London, April 29: Low and middle-income countries are less prepared than developed nations to fight an outbreak of swine flu, health experts say.
"Of particular concern is the ability of low-income and middle-income countries to detect and mitigate the effects of this new virus on their populations," said The Lancet, an authoritative medical journal.
"History has shown that developing countries are disproportionately affected by an influenza pandemic," it said in an editorial published Tuesday.
An "Electronic Mosquito" could replace invasive methods of drawing blood samples from diabetics to check glucose levels.
The common method of drawing blood from fingertips and using glucose testing strips and metres can be painful, inconvenient and time-consuming.
Now, electrical engineers at the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary have patented a device called the Electronic Mosquito or e-Mosquito, a patch approximately the size of a deck of cards which contains four micro-needles that "bite" sequentially at programmed intervals.
A third of teens who smoke cannabis regularly use it as medication, rather than as a means of getting high, claims a new study.
Joan Bottorff worked with researchers from the University of British Columbia, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, to conduct in-depth interviews with 63 cannabis-using adolescents.
Of these, 20 claimed that they used cannabis to relieve or manage health problems. Bottorff said: "Marijuana is perceived by some teens to be the only available alternative for those experiencing difficult health problems when legitimate medical treatments have failed or when they lack access to appropriate health care."
London, March 18: Adding more to the detrimental effects of obesity, a latest study of nearly a million people shows it can shorten life expectancy by almost a decade. Being slightly overweight too can pour perils – it may take as much as three years off your life, researchers warn.
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