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Singapore Dengue Cases Return to Epidemic Level

...id 381 cases were reported between June 24 and 30, above the 'epidemic threshold' of 378 cases per week. Dengue cases crossed the threshold for the first time since 2005 earlier in June, when 401 cases were reported in the week of June 10 to 16, the ministry said. Singapore experienced its worst dengue...

Inability to Recognize Familiar Smells Could Signal Alzheimers

...ely to develop the condition than those who scored above average," the authors of the study wrote. "The findings suggest that olfactory dysfunction can be an early manifestation of Alzheimer's disease." However, "the neurological bases of age-associated olfactory dysfunction are uncertain," and since "...

Impaired Odour Identification Predicts Cognitive Decline for the Elderly

...ely to develop the condition than those who scored above average. Dr. Wilson says that the association between cognitive impairment and reduction in odour identification did not change even when it was considered that factors like stroke and smoking habits might have influenced the results. The resea...

Acute Mountain Sickness may Lead to Pulmonary or Cerebral Edema

...15 percent of those surveyed believed AMS to start above 4,000m, placing them at risk at altitudes between 3,000m and 4,000m. Implementation is lacking for translating seemingly adequate knowledge of AMS into practical action. The findings indicate that there is room for improvement, and they offer a maj...

Pond in High Artic Drying Up Due to Global Warming

...he permafrost melted beneath them, these ponds sit above bedrock. But Cape Herschel had existed for millennia ice for 10 months of the year and liquid in July and August in depressions in the bedrock, so the water could only have evaporated as temperatures rose, they believe. Changes set in about a ce...

"Alarming" Malnutrition Among Kenya Refugees: UN Agencies

...s and 15.9 percent in the Kakuma camp -- both well above the emergency threshold of 15 percent. The camps are home to 237,000 refugees from the conflicts in neighbouring Somalia and Sudan, the agencies said. There are no more recent figures, as the area was hit by serious flooding late last year, causi...

Five Killed by Methane Gas on Virginia Farm

...arns, gleaming silos and church steeples that peak above rolling fields. The Showalter clan is well known in the community where neighbors do each other's laundry. On Tuesday, friends tended to the family's animals. "The cows have to be milked twice a day, even in an ordeal like this," said Frank Showa...

China Fears Show Food Export Quality Key: WHO Official

...d manufacturers and producers not to place profits above health. "Global trade brings a lot of benefits. It also brings risks like this. We cannot be talking about money only. If we do ... the economy and the people will suffer."...

Ambitious Gastric Cancer Research Project Proposed in Singapore

...iety. It occurs most frequently in men and women above 40 years old, and is more common in Chinese than Malay or Indian. There is no scientific conclusion of the actual cause of gastric cancer, people with family history of gastric cancer, high consumption of smoked and salted food, lack of Vitamin C,...

American Bests Japanese Hot Dog Eating Champion, Sets Record

...ampionship belt and a prize of 10,000 dollars, but above all he basked in the glory of having beaten 16 rivals and broken Kobayashi's seemingly endless run. The 70-kilo (154-pound) Kobayashi had caused a sensation by winning the contest six years in a row; last year by eating a 53-3/4 hot dogs and breaki...

Chickens also Use Earth's Magnetic Field to Sense Direction

...ght) to orientate themselves. In long-wave light above the yellow level, this ability is lost in all the birds that have so far been tested, he said. He further said a magnetic sense of direction could be a common ability to all birds. The study, 'The magnetic compass of domestic chickens, Gallus gal...

Star Health Grants Boon To India's HIV-Affected

...offers hospitalization benefits only , for people above 60 years and up to 69 years, at entry level and assured renewals thereafter. The premium would be fixed (Rs.5, 000 to Rs. 10,000) for a cover of Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh. There would be no pre-acceptance screening. The policy would cover even pre-exi...

Doctors Not Exempt from Competition Law, Australian Commission Warns

...ing closed shops and told them firmly they are not above the competition law .The Commissionss chairman Graeme Samuel last week brushed aside as untenable the claims that patient care somehow overrode other laws. He also called upon the Australian Medical Association to change the "culture that the med...

Appropriate Sanitation Gives Confidence for the Schoolgirls

...with UNICEF, has also taken steps to educate girls above 10 about menstruation so they are well versed with the changes in their body, and are prepared to tackle them. "We have introduced this scheme since girls in rural areas were hesitating to go to school during the menstrual period," said A. Devaraj,...

Erection Drugs Don't Boost Men's Self-esteem

...ever, there was no difference in the levels of the above for men who were taking erection drugs like Viagra. Lead researcher and psychologist Hayley Matic said that the survey showed that pills like these are not enough to give self-esteem a boost. The findings contradict earlier surveys that show that...

FDAs Gesture for Firm Manufacturing Drug for Cushings Syndrome

...portion, or cortex, of the adrenal glands, located above each kidney. The normal function of cortisol is to help the body respond to stress and change. It mobilizes nutrients, modifies the body's response to inflammation, stimulates the liver to raise the blood sugar, and it helps control the amount of wat...

Indian Luxury Hotel Boss Calls for Major City Clean-up

.... Oberoi said sustained economic growth in India above nine percent and a massive inflow of foreign investment has nevertheless allowed the country to break its image of an impoverished backwater. "India has a tremendous future if we get our act together," he added. The Oberoi Group also operates or ...

Strategies for the Summer

...to sun exposure. 80 per cent of skin cancers occur above the neck. Skin cancer can be avoided. Minimize Sun and UV Exposure: Avoid using indoor tanning equipment, Watch for any change in a birthmark or a mole that changes shape, color, size or surface; any sore that doesnt heal; or any patch of skin that...

War Stimulates Research Blitz in Prosthetics Industry

...thesis issued to U.S. fighters who have lost a leg above the knee, according to the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association. "We no longer have to be content just getting them on their feet; we can do more," said Kirk, of Bethesda-based Hanger....

World's Biggest Condom to Take Off to Spread Safer Sex Campaign

...a huge pink hot air balloon - is set Friday to fly above a Dutch festival to increase safe sex awareness . The balloon - which organisers hope will enter the Guinness Book of records - was commissioned by seven local branches of the public medical services GGD at the Black Cross Festival in Lichtenvoorde,...

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