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Ebola Strikes Again: What are the Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Ebola virus or Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a severe illness in humans caused by a virus which is transmitted to people from wild animals and spreads in the human population through human-to-human transmission. Fruit Bats of the Pteropodidae family are known to be natural Ebola virus hosts. Ebola virus disease outbreaks were first discovered to be occurring in remote villages in Central Africa around the rain forests while a later outbreak in West Africa. It involved major urban as well as rural areas. An Ebola patient suffers severe fever, muscle…

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Back Pain Again? Here’s Why Pain-killers May Not Help

Back pain is a simple thing that can get really disabling. The nagging pain in your lower back can meddle with your daily routine and put you on stress. With work pressure and personal commitments adding to up, popping those painkillers becomes the only option for most of us. A recent study published in ‘Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases’, suggests that back pain medication may not help you much. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may, on the other hand, cause many other health issues. The study found that only one in…

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Another Reason to Never Eat Fast Food Again (That Has Nothing to Do With Fat)

Add this to the list of reasons a drive-thru meal isn’t good for you: the paper it comes packaged in may contain chemicals linked to serious health problems, according to a new study. The Silent Spring Institute, the Environmental Working Group (EWG), and the Green Science Policy Institute teamed up with researchers at the University of Notre Dame and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to analyze more than 400 wrappers and containers from 27 fast-food chains throughout the country. About half the wrappers tested contained flourine, a marker for fluoridated compounds known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl…

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Bad air worse again, fog to return

Delhi’s air quality plummeted to the “severe” level on Friday–first time this December–as the weather deteriorated and the Met office warned of dense fogin isolated pockets over the weekend. For nearly a month, the air quality index (AQI) kept fluctuating between “poor” and “very poor” categories. There were many “severe” days in November, the last was on November 29. But on Friday , levels of PM 2.5 (fine, respirable pollution particles) shot up by many times. The sky appeared hazy through the day. According to Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB),…

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Media reckons science now proves ‘carbs’ are fine again

“Eat more ‘good’ carbohydrates and less protein for a longer life,” reports the Mirror. It seems like only last week that the media was advising us to eat less carbohydrates. The reality is that neither today’s “pro-carbs” or recent “anti-carbs” news stories have changed government food advice. Today’s news refers to a short study of different diets on a relatively small number of mice – not people. It’s always a fairly safe bet that studies in mice have few implications for the British human public – and today’s news is…

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Delhi’s Air Quality Enters Red Zone Again

With a drop in wind speed and the return of fog, the air quality of the national capital turned ‘severe’ today, following a fairly long period when strong wind movement had helped keep the pollutants at bay. The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had Delhi’s air in the ‘severe’ category with a reading of 410, which may affect healthy people and seriously impact those with existing respiratory ailments. (Reviews: Best Air Purifier 2016-17) Private agency Skymet has forecast that pollution levels are likely to increase…

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