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..
a How is the health condition of Donald Trump ?
Republican nominee Donald Trump is in "excellent physical health," according to a letter from his doctor, BBC report. Mr Trump released the letter from his doctor, Harold N Bornstein, following a recent physical examination. The 70-year-old is listed as 6 foot 3 inches (1.9 metres) and weighs 236 pounds (116 kilos), which makes him overweight for his height. The letter comes as his rival..
a Afghan has one of the worst healthcare systems in the world
Afghanistan has one of the worst healthcare systems in the world, with many having little or no access to medical treatment, Al Jazeera report. Years of civil war have devastated the healthcare infrastructure, and unlike other countries in the region, Afghanistan has seen increasing rates of preventable diseases like diarrhea and respiratory infections. According to The World Bank, about..
a First Zika affected baby born in Europe
A woman in Spain infected with the Zika virus has given birth to a baby with the brain disease microcephaly, thought to be the first such birth in Europe according to BBC. Authorities revealed in May they had detected microcephaly in the foetus but the couple decided to keep the baby. Felix Castillo, the neonatal chief at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron hospital, said that the child's vital signs..
Dr Govinda KC speaks with media before he begins the fast-unto-death demanding various reforms in Nepal medical education sector, in Kathmandu, on Sunday, July 10, 2016. Photo: RSS Dr KC’s representatives demand political -level talks team
Coordinator of the talks team representing Dr Govinda KC in the ongoing dialogues with the government said the team would not continue the talks unless the government deployed a political level team for negotiation, THT reports. Dr Ranjan Kumar Sapkota said they wanted to hold talks with the political leadership as their demands were of political nature and they could not be addressed by the..
A rally being taken out in support of Dr Govinda KC, who has been on hunger strike for the last 11 days, in Dhangadi, Kailali, on Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Photo: THT Positive talks between government and representatives of Dr KC
The government talks team and representatives of Dr Govinda KC, who is staging a fast-unto-death demanding reforms in Nepal medical sector, on Thursday held the first round of talks, which they said was positive. The discussion, however, has not achieved concrete progress as Dr KC, who is on the 12th day of his hunger strike, has not said anything about the talks held today.   It..
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The government has decided to hold talks with Prof Dr Govinda KC, who has been staging fast-unto-death for 11 days, demanding implementation of the Kedar Bhakta Mathema report on reforms in Nepal’s medical education, and impeachment against Lokman Singh Karki, chief of the Commission for the Investigation of Abuse of Authority, on charge of irregularities according to THT. A Cabinet meeting..