Kerala government declares Ernakulam district Nipah-free
The Kerala government on Tuesday declared Ernakulam district Nipah-free as a 23-year-old man, who had tested positive for the deadly virus, was discharged from hospital after nearly two months. The man, hailing from a village near north Paravur, was undergoing treatment at a private hospital for the last 54 days.... read more
Ebola, 9 other viral diseases pose a big threat to India
NEW DELHI: India needs to brace for viral diseases like Ebola that have not entered the country so far but have raged in some other countries in recent years.
Scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) have identified 10 emerging viral infections that could pose a threat to public health in India. These include Ebola, MERS-CoV, Yellow Fever and Avian Influenza (H7N9).... read more
Record heatwaves in store for Europe
Heatwaves will continue to hit many parts of Europe this week, with some countries on course to see record temperatures, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) said on Tuesday.
Briefing journalists in Geneva, a WMO spokesperson said that Germany and the Benelux countries are likely to experience their hottest day ever on Thursday, when they will have to deal with a peak of over 40 degrees Celsius ... read more
USPSTF: Keep Hepatitis B Screening for Pregnant Women
Evidence continues to support hepatitis B virus (HBV) screening in all pregnant women at their first prenatal visit to prevent infection in newborns, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) reaffirmed.
The grade A recommendation means there is "high certainty that the net benefit is substantial," according to USPSTF members Douglas Owens, MD,... read more
Pets May Help Older Adults Manage Chronic Pain
People with pets may be able to use their companion animals to practice techniques for managing chronic pain without medication, say researchers.
In focus group interviews, pet owners over age 70 with chronic pain said their pets brought them joy and laughter, helped them relax,... read more