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Potentially harmful chemicals found in blood of Tokyo citizens: Civic group
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Potentially harmful chemicals found in blood of Tokyo citizens: Civic group

A Tokyo civic group said it has detected high concentrations of potentially harmful substances known as PFAS in the blood samples of some inhabitants of the western area of the Japanese capital, suggesting contamination of local water supply, local media reported. Tokyo, Feb 2 : A Tokyo civic group said it has detected high concentrations of potentially harmful substances known as PFAS in the blood samples of some inhabitants of the western area of the Japanese capital, suggesting contamination of local water supply, local media reported. In a statement to the media, the group said that PFAS, or perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are found in firefighting foam used on American military bases but it was unclear whether the contamination had any relation to the Yokot...
Tanzania embarks on programme to eliminate leprosy by 2030
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Tanzania embarks on programme to eliminate leprosy by 2030

Tanzanian health authorities on Sunday marked the World Leprosy Day and announced a new programme aimed at eliminating leprosy in the country by 2030. Dar Es Salaam, Jan 30 : Tanzanian health authorities on Sunday marked the World Leprosy Day and announced a new programme aimed at eliminating leprosy in the country by 2030. Deputy Minister for Health, Godwin Mollel said the programme entailed the identification of all leprosy patients in the East African nation, Xinhua news agency reported. He said the identification of leprosy patients will help the government treat the patients in efforts aimed at controlling the disease that affects the nerves, skin, eyes and lining of the nose. "The identification of leprosy patients will be done from village to regional level, and i...
Omicron new subvariant XBB.1.5 accounts for over 60% of new Covid infections in US
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Omicron new subvariant XBB.1.5 accounts for over 60% of new Covid infections in US

Omicron's new subvariant XBB.1.5 is estimated to account for over 60 per cent of the Covid-19 cases in the US for the week ending January 28, according to data released on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Los Angeles, Jan 28 : Omicron's new subvariant XBB.1.5 is estimated to account for over 60 per cent of the Covid-19 cases in the US for the week ending January 28, according to data released on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). XBB.1.5 is spreading quickly in the US. It made up 37.5 per cent of the total cases in the week ending January 14, and rose to 49.5 per cent in the week ending January 21, according to the CDC. XBB.1.5 is currently the most transmissible variant in the country. The subvariant may spu...
US reports 100 paediatric flu deaths this season
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US reports 100 paediatric flu deaths this season

The US has reported a total of 91 paediatric flu deaths so far this season, according to the latest data released on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Los Angeles, Jan 28 : The US has reported a total of 91 paediatric flu deaths so far this season, according to the latest data released on Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There have been at least 25 million illnesses, 280,000 hospitalisations, and 17,000 deaths from flu his season in the US, according to CDC estimates. Nearly 4,000 people were hospitalised due to flu in the US in the latest week ending January 21, CDC data showed. Six influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported in this week, Xinhua news agency reported. The CDC recommends that ever...
Zimbabwe to conduct second measles vaccination campaign
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Zimbabwe to conduct second measles vaccination campaign

Zimbabwe will roll out the second phase of the measles vaccination campaign in the most affected districts, starting next Monday, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said. Harare, Jan 28 : Zimbabwe will roll out the second phase of the measles vaccination campaign in the most affected districts, starting next Monday, the Ministry of Health and Child Care said. The campaign will run from January 30 to February 10 targeting children aged five years to below 15 years in the eight most affected districts around the country, the Ministry tweeted on Friday. Following the outbreak that was first reported in the country in April 2022, the Ministry started a mass vaccination campaign in the affected districts, targeting the age group of six months to 15 years, in a bid to control ...
Spain to end mandatory use of masks on public transport
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Spain to end mandatory use of masks on public transport

The mandatory use of facemasks in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic on public transport in Spain will end on February 8, Minister for Health Carolina Darias said. Madrid, Jan 27 : The mandatory use of facemasks in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic on public transport in Spain will end on February 8, Minister for Health Carolina Darias said. However, facemasks will remain obligatory in hospitals, health centres and pharmacies, Xinhua news agency quoted the Minister as saying. "We have a very stable situation from an epidemiological point of view," Darias told the media. It is the latest move towards a return to normal life in Spain after the pandemic. The obligatory use of facemasks in most indoor settings ended on April 20, 2022. According to data published by the ...
Deaths from heart diseases went up during pandemic in certain people: Study
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Deaths from heart diseases went up during pandemic in certain people: Study

The number of people dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the US escalated during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, from 874,613 CVD-related deaths recorded in 2019 to 928,741 in 2020, a new study has revealed. New York, Jan 26 : The number of people dying from cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the US escalated during the first year of the Covid-19 pandemic, from 874,613 CVD-related deaths recorded in 2019 to 928,741 in 2020, a new study has revealed. The rise in the number of CVD deaths in 2020 represents the largest single-year increase since 2015 and topped the previous high of 910,000 recorded in 2003, according to the data published in American Heart Association's flagship, peer-reviewed journal Circulation. It means that more people died from cardiovascular...
Teenage pregnancy in Philippines declines in past 5 yrs
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Teenage pregnancy in Philippines declines in past 5 yrs

Teenage pregnancy among girls aged 15 to 19 in the Philippines declined to 5.4 per cent in 2022 from 8.6 per cent in 2017, according to official data. Manila, Jan 23 : Teenage pregnancy among girls aged 15 to 19 in the Philippines declined to 5.4 per cent in 2022 from 8.6 per cent in 2017, according to official data. The data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that teenage pregnancy was lower in urban areas at 4.8 per cent than in rural areas at 6.1 per cent, reports Xinhua news agency. The 19-year-olds had the highest pregnancy percentage. In terms of educational attainment, teenage pregnancy was most common among those with primary education, standing at 19.1 per cent. The percentage of teenage pregnancy decreases as educational attainment increas...
I had major side effects from 2nd Covid booster shot: Elon Musk
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I had major side effects from 2nd Covid booster shot: Elon Musk

Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Saturday joined the growing debate on the serious side-effects of Covid-19 vaccines, saying he had "major side effects from my second booster shot". New Delhi, Jan 21 : Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Saturday joined the growing debate on the serious side-effects of Covid-19 vaccines, saying he had "major side effects from my second booster shot". In a tweet, he said that he "felt like I was dying for several days". "Hopefully, no permanent damage, but I dunno," the billionaire said, adding that "first mRNA booster was ok, but the second one crushed me". He said that he had the Johnson & Johnson vaccine with no bad effects, "except my arm hurt briefly". Musk's admission about the side-effects of Covid vaccines came as Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla eva...
China stares at 36K Covid deaths a day during holidays this month
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China stares at 36K Covid deaths a day during holidays this month

China may see nearly a staggering 36,000 deaths a day during Lunar New Year holidays, data analytics company Airfinity has forecast. Hong Kong, Jan 18 : China may see nearly a staggering 36,000 deaths a day during Lunar New Year holidays, data analytics company Airfinity has forecast. The Lunar New Year festival began on January 7 and the holidays are set to begin on January 21. According to reports, Airfinity has now added 11,000 more deaths a day to its December 29, 2022, estimates. "We now expect to see one larger and more prolonged wave with infections reaching a higher peak," according to Dr Matt Linley, Airfinity's Analytics director. "Our forecast estimates a significant burden on China's healthcare system for the next fortnight and it is likely that many treat...