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New Zambian law to allow police to prosecute smokers

Source : AA / 22 Apr 2014

A new law in Zambia will allow local police officers to arrest and prosecute anyone found violating a recent ban on smoking in public places.

"One of the reasons why we have outlawed smoking in public places is that we desire to halt non-contagious disease associated with smoking," Local Government Housing Minister Emmanuel Chenda told Anadolu Agency in an exclusive interview.


HIV-infected people may face obligatory fingerprinting in Russia

Source : RT / 17 Apr 2014

A new bill prepared by a nationalist MP and approved by federal ministries proposes the introduction of obligatory fingerprinting for all people with dangerous diseases, including HIV, and the creation of a national database.


Death Toll Increasing In Saudi Arabia

Source : Arab news / 17 Apr 2014

The rising number of fatalities from MERS infections in the Kingdom is causing alarm in the public.

The Health Ministry reported another fatality in Jeddah Wednesday, bringing the total number of MERS victims across the country to 71 from 205 infections. It said five more people were infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, including two medics, all in Jeddah. It identified the latest victim as a 52-year-old Saudi man.


Selfie craze? Doctors link smartphone snaps with mental illness

Source : Al Arabiya / 16 Apr 2014

From celebs to charity workers, politicians to partygoers, the obsession with the ‘selfie’ spans far and wide.

Smartphone self-portraits are now fair game in high-level diplomatic meetings as well as college dorms, with snaps being shared widely on social media.


1.6 million children in KSA suffer from ADHD

Source : Arab news / 11 Apr 2014

An estimated 1.6 million Saudi children suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a psychiatric neurodevelopmental disorder, local media said quoting a recently released medical study.


Malaysia: Halal Vaccines to be available in 3 years

Source : Halal Focus / 10 Apr 2014

A Saudi corporation has invested $100 million in the Halal Industry Development Corporation (HDC) in Malaysia to produce halal vaccines for meningitis, hepatitis and meningococcal disease in three years.


UK government wasted $1bn on flu drugs: Study

Source : Presstv / 10 Apr 2014

The British government has wasted hundreds of millions of dollars on stockpiling ineffective medicine for emergency treatment of flu, a study shows.

Oxford University conducted the study and published the results on Thursday.


Mass Polio Vaccine Campaign Starts in Iraq, Syria, Egypt

Source : UNICEF / 09 Apr 2014

Polio vaccination campaigns commenced in Syria, Iraq and Egypt today, aiming to reach more than 20 million children over the next five days.

For Iraq, this will be the first nationwide vaccination campaign since a case of polio was confirmed by the Ministry of Health on 30 March in a six-month-old boy from Rusafa, northern Baghdad.


UN urges countries to prioritize combat against vector-borne diseases

Source : / 08 Apr 2014

Warning that a “small bite can carry a big threat,” the United Nations family is marking World Health Day by urging the international community to back a global health agenda that gives higher priority to controlling the spread of vector-borne diseases, a step towards ensuring that no one in the 21st century would die from the bite of a mosquito or a tick.


Severe obesity on the rise among children in the U.S.

Source : Science Daily / 08 Apr 2014

A new study led by a University of North Carolina School of Medicine researcher finds little to cheer about in the fight against childhood obesity, despite a recent report to the contrary.


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