One Pakistani’s outlandish claims may root out epilepsy

How a young Pakistani scientist’s seemingly outlandish claim led to a pharmaceutical startup for a promising drug

The young Pakistani scientist walked into Michael Poulter’s Western University lab with a vial of a Himalayan flower root extract and an outlandish claim:

“He said ‘this works to stop seizures,’ ” says Poulter, the director of the . . . → Read More: One Pakistani’s outlandish claims may root out epilepsy

KPK continues its resolve to vaccinate children

PESHAWAR: In the ninth phase of the Sehat ka Insaf immunisation campaign, nearly 4,190 teams vaccinated a total of 649, 887 children against nine diseases, including polio.

The campaign was conducted in 96 union councils (UC) of the district, however, UC Sheikhan was once again left un-vaccinated because of security concerns.

Recently-appointed Minister for Health . . . → Read More: KPK continues its resolve to vaccinate children

Fight against tuberculosis: more health officials required

PESHAWAR: Addressing a seminar for World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on Monday, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Minister for Health Shaukat Ali Yousafzai said TB eradication was a serious challenge while other department officials shared the province’s progress in this regard.

Secretary Health Ghulam Qadir Khan informed that the Provincial TB Control Programme has achieved the target for case . . . → Read More: Fight against tuberculosis: more health officials required

Polluted air kills more people than AIDS and Diabetes according to WHO

Air pollution killed 7 million people in 2012, more people than AIDS, diabetes and road injuries combined. One in eight deaths worldwide can be attributed to breathing tainted air, making it the world’s largest environmental health risk, the Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) said in a report on Tuesday, doubling its previous estimates for pollution . . . → Read More: Polluted air kills more people than AIDS and Diabetes according to WHO

5 day diarrhea workshop organized by Save the Children

LAHORE: “The provincial government will spend Rs20 billion in three years to provide safe drinking water for children in rural areas. This will help control diarrhoea among children,” said Health Secretary Babar Hayat Tarar on Tuesday.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a five-day workshop on diarrhoea prevention and control organised by Save the . . . → Read More: 5 day diarrhea workshop organized by Save the Children

No-caffeine, no-sugar regime for women

It is pretty safe to say that my hair – namely, my worries about it thinning – is bordering on obsession. It’s a concern my mother, Maggie, shares.

At 66, she is worried that her good head of healthy hair is now thinning  due to age. We’re not alone.

Eight million British women suffer  at . . . → Read More: No-caffeine, no-sugar regime for women

No free health care for the common man

By Asad Zia

Even though the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has made several promises of providing free emergency healthcare services in government-run hospitals and allocated Rs1 billion to the cause, patients complain they still have to pay for treatment. 

. . . → Read More: No free health care for the common man

Global tobacco companies shift to minors

A stylish young woman clad in tight maroon pants and a short leather jacket has her fellow up against a brick wall as they share a passionate kiss. The caption underneath the photo reads, “Maybe never fell in love.”

A musician laughs while she picks a guitar, holding a lit cigarette in the other . . . → Read More: Global tobacco companies shift to minors

US’ fight against obesity steps up

Packaged foods sold in the United States would display calorie counts more prominently and include the amount of added sugar under a proposal to significantly update nutritional labels for the first time in 20 years as health officials seek to reduce obesity and combat related diseases such as diabetes.

The Food and Drug Administration said . . . → Read More: US’ fight against obesity steps up

Childhood obesity sees sharp decline in US

Washington — New federal data published Tuesday show a 43 percent drop in the obesity rate among children ages 2 to 5 during the past decade, providing another encouraging sign in the fight against one of the country’s leading public-health problems, officials said.

The finding comes from a government study considered a gold standard to . . . → Read More: Childhood obesity sees sharp decline in US