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Health experts see camels as solution to fight deadly MERS virus

GENEVA, OCT 03 (DNA) – The fight against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed at least 722 people over the past five years, is honing in on its target: camels. MERS coronavirus (MERS-CoV), a member of a virus family ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, appears to have emerged in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012, but has now been traced back in camels to at least 1983. Almost all the outbreaks so far originated in the Arabian Gulf, but MERS-CoV could infect humans wherever there are one-humped dromedary camels – two-humped bactrians are not affected.

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Stopping aspirin therapy may raise heart attack, stroke risk

STOCKHOLM, OCT 01 (DNA) – Stopping low-dose aspirin therapy without good reason raises the likelihood of heart attack or stroke by nearly 40 percent, a large Swedish study suggests. Doctors commonly prescribe daily low-dose aspirin after a heart attack to reduce the risk of having a second cardiovascular event. But about one in six patients stop taking their aspirin within three years, the study authors note in Circulation. “(Low-dose aspirin) makes the platelets in the blood less likely to form blood clots, and this is especially useful in the coronary or carotid arteries, where blood clots may lead to myocardial infarctions and strokes,” lead author Dr. Johan Sundstrom told Reuters Health by email.

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Pakistan can face absolute water scarcity, drought by 2025: Experts

LAHORE, SEPT 27 (DNA) – Health experts have warned that Pakistan can approach absolute scarcity levels of water and face a drought as early as 2025. These hazards, pose not only threats to individual health but also to economic growth, food security and environmental sustainability, they said and added efforts to include environmental considerations in all phases of policy making, planning and development must be actively pursued. The experts expressed these views during a seminar held to observe “World Environmental Health Day 2017”, here on Tuesday. Project Management Unit-Punjab Public Health Agency (PMU-PPHA), Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department, Government of the Punjab organized the event in collaboration with UNICEF.

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Resistance exercise linked to reduced anxiety

SEPT 25 (DNA) – People who do resistance exercise like weight lifting may experience less anxiety than people who don’t workout, a research review suggests Researchers analyzed data from 16 previously published studies with a total of 922 participants who were randomly assigned to do resistance training or be inactive. Resistance workouts were associated with a reduction in anxiety symptoms regardless of whether or not participants had a mental health disorder, though the effect was more pronounced in healthy people who didn’t report any physical or psychological problems.

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House-cleaning, walking to work, staves off death: study

PARIS, SEPT 24 (DNA) -One in 12 global deaths over a five-year period can be prevented through 30 minutes of physical activity — which can include house-cleaning or walking to work — five days a week. “Being highly active (750 minutes a week) is associated with an even greater reduction,” according to a study published in The Lancet medical journal. The study, which tracked 130,000 people in 17 countries, “confirms on a global scale that physical activity is associated with a lower risk of mortality and cardiovascular disease,” the authors said in a press statement.

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Sitting most of the day may lead to an early grave

NEW YORK, SEPT 16 (DNA) – Adults who are inactive much of the day may be more likely to die prematurely than people who don’t sit around a lot, regardless of their exercise habits, a U.S. study suggests. People may also be less likely to die young if they break up sedentary time by moving around every half hour than if they remain seated for longer stretches of time without getting up, the study also suggests. “We think these findings suggest that it is simply not enough to be active or move at just one specific time of the day, that is, exercise,” said lead study author Keith Diaz of the Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

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Low calorie diet can reverse Type 2 diabetes: study

NEWCASTLE, SEPT 16 (DNA) – While excess calories lead to a fatty liver and thus too much glucose, losing less than one gram of fat from the pancreas can re-start insulin production, reversing type 2 diabetes, a new study conducted by Newcastle University says. Going on a low-calorie diet, which includes consuming just 600 calories a day for eight weeks, could reverse the type 2 diabetes, the study further claims. Professor Roy Taylor, the lead author of the study, said that the reversal of diabetes remains possible for at least ten years after the beginning of the condition.