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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 »

Climate change refugees lack legal protection

Millions of people worldwide are fleeing their homes because of environmental disasters. But the conditions in which the refugees have to take up residence in neighboring countries isn’t regulated by international law. In recent years, the world has experienced a rise in the number of natural disasters, which could be attributed to climate change.   As a result, more and ... Read More »

Diabetes: dirty air may raise insulin resistance risk

Children’s exposure to air traffic pollution could increase their risk of insulin resistance, which can lead to diabetes in adults, suggests a study in Diabetologia. German research on 397 10-year-olds found that living close to a major road increased resistance by 7% per 500m. Air pollutants are known to be oxidisers that can impact on lipids and proteins in the ... Read More »

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