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Singapore Dengue Cases Return to Epidemic Level

...nd 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 fever outbreak in 2005 when 19 people die...

UN Calls for Pedal Power to Reduce Environmental Damage

...utes directly or indirectly to about 77,000 deaths per year in the region, according to WHO estimates. "So far the impact is on the health of the people. If the trend continues, it may have an impact on the economy," said Shigeru Omi, WHO's regional director for the Western Pacific. "Of course the th...

Impaired Odour Identification Predicts Cognitive Decline for the Elderly

...w average on the odour identification test were 50 per cent more likely 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 str...

One-third of Adults Have Had Some Form of Alcohol Use Disorder During Their Lifetimes

...University Medical Center has shown that nearly 30 per cent of US adults have had some form of alcohol us...der at some point in their lifetimes. Some 17.8 per cent of the adults surveyed reported experiencing alcohol abuse, and 12.5 per cent alcohol dependenc...

Live Earth Will Make the World More Aware of the Crisis Facing the Earth, Hopes Al Gore

...al treaty that cuts global warming pollution by 90 per cent in developed countries and by more than half worldwide. It also asks people to cut their own pollution, make their homes, businesses, schools and transport more energy efficient, and plant new trees and preserve forests. The organizers are hap...

Draft National Policy on Sight-saving Drugs unacceptable

... June. It recommends ranibizumab for only about 20 per cent of patients with wet age-related macular degeneration, restricting its use to those in whom both eyes are affected and then to the better seeing eye. Final guidance is due in September. DTB says: We believe that policies that dictate that pa...

Son Donates Part of Liver to Ailing Father, Transplant Successful

...r the operation 11 days ago in which he donated 60 per cent of his healthy liver to his father. David s... a few months but his liver should grow back to 90 per cent of its former size and regain all its previous functions. Stephen said his son's gesture was "t...

Bio-defense Lab Ordered Shut Down as Researchers Get Infected

...Some people get complications. Between five and 15 per cent of patients develop a post-Q fever chronic fa...titis. And in a small percentage of cases, about 2 per cent, it persists in a chronic form and can cause inflammation of the heart valves and/or hepatitis....

Drinking Problem Plagues 30% Americans

A new US study estimates that about 30 per cent of Americans report have some alcohol disord...ome point of time in their lives. Over half (17.8 per cent) are due to alcohol abuse and the rest to alcohol dependence (12.5 per cent). It means that 1 o...

Maxygen Initiates Phase IIa Clinical Trial of MAXY-G34 in Breast Cancer Patients

...ith planned doses at 10, 30, 60, or 100 micrograms per kilogram of MAXY-G34 compared to 6mg of Neulasta. ...ministered as a single subcutaneous injection once per chemotherapy cycle. The primary objective of the Phase IIa trial is to identify one or more doses ...

Lost Sleep can Never Be Compensated for

...ng the study, animals were kept awake for 20 hours per day followed by a four-hour sleep opportunity, ove...onic partial sleep loss of even two to three hours per night could have detrimental effects on the body, leading to impairments in cognitive performance, a...

Embryo Protection Law in Germany

...tes that no more than three embryos can be created per cycle of IVF and all three, regardless of their qu...e implemented, total activity dropped by nearly 50 per cent to 60,425. Significantly, this was a persistent effect because the number of cycles remained at...

Just One Cigarette can Cause Nicotine Addiction

... when youth are smoking as little as one cigarette per month. In a study, published in the Archives of...Adolescent Medicine, the researchers found that 10 per cent of youth become addicted to nicotine within two days of first inhaling from a cigarette, and 25...

Humans are Gobbling Up a Quarter of Nature's Resources, Reveals Study

... Almost half was soaked up by growing crops; Seven per cent went up in smoke as fires lit by humans, and the rest was used up in a variety of other ways related to industrialisation, such as transport, the study revealed. According to the study, the Earth can just about cope if the future needs are met...

Yawning Actually Helps You Keep Awake

...ust breathe normally. The results showed that 50 per cent of people told to breathe normally or through their mouths yawned while watching other people yawn, while none of those told to breathe through their noses yawned. The researchers also found that subjects who held a cold pack to their forehead d...

FDA Extends GRAS Approval Listex to All Food Products

...d seawater can contain as many as 1 billion phages per ml, while in fresh and processed meat and meat products, more than 100 million viable phages per gram are often present. Phages are harmless to humans, animals and plants, and target only bacterial...

Too Much of Videogames Hampers Study Time in Children

...ounterparts. Boys spent an average of 58 minutes per day during the week and one hour 37 minutes on wee...mes, compared with girls who played for 44 minutes per day during the week and one hour and one minute on the weekends. The boys tended to spend less tim...

Dark Chocolate Possible Medicine for Blood Pressure

...teries among smokers, and it has more antioxidants per gram than red wine, green tea or berries. A new study published in the July 4 2007 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association found that to have a small blood pressure lowering effect, you may only need a tiny piece of dark chocolate d...

In China, Online Gamers Raking in the Cash

... earn around 1,600 yuan a month -- in a city where per capita monthly disposable income was less than 1,000 yuan in 2006. However, the government has not roundly endorsed this new source of job creation, amid concerns that teenagers are spending far too much time on the Internet and becoming addicted t...

Reduction in Antidepressant Leads to Suicidal Risks

...ntidepressant prescriptions, with an average of 23 per 10,000 patients. By the end of the studya total of...on had decreased by 33 percent to an average of 15 per 10,000 per month. The decrease was most pronounced for SSRIs (except for fluoxetine) and another t...

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