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Tunisia announces 3 cases of coronavirus, 1 death

RABAT, Morocco — A 66-year-old Tunisian man has died from the new coronavirus following a visit to Saudi Arabia and two of his adult children were infected with it, the Tunisian Health Ministry reported. His sons were treated and have since recovered but the rest of the family remains under medical observation, the ministry said in a statement Monday. The ... Read More »

New rice contamination reported in China

BEIJING — Authorities are investigating rice mills in southern China following tests that found almost half of the staple grain in one of the country’s largest cities was contaminated with a toxic metal. The mills in Hunan province’s Youxian county were ordered to suspend business and recall their products after samples showed excessive levels of cadmium, according to an official ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia has another case of new coronavirus: WHO

LONDON  – Saudi Arabia has reported another case of infection in a concentrated outbreak of a new strain of a virus that emerged in the Middle East last year and spread into Europe, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Saturday. In a disease outbreak update issued from its Geneva headquarters, the WHO said the latest patient is an 81-year-old ... Read More »

WHO says single yellow fever shot is enough

GENEVA — The World Health Organization says a yellow fever booster vaccination given 10 years after the initial shot isn’t necessary. The U.N.’s global health agency said Friday that its expert group on immunization believes a single dose of vaccination is sufficient to confer lifelong immunity against the disease. The Geneva-based body says only 12 known cases of yellow fever ... Read More »

Another girl succumbs to measles in Lahore; Punjab death toll at 87

LAHORE : Another girl died of measles in Punjab on Friday, increasing the overall death toll in the province to 87. Despite launching an anti-measles campaign, the Punjab Health Department failed to eradicate the disease. Fatima, one and a half-year old girl, succumbed to the disease at a hospital today. The Lahore High Court (LHC) summoned medical superintendents of three ... Read More »

Study Says Talking on Cell Phones Raises Blood Pressure

A new study says you can add a commonplace activity to the list of things that raise blood pressure: talking on a cell phone. According to ScienceDaily, findings of a study presented at the 28th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hypertension suggest that mobile phone calls could be the cause of a rise in blood pressure. Other findings ... Read More »

Roche banks on new drug data to defend cancer business

ZURICH – Swiss drugmaker Roche hopes data published this week will show it has a viable follow-on product to help fend off cheaper competition for its best-selling cancer drug, which losespatent protection in Europe later this year. Roche is set to present full results early on Thursday of a late-stage study for its GA101 drug inchronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), ahead of the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia confirms four new cases of deadly SARS-like virus

RIYADH – Saudi Arabia has confirmed four new cases of the SARS-like novel coronavirus in its Eastern Province, state media reported late on Monday, citing the health ministry. The health ministry said one of the four new cases had been treated and the patient had been released from hospital, while the three other new cases were still being treated, the Saudi Press Agencyreported. On Sunday, ... Read More »

Teen texting at the wheel tied to more driving risks

NEW YORK  – Teenagers who text while driving are also more likely to engage in other risky activities, such as riding with an intoxicated driver or not wearing a seatbelt, a new study suggests. Researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found four in every nine high school students had sent or received texts while driving in the ... Read More »

Agent Orange tied to aggressive prostate cancer risk

NEW YORK – Men who were exposed to Agent Orange chemicals used during the Vietnam War are at higher risk for life-threatening prostate cancer than unexposed veterans, researchers have found. What’s more, those who served where the herbicide was used were diagnosed with cancer about five years earlier than other men, on average, in the new study. “This is a very, very strong predictor of lethal cancer,” said ... Read More »

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