Wednesday 12th December 2018

    • Two-year-old needs some of the rarest blood in the world to survive Two-year-old-needs-some-of-the-rarest-blood-in-the-world-to-survive

        Two-year-old Zainab Mughal has some of the rarest blood in the world. She’s been battling cancer, and to survive, she’s likely to need blood transfusions from seven to 10 donors who haven’t all been found. That’s because they’re as rare as she is. Only people of Pakistani, Indian or Iranian descent who have the same type of blood as Zainab, whose family hails from Pakistan, are likely to match with her. Less than 4% of people in those populations may match, according to OneBlood, a South Florida nonprofit organization that’s aiding in a global search to identify and recruit...

    • India grapples with extreme malnutrition India-grapples-with-extreme-malnutrition

        A trip to the north Indian village Ghaseda less than 100 kilometers from the capital New Delhi was sufficient to find out why India is inept in addressing the problem of malnutrition.  In the early morning on a winter day outside the Anganwadi (rural child care center) around 40 children were hanging around for the gates to be opened. They spend their day in the center while their parents are out to work.  It was a day to weigh the children to check the status of malnutrition cases in the village. One-and-half-year-old Sanna was the first one as...

    • UK meets global HIV targets as diagnoses keep falling UK-meets-global-HIV-targets-as-diagnoses-keep-falling

          HIV diagnoses are continuing to fall in the UK as it meets UN targets on diagnosis, treatment and transmission for the first time, according to a report from Public Health England. It said there was no doubt prevention efforts to end the HIV epidemic were working. New HIV diagnoses in the UK fell by 17% from 2016 to 2017, with spread among gay and bisexual men declining. HIV charities said real progress was being made in the fight against HIV. Latest figures on HIV infections from PHE show that last year both England and the UK overall...

    • Infographic: The world’s deadliest cancer Infographic-The worlds-deadliest-cancer

          International Lung Cancer Awareness Month is marked every November, and an opportunity to raise awareness for one of the leading causes of death worldwide. Lung cancer is considered the deadliest among all cancers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), lung cancer is responsible for approximately 1.76 million cancer deaths annually around the world, with about 2.09 million new cases emerging each year. This statistic applies to China as well. Data from WHO shows that the estimated number of people killed by lung cancer is 690,567 in the country, about 24 percent of all cancer deaths. Tobacco smoke is...

    • Trump rejects findings of U.S. government climate change report Trump-rejects-findings-U.S. government climate change-report2

            U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected projections that climate change will cause severe economic harm to the U.S. economy, findings outlined by a report his own U.S. government published last week. The congressionally mandated report www.globalchange.gov said that climate change will cost the country’s economy billions of U.S. dollars by the end of the century, but Trump said he does not believe the economic impacts will be devastating. “I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine,” the Republican president told reporters at the White House. Asked about severe economic impacts, he said,...

    • Chinese scientist announces first gene-edited babies born Chinese-scientist-announces-first-gene-edited-babies-born

      Chinese scientist He Jiankui said that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies – twin girls born this month whose DNA he altered with a powerful new tool capable of resisting possible future infection with HIV, the AIDS virus, according to People’s Daily. He revealed it in Hong Kong, one day ahead of an international conference on gene editing that is scheduled from Tuesday to Thursday. He’s team used the CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing tool that makes it possible to precisely locate and operate on DNA to supply a needed gene or disable one that’s causing problems. However, AP...

    • Over 2,000 die of infectious diseases in China in October Over-2,000 die nfectious-diseases-China-October

          A total of 2,138 people died as a result of infectious diseases in China in October, official data showed. The Health News quoted the National Health Commission as saying earlier this week that there were 604,282 cases of infectious diseases reported on the mainland last month. One case of cholera was reported in November but no cases of plague have been reported. No fatalities caused by these diseases have been reported, the newspaper report said. Cholera and plague are classified as Class A infectious diseases, the most serious classification in China’s Law on the Prevention and Treatment...

    • Ebola in DRC now infecting newborn babies: UN Ebola-DRC-infecting-newborn-babies-UN

            The World Health Organization (WHO) says a worrying number of the newest Ebola cases amid the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)’s ongoing outbreak are in patients not usually known to catch the disease: babies. In an update published this week, the UN health agency reported 36 new confirmed Ebola cases, including seven in newborn babies and infants younger than two years old. Six cases were reported in children aged between two and 17 and one case was in a pregnant woman. While Ebola typically infects adults, as they are most likely to be exposed to...

    • UAE residents burn 1.5 billion calories in 28 days

      DUBAI-Dubai residents have burnt over 1.5 billion calories in the 28 days since the Dubai Fitness Challenge (DFC) was launched on October 20, according to data compiled by the dedicated DFC app.
Considering that Dubai has a population of 2.8 million, a simple math would reveal an average loss of 535 calories per person per day. But given that 5,446 participants registered themselves on the app, it would mean each of them burnt around 6,000 calories per day. According to the app, a total of 215 corporates took part in the challenge. Of them, Nakheel, followed by Bahi Ajman Palace...

    • Causes of male infertility male infertility treatment

      Environmental and lifestyle factors are increasing the chances of male infertility in the New Delhi, say experts Apart from genetic and physiological reasons that cause a low sperm count, environmental and lifestyle factors are increasingly contributing to this problem. The Bourn Hall study identified five main reasons for male infertility: 1) Stress: Chronic stress or prolonged mental illness adversely affects male fertility. Stress interferes with testosterone produced in the testes, a hormone necessary for sperm production. 2) Obesity: Improper lifestyle, unhealthy eating habits and lack of exercise has resulted in the fact that 36 per cent of men in Abu Dhabi...