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For the half of world’s population, doctors see patients for no less than five minutes: study

SWEDEN: For half of the world’s population, primary care doctor visits last less than five minutes, researchers say. Appointments range from 48 seconds in Bangladesh to 22.5 minutes in Sweden. In the U.S., meetings with doctors average about 20 minutes. Shorter consultation times have been linked to poorer health for patients and burnout for doctors, Dr. Greg Irving of the University of Cambridge in the UK and his colleagues note in a report online November 8 in BMJ Open. The researchers reviewed 178 earlier studies…

Korean peninsula draws range of military drills in show of force against North Korea

BEIJING/SEOUL: The US military staged bombing drills with South Korea over the Korean peninsula and Russia and China began naval exercises ahead of a UN General Assembly meeting on Tuesday where North Korea’s nuclear threat is likely to loom large. The flurry of military drills came after Pyongyang fired another mid-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday and the reclusive North conducted its sixth and most powerful nuclear test on Sept. 3 in defiance of United Nations sanctions and other international pressure. A…

Javed Hashmi levels range of allegations on PTI chief

ISLAMABAD: Notable politician Javed Hashmi on Monday leveled a wide spectrum of allegations on Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan and accused him of architecting to sabotage democracy, ARY News reported. During a press conference in Islamabad, he said he would stick to every single word of his statement and if the Supreme Court wished to summon him, it should feel free to do so. He said those were the reasons which forced him to dissociate with the party. “I before the nation and media solemnly promise…