announced in December, jaws drooped and sharp intakes of breath..