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New antibiotic-resistant bacteria with triple threat found in US

New York, June 10 (IANS) Scientists have for the first time isolated an extremely virulent strain of Klebsiella pneumoniae (K pneumoniae) that is resistant to a class of highly effective antibiotic agents and presents a triple threat, from a patient in the US. The previously reported hypervirulent forms were largely antibiotic susceptible. Carbapenem-resistant K. pneumoniae -- p...

3 days ago
Tonsil removal in childhood may increase asthma risk

Sydney, June 8 (IANS) Removing tonsils and adenoids in childhood increases the long-term risk of respiratory disorders such as asthma and influenza, as well as allergic and infectious diseases, says a study of nearly 1.2 million children. The researchers suggest renewed evaluation of alternatives to these common paediatric surgeries that include removal of tonsils (tonsillectomy) to trea...

4 days ago
Movie on Tab Hunter, Anthony Perkins' love affair in works

Los Angeles, June 7 (IANS) Filmmaker J.J. Abrams and actor Zachary Quinto are producing a movie about the secret love affair between two of the most popular leading men of Hollywood -- Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins. Titled Tab & Tony, the Paramount drama is based on Hunter's first person account of his struggle to come to terms with his sexual orientation in 1950s Hollywood, an era ...

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William Phipps, original voice of Prince Charming, dies at 96

Los Angeles, June 4 (IANS) Actor William Phipps, who starred in sci-fi films of the 1950s and voiced Prince Charming in 1950s Cinderella, has passed away. He was 96. Phipps' friend and author Tom Weaver announced the news, adding that Phipps had been battling lung cancer, which was complicated by pneumonia, reports variety.com. The actor died on June 1 at UCLA Medical Center in S...

12 days ago
Former Chhattisgarh CM Ajit Jogi on life support

Gurugram, May 30 (IANS) Former Chief Minister of Chattisgarh Ajit Jogi is on life support and his condition is stable, senior doctors said at Medanta hospital in Gurugram of Haryana. The former IAS officer and first Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh was brought to Medanta hospital by an air ambulance on Wednesday after being diagnosed with pneumonia. Earlier, the 72-year-old Chhatti...

14 days ago
Palestinian President leaves hospital after 8-day stay

Ramallah, May 28 (IANS) Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas left a hospital here on Monday, eight days after he was hospitalized with pneumonia and high fever. Talking to reporters outside the Ramallah Consulting Hospital, the 82-year-old Abbas said: I will get back to work tomorrow and thanks God and to the great hospital which is a good exemplary of our hospitals. If Jerusalem ...

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New Zealand to cull over 100,000 cows to eradicate Mycoplasma

Wellington, May 28 (IANS) New Zealand will become the first country in the world to try to eradicate the Mycoplasma bovis cow disease by culling tens of thousands of cows in the largest mass animal slaughter in the countrys history. Government and farming sector leaders have agreed to cull 126,000 cows and spend more than NZ$800m ($560 million) over 10 years in an attempt to save the nat...

25 days ago
Drug to treat bleeding may benefit some stroke patients: Study

London, May 17 (IANS) A drug, currently used to treat blood loss from major trauma and bleeding after childbirth, may benefit patients with stroke caused by bleeding in the brain -- intracerebral haemorrhage, a clinical trial suggests. Intracerebral haemorrhage occurs when a diseased blood vessel within the brain bursts, allowing blood to leak inside the brain. The study, publish...

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Child-killing virus hits Sri Lanka

Colombo, May 17 (IANS) Sri Lanka's health officials on Thursday warned that a virus affecting children was spreading in the island's south and five deaths had been reported. The government's Information Department quoting medical officials said the Karapitiya Teaching Hospital in Galle had been experiencing an increase in the number of patients who arrived with a fever over the past few ...

1 month ago
Nine out of 10 people globally breathe toxic air: WHO

Geneva, May 2 (IANS) Air pollution levels remain dangerously high in many parts of the world with nine out of 10 people breathing air containing high levels of pollutants, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday. It praised India's Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana Scheme for providing some 37 million free liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) connections in the past two years that hel...

1 month ago
Former IAF chief I.H. Latiff dead

Hyderabad, May 1 (IANS) Former chief of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Air Chief Marshal Idris Hassan Latif, died here on Monday. He was 94. He breathed his last at a private hospital, where he was admitted last week with pneumonia, family sources said. He is survived by three children. His wife Bilkees Latif, a noted social activist and writer, died in October last year. La...

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Adult immunisation ignored in India, says health expert

New Delhi, April 28 (IANS) Owing to lack of awareness adult immunisation is the most ignored part of health care services in India, says a city-based health expert. The condition of adult vaccination is abysmal in the country primarily because of lack of awareness amongst people as well as the doctors. It is also not a priority for the government because of the costs involved, said Vivek...

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Commonly heartburn drug linked to pneumonia in elderly

London, April 25 (IANS) Older adults's intake of widely prescribed drugs to neutralise stomach acid in people with heartburn or stomach ulcers could increase their risk of pneumonia, finds a study. Approximately 40 per cent of older adults receive proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), although according to some experts, up to 85 per cent of people who receive PPI prescriptions may not need them...

1 month ago
Low dose of antibiotics can cause resistance: Study

London, April 24 (IANS) Even low concentrations of antibiotics can cause resistance to develop in bacteria, a global and growing problem in health care. Antibiotic resistance occurs when bacteria change in response to the use of these medicines, used to prevent and treat bacterial infections. The study showed that, over time, bacteria exposed to low doses of antibiotics develope...

2 months ago
'Stan Lee in need of a superhero himself'

Los Angeles, April 12 (IANS) Stan Lee, the former head of Marvel Comics and creator of numerous comic book heroes, reportedly needs a superhero for himself. At Marvel in New York in the 1960s, Lee created the comic book characters that dominate the box office today. But at 95 and reeling from his wife's death last year and a fight with his daughter, Lee stands at the centre of a nasty ba...

2 months ago
Good cholesterol may up gastro, pneumonia risk

London, April 11 (IANS) While bad cholesterol has been blamed for increasing risk of heart disease, variations in the good cholesterol levels may also lead to infectious diseases such as gastroenteritis or pneumonia, according to a study. Individuals with very low high-density lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol had a 75 per cent higher risk of infectious disease, whereas the risk was 43 per ...

2 months ago
Childhood illnesses like asthama can trigger COPD later: Lancet

Sydney, April 7 (IANS) While smoking remains the biggest risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), childhood illnesses such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, allergic rhinitis and eczema also amplify the disease, say researchers. Three-quarters of COPD cases have their origins in poor lung function pathways beginning in childhood, according to a cohort study published...

2 months ago
Bad food raising under-nutrition and obesity: Experts

New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Giant corporates selling processed foods are not only raising under-nutrition but also over-nutrition, or obesity, in a country that is seen as the hub of stunted and under-nourished children, say experts. They cited how biscuits, savoury snack packets and the likes, costing between one and five ruppess, have replaced many meals for a large chunk of population ...

2 months ago
Flu, pneumonia may raise heart attack and stroke risk

London, March 22 (IANS) Older adults diagnosed with respiratory infections such as flu or pneumonia, are six times more likely to suffer from heart attack or stroke in the days after infection, a study warned. The study found that several different organisms that cause respiratory infections, including the influenza virus and S.pneumoniae -- most common pneumonia causing bacteria -- are ...

3 months ago
Stored blood may be unsafe for severely injured patients

New York, March 10 (IANS) Blood stored for long may be less safe for patients with massive blood loss and shock as it may have adverse effects on them, researchers, including one of Indian origin, suggest. The researchers found that for patients who have massive bleeding and receive many transfusion units, older blood was associated with dysfunction in blood flow, increased injury and in...

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