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Leptospirosis epidemic feared in mumbai - 12 killed

Leptospirosis, the one of the feared form of epidemic fevers, is spread by a virulent bacteria in the urine of rats and dogs. .."We have 12 deaths (in the past fortnight) from leptospirosis as of Thursday evening and 45 confirmed cases in city hospitals, " Maharashtra state Health Minister Digvijay Khanvilkar told...Leptospirosis, which is a 'great mimicker' of symptoms is being misdiagnosed by m...

Undertaking the obesity epidemic

According to a new survey, many people trying to lose weight are not using the right scheme. Researchers phoned 1000 local residents and found that 60 per cent of men and 50 per cent of women said they were overweight or even obese.// Most of these were trying to lose weight or at least not gain any more. ..But only a third of those trying to lose weight and one fourth of those keeping their we...

Exclusive Team initiated To Check Bird Flu Pandemic: Jakarta

Jakarta: The Bird Flu outbreak is threatening to cause a major upheaval to the Nation’s health, making it very crucial to contain the spread, according to the Coordinating Minister// for People’s Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie. The Nation’s Economic Minister, equally concerned, has expressed fears on the dwindling poultry industry and a consequent fall back in the Nation’s Economic condition, due to th...

New genital gel could empower women against the AIDS epidemic

John Moore of Cornell University in New York and his colleagues are enthused by their finding of a new viral blocker that prevents the virus from burying into human cells. This blocker, in its initial testing in monkeys was found to curb sexual transmission of HIV between monkeys. The new study has backed the belief that microbicides - chemicals that hobble viruses - could act as shields against...

Diabetes could become an epidemic

The Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation is predicting a 300pc rise in the number of people affected by Type 2 Diabetes, though other experts say this figure is possibly a little high. In a new report from the DRWF it is indicated that an epidemic of type two diabetes is to occur. If left untreated or mismanaged the condition can lead to heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. It is als...

Teens' vitamin D deficiency an epidemic

Those habits contributed to a vitamin D deficiency that has helped weaken the 18-year-old's bones and left him prone to fractures.//..Doctors say it's an often overlooked problem that may affect millions adolescents. Often undetected and untreated, vitamin D deficiency puts them at risk for stunted growth and debilitating osteoporosis later in life. ..There's even evidence that chronic deficiency...

The 'forgotten epidemic' killing millions

Malaria, the ancient mosquito-borne disease that was rolled back by medical advances in the mid-20th century, is making a deadly comeback.// ..Strains of the disease are becoming increasingly resistant to treatment, infecting and killing more people than ever before -- sickening as many as 900 million last year, according to estimates by the U.S. Agency for International Development. ....More tha...

WHO Issues Caution Against Bird Flu Epidemic

WHO had urged the people to be prepared for any outbreak of Avian Influenza, commonly called bird flu. Although the //disease mainly spreads from birds to other animal species, even to humans, WHO is skeptical that the strain of virus that causes bird flu may soon mutate itself to a form that may spread the disease human to human, and cause an influenza outbreak that human immunity will be unable...

Ebola-like virus is on the way to cause epidemic in Angola

As the death toll from the virus like Ebola rises in the country of Angola, people had been warned not to visit the country in Africa// for at least a week. ....The number of people who are affected by the virus till date is 132. According to the statistics available at World Health Organization, the two third of those affected by the virus are children. .. ....The virus which was first identif...

Obesity And Expanding Waistlines the next Epidemic in USA

Obesity is defined as 30 or more pounds above ideal body weight. Obesity is slowly becoming a global problem and // more so in developed countries. According to a recent report the number of obese adults in the U.S. is currently about 31 percent. In 1980 it was 23% and 15 percent in 1970. ....Obesity not only causes problems with heart but also many other diseases like arthritis, diabetes, impo...

Autism epidemic is a myth- says a new study

Recent rumor about the rising incidence in births of autistic children have led to a fear in the world community that // we may be heading towards an autistic epidemic. However a recent report, which was published in the journal Current Directions in Psychological Science, points out that this is not true. The report points out to certain facts that belie the fear of having an autistic epidemic.....

‘No Epidemic Risk in Mumbai’ Assures Health Ministe

August 1, 2005 (New Delhi): The Union Health Minister of India, Mr.A.Ramadoss has ruled out the possibility of an epidemic in Mumbai. ...."There is no epidemic alert as of now," said the Health Minister categorically. This is despite the fact that the floodwaters are yet to recede in many parts// of the city and rain continues to cause misery to the people. ....Ramdoss says that the state hea...

Mumbai Alert: Possibility Of An Epidemic Outbreak

Six deaths of suspected leptospirosis and dengue in the densely populated areas of Kalyan and Dombivli, 60-odd km from Mumbai over the pat three days has raised panic among the residents. ..The Municipal Corporation (KDMC) has been kept on high alert and has been forced to rush extra manpower// and drugs to the area. The three suspected lepto victims died of respiratory failure while the others o...

Epidemic Fear In Mumbai Mounting Post-Floods

The death toll in Mumbai following the water borne diseases crossed 55 even as the government played down fears of an epidemic. Most of the 55 dead were from the densely populated city suburbs that were worst affected by // last month's floods... ..Over 1,000 patients had been admitted to various Mumbai hospitals with complications arising from leptospirosis, dengue, typhoid and hepatitis. All go...

Dengue Epidemic in West Bengal: Over 1000 New Cases and 15 dead

Kolkata (6th Sept 2005): In an alarming announcement the Health Minister of West Bengal Mr.Surya Kanta Mishra officially declared that West Bengal was facing a Dengue epidemic and the numbers of cases detected were increasing in comparison to last year.// ....Mishra also said that other than dengue, malaria, typhoid, viral fever and encephalitis were also afflicting the people, especially in K...

People warned against consumption of red meat due to risk of Flu epidemic

Orissa is considered as a major migratory waterfowl destination where nearly 1.5 million birds arrive every winter, according to the official reports. This has raised serious concerns regarding the spread of avian flu virus responsible for causing bird flu//. ..The meat of several avian species, including migratory birds, are a delicacy for many. Though the killing of migratory birds and consump...

A Vaccine for the impending pandemic Avian Influenza

All influenza viruses of the type A, including those causing seasonal epidemics of human influenza//, are genetically labile and well adapted to elude host defenses. The tendency of influenza viruses to undergo frequent and permanent antigenic changes necessitates constant monitoring of the global influenza situation and annual adjustments in the composition of influenza vaccines. Due to this ten...

Strategies to prevent the rising tide of the epidemic of chronic diseases

The Lancet Early Online Publication, released on the 5th of October, which comprises of a Series of four papers about chronic diseases, has a comprehensive report on the threat of chronic diseases in India. In an article, co-authored // by Union Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, the need to provide an effective public-health response to the growing challenge of chronic diseases in India was h...

People seek reassurance in facemasks following threats of bird flu epidemic

Although there has been an incredible and alarming rise in human cases of bird flu, causing increasing fear of a global pandemic, there seems to be a strong resolve in the scientific community to combat this impending and much // dreaded pandemic. .. ..Concern about bird flu has risen since October 5 when scientists from the U.S. Army and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported fi...

Endemic Encephalitis in India can be controlled by early vaccination

A recent report in Nature Medicine had said that the cause of high death tolls and spread of Japanese Encephalitis in India is due to lack of preparedness of Indian Health Officials in forming preventive strategies and early vaccination programs//. The encephalitis infection is spread by transmission of Japanese Encephalitis Virus by mosquitoes which breed in water logged paddy fields in the mons...

Doctors attacked for complacency against pandemic threat

Sir Liam Donaldson, UK’s chief medical officer, has attacked the health profession for complacency in its preparations for a lethal flu pandemic that he says is now a “biological inevitability”. //.. ..Last week Donaldson called together 30 public health leaders, including the heads of the royal colleges, to emphasize that the disease could kill between 50,000 and 750,000 people and should not be...

HIV Virus Emerging Drug Resistant In UK, Prompting Fear Of A Second Epidemic

Reports of highest resistance rates of the HIV virus in the UK has come just in time before the World AIDS Day that is to be celebrated on December 1st. This has created panic // among the scientific community, raising a possibility of a second wave epidemic of resistant virus. ..Anti-retroviral drugs are currently used in the management of AIDS victims. The currently available drugs are Zidovud...

Dealing With Stress Results In Better Academic Performance

Schools in the US have increasingly been paying lesser attention to programs with regard to the students' stress behavior, commitment to the school, and social development. The Social Development Research Group of the University // of Washington conducted a study of almost 600 students which revealed that tackling anti-social tendencies like violence, delinquency, and substance use among student...

Fear Of Dengue Epidemic Looms Large: Fever Kills Five in Pakistan

Even as the Pakistani government struggles to prevent dengue from taking on epidemic proportions, health officials in Pakistan have confirmed that the Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever (CCHF) // has killed at least 5 people, including a woman doctor, and infected around 45 people in the country's biggest city of Karachi. ....Dengue, commonly known as Congo fever, is spread through the bite of an...

U.S. Hospitals may help Spread Bird Flu Pandemic

U.S. hospitals could contribute to the spread of influenza during a pandemic because most do not follow good hygiene practices, according to an official U.S. report//. ..This report, coupled with the Congressional Budget Office report showing saying that a pandemic could cost the U.S. economy $675 billion, adds to an increasingly dire picture of the impact of an bird flu pandemic in the U.S. .....

Canada Needs More Doctors To Deal With A Pandemic

Family doctors are expected to play an important role during an influenza pandemic, by Canada’s physicians and the people. There appear to be no formal plans for the doctors when an epidemic// breaks out, according to the College of Family Physicians. Public health emergency is sought to be made an election issue by the officials of the college. ....The people will gain more confidence if the p...

UK Prepares Itself For Flu Pandemic

A bird flu tsar will be appointed for Scotland for coordinating efforts when an epidemic breaks out. The senior health official who will be responsible for giving his expert advice will be paid £50,000 annually.// ....Experts are of the opinion that the virus can mutate to spread rapidly among human beings. The exact number of applications received for the post has not been revealed. The person...

Pandemic Will Affect Business Houses

The global economy and health businesses are likely to be extensively affected when an influenza pandemic breaks out across the world. This is expected to result in a 14% contraction in the goods and services trade as a result of a global recession, //according to the Pacific Pandemic Forum for Business. This is the first such conference being held in North America. The exact amount of damage it...

UK Committee Warns on Food Shortages Due to Flu Epidemic

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has issued a warning that if a bird flu pandemic were to hit Britain, there would be a severe shortage of food. // ..The Committe has called on ministers to step-up efforts to collaborate on an international level and has asked the Government to prepare alternative plans to combat an epidemic should the need arise. As staff continue to take le...

Flu Pandemic Gets More Attention Than AIDS

The attention of the entire world appears to be focused on the bird flu pandemic that is expected to break out across the globe. AIDS which has already taken a toll of 25 million lives in as many years has failed to generate // the same level of attention. The AIDS program does not even have the required funds to cope with the disease effectively. ....The areas that are worst affected by AIDS a...

Children should eat well to do well in academics say experts!

In a study done at Cornell University it has been found that students who are well fed do well in academics then those who are not.// ..The study was done at Cornell's Early Childhood Centre. The results said that inadequate eating reflects in impaired academic development especially in reading. ..This phenomenon is termed as food insecurity. This is the condition when children do not have eno...

USA’s Plan to Tackle the Bird Flu Pandemi

Bird flu which was recently in all the news channels of all the countries has infected 141 individuals and taken 73 lives in the Asian countries. This has instilled fear // in US that it will soon spread quickly and infect people in United States. ..The H5N1 strain of the bird flu is very deadly and has infected people who were in close contact with the infected poultry. ..But so far its abilit...

New Zealand Prepares Itself For Pandemic

The Kapiti and Matiu islands may well become quarantine areas if a flu epidemic were to strike the Wellington Region. // The object behind this will be to contain the spread of the epidemic across the country. Schools and hostels churches and hotels may also be transformed into emergency hospitals where basic medical treatment will be provided to the patients. ....The Wellington Region is impor...

Minister claims China's Epidemic Control System Improved

Chinese Minister of Health Gao Qiang said China has improved its capability to handle epidemic emergencies, both treatment and prevention. // ..The SARS epidemic in 2003 exposed the flaws in China's epidemic disease prevention and control system. The government took comprehensive steps to address them, he said. ..After 27 billion yuan ($3.3 billion) of investment, by the end of 2005, the goal of...

Guidelines to tackle bird flu pandemic

The Department of Health and Human Services reported that very little precautionary measures can be taken to actually prevent the spread of the illness (bird flu) // . The infection in humans is actually caused by the H5N1 strain of the avian influenza. ..Hence to prevent the global pandemic it has issued various guidelines which will reduce the chances of an occurrence of a global pandemic. Th...

Asian Nations Told To Ready Themselves For Pandemic

Asian nations have been called upon to be ready to deal with a bird flu pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO). Shigeru Omi, the head of the WHO's western Pacific // region office alerted countries in the region to be ready to respond immediately to any signs of the emergence of a pandemic strain of the H5N1 virus, saying the virus may come along with cases of bird flu. ....While emph...

Up to date information on estimates of AIDS/HIV epidemic in china soon!

This is the age of information and health and combining the two does wonders. In the same vein Mao Qun'an, the spokesman for the Ministry of Health (MOH) China has announced that they // will publish the updated estimates of AID/HIV epidemic soon. ..In his clarification and statement, "Last year, the MOH, the United Nations Aids Programme (UNAIDS) and the World Health Organization (WHO) jointly...

Ontario Unprepared To Deal With Flu Pandemic

The Chief Medical Officer of Ontario has announced that it will be difficult for the authorities to contain a major infectious disease outbreak. Many of Ontario's public health units do not have a medical officer working on a full time basis,// and provincial laboratories are both understaffed and operate with outdated equipment. The Province may be incapable of dealing with a major outbreak of a...

Prediction of malaria epidemics possible!

According to scientist a new computer model has been developed that can predict the occurrence of en epidemic of malaria. The intensity whether it would be mild or severe can be told five months before it occurs. // ..This would give ample time for preventive or emergency measures to be done in advance. ....The control of malaria is a top priority for international health officials these days....

Connecticut Gears Itself For Pandemic

Residents of Connecticut will be contacting police officers, school leaders, in addition to the East Haven Fire Chief if a pandemic influenza were to break out. // Officials belonging to these departments are also gearing themselves for such a situation. The fire department everywhere has to be at the forefront while dealing with emergencies. Humanity has been witness to several epidemics in the...
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