Health News

  1. U.N. aborts plan to evacuate patients from Aleppo, blames all parties

    A man rides a bicycle near damaged buildings in the rebel held besieged al-Sukkari neighbourhood of AleppoThe United Nations has abandoned plans to evacuate patients from besieged rebel-held east Aleppo which it had hoped to accomplish during a three day lull in fighting last week, blaming all parties to the conflict for obstructing efforts. "The evacuations were obstructed by various factors, including delays in receiving the necessary approvals from local authorities in eastern Aleppo, conditions placed by non-state armed groups and the government of Syria's objection to allowing medical and other relief supplies into the eastern part of the city," U.N. Under-Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator Stephen O'Brien said in a statement on Monday. "I am outraged that the fate of vulnerable civilians – sick and injured people, children and the elderly, all in need of critical and life-saving support – rests mercilessly in the hands of parties who have consistently and unashamedly failed to put them above narrow political and military interests," he said.

  2. Obama health plan hit by double-digit premium hikes

    The HealthCare.gov 2017 web site home page as seen in Washington, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. The Obama administration is confirming that premiums will go up sharply next year for health insurance sold to millions of consumers through HealthCare.gov. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday. That's sure to stoke another "Obamacare" controversy days before a presidential election.

  3. Air pollution can affect blood pressure: study

    Frankfurt, GermanyLong-term exposure to urban air pollution incrementally increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a study released Tuesday of more than 41,000 European city-dwellers. Constant noise pollution -- especially traffic -- also boosts the likelihood of hypertension, researchers reported in the European Heart Journal. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for premature illness and death.

  4. Six die in fire at Malaysian hospital

    Seven people were trapped by the fire inside the second-floor intensive-care unit of the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Bahru, bordering Singapore, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department said on its official Twitter account. It was unclear what started the fire, or whether the casualties were patients or hospital staff.
  5. How autism in girls may help reveal the disorder's secrets

    In this July 7, 2016, photo, Evee Bak, left, talks with her brother Tom Bak while they wait to talk with reporters at the Seaver Autism Center at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. Tom has autism but Evee doesn’t. The gender effect is a hot topic in autism research and one that could lead to new ways of diagnosing and treating the condition. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)CHICAGO (AP) — Think autism and an image of an awkward boy typically emerges, but the way autism strikes girls — or doesn't — may help reveal some of the developmental disorder's frustrating secrets.


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