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Camels likely source of MERS virus in people: study

Source : AFP / 26 Feb 2014

A respiratory virus that has killed dozens of people, mainly in the Middle East, is widespread in camels and may be jumping directly from camels to humans, said a study Tuesday.

Called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, it has killed 79 of the 182 people infected since September 2012, according to the World Health Organization.


WHO sees risk of obesity becoming the new norm in Europe

Source : The Independent / 25 Feb 2014

A “deadly” epidemic of physical inactivity and diets high in fats, salts and sugars has led to obesity and overweight becoming “the new norm” throughout Europe, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned.

Up to 27 per cent of Europe’s 13-year-olds and 33 per cent of 11-year-olds are overweight, officials said ahead of an EU summit in Greece with a special focus on “the grave public health concern” of childhood obesity.


Gaza cancer patients on rise due to Israel weapons

Source : Presstv / 25 Feb 2014

The number of cancer patients in the besieged Gaza Strip is on the rise as Israel uses weapons containing carcinogenic agents against Palestinians, Press TV reports.

An average of 1,000 cancer cases has been recorded annually among Gazans for the past two years.


Ten Tips to Help Your Memory Improve

Source: Haq Islam / 21 Feb 2014

Before you study for your next exam, you might want to use a few strategies to boost your memory of important information. There are a number of tried and tested techniques for improving memory. These strategies have been established within cognitive psychology literature and offer a number of great ways to improve memory, enhance recall and increase retention of information.


Premature infants benefit from adult talk: Study

Source : Presstv / 19 Feb 2014

A new study suggests that talking to premature babies while they are still in the intensive care unit (ICU) might be beneficial to them later on in life.

According to researchers at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, a baby still in the womb listens to its mother’s voice, but a baby born very prematurely is kept in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which is dominated with noises from monitors and machines.


70% of Saudis are obese, says study

Source : Arab news / 18 Feb 2014

Obesity is fast turning out to be a major cause of concern for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with seven out of 10 Saudis suffering from obesity, and 37 percent of Saudi women facing problems related to overweight. And to top it all, their problems are compounded because health insurance does not cover obesity surgery.


Dagestan collects 250,000 rubles for children with cancer

Source : Vestnik Kavkaza / 18 Feb 2014

The Life for Children charity has collected about 250,000 rubles on the first day of the TV marathon to help children with cancer, Rossiyskaya Gazeta reports.

Elvira Kurbanova, 12, from Kaspiysk needs at least a million rubles for treatment. In her letter, she says that she was sent to the Institute of Children’s Hematology and Transplantology in St. Petersburg. One pack of anti-fungus medicaments costs 43,000 rubles and she needs two packs a month. Her family cannot afford the treatment.


EU ministers link GM crops approval to future elections

Source : RT / 14 Feb 2014

Leading EU agricultural nations remain steadfast in their battle against GM crops. Dozen national European ministers warn against approving GM maize and forebode protest voting during the next EU parliamentary elections in May.


Belgium grants euthanasia right to terminally ill kids

Source : RT / 14 Feb 2014

Belgium has become the first country to allow euthanasia for terminally ill children after the lower house of parliament passed the law by a large majority Thursday.

86 lawmakers in the Chamber of Representatives voted in favor with 44 against and 12 abstentions. The governing socialists, the liberals and most of the opposition parties supported it, while the Christian Democrats voted against.


First case of polio discovered in Kabul since 2001

Source : Reuters / 13 Feb 2014

A three-year-old girl has been diagnosed with the first case of polio since 2001 in the Afghan capital Kabul, the Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday.

The child, called Sakhina, was a member of the Kuchi nomadic tribe that moves freely across most provinces in Afghanistan and her family was living in the Kasaba district in eastern Kabul.


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