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Rare abdominal tumour in 7-month-old baby removed

Kolkata, Sep 13 (IANS) Doctors have successfully removed a rare abdominal tumour weighing 750 gms from the stomach of a seven-month-old baby from West Bengal. The baby suffered from a congenital anomaly -- Fetus in Fetu (FIF)-- in which a mass of tissue resembling a fetus forms inside the body. According to the medical literature, FIF is an extremely rare occurrence in India. The patient Abhir Mondal, a premature baby, had a very large abdominal swelling, which his father noticed when he was only two-months old.…

‘Global healthcare sector major contributor to climate crisis’

New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) If the global healthcare sector were a country, it would be the fifth-largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet, a new report by Health Care Without Harm in collaboration with Arup said on Tuesday.Establishing the first-ever estimate of healthcare's global climate footprint, the report finds healthcare's footprint is equivalent to 4.4 per cent of global net emissions (two gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent). Fossil fuel combustion makes up well over half of health care's global climate…

Apple announces three key health studies in US

Cupertino (California), Sep 11 (IANS) In collaboration with some leading medical institutions in the US, Apple has announced to examine hearing, women's menstrual cycles and gynaecological conditions, mobility and heart health.The studies will be available on the new Research app as a free download in the App Store later this year. "With the Apple Heart Study, we found that we could positively impact medical research in ways that help patients today and make contributions that will benefit future generations,"…

Food insecurity in toddler years linked to poor health

Toronto, Sep 11 (IANS) Young kids, who grow up in homes with limited access to nutritious foods are more likely to experience poor overall health and developmental problems, says a new study.However, these kids are not at higher risk of developing obesity, the research added. For the findings, published in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers analysed data from 28,184 racially and ethnically diverse children between one to four years primarily from low-income households in five US cities that participated in Children's…

Air pollution linked to premature death risk

Sydney, Aug 22 (IANS) Exposure to toxic air pollutants is linked to increased deaths due to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, warn researchers.Conducted over a 30-year period, the study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, analysed data on air pollution and mortality in 652 cities across 24 countries and regions. The researchers found that increases in total deaths are linked to exposure to inhalable particles (PM10) and fine particles (PM2.5) emitted from fires or formed through atmospheric chemical…
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