ISLAMABAD: A study of nearly 70,000 French adults who were tracked for an average of 4.5 years found that those who ate the most organic foods were less likely to develop certain kinds of cancer than the people who ate the least.
The researchers have an idea about what factors those may be: pesticides. At least three of them — glyphosate, malathion, and diazinon — probably cause cancer, and others may be carcinogenic as well, according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Gulf News reported.
“Organic products are less likely to contain pesticide residues than conventional foods,” they wrote. That’s because the rules farmers must follow in order to use the organic label generally prohibit the use of synthetic pesticides (although pesticides based on natural compounds like hydrogen peroxide and soaps are allowed).
Previous studies have found that pesticide residue is more prevalent on conventionally grown produce than on its organic counterparts. For instance, a report out this year from the European Food Safety Authority found residue from one or more pesticides on 44 percent of the conventionally produced food samples that were tested. Meanwhile, 6.5 percent of the organic food samples tested had detectable pesticide residues.
And there’s evidence that those pesticides are metabolized in the body. The urine of people who eat few (if any) organic foods contains higher concentrations of chemicals derived from pesticides than the urine of people who eat organic food regularly.
In the US, more than 9 out of 10 people have measurable amounts of pesticides in their urine or their blood and these concentrations are known to fall when people switch from conventionally produced foods to organic ones.
Consuming fewer pesticide-related chemicals certainly seems like a good idea. But whether that ’s associated with an actual health benefit is unclear. So a team from Inserm, the French equivalent of the US National Institutes of Health, went looking for data.
They focused on people who joined a large, ongoing health and nutrition study starting in 2009. They were questioned about 16 categories of foods — including fruits, vegetables, eggs and wine — and how often they ate organic versions of them. Once a year, they provided health updates, including whether they had been diagnosed with cancer.
NIH issues alert on epidemic-prone infectious diseases
ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Health (NIH) has issued Seasonal Awareness and Alert Letter (SAAL) for epidemic-prone infectious diseases in Pakistan.
According to an official of NIH, the main purpose of this alert was to inform all concerned health authorities and professionals at all levels and to facilitate them for timely and efficient response to the outbreaks or epidemics.
He said this alert letter was developed for the spring season from March to June 2019. In this letter, NIH exhibited patterns of high priority communicable diseases including Chikungunya, Cholera, CCHF, Dengue, Leishmaniasis, Measles, Polio and Pertussis.
These diseases are predicted to be on high alert during the season while alert also contains a detailed introduction of diseases, case definitions, infectious agents, modes of transmission, case management, and prevention.
Through this letter, NIH also informed about national and international public health events like Typhoid Fever (Extensively Drug Resistance strain) and Naegleria fowleri as national while Ebola Virus Disease and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS CoV) considered as International events during the spring season.
He said the NIH also advised the federal, provincial and district health departments as well as other stakeholders to take keep a continuous watch on the anticipated seasonal public health threats and taking of all preventive or curative measures in this context.
There is additional information regarding ‘Mosquito Alert Pakistan app’ also included in this letter. NIH has recently launched its first-ever android based application which will help to collect information about mosquito species present in different areas.
The institute also issued an advisory regarding pollen allergy and suggested various preventive steps during the pollen season including limiting outdoor activities during high pollen counts, keeping windows and doors closed, limiting close contact with pets and using filter masks while going outside.
Free medical camp held at Mohmand
PESHAWAR: Directorate Health Services Tribal Districts Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Friday organized a free medical camp in the far-flung area of Yakaghund, R.H.C hospital at Mohmand tribal district.
As many as 530 patients were examined in the camp which included children, men women and elderly people of the community.
Dr. Sanam Gul and tribal district Engineer Faizan Khan, Sadiqeen and Programme Coordinator Shah Faisal Kaka Khel personally supervised the camp and ensured the quality service to maximum people.
He said such camp would be conducted throughout the tribal belt with the support of Health Directorate and Greenstar. Tribal District Doctors include Dr. Iqbal, Dr. Mati Ullah, Dr. Ajmal, National Programme Coordinator Dr. Pervez Iqbal, Lady Dr. Faiza Rehman, Lady Dr. Lubna also paid a visit to the camp where consultation, screening, counseling, check up and registration of the patients were done.
Dr. Kaleem Ullah Khan told media men that community was in dire need of such services and the Greenstar was effectively catering to those needs.
The camp held under the Greenstar Project and supported by KFW was one of its kind which not only included free consultation and medicine provision but family planning services and on the spot counseling.
Arrangements for anti-polio drive reviewed
KARACHI: A coordination meeting of all related departments, chaired by Commissioner Sukkur Rafique Ahmed Buriro on Thursday reviewed the arrangements made for upcoming anti-polio drive in the district.
The meeting was attended by Police officials, representatives of PPHI, WHO, educational institutions and officials of allied departments of the administration.
Addressing the participants of the meeting, the Commissioner said that coordinated efforts were underway to eradicate the menace of polio once for all.
All related departments were participating in the anti-polio drive and using all available resources to make the campaign more effective and successful, he added.
He urged the polio teams to work with more commitment and dedication to achieve 100 percent results.
The administration also urged the parents and citizens to get their children vaccinated against the polio and root out the crippling disease forever.
The meeting also discussed security arrangements for the polio teams.