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Health Weekly Roundup; India declares itself free of bird flu, 1.4m lives lost in India due to air pollution in ’13, Painkillers are not advisable for dengue

Here is this week's aggregation of the latest news stories on health, fitness and diet.
Here is this week’s aggregation of the latest news stories on health, fitness and diet.
This week was packed with important health-related discoveries. To make sure you don’t miss any, here is this week’s aggregation of the latest news stories on health, fitness and diet.

India declares itself free of bird flu

Bird flu mainly affects domestic poultry. It spreads from infected birds to other winged creatures through contact with nasal and respiratory secretions and also due to contamination of feed and wate

1.4m lives lost in India due to air pollution in ’13: Study

The report, released by the World Bank and the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, shows that in 2013 more than five million deaths worldwide were attributed to health conditions caused by air pollution. About 60% of them were in the world’s two most populous countries.

Painkillers are not advisable for dengue

“We got at least 50 elderly patients with compromised kidney function after suffering from chikungunya. We observed that taking too many painkillers contributed to complications,”

Heart disease not striking Indians early, finds study

“Our study finds that there is no special predilection for younger population. In fact, we found that the number of patients below the age of 30 was only 0.3%, and between 30 and 40 years it was 2.8%,” says Dr Upender Kaul, executive director Fortis, Vasant Kunj who supervised the study.

Hospitals in Delhi run out of beds

Several hundred are still battling the disease. Last year, in a similar Dengue outbreak in Delhi 60 people died and 15,867 were affected.

Panchakarma treatment for a week may reduce heart disease risk

“Panchakarma refers to a detoxification and rejuvenation protocol involving massage, herbal therapy and other procedures to help strengthen and rejuvenate the body,” Peterson pointed out.

Preggers with bipolar disorders suffer huge risk of postpartum psychosis

Compounding the problem, physicians are reluctant to prescribe lithium for breastfeeding women for fear that the drug will negatively impact the baby.

Social connectedness can escalate suicide risk: Study

Researchers found intense pressure to succeed, coupled with narrowly defined ideals about what youths should be, namely academically and athletically exceptional.

Five second ‘food on floor rule’ really safe?

Food, once dropped on the floor, is not safe to eat, however quickly you pick it up, warns a new study that debunks the widely accepted notion that it is all right to scoop up food and eat it within a “safe” five-second window.

HIV vaccine a step closer

A recent study at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) shows that holes in HIV’s defensive sugar shield could be important in designing an HIV vaccine.

Nap for more than an hour associated with ‘increased type-2 diabetes’ risk

A group of Japanese researchers have found this link after analysing an observational study that involved more than 3,00,000 people, reports the BBC. Also known as hyperglycemia, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of insulin resistance diabetes.

This drug could replace antibiotics

Scientists claim to have developed tiny, star-shaped molecules which may effectively wipe out deadly bacteria that can no longer be killed by current antibiotics.

Persistent headache can be a symptom of brain tumor

As per a recent analysis, constant headaches are being ignored by sufferers despite being aware of the fact that they are a common indicator of brain tumors.

Second-hand smoke can hurt kids years after exposure

Breathing second-hand smoke during childhood can lead to long-term breathing and health problems and a shorter life expectancy, according to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

New potential target to treat obesity identified

In the study, the researchers analysed the mouse Rap1 gene and selectively deleted the gene in a group of neurons in the hypothalamus – a region of the brain that is involved in regulating whole-body metabolism.


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