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ISLAMABAD: Excessive use of smartphone is horrible for children’s health and may cause cancer, tumors such as glioma and acoustic neuroma as brain tissue of children absorbed about two times more microwave radiations than that of adults and the bone marrow of children soak up 10 times more radiation.
Talking to the Media, Dr. Ikram ul Haq said low intelligence quotient and improper mental growth in children, sleep deprivation, brain tumors, and psychiatric diseases were caused by excessive use of phones.
He said excessive use of phones had an adverse effect on our body, especially on the growing skulls of children, toddlers, and teenagers and it could trigger the development of brain cancer in the future.
He said cell phones have non-ionising radiations. Many types of research proved that children and unborn babies do face a greater risk for bodily damage that resulted from microwave radiations given off by wireless devices.
The rate of microwave radiations absorption was higher in children than adults because their brain tissues were more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size was smaller, he added.
Talking about preventive measures, Dr. Ikram said although wireless devices were now part of our everyday life, they could be used in a manner that is safe enough.
He said the most important point was the distance, holding a cell phone a few inches away from our ear would reduce the risk by 1,000 times.
Dr. Ikram said just like Belgium, France, Germany and other technologically sophisticated governments, our government should also pass laws that ensure issuing of warnings about children’s use of wireless devices.
He said the best place to keep a cell phone was in a pouch, purse, bag or a backpack.
Moreover, these devices should be kept away from a pregnant woman’s abdomen. If a woman was a mother then she should not use a cell phone while breastfeeding or nursing.
Children and teenagers needed to know how to use mobile phones and wireless devices safely.
Cell phones should not be permitted in children’s bedrooms at all.
Good health was above wealth, but a majority of people undermine their personal health and become more careless about their children’s mental and physical state.

 

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Health dept contradicts report of baby’s death due to polio

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OKARA: The spokesman of Health Department Friday contradicted the report by a private news channel regarding the death of a four-year-old girl Asma Bibi due to polio and termed it fabricated, baseless and against the facts.
The spokesman said the girl Asma Bibi d/o Muhammad Yar, a resident of 37/4L was brought to DHQ Hospital Okara where child specialist Dr. Muhammad Sadeeq reported her AFP COX on detection of her body organs non-responding to Health Department’s Surveillance System.
The girl was discharged by the child specialist after finding her all previous reports satisfactory.
The spokesman termed the report that the girl was died due to polio as misleading and against the facts.

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For stomach cancer, aerosol chemotherapy offers breath of hope

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DIJON: “Classic chemotherapy was awful… but with this treatment, I feel hope,” says French pensioner Jacques Braud, who is undergoing treatment for stomach cancer with a new form of therapy dispersed by aerosol.

Several hours before going into theatre, Braud is waiting in his room, looking surprisingly relaxed with a book in hand.

This is a place he has been before. At the age of 76, Braud is about to face his second bout of chemotherapy after the cancer in his stomach spread to two other organs.

But this time it is different.

He is being treated at the Georges-Francois Leclerc hospital in the eastern city of Dijon, one of seven hospitals in France that are trialling pressurised intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy, or PIPAC, a technique developed in Germany in 2013.

Although is it still being tested, chemotherapy by aerosol has shown promising results against certain cancers, in a treatment with fewer side effects that offers hope to some of the weakest patients.

Unlike traditional chemotherapy, the drugs are not injected into the bloodstream.

Instead, the patient is put under general anaesthetic and the treatment introduced by laparoscopy, by which a small incision is made in the abdominal wall and the chemotherapy is introduced into the peritoneal cavity by an aerosol spray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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World Blood Donor Day to be observed tomorrow

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ISLAMABAD: Like other parts of the globe,World Blood Donor Day will be observed on Friday (June 14) across the globe including Pakistan to raise awareness of the problem and thank donors worldwide.

Safe blood supplies are a scarce commodity, especially in developing countries, many events will be holding around the world on June 14 to mark World Blood Donor Day.

These include football matches, concerts and mobile blood donation clinics. In 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) called upon communities world-wide to symbolically “paint the world red” by coloring, covering or lighting monuments and landmarks.

Despite about 92 million yearly blood donations worldwide, safe blood is constantly on high demand, especially in developing countries.

World Blood Donor Day falls on the birthday of Karl Landsteiner (June 14, 1868). He created the ABO blood group system, which is still used today to ensure the safety of blood transfusions.

The day serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and also to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality assured blood and blood products, as an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

 

 

 

 

 

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