E-cigarettes not helping people quit smoking: Study

New York, Jan 15 : Electronic cigarettes that are widely promoted and used to help smokers quit traditional cigarettes are not assisting much in this task, says a new study. A new analysis by the University of California-San Francisco has found that ‘vapers’ — dedicated enthusiasts of electronic cigarettes — are 28 percent less likely […]

Zika virus linked to birth defects may spread across US

Toronto, Jan 15 : The Zika virus, spread by a day-biting mosquito and possibly linked to serious birth defects in Brazil, has the potential to spread within the Americas, including parts of the US, researchers have warned. The Zika virus, native to parts of Africa and Asia, has for the first time been introduced into […]

Liberia declared Ebola-free, signalling end to West African epidemic

By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA, Jan 15 : Liberia was declared free of the Ebola virus by global health experts, a milestone that signalled an end to an epidemic in West Africa that has killed more than 11,300 people. But the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned there could still be flare-ups of the disease in […]

Greece reports first death of mutated flu virus H3N2 strain this winter

Athens, Jan 15 : A 59-year-old man was the first case dying of implications after infection from a mutated strain of influenza, Greek authorities announced on Thursday. The man, who had also other health problems, according to the Greek Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (KEELPNO) experts, was infected by the mutated flu virus H3N2 […]

Ban welcomes end of Ebola transmission in Liberia

United Nations, Jan 14 : UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday welcomed the announcement by the World Health Organisation marking the end of Ebola transmission in Liberia. For the first time since the devastating outbreak began, all known chains of transmission of Ebola in West Africa have been stopped and no new cases have been […]

Meghalaya government-supplied drinking water unfit for consumption

Shillong, Jan 14 : Drinking water supplied by the Meghalaya government’s Public Health Engineering (PHE) department to people in the state capital is unfit for human consumption, a test report revealed on Thursday. The test report prepared by the government-run Pasteur Institute and Medical Research Institute found that water samples collected by members of Khun […]