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Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threat

Disease that killed millions of China's pigs poses global threatSoon the dog’s handler discovered and confiscated a ham sandwich in the purse of a passenger who had flown on a China Eastern Airlines flight from Shanghai. China has lost millions of pigs in outbreaks of the disease, pushing its pork prices to record highs, forcing purchases of costly imports and roiling global meat markets. Bettie is among an expanded team of specially trained beagles at U.S. airports, part of a larger effort to protect the nation’s $ 23 billion pork industry from a disease that has decimated China’s hog herd, the world’s largest.



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Parasitic worms found in woman’s eye as scientists warn of ‘emerging’ disease

Parasitic worms found in woman’s eye as scientists warn of ‘emerging’ diseaseA parasitic worm typically found in cattle has been discovered in a woman’s eye in what scientists have warned may be an “emerging zoonotic disease” in the U.S. The 68-year-old woman is the second human to have become infected by the parasite.



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Youngest person dies from mysterious vaping disease

Youngest person dies from mysterious vaping diseaseA 17-year-old Bronx boy whose death was disclosed by New York state officials Tuesday is the first teenager in the United States to die of a vaping-related respiratory illness, according to federal and state data.The teenager died Friday after being hospitalised twice in September with a vaping-related illness, becoming the state’s first fatality from the mysterious lung disease, according to state health officials.



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Cancer overtakes heart disease as biggest rich-world killer

Cancer overtakes heart disease as biggest rich-world killerCancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and could become the world’s biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist, researchers said on Tuesday. Publishing the findings of two large studies in The Lancet medical journal, the scientists said they showed evidence of a new global “epidemiologic transition” between different types of chronic disease. While cardiovascular disease remains, for now, the leading cause of mortality worldwide among middle-aged adults – accounting for 40% of all deaths – that is no longer the case in high-income countries, where cancer now kills twice as many people as heart disease, the findings showed.



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Cancer overtakes heart disease as biggest rich-world killer

Cancer overtakes heart disease as biggest rich-world killerCancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and could become the world’s biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist, researchers said on Tuesday. Publishing the findings of two large studies in The Lancet medical journal, the scientists said they showed evidence of a new global “epidemiologic transition” between different types of chronic disease. While cardiovascular disease remains, for now, the leading cause of mortality worldwide among middle-aged adults – accounting for 40% of all deaths – that is no longer the case in high-income countries, where cancer now kills twice as many people as heart disease, the findings showed.



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How many push-ups can you do? Study finds men who can do 40 have lower risk of heart disease

How many push-ups can you do? Study finds men who can do 40 have lower risk of heart diseaseActive, middle-aged men who could do more than 40 push-ups in timed test had significantly lower risks for heart problems, according to a new study.



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Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in Kerala

Rush to bring aid to 2 million homeless as fears grow over spread of disease after floods in KeralaA deluge in India's flood-stricken southwestern state of Kerala finally let up on Sunday, giving some respite for thousands of marooned families, while authorities feared an outbreak of disease among over 200,000 people crammed into relief camps. Incessant rains since August 8 have caused the state's worst floods in a century, and at least 186 people have perished, many of them killed by landslides. The beaches and backwaters of Kerala are top destinations for domestic and international tourists, but far fewer visit during the monsoon season. The India Meteorological Department forecast heavy rainfall only at one or two places of Kerala on Sunday and withdrew a red alert in several districts. Flood waters too began to recede from several places. Using boats and helicopters, India's military has led rescue efforts to reach people in communities cut off for days by the floods, with many trapped on roof tops and the upper floors of their homes, and in desperate need of food and potable water. Rescue teams were focused on the town of Chengannur on the banks of the Pamba River, where some 5,000 people are feared to be trapped, officials said. Volunteers reach out to stranded people with food supplies in a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala Credit: Aijaz Rahi/ AP More than 200,000 families have taken refuge at relief camps set up across the state, an official at the Kerala State Disaster Management office said. Kerala's chief minister had earlier said over 200,000 people had taken shelter in camps since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Anil Vasudevan, who handles disaster management at the Kerala health department, said authorities had isolated three people with chickenpox in one of the relief camps in Aluva town, nearly 250 km (155 miles) from state capital Thiruvananthapuram. He said the department was preparing to deal with a possible outbreak of water-borne and air-borne diseases in the camps, where an estimated two million people have taken shelter since the monsoon rains began three months ago. Kerala, which usually receives high rainfall, has seen over 250 percent more rain than normal between August 8 and August 15, causing the state authorities to release water from 35 dangerously full dams, sending a surge into its main river. As the rain abated on Sunday morning, one resident in Cheranelloor, a suburb of Kochi situated on the banks of the Periyar river, visited his home to see when he and his family could return. "The entire house is covered with mud. It will take days to clean to make it liveable. All our household articles, including the TV and fridge have been destroyed," 60-year-old T P Johnny told Reuters. Kochi's airport is closed due to waterlogging, and Jet Airways has arranged additional flights from Thiruvananthapuram for passengers holding confirmed tickets from Kochi.



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Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warns

Kids’ lack of sleep linked to higher odds of heart disease, health risks, study warnsA study in the journal Pediatrics links lack of sleep to higher odds for heart disease, high blood pressure, and obesity. It found that less than a third of kids get the recommended amount of sleep.



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ALS: The disease that Stephen Hawking defied for decades

ALS: The disease that Stephen Hawking defied for decadesBritish physicist Stephen Hawking was one of the most famous sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the fatal neurological disease that paralysed his body but did nothing to curb his contribution to science. The rare condition normally claims the lives of those who have it within two to three years of diagnosis, making Hawking’s five-decade fight to overcome the disease an extraordinary exception. The neurodegenerative condition attacks the motor nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, hampering their ability to communicate with muscles and control voluntary movements, leading to eventual paralysis.



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Gigi Hadid Shuts Down Body Shamers, Speaks Out On Hashimoto's Disease

Gigi Hadid Shuts Down Body Shamers, Speaks Out On Hashimoto's DiseaseGigi Hadid slammed critics of her weight on social media on Sunday night, explaining her journey with Hashimoto’s disease and imploring others to have more empathy.



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