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NPA MD Hadiza Usman links healthy lifestyle to improved productivity

  (TRADE NEWSWIRE): As part of efforts to sensitise the officers and staff of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) towards improved productivity at all times, the Managing Director, NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman has urged the workforce to consistently engage in various forms of exercise in their leisure time and also consumes food items that boosts immunity; and increases healthy living ...

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Aging, diseases to push global health bill to $8.7trn

An aging population and associated chronic disease, innovative clinical advancements, and rising technology and labour costs could drive global healthcare costs to reach $8.7 trillion by 2020, up from $7 trillion in 2015, a report said. “Today’s health care demand and cost challenges appear likely to persist in the near-term, if not longer. Stakeholders need to address these risks to ...

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Over the counter painkillers linked to hearing loss

Regular use of pain relievers over many years may increase the risk of hearing loss, a recent study suggests. Researchers analyzed long-term data on almost 56,000 U.S. women and found using non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) like naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Motrin) as well as acetaminophen (Tylenol) for six years or more was tied to a greater risk of hearing problems than ...

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Almost half HIV infections worldwide undetected: WHO

  GENEVA: The World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday that nearly half of all people with HIV around the globe do not know they are infected, and called for broader access to at-home testing kits. The UN health agency said that 40 per cent of people with the virus that causes AIDS, or more than 14 million people worldwide, are ...

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Philip Morris CEO looks towards phasing out cigarettes: BBC

LONDON: Philip Morris International , the world’s largest international tobacco company, could eventually stop selling cigarettes, its chief executive told the BBC on Wednesday, as it launched its alternative product IQOS in Britain. The company’s IQOS smokeless cigarette, which is already on sale in over a dozen markets including Japan, Switzerland and Italy, heats tobacco enough to produce a vapor ...

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More than 18 million on HIV treatment, a million more than 2015: UNAIDS

        LONDON, Nov 21 – More than 18 million people now have access to life-saving AIDS treatment, 1.2 million more than at the end of last year, the United Nations said on Monday. In a report on the AIDS pandemic, which has infected 78 million people and killed 35 million since it began in the 1980s, UNAIDS ...

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WHO advises proper washing in fight against hospital superbugs

  LONDON: Patients going for surgery should bathe or shower beforehand but their surgical site should not be shaved, and antibiotics should be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, but not afterwards, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday (Nov 3). In new guidelines aimed at halting the spread of potentially deadly superbug infections in hospitals and clinics ...

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Infant deaths during home birth often tied to delivery problems

When U.S. babies die during home births, the cause is most often labor and delivery complications, birth defects or infections, a recent study suggests. Infant mortality in the U.S. is rare. The death rate for midwife-attended home births was the highest, though, with almost 13 fatalities for every 10,000 deliveries, the study found. That compares with roughly 6 deaths for ...

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Wars and dogs complicate WHO’s bid to kill off Guinea worm

  GENEVA: The World Health Organization’s battle to eradicate Guinea worm is being hampered by conflict and infections in dogs but cases have fallen to just 17 so far in 2016, the doctor leading the fight told Reuters on Wednesday. The debilitating parasite afflicted 3.5 million people 30 years ago but is now endemic in only four countries: South Sudan, ...

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Palliative care should be standard in cancer treatment: Guideline

CALIFORNIA: For patients with advanced cancer, palliative care should start early and be an integral part of treatment, not just something added on near the end of life, according to a new practice guideline from the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Expanding on a 2012 opinion, the guideline authors say that caregivers of advanced-cancer patients and early-stage cancer patients ...

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