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Pneumonia to kill nearly 11 million children by 2030, study warns

PARIS: Pneumonia will kill nearly 11 million children under five by 2030, experts warned Monday on a global day aimed at raising awareness of the biggest infectious killer of infants worldwide. While in the developed world the severe lung infection mainly affects the elderly, in developing nations it is children who bear the brunt, with hundreds of thousands dying each year from the easily preventable disease. More than 880,000 children -- mainly aged less than two years old -- died from pneumonia in 2016 alone. A…

Vaping may boost pneumonia risk: study

PARIS: Vaping may help pneumonia-causing bacteria stick to cells lining the airways, likely boosting disease risk, researchers said Thursday. A study published in the European Respiratory Journal did not directly compare vaping's effect to that of smoking tobacco cigarettes. But the findings did suggest that users of electronic cigarettes may be at higher risk of lung infection than people who do not vape, the research team reported. "If you choose to take up e-cigarettes... this indicates a red flag that there may…

Ugandan engineers invent ‘smart jacket’ to diagnose pneumonia

KAMPALA, Uganda: A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a "smart jacket" that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children worldwide than any other. The idea came to Olivia Koburongo, 26, after her grandmother fell ill, and was moved from hospital to hospital before being properly diagnosed with pneumonia. "It was now too late to save her," said Koburongo. "It was too hard to keep track of her vitals, of how she's doing, and that is how I thought of a way to…

Pakistan among top 10 countries with bulk of world’s child deaths

PARIS: Sixty per cent of the 5.9 million children under five who died last year were in just 10 countries in Africa and Asia, an evaluation of global infant health revealed on Friday. Pneumonia was the leading killer in five of them, all in Africa: Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Tanzania, said a study published in The Lancet medical journal. In Bangladesh, Indonesia, India and Pakistan, the main cause of death was preterm birth complications - also the global leader - while in China…