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Yemen hospital struggles with number of malnourished children

KHOKHA (YEMEN): Twenty Yemeni children huddle together outside Khokha hospital, hoping to be let into a clinic that serves as a lifeline for tens of thousands. On the narrow pavement, a boy dressed in purple leans limply against his mother. In her lap is a baby with expressionless eyes. The hospital, located in a government-controlled western province, is one of the war-torn country's better-resourced clinics. It receives supplies and aid from the United Nations and donors including the United Arab Emirates, a main…

Are doctors and teachers confusing immaturity and attention deficit?

WASHINGTON: The youngest children in a given class at school are more likely to be diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder than those older than them, according to an American study triggering renewed debate on overdiagnosing. The topic is a heated one in the United States, where five percent of children aged two to 17 took prescription drugs for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in 2016. The youngest are those most affected, with a 50 percent increase in diagnoses for children aged two to five…

Aseefa commends efforts, sacrifices of health teams for polio eradication

KARACHI: Rotary Ambassador for Polio Aseefa Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday celebrated World Polio Day at the Emergency Operation Centre for Polio and inoculated children with two drops of polio vaccine. During the ceremony Aseefa Bhutto Zardari gave presents to children and conversed with their families, followed by a cake cutting ceremony to mark world polio day, and also and met people responsible for managing the polio programme in Sindh. She appreciated the efforts made by the Sindh polio team in the eradication of…

Don’t give decongestants to children for colds, say experts

MELBOURNE: For children under age 12, decongestants might ease the common cold symptoms of a blocked or running nose, but these medications may not be safe for this age group, according to a research review. For adults, there’s little evidence that decongestants help with congestion, one of the most bothersome cold symptoms. For kids, there is no clear evidence they work at all, but plenty of research showing mild or potentially dangerous side effects, the study team writes in The BMJ. “The common cold is very common…

Two more infants succumb to malnutrition in Thar

MITHI: Malnutrition continues to take lives of infants in drought hit desert region of Thar, as two more children died in Mithi’s Civil Hospital on Sunday. According to details, 4-year-old son of Muhammad Umar, resident of Garyancho and Deedar Hussain's new born daughter were the latest victims of the chronic malnutrition in the area. It may be recalled thirty children have lost their lives during current month of October, while the death toll has jumped to 532 during this year so far. Yesterday, Prime Minister…

Two more infants fall prey to deadly malnutrition in Tharparkar

KARACHI: Malnutrition continues to take lives of infants in Thar, as two more children succumbed to malnutrition in Mithi's Civil Hospital on Friday. Sensing the importance of the issue, Sindh government has finally called an emergent meeting to review Thar situation. Chief Minister Sindh, Syed Murad Ali Shah will preside over the meeting, in which heads of 15 institutes will be in attendance. The meeting will also be attended by the five vice chancellors of medical universities. Yesterday, two more children died…

Two more children die of malnutrition in Thar

MITHI: Two more children died of malnutrition and other waterborne and viral diseases on Saturday at Civil Hospital, Mithi, ARY News reported. According to health officials, total death count of children due to malnutrition and other diseases in the drought-stricken district of Sindh province has touched 493 this year. Lately, the Supreme Court summoned the Sindh chief secretary and other top officials in a case pertaining to the deaths of children owing to malnutrition in Tharparkar. The chief justice remarked that…

SC summons Sindh chief secy, others in Thar deaths case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Sindh chief secretary as well as the secretaries of the finance, health, works and services, and population departments to appear before it in a case pertaining to the deaths of children owing to malnutrition in Tharparkar. A bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, directed the top officials to turn up before it on October 11. The chief justice remarked that he would himself visit Tharparkar to examine the situation in the…

Abused children carry the trauma in their cells: study

Children subjected to abuse may carry the physical hallmark of that trauma in their cells, scientists said Tuesday, in research that could help criminal investigations probing historic mistreatment. The imprints may also shed light on whether or not trauma can be passed on between generations as has long been hypothesised. A team of researchers at the University of British Columbia examined the sperm cells of 34 adult men, some of whom had been victims of child abuse years earlier. They found that the effects of the…

Five million children risk famine in war-torn Yemen

More than five million children are threatened by famine in war-torn Yemen as prices soar, a charity said Wednesday, warning an entire generation may face death and "starvation on an unprecedented scale". The three-year conflict between Yemen's Saudi-backed government and Huthis has pushed the already impoverished country to the brink of famine, leaving many unable to afford food and water. "Millions of children don't know when or if their next meal will come," said Helle Thorning-Schmidt, head of Save the Children…