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Yellow Fever Outbreak Spreads to DRC, WHO Says

Yellow Fever Outbreak Spreads to DRC, WHO Says

Yellow fever is spreading from Angola to Congo, the World Health Organisation has said . According to the UN agency, from early January to 22 March 2016, a total of 151 suspected cases of YF, including 21 deaths (CFR: 14%), were reported by the national surveillance system. Of the 151 suspected cases, 9 were confirmed by serology (IgM) at the ... Read More »

Research finds gender imbalance among Indian-born moms

Research finds gender imbalance among Indian-born moms

A new study finds that Indian-born women in Canada with two or more children are giving birth to more baby boys than expected. Researchers suggest sex-selective abortions may be a major reason. Scientists looked at data on more than 1.2 million births in women with having a third child in Ontario between Apr. 1, 1993, and Mar. 31, 2012. Of ... Read More »

Genetic ‘superheroes’ study may save lives, Report

Genetic 'superheroes' study may save lives, Report

Genetic superheroes walk among us but they—maybe you?—don’t know it. Results from a study called the Resilience Project, released today, show 13 “resilient” people—out of over half a million genomes studied—who have genetic mutations that should have doomed them to serious, often deadly, childhood disease. But instead, they’ve apparently lived healthy lives into adulthood. The new study is part of ... Read More »

Tooth decay disease most common reason for day surgery on children, U of C study

Tooth decay disease most common reason for day surgery on children, U of C study

Rotting teeth is a public health issue affecting an increasing number of Canadian children, according to a University of Calgary research paper released on Friday. The paper takes no position on the fluoridation of drinking water, only saying that while it could help, it won’t work without prevention and education. Co-author Jennifer Zwicker says, while fluoridation can be useful, it ... Read More »

Canadian Scientists is testing a $4 hack to solve the Zika crisis

Canadian Scientists is testing a $4 hack to solve the Zika crisis

Mosquitoes aren’t just an itchy menace: they carry all sorts of diseases, including the Zika virus, which is plaguing large parts of the Americas and other countries around the world. Now, a team from Canada and Mexico has designed an environmentally friendly, low-cost way of fighting them: an egg trap made of old car tires and milk. The 10-month study, ... Read More »

Myths and facts about diabetes mellitus, Report

Myths and facts about diabetes mellitus, Report

Diabetes mellitus is a group of metabolic diseases characterized by hyperglycemia resulting from defects in insulin secretion, insulin action, or both. The chronic hyperglycemia of diabetes is associated with long-term damage, dysfunction, and failure of various organs, especially the eyes, kidneys, nerves, heart, and blood vessels. Several pathogenic processes are involved in the development of diabetes. These range from autoimmune ... Read More »

Scientists propose exercise equivalents on food labels

Scientists propose exercise equivalents on food labels

Food and drinks should carry labels showing how long it would take to walk or run off the calories, a leading health expert suggests. Shirley Cramer, chief executive of the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK, said people simply do not understand existing labels on food packets. According to Cramer providing people with an immediate link between what ... Read More »

Insomnia Linked to Damage in Brain Communication Networks, New Study

Insomnia Linked to Damage in Brain Communication Networks, New Study

MRI Scans Link Insomnia To Abnormalities In Brain’s Communication Networks. Doctors have long known that people who suffer from insomnia are at risk of depression, anxiety and mood problems. Using a sophisticated MRI technique, researchers have found abnormalities in the brain’s white matter tracts in patients with insomnia. Results of the study were published online in the journal Radiology. Read More »