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  • Inspiring life of Ruth Pfau – the Savior of Leprosy Patients

    August 19, 2017 7:55 AM 6

    A symbol of selfness Dr. Ruth Katharina Martha Pfau was a German nun who dedicated her life to eradicating Leprosy in Pakistan and has been called Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’. Dr. Ruth Pfau was born on 9 September 1929, in Leipzig Germany was fourth of five daughters. During World War II as a teenager she barely survived the Allied bombing which destroyed

  • Why a few drops of water make whisky taste better

    August 18, 2017 11:09 AM 2

    Ignore the snobs, because most experts agree: a few drops of water enhance the taste of whiskies, from well-rounded blends to peat bombs redolent of smoke, tobacco and leather. The answer, a pair of biochemists in Sweden said Thursday, resides in the subtle interplay of molecules that brings those bursting with flavour to the surface of the liquid amber

  • Algae advisory issued after dead fish discovered

    August 18, 2017 4:11 AM 2

    The Upper Nicola Band continues to investigate a possible algae bloom believed to be responsible for fish carcasses found along the banks of Douglas Lake and the Nicola River last Thursday. “We’ve been working with [the] First Nations Health Authority and our fishery biologist from Nicola Tribal [Association] to identify the fish that were dying,” said Upper

  • E-cigarettes 'dramatically increase chances' of teens graduating to tobacco

    August 18, 2017 1:51 AM 3

    Trying e-cigarettes makes children nearly four times more likely to smoke tobacco within a year, research suggests. A study of 14 and 15-year-olds from 20 English schools found a "robust association" between vaping and a higher probability of cigarette smoking. Expert opinion is divided on whether e-cigarettes can act as a young person's gateway to tobacco

  • GWH confirm Japanese fungus patients treated

    August 16, 2017 4:01 PM 3

    HOSPITAL chiefs have confirmed that patients have been treated for a drug-resistant fungus. A “very small” number of patients suffering with fungal disease Candida auris have been transferred to GWH since last year, a hospital spokesman has confirmed. The fungus has developed some resistance to drugs usually used to tackle it. Across the country, doctors

  • Lack of Sleep May Raise Child's Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Study

    August 16, 2017 5:27 AM 12

    TUESDAY, Aug. 15, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Children who get too little sleep may be more likely to have risk factors for type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. The study of more than 4,500 British kids found a link between kids' sleep habits and certain diabetes "risk markers." Children who slept fewer hours each night tended to be a bit heavier and to show more insulin

  • Ontario's West Nile virus season could be worst in 5 years

    August 15, 2017 7:22 PM 7

    59 positive tests last week in the province, highest one-week total since 2012 The summer's high rainfall amounts combined with heat and humidity means this summer could be the worst for West Nile virus in Ontario since 2012. Public Health Ontario reports on its weekly West Nile virus surveillance website that across 24 different health units, 172 mosquito

  • Why social smoking can be just as bad for you as daily smoking

    August 14, 2017 2:32 AM 6

    It’s a common justification made for behaviors that may fall outside the realm of healthy. Whether it’s a drink or two or indulging in a favorite dessert, consuming small quantities, rather than abject abstinence, is a more palatable and acceptable option for most people. The less-is-more approach may be sound when applied to many aspects of our frenzied

  • Omaha-area officials confirm year's first West Nile case

    August 12, 2017 1:59 AM 18

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha-area health officials have confirmed Douglas County's first human case this year of West Nile virus. The Douglas County Health Department says the infected person is a woman under 40. Officials say she was not hospitalized and is recovering. State health officials say it's the ninth human case confirmed in Nebraska so far this year. Experts

  • West Nile virus found in mosquitoes in Laramie

    August 12, 2017 12:55 AM 15

    LARAMIE, Wyo. (KGWN) - West Nile virus has been documented in two separate mosquito samples collected this week in Laramie. The positive samples were isolated in trapped mosquitoes on Friday. The mosquitoes were trapped within the City limits. The rating of the Risk of West Nile virus infection continues to be rated as a low risk based on CDC guidelines