HEALTH

a German nurse probed over 84 more murders
A nurse serving a life sentence for murdering two patients in northern Germany is now a suspect in at least 84 other murder cases, police say,according to BBC. The 40-year-old, named only as Niels H under German reporting rules, was convicted of attempted murder in 2006 and murder in 2015. His victims received lethal drug doses at units where he worked. Relatives of patients who died in..
a Report : Middle-aged told to walk faster
Middle-aged people are being urged to walk faster to help stay healthy, amid concern high levels of inactivity may be harming their health, BBC report. Officials at Public Health England said the amount of activity people did started to tail off from the age of 40. They are urging those between the ages of 40 and 60 to start doing regular brisk walks. Just 10 minutes a day could have a..
a Vaginal seeding ‘risky’…
New mothers should not embrace the trend of "seeding" their babies with vaginal bacteria, say doctors, according to BBC. It exposes children born by Caesarean section to bacteria that could have coated their bodies if they had been born vaginally. The idea is bacteria help train the immune system and lower the risk of allergies and asthma. But doctors in Denmark and the UK said there was..
Minister for Education Giriraj Mani Pokharel interacters with staff of Sajha Prajkashan, in Ksthmandu, on Sunday, January 3, 2015. H1N1 virus kills 10 people in Nepal
 Minister for Health Giriraj Mani Pokharel informed that 10 persons have succumbed to pandemic influenza A(H1N1)pdm 09 and 381 have been infected so far, THT report. Addressing the Legislature-Parliament meeting today, Minister Pokharel said a doctor who was infected with this seasonal flu has already recovered and the virus has not yet taken an epidemic turn. “The Ministry is fully committed..
597acee775574_9eauWQsM7u “Disappointed and frustrated” after failure to repeal the Obama-era healthcare act, says Ryan
Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he is "disappointed and frustrated" by the Senate's failure to repeal the Obama-era healthcare act, BBC report. He is among several lawmakers to express frustration after three Republican senators opposed a bill to scale back parts of the US health law. The so-called "skinny" repeal is the Senate's third failed attempt to roll back Obamacare. It..
_97107823_mediaitem97107822 US Senate ‘skinny repeal’ bill fails
The latest attempt to repeal the Obama-era healthcare act has failed after a dramatic night in the US Senate, BBC report. At least three Republicans - John McCain, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski - voted against the bill, which needed a simple majority to pass. President Donald Trump said the three had "let the American people down". The so-called "skinny" repeal, which would have scaled..
a Republican healthcare plans collapse
Two more Republican senators have said they oppose their party's replacement for President Obama's health system, making it impossible for the bill to pass in its current form, BBC report. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran say the new legislation does not go far enough in repealing the health legislation. Republicans have been divided on the issue, with moderates concerned about the effects on the..
a World Health Organisation declares Ebola outbreak in DR Congo
The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, BBC report. At least one person has died after contracting the virus in the country's north-east, the WHO says. The Congolese health ministry had notified the WHO of a "lab-confirmed case" of Ebola, it added on Twitter. More than 11,000 people died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in..
a US House backs new Republican healthcare bill
The US House of Representatives has narrowly voted in favour of a healthcare bill drafted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, BBC report. The measure, voted in on Thursday 217 to 213, now heads to the US Senate, where it faces an uphill battle. Twenty Republicans went against the bill while not a single Democrat voted in favour of it. The vote..
a Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’
Doing moderate exercise several times a week is the best way to keep the mind sharp if you're over 50, research suggests, according to BBC. Thinking and memory skills were most improved when people exercised the heart and muscles on a regular basis, a review of 39 studies found. This remained true in those who already showed signs of cognitive decline. Taking up exercise at any age was..
a Nepal launches new health campaign on New Year
Nepalese Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has inaugurated the ‘My Year 2074: Healthy Myself, Healthy Nation’ campaign coinciding with the first day of the New Year according to the Bikram Sambat calendar, on Saturday, according to THT. The campaign, initiated by the Ministry of Health, was launched to make citizens aware about health and to create a healthy nation.   Health..
a Be aware of biggest killer ‘sepsis’
"I flat-lined seven times, it was very uncertain for a long time whether I would make it," says Patrick Kane. He nearly died from a condition that kills more people in the UK each year than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined. Patrick was just nine months old when one morning he became poorly, floppy and "generally unresponsive". The family GP said he just needed Calpol, but..
a Bird flu virus found in Nepal
The trade of eggs, meats and poultry has been suspended in the core city area of Pokhara of Kaski district for 10 days after tests found that more chickens died of bird flu. The District Bird Flu Technical Committee made the decision on Saturday.   The suspension will be effective in wards 1-18 of Pokhara Sub-Metropolitan City. Information Officer at the District Livestock..
a Fukushima nuclear disaster: Worker sues Tepco over cancer
A Japanese court has begun hearing the case of a man who developed leukaemia after working as a welder at the damaged Fukushima nuclear site, according to BBC. The plaintiff, 42, is the first person to be recognised by labour authorities as having an illness linked to clean-up work at the plant. He is suing Tokyo Electric Power Company, which operates the complex. The nuclear site was hit..
a Three-person IVF baby for infertile couple
A baby has been born to a previously infertile couple in Ukraine using a new type of "three-person IVF". The Times reports that doctors in Kiev used a method called pronuclear transfer in what is a world first, BBC report. It is not the first baby born with DNA from three parents, however. The baby, born on 5 January, is thought to be the world's second "modern three-parent baby" - another..
a Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use
A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization, BBC report. Trials conducted in Guinea, one of the West African countries most affected by an outbreak of Ebola that ended this year, show it offers 100% protection. The vaccine is now being fast-tracked for regulatory approval. Manufacturer Merck has made..
a Women ‘nearing equality with men – in alcohol consumption’
Women have all but caught up with men at knocking back alcohol, a global study of drinking habits shows according to BBC. The analysis of 4 million people, born between 1891 and 2001, showed that men used to be far more likely to drink and have resulting health problems. But the current generation have pretty much closed the gap, the BMJ Open report says. The changing roles of men and..
a Doctors in danger after Taliban attack
Fighting in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz has forced many hospital staff to flee, officials said on Thursday, further jeopardising medical care for hundreds of people, Al Jazeera report. Street-to-street gun battles have continued for four days after Taliban fighters slipped past the city's defences on Monday. The fighting has forced as many as 10,000 people from their homes in Kunduz,..
a 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi
The 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan for discoveries about the secrets of how cells can remain healthy by recycling waste according to BBC. He located genes that regulate the cellular "self eating" process known as autophagy. Dr Ohsumi's work is important because it helps explain what goes wrong in a range of illnesses, from cancer to..
a World’s first baby born using new “three person” fertility technique
The world's first baby has been born using a new "three person" fertility technique, New Scientist reveals. The five-month-old boy has the usual DNA from his mum and dad, plus a tiny bit of genetic code from a donor. US doctors took the unprecedented step to ensure the baby boy would be free of a genetic condition that his Jordanian mother carries in her genes. Experts say the move heralds..