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Report: Chinese man dies of bird flu

(Reuters) – A man in southern China’s Guangdong province died of bird flu Saturday a week after being admitted to hospital with a fever, state media reported. The 39-year-old bus driver living in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, developed symptoms on December 21 and was admitted to a hospital on December 25 because of severe pneumonia, the official Xinhua news agency said. He died in the early afternoon of multiple organ failure, having tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the report added. He had no direct contact…

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Hospital: Smokers need not apply

(CNN) — A Pennsylvania hospital is expected to begin screening job applicants for signs of nicotine early next year, claiming it will not hire smokers, a hospital spokeswoman said Friday. Geisinger Health System — a facility located in the eastern town of Danville — will institute its no-nicotine policy on February 1, 2012, said Marcy Marshall. Applicants that test positive will be offered help to quit and are encouraged to re-apply after six months, she said. Smoking has been banned on Geisinger hospital grounds since 2007, added Marshall, who said the…

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Rejoinder from Korle Bu Hospital

NEWS RELEASE SUBJECT: Teenager Dies “Whilst Doctors Ate Lunch” RELEASE: IMMEDIATE The authorities of the Hospital wish to state that its staff never refused treatment to a patient at the Accident Centre because they were having their lunch, as carried by E-TV on their Friday, December 30, 2011 news. The story claimed that the patient was brought to the hospital and for four hours the doctors at the Accident Centre refused him treatment because they were going to have meals. Our investigations showed that the patient was referred to Korle…

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Public Told To Complete Full Dosage Of Malaria Drug

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has stressed the need for patients taking malaria drugs to always ensure they complete the dosage required in order to reduce the incidence of the disease. Dr Atsu Dodor, Deputy Director in charge of Clinical Care, Western Region, attributed some of the persistent suffering of malaria to the failure of patients to complete the dosage. He was addressing media personnel, pharmacists and other paramedical staff of the Sekondi-Takoradi at a forum organized by the Service. The forum aimed at sensitizing the journalists to inform the…

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Alzheimer’s: Diet ‘can stop brain shrinking’

A diet rich in vitamins and fish may protect the brain from ageing while junk food has the opposite effect, research suggests. Elderly people with high blood levels of vitamins and omega 3 fatty acids had less brain shrinkage and better mental performance, aNeurology study found. Trans fats found in fast foods were linked to lower scores in tests and more shrinkage typical of Alzheimer’s. A UK medical charity has called for more work into diet and dementia risk. The best current advice is to eat a balanced diet with plenty…

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More time at school ‘boosts IQ’

Spending more time at school may increase intelligence, according to a study of Norwegian men. The research, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggested that an extra year in the classroom could boost IQ by nearly four points. The authors said that extra schooling had a “sizeable effect” on IQ in early adulthood. But they do not know if this applies to all children, or just those in this study. A link between a higher IQ and more education has already been established, the authors say. However, determining…

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Cancer Outpatients at Greater Risk for Blood Clots

(HealthDay News) – Cancer patients receiving chemotherapy most often develop blood clots after they are discharged from the hospital, according to a large new study. Efforts to prevent this common and potentially life-threatening complication of cancer treatment should focus on outpatients — not those still in the hospital, the researchers said.   A blood clot, also called a venous thromboembolism (VTE), is a mass of red blood cells, clotting proteins and platelets that block the flow of blood. Once cancer patients develop one clot, they’re much more likely to develop…

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More women in combat means more mothers with PTSD

Palo Alto, California (CNN) — It wasn’t until five months after Army Staff Sgt. June Moss returned from the Iraq war in 2003 that her real battle began. The horrors of the war — witnessing decapitated and burned bodies amid mass destruction — led to post-traumatic stress disorder. “I do notice when I’m stressing out that I start having dreams about what I saw and how I felt,” says Moss, now 40 and retired from the Army. “It does come back as if to haunt you.” The percentage of women in…

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Mystery kidney disease in Central America

A mysterious epidemic is sweeping Central America – it’s the second biggest cause of death among men in El Salvador, and in Nicaragua it’s a bigger killer of men than HIV and diabetes combined. It’s unexplained but the latest theory is that the victims are literally working themselves to death. In the western lowlands of Nicaragua, in a region of vast sugar cane fields, sits the tiny community of La Isla. The small houses are a patchwork of concrete and wood. Pieces of cloth serve as doors. Maudiel Martinez emerges…

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Doctors for single spine by December end

  (GH)Joy News has learnt that members of the Ghana Medical Association are likely to be migrated onto the Single Spine Salary by the end of this December. The doctors embarked on a strike in October to protest delays in their migration and it took the intervention of the National Labour Commission to get them and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission to agree on a compulsory arbitration package. Chief Executive Officer of the Fair Wages Commission, George Smith Graham has told Joy News the major disagreements which stalled the…

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