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Anti-polio campaign to boost immunity – Pakistan

Updated statement following earlier statement by the Honorable Minister of Health, Pakistan Dr Zafar Mirza on 7th November 2019, confirming the detection of type 2 vaccine derived poliovirus (VDPV2) through the disease surveillance system in Pakistan: Pakistan has detected an outbreak of polio but this outbreak is not wild polio virus, it is VDPV2. The outbreak has paralyzed 7 children …

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Mental health day helps the community

Iria Da Silva leads the pack with a Zumba class. Photo: Jaco Human. Mental health is an issue that has garnered growing attention across the world, especially on social media. But something that many people may regularly overlook during the bustle of their busy lives. For this reason, October was declared to be International Mental Health Awareness Month. Unathi Ncube …

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Dr. Miriam Stoppard: Ketamine being used as a depression drug that produces results within hours – Miriam Stoppard

Antidepressants can take a depressingly long time to kick in – a minimum of two weeks but often more like three to four. That waiting time can be disabling for patients, but what if an antidepressant could work in a day? Sounds far-fetched? Remember ketamine, that rather unpredictable street drug of the 90s? Well, it is now the latest approach …

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Why hand-washing beats hand sanitizers

Proper hand-washing with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect yourself during the cold and flu season, an expert says. Wet your hands with water, add soap, cover all surfaces, and rub vigorously for about 20 seconds. That advice comes from Dr. Roland Newman II, a family medicine physician at Penn State Health in Hershey, Pennsylvania. …

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Trauma ceases to be worse with risk factors for heart disease and stroke

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) – Severely injured patients are more likely to have complications or die if they have a cluster of cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity, a new study suggests. [19659002] This collection of health problems, called "metabolic syndrome", has long been linked to an increased risk of events such as heart …

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10 hospitalized from Oklahoma facility after flu shot mix-up

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) – Ten people at an Oklahoma care facility for people with intellectual disabilities were hospitalized after they were apparently accidentally injected with what's believed to be insulin rather than flu shots, authorities said. Emergency responders were called Wednesday afternoon to the Jacquelyn House in Bartlesville, about 40 miles (65 kilometers) north of Tulsa, on a report of …

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E-cigarettes can damage the heart, the study says

PARIS – Steamers and chemicals they supply – increasingly popular with teens – can damage the cardiovascular system, a study on Thursday said, and increased a growing chorus of concerns about injuries and deaths related to e-cigarettes. latest findings, published in the journal Cardiovascular Research, come after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month declared an "outbreak …

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