Baby born with heart outside body ‘doing well’

Dec 13, 2017 0

A baby born with her heart outside her body has survived after surgery at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester. Vanellope Hope Wilkins, who has no breastbone, was delivered three weeks ago by Caesarean section. She has had three operations to place her heart back in her chest. The condition, ectopia cordis, is extremely rare, with only a few cases per million births, of which most are stillborn. ...

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 Bid to scrap Austria May 2018 smoking ban

Dec 12, 2017 0

Plans for a total ban on smoking in Austria’s bars and restaurants have been scrapped, according to the far-right Freedom Party. The ban, a policy of the outgoing government, was due to come into effect in May 2018.  Scrapping the plans was agreed by the Freedom Party and the conservative People’s Party, which expect to form the next coalition government. ...

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 Nigeria: FCTA to Upgrade Kwali Hospital’s Theatre

Dec 11, 2017 0

The Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Mrs Amanda Pam, has said that arrangement will be made by the secretariat to upgrade the theatre of Kwali General Hospital. Pam stated this while on an inspection/tour of facilities at the Kwali General Hospital on Saturday. She said the secretariat would also tackle the problem of electricity at the hospital, adding that the two grounded generators would be refurbished to complement the existing one and enhance service delivery. According to her, since her appointment, she has not been able to go round all the general hospitals in the territory. She said the inspection/tour of the hospital gave her first-hand information about progress and challenges some of the hospitals were facing. The secretary, while responding to questions about shortage of doctors, said there was embargo on employment across the country and staff attrition. “But I think it is because of the bulky recurrent expenditure of the hospital having to pay so much. That I think is... ...

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Kellogg’s to cut sugar in kids’ cereals by up to 40%

Dec 10, 2017 0

Cereals giant Kellogg’s is to cut the amount of sugar in its three top selling children’s cereals by between 20% and 40% by the middle of next year. The lines are Coco Pops, Rice Krispies, and Rice Krispies Multi-Grain Shapes. Kellogg’s will also stop selling Ricicles and end on-pack promotions aimed at children on Frosties. It comes amid pressure on food firms to cut sugar levels to combat obesity, but one nutritionist told the BBC the company was not going far enough.  Kellogg’s UK managing director Oli Morton told Radio 5 Live’s Wake Up To Money podcast that “consumers are asking for a healthier way to start the day”. Mr Morton said the company recognised “people are eating too much sugar at breakfast and throughout the day”. It plans to reduce the amount of sugar in Coco Pops from 30g per 100g to 17g, a 40% reduction. “This is following a reduction of 14% earlier this year, meaning that from 2017 to 2018, it will have halved the sugar in... ...

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Popping up painkillers may lead to obesity, poor sleep

Dec 9, 2017 0

If you are regularly in the habit of popping up painkillers, beware, you may be at risk of becoming obese as well as have poor sleep, a study has revealed. Over the past 10 years, there has been a large increase in the prescription of medications such as gabapentinoids such as gabapentin, pregabilin and opiates, for chronic pain management including migraine, diabetic neuropathy and chronic lower back pain.The findings showed that people on opiates and cardio-metabolic drugs reported 95 per cent rates of obesity, 82 per cent “very high” waist circumference and 63 per cent hypertension, as opposed to those on cardio-metabolic drugs only. These chronic pain medications should be prescribed for shorter periods of time to limit serious health complications, the researchers suggested. “We already know that opiates are dependency-forming but this study also found patients taking opiates have the worst health. Obesity rates are much higher and the patients reported sleeping poorly,” said lead author Sophie Cassidy, research associate at the Newcastle University. Opioids act as a sedative... ...

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Namibia: 5 Percent of Namibians Live With Disabilities

Dec 8, 2017 0

ABOUT 5% of the Namibian population of 2,5 million live with some form of disability and continue facing challenges, despite the country having made significant progress to empower people with disabilities and promoting their inclusion throughout society. The United Nations resident coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) representative, Anita Kiki Gbeho, said at the International Day of Persons with Disabilities celebrated at Keetmanshoop yesterday that the challenges people with disabilities often face include little or no access to information, transport problems and unemployment. ...

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 Nuts, oily fish may cut kids’ risk of asthma, rhinitis

Dec 7, 2017 0

London: Including nuts, oily fish like salmon, flax seeds, and soybean oil — rich in essential polyunsaturated fatty acids — in your children’s diet may prevent their risk of developing allergic diseases, especially asthma and rhinitis by teenage, a study has suggested. Both asthma and rhinitis affects the kids since their childhood, either due to hereditary or environmental factors. ...

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 Common BP lowering drugs linked to skin cancer risk: Study

Dec 6, 2017 0

Long term use of drugs that help lower high blood pressure may increase the risk of developing skin cancer, a study with nearly 80,000 participants has claimed. Hydrochlorothiazide — one of the most commonly used antihypertensive drugs worldwide — is a thiazide diuretic (water pill) that helps prevent your body from absorbing too much salt, which can cause fluid retention. ...

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