Month: August 2018

Why people doubt modern medicine

Why people doubt modern medicine

Health
Can one person change the world? Ask Andrew Wakefield. The discredited British doctor’s research linking autism to the Measles Mumps and Rubella vaccine sparked an anti-vaccination movement in the West despite investigative reporting showing that he fudged details and may have even been planning to profit off it. However, he has since gone on to become a messianic figure to anti-vaxxers who see him as being victimised by big pharma. The result of this, however, is the return of diseases such as measles. America saw an outbreak at Disney World in 2015 and this year Europe has reported 41,000 cases till August 20—almost twice the 2017 figure. One key reason has been irregular vaccine supply to certain Eastern European countries; the fears sparked by Wakefield’s research have play
Aspirin therapy for CVD issues may not be effective, says study

Aspirin therapy for CVD issues may not be effective, says study

Health
Chennai: Aspirin therapy is well-accepted as an agent for the secondary prevention of cardiovascular events and current guidelines also define a role for aspirin in primary prevention.  The use of aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular events may not necessarily be effective and safe with risk factors such as stroke, transient ischemic attack,cardiovascular effect and haemorrhagic events, revealed a recent study by Lancet. The study was aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of aspirin versus placebo in patients with a moderate estimated risk of a first cardiovascular event.   The use of aspirin for cardiovascular issues remains controversial and therefore a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicentre study was done on eligible patients aged 55
Mumbai: City reports 3 dengue deaths in a fortnight

Mumbai: City reports 3 dengue deaths in a fortnight

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By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: September 1, 2018 2:39:44 am In August last year, 93 cases had been recorded. (Representational Image) Three dengue deaths have been reported in the city since August 15 and in the past fortnight, 74 fresh cases have been recorded and 1,134 patients have been treated for dengue-like symptoms. Data from the civic health department shows that this year, the number of dengue cases are higher than last year’s records. In August last year, 93 cases had been recorded. This August, 153 confirmed and 2,317 suspected den
Fall in dengue, malaria cases

Fall in dengue, malaria cases

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Chandigarh:  Malaria cases have come down to 30 till August 31. Last year, during the same period, 87 cases were reported. Similarly, 186 dengue cases were reported in 2017. This year, the number came down to 34. As many as 52 chikungnuya cases came were reported in 2017, which reduced to just two this year. Department officials claimed that effective fogging in the city reduced the number of cases. They urged people not to let water accumulate in and around their houses. They asked the residents to keep coolers and overhead tanks clean. TNS Purse stolen from scooter dickey Zirakpur: A purse, containing Rs 3,000 in cash and some important documents, was stolen from the dickey of an Activa scooter at Zirakpur. Complainant SDN Maleshwar, a resident of CRPF campus, Hallo Majra, told the po
Alert against leptospirosis in Kerala

Alert against leptospirosis in Kerala

Health
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With seven leptospirosis deaths being reported from various parts of the state over the past one week, the health department has sounded an alert especially in flood ravaged areas. Five persons died of fever in Kozhikode district on Friday of which two were confirmed cases of leptospirosis. Large number of suspected cases of leptospirosis is being reported in hospitals in Thrissur, Palakkad, Kozhikode, Malapuram andKannur districts.   In Kozhikode of the 31 persons who came with suspected symptoms 12 were confirmed leptospirosis cases. Experts say the deaths are mainly taking place due to pulmonary haemorrhage and acute respiratory distress syndrome. While severe complications like renal failure and liver failure may come up after a week, the patients
Stroke may double risk for dementia, study says

Stroke may double risk for dementia, study says

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FRIDAY, Aug. 31, 2018 -- People who've had a stroke face up to twice the normal risk of dementia, a new review suggests. In what they say is the largest analysis of its kind, British researchers examined 48 studies that included 3.2 million people worldwide. "We found that a history of stroke increases dementia risk by around 70 percent, and recent strokes more than doubled the risk," said researcher Ilianna Lourida, from the University of Exeter Medical School. "Given how common both stroke and dementia are, this strong link is an important finding," Lourida added in a university news release. "Improvements in stroke prevention and post-stroke care may therefore play a key role in dementia prevention." The association between stroke and increased dementia risk remained even after othe...
Health & Fitness – High Blood Pressure

Health & Fitness – High Blood Pressure

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Blood pressure can fluctuate and it's important to be aware of the outcomes to our health. What is High Blood Pressure and what are the various detrimental affects on our health and lifestyle. Professor Gordon Lynch with Rod Quinn on working toward maintaining healthy blood pressure.
Focus on HIV-2 Infection: A Clinician Roundtable

Focus on HIV-2 Infection: A Clinician Roundtable

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August 31, 2018 Clinicians should be aware of the possibility of HIV-2 infection in their patients coming from endemic areas, especially West Africa. As part of the UNAIDS/WHO 90-90-90 campaign to end AIDS, goals to be reached by 2020 include awareness of HIV status in 90% of affected individuals, sustained antiretroviral therapy (ART) in 90% of people diagnosed with HIV and viral suppression in 90% of people receiving ART.1 While these targets are focused on HIV-1, they “also implicitly include HIV-2, which is endemic in West Africa and has achieved limited spread to other countries outside the region,” wrote the investigators in a review published in in th
Aretha Franklin Funeral: Stars, Dignitaries and Fans Honor the ‘Queen of Soul’

Aretha Franklin Funeral: Stars, Dignitaries and Fans Honor the ‘Queen of Soul’

Entertainment
Among the other speakers were Tyler Perry, who joked that his father could tell his mother’s mood by what kind of Aretha song was playing when he got home, and Clive Davis, the music producer, who discussed plotting her career when he signed her to his label, Arista Records, in 1979, a low point for her. “We were determined to show all musicians how long a career could last,” Mr. Davis said. The funeral was the culmination of almost a week of events. On Tuesday and Wednesday, crowds of thousands waited for hours outside the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History for a brief glimpse of Ms. Franklin’s body. On Thursday, another viewing was held at the New Bethel Baptist Church, where a young Ms. Franklin had performed in the congregation of her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin.

Meghan Markle’s secret Canada trip: How did she travel clandestinely on a commercial flight?

Entertainment
There’s not much that Meghan Markle can do without causing mass pandemonium. So reports that the duchess flew on a commercial flight — totally undetected — from London to Toronto to visit her best friend are shocking.  According to ABC News royal contributor Omid Scobie, “Meghan spent three days holed up at Jessica Mulroney and her husband Ben’s home in Toronto. They spent their days catching up, cooking together and, of course, playing with Jessica’s children, who love their ‘Auntie Meg.’”  The friends, who met while Meghan was shooting Suits in the Canadian city, also had a mini-reunion with close pals, said Scubie. “There was one evening when Meghan and Jessica secretly headed out into the town to meet some of Meghan’s old, good friends.”  Meghan’s rumored flight date was Aug. 21, and