Nipah mystery deepens as lab report rules out bats as prime cause of infection

The mystery over the source of the deadly Nipah (NiV) virus infection that has claimed 12 lives in north Kerala deepened after the blood and serum samples of 21 bats tested at the National Institute of High Security Animal Diseases in Bhopal returned negative results for the virus. Kerala’s first NIV outbreak has killed 12 people and infected 20. Health officials will now examine the travel history of Mohamed Sabith, 26, who was the first to die in the Moosa family that lost four members to the virus. He returned…

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Antibiotic resistance linked to global warming, rising population

The resistance to antibiotics among the human pathogens is spreading like a wild fire and will have serious consequences on the spread of infections and how our doctors treat them in the future. It is estimated that by 2050 around 10 million people will die worldwide, as a result of increased resistance to antibiotics. Till now the major reason given for this rising resistance in humans is overuse of antibiotics. But now scientists have come up with new findings which show that there are also other environmental factors which might…

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Nipah Virus infection contained, no need to panic: Centre

The highly contagious Nipah virus infected 18 and killed 11 persons in Kerala before it was contained, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday of the viral disease that has triggered panic in the southern state. Seven infected persons were being treated in isolation wards. Another seven, including three persons from Karnataka’s Mangaluru who travelled to the Nipah-hit Kerala districts, were under observation though they had not shown symptoms of the infection. “It was a highly localized infection and we have been able to contain it well,” health secretary Preeti…

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Medicinal Benefits of Babri Beoul (Basil Seeds)

Medicinal_Benefits of #BABRI_BEOUL Punjabi. (BABRI) Kashmiri..(BABRI BEOEL) English. .Basil seeds A Regular Drink in summer seasons & at Iftiar Times during Ramzan. Just add a few seeds in a glass of Water,milk or Lassie for a few minutes till proper mix up & add sugars as per taste. #MEDICINAL  #BENEFITS… (1) #WEIGHT_LOSS : After soaking in Water they have ability to expand 30times of its original size & make stomach full & don’t allow you to feel hungry for a period of time. (2) #CONSTIPATION : Full of fibres ensures…

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Consuming Antidepressants, Antibiotics without consulting doctor can lead to organ failure, warn doctors

Saika Nisar (name changed), 27, started consuming Petril 0.5 mg (a tablet used in the treatment of epilepsy and anxiety disorder) prescribed by her Doctor in 2015 when she lost her brother in an accident. She was advised to take the drug for a month only as she was struggling to sleep and had panic attacks. Nisar, after a month did not stop consuming medicines, she continued even after the month without consulting a doctor. Later the situation turned ugly for her when she was admitted in SKIMS hospital with…

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Medical Benefits of Ramadhan

Fasting During Ramzan Improves the health and stamina, so enjoy your fasting. But Mus­lims don’t fast because of health benefits but because it has been ordained to them in the Quran. The medical benefits of fasting are as a result of fasting. Fasting in general has been used for medical reasons including weight manage­ment, for rest of the digestive tract, and for lowering lipids. There are many adverse effects of the total fasting as well as so called crash di­ets. Islamic fasting is different from such diet plans because in…

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Walking is the best exercise to lose weight, control diabetes: Experts

Not the type to lift weights in the gym? No patience for yoga? Feel like you’ll pass out 5 seconds into running? We hear you. Walking is the best form of exercise you can take up. It’s great for people who are trying to lose weight, the elderly, diabetic or those who have heart related problems. Trust us, we’ve got doctors’ approval on this. “Walking is considered as a nearest activity to perfect exercise,” says Dr Amar Singhal, interventional cardiologist, Sri Balaji Action Medical Institute, Delhi. “It’s the easiest way…

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Antibiotics needlessly prescribed in Kashmir: Doctors Association

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today said “far too many antibiotics are needlessly prescribed in Kashmir. “Doctors write antibiotics to patients who do not need them,” said DAK president Dr Nisarul Hassan. He said more than two thirds of antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed for infections caused by viruses or conditions that are not linked to infection at all. “You go to a doctor with runny nose, sore throat, cough, ear or sinus discharge, you will walk away with a prescription for antibiotics. These conditions are caused by viruses against which antibiotics…

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Will government act upon sweet ‘Poison’ in Kashmir?

Kashmir region has become a dumping ground for fake, adulterated and substandard toffees, candies and other confectionery. This investigative report by ZT reveals that most of these products do not abide by the standards and guidelines as prescribed under the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations, 2011 Worse, these products are likely to contain additives, preservatives, taste enhances and other chemicals which are known to have serious health implications both for children and adults. Citing children’s health concerns, 98% of the respondents ZT engaged with in…

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Some top-selling diabetes drugs in India not safe: Experts

Some top-selling diabetes drugs in India may not be safe for patients, says a team of international experts, according to whom, the country’s drug regulatory system allows use of a treatment that has not been found effective or safe. For their study, published in the British Medical Journal, the researchers used World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for approving metformin fixed-dose combinations (FDC) to assess the efficacy and safety of those top-selling diabetes drugs in India. “This work is relevant to an active case in the courts in India. We are…

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