Rohingya refugee children in Bangladesh in dire state – UNICEF

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Oct 20 : Nearly 340,000 Rohingya children are living in squalid conditions in Bangladesh camps where they lack enough food, clean water and health care, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on Friday. Up to 12,000 more children join them every week, fleeing violence or hunger in Myanmar, often still […]

More Republican US senators back bipartisan Obamacare deal

By Richard Cowan and Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON, Oct 19 : A bipartisan deal to stabilize Obamacare by restoring billions of dollars of federal subsidies to health insurers picked up Republican support in the Senate on Thursday despite President Donald Trump’s opposition but still faced an uphill battle. Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Democratic Senator Patty […]

New H7N9 bird flu strain in China has pandemic potential -study

By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO, Oct 19 : Lab experiments on a new strain of the H7N9 bird flu circulating in China suggest the virus can transmit easily among animals and can cause lethal disease, raising alarm that the virus has the potential to trigger a global human pandemic, researchers reported on Thursday. The H7N9 virus […]

Thailand bans smoking on popular tourist beaches

Bangkok, Oct 11 : Thailand is introducing a smoking ban on popular beaches across the country including Phuket and those caught violating the law will face up to a year in prison. The measure will apply to up to 20 popular tourist beaches found to be constantly littered with huge numbers of discarded cigarette butts, […]

Emerging Zika serotypes may hinder vaccine development

New York, Oct 11 : Researchers have warned that the Zika virus is mutating among the infected patients so rapidly that different serotypes of the pathogen could soon appear in the near future, a development that would hinder development of vaccines and efficacy of diagnostic tests. “Today there’s only one Zika and people become immune […]

Midday light new hope for bipolar disorder patients: Study

New York, Oct 11 : Regular exposure to the bright white light at midday can significantly decrease symptoms of depression and increase functioning in people with bipolar disorder, reveals a new study. Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in mood, energy and activity levels. The findings […]