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20th October 2016
Zika fight: Singapore releases more mosquitoes
 
The National Environment Agency (NEA) on Tuesday (Oct 18) began its six-month trial in using bacteria-carrying mosquitoes to tackle the mosquito population in Singapore. 
 
The agency released 3,000 male Wolbachia-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at Braddell Heights on Tuesday as part of a six-month field study to learn more about the species. This will also be done at Nee Soon East and Tampines West next month.
 
Over the next six months, an average of one to three male mosquitoes per person will be released weekly at multiple points in Tampines West, and monthly from a single point in Nee Soon East and Braddell Heights.
 
They will not be released directly into homes, but instead at stairwells, void decks and other open spaces, NEA said.
While the male mosquitoes may fly around and enter homes to seek out females and find shelter, they will not bite or transmit disease. Eggs produced from the male Wolbachia-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito and a female urban Aedes aegypti mosquito will not hatch.
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Osteoporosis and Heart failure: Interlinked disorders
 
On Osteoporosis day, awareness needs to be generated about the correlation between heart diseases and osteoporosis
 
New Delhi, 19th October 2016: In India, heart failure is a common cause of morbidity and mortality with about 30 million Indians suffering from coronary heart disease. Another common 'age-related' health condition is osteoporosis, which has an overall prevalence of about 29%. Both these conditions become highly prevalent with advancing age. There has been growing line of evidence that suggests that heart diseases and Osteoporosis may be comorbid health conditions, especially in the elderly.
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