User: aseem Topic: Water
Category: Water_Brone_Diseases
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‘Heads will roll if ward officers are lax in tackling rain diseases’ 24.5.2015 TOI: Mumbai
After an outbreak of dengue and malaria gripped the city last year, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation chief Ajoy Mehta has directed heads of all 24 civic wards to map areas which showed a rising trend of malaria, dengue and jaundice since ...
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Nepal: WHO marks one month since devastating earthquake as it ramps up aid 23.5.2015 Sify News
Nearly one month after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, flattening large swathes of the country’s Kathmandu valley and affecting millions of people, the United Nations health agency is continuing its emergency response aimed at saving lives and addressing the urgent health needs of the Himalayan nation.
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IMA 'Kent' endorse. Or can it? 23.5.2015 TOI: India
IMA 'Kent' endorse. Or can it?
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Tanzania: UNICEF works to halt cholera outbreak among Burundian refugees 22.5.2015 Sify News
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is rushing critical relief supplies to Tanzania’s north-western border with Burundi amid a devastating cholera outbreak affecting tens of thousands of refugees there.
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What are cities doing so right – and so wrong? The experts go head to head 21.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

New York-born Harvard economist Edward Glaeser is one of the world’s foremost urban thinkers. Ahead of his upcoming lecture on ‘comeback cities’, he talks to Guardian columnist and vocal London campaigner Simon Jenkins

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The doomsday vault: the seeds that could save a post-apocalyptic world 20.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
Set in an Arctic mountainside, the Svalbard seed bank contains the world’s most prized crops. But a row has erupted over whether this is the best hope of feeding the world after a catastrophe or just an overpriced deep freeze One Tuesday last winter, in the town nearest to the North Pole, Robert Bjerke turned up for work at his regular hour and looked at the computer monitor on his desk to discover, or so it seemed for a few horrible moments, that the future of human civilisation was in jeopardy. The morning of 16 December 2014 was relatively mild for winter in Svalbard: -7.6C with moderate winds. The archipelago, which lies in the Arctic ocean, is under Norway’s control, but it is nearly twice as far from Oslo as it is from the North Pole. The main town, Longyearbyen, has many unexpected comforts – tax-free liquor and cigarettes, clothing stores and a cafe with artisan chocolates shaped like polar bears and snowflakes. For Bjerke, who works for the Norwegian government’s property agency, Statsbygg, the ...
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Yemen: UN agencies urge predictable pauses for humanitarian aid 20.5.2015 Sify News
Yemen’s five-day ceasefire aimed at allowing the delivery of critical aid to the country’s beleaguered civilian population did not last long enough for providing the necessary relief, according to the United Nations humanitarian agencies.
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Should I drink more coffee? 18.5.2015 The Guardian -- Front Page
For years we have been told that coffee is bad for us, but the US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has unveiled strong evidence that drinking three to five cups a day is harmless and can even counteract some severe illnesses It is the world’s most popular drink after water. But do you think you should cut down? That more than a couple of cups isn’t good for you? Isn’t coffee linked to pancreatic and kidney cancer, and doesn’t it make your blood pressure go through the roof? Prepare to be amazed. Somehow coffee has made it on to the healthy list. The latest US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee says there is strong evidence that drinking three to five cups a day (or up to 400mg/d caffeine) does no harm at all and that research consistently shows that coffee reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. There’s also evidence that coffee protects you from Parkinson’s disease. High-caffeine drinks, however, are not the same as coffee and should be avoided by adolescents and drunk sparingly ...
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'You think I'm mad?' – the truth about psychosomatic illness 16.5.2015 Guardian: Science
Yvonne went blind overnight, Matthew couldn’t walk, Shahina lost the use of her hand – but doctors found nothing wrong. Were they faking it, or was the mind playing tricks? A neurologist on her most intriguing cases I was a junior doctor when I encountered Yvonne. She was 40 and worked in a supermarket. One Tuesday she was reorganising produce in a refrigerated unit while a colleague cleaned the glass. Yvonne turned to talk to her just as she released a small spray of window cleaner. Yvonne felt the liquid splatter on her face and a burning in both eyes. Another colleague led her to the bathroom and washed her eyes with water. Yvonne was taken by ambulance to hospital, where she was examined and had her eyes bathed. Her husband was called, and by the time he arrived she was feeling better. Her eyes were red and full of tears, but she could see normally and the pain had lessened. Her husband took her home. He told her not to go in to work the next day, and during the morning Yvonne noticed her vision ...
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Without ensuring universal access to water, there can be no food security 15.5.2015 The Guardian -- World Latest

A new report on water for food security and nutrition shows how land, food and water issues are inextricably linked. This must be reflected in policymaking

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UN report shows mixed results for reaching MDG health targets by end of 2015 14.5.2015 Sify News
The United Nations health agency on Wednesday reported that by the end of 2015, the world will have met the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for turning around the epidemics of HIV, malaria and tuberculosis, and boosting access to drinking water, but will likely fall short of reaching other health-related goals in areas such as child and maternal deaths and basic sanitation.
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GMCH's nephrology unit still a non-starter in Aurangabad 14.5.2015 TOI: Cities
It has been over a year since the new building of the nephrology and transplant unit at the GMCH was inaugurated with much fanfare before the Lok Sabha election code of conduct came into ...
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Surprise in civic portfolios 13.5.2015 Telegraph: Calcutta
A senior member of mayor Sovan Chatterjee's new team has lost a key department he had held in the last board but retained another.
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Affordable Drugs for Hepatitis C

12.5.2015 Govt of india: PIB
The figures of Hepatitis C affected Indians who could not afford medical treatment are not collected centrally. However, the cost of treatment for Hepatitis C is high for the cases which require treatment. The Government of India has launched a National Programme for prevention and control of viral Hepatitis during 12th Five Year Plan period under which the activities undertaken, inter alia, are:
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Summer diseases strike, Delhi reports packed OPDs 12.5.2015 TOI: Cities
Doctors say sudden exposure to sun after staying in an air conditioned must be avoided and people should increase fluid intake to avoid dehydration and illness associated with ...
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Nepal Earthquake: Red Cross, telecom firm launch emergency texting service 11.5.2015 DNA: Popular News
The Red Cross and a Nepalese telecom firm launched an emergency texting service today to send out real-time updates on aid distribution and weather warnings across the quake-hit Himalayan nation. The free messaging service, set up by the charity and mobile network provider Nepal Telecom, will target users according to their location, offering them potentially "life-saving" information on weather and health hazards in time for the approaching monsoon. The 7.8-magnitude earthquake sparked avalanches and landslides in northern Nepal, including on Mount Everest base camp, and killed more than 8,000 people, leaving thousands more homeless and in desperate need of food, clean water and shelter. "As earthquake survivors battle to recover from this disaster, they are now faced with (the) prospect of the monsoon season which is just weeks away," said Dev Ratna Dhakhwa, Secretary General of the Nepal Red Cross. "This life-saving service provides real-time information and warnings on flood risks, disease outbreaks ...
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Nepal quake victims prone to diseases 11.5.2015 Sify News
People severely affected by the April 25 devastating earthquake in Nepal have been suffering from various communicable diseases, media reported on Monday.
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Alarm as quake buries toilet triumph 11.5.2015 Telegraph: International
After years of intense effort, officials here in rural Sindhupalchowk district had persuaded almost all of the nearly 61,000 households to each build a toilet. Then the quake struck, destroying most houses - and the very toilets that could have helped stave off the diseases that can run rampant after natural disasters.
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Twin cities gear up to tackle rain-related diseases 10.5.2015 TOI: Cities
HDMC's health department and the district health department are gearing up with precautionary measures to prevent dengue, malaria and other deadly ...
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Three people die of jaundice in Balangir 10.5.2015 TOI: Cities
After Sambalpur town, jaundice has come to haunt people of Balangir with three people dying of the disease in three ...
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