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Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy: study

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2018

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Dengue infects over 59,000, kills 69 in Thailand

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Accumulated wastewater, rubbish in Rim Bung Makkasan, Bangkok, Thailand | CCTV via REUTERS

Thailand has seen over 59,000 patients infected with dengue fever, 69 of whom died from the disease, according to the figures given by the country’s health department in September.

In Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, the latest number of dengue sufferers is 5,899 with five deaths. Two victims came from the slum of Rim Bung Makkasan, one of the most dengue-hit areas in the city.

The sanitary condition in Rim Bung Makkasan is so bad, with a large amount of rubbish piled up there, and smelly wastewater accumulated in low-lying areas, which provide a suitable environment for insects like mosquitoes to grow up in the rainy season, intensifying the epidemic situation here.

Most of the residents living in the shanties in Rim Bung Makkasan are migrant workers and their children and elder family members.

For Uraiphon, her son and grandson were both infected with dengue, and the disease claimed the life of her son days ago.

Uraiphon said there are about 200 people in the slum, some of whom suffered dengue, but now the situation is getting better.

“After my son died of dengue, no one more was diagnosed with the disease here,” said Uraiphon.

Now Bangkok’s disease control department has taken measures to hold back dengue from spreading by killing mosquitoes and eliminating accumulated water.

“The government dispatched workers like avenue leader and medical staffers to help us wipe out disease. The mosquitoes were reproduced from wastewater and rubbish. In recent days, the government is conducting us to work at the sanitary work. We cooperated with each other to make the environment better. We thank them very much,” said Somtawin, another resident in Rim Bung Makkasan

Dengue fever is a mosquito-borne contagious tropical disease caused by the dengue virus. After infected, the patients will have symptoms like fever, headache, and arthralgia. Now there has no efficient drug to fight against the disease.

In Thailand, the peak time of dengue breakout is the rainy season from July to September. The data from the Thai health department indicate that last year, 9,368 people in Bangkok were infected with Dengue, six of whom lost their lives. — Reuters

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UK baby born with heart outside body allowed to visit home

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

 

Baby Vanellope Wilkins | REUTERS

A British baby who was born with her heart outside her body has been allowed to make visits to her parents’ home after months in a hospital, the BBC reported on Monday (September 10).

Vanellope Wilkins was born last November, with medics giving her less than a 10 percent chance of survival.

However, after nine months and three operations for the rare condition, she has now begun spending time at the home of her parents, Naomi Findlay and Dean Wilkins, in Bulwell in central England, the BBC said.

They have had to recreate the hospital’s critical care environment at their house but are hoping she will be able to return home permanently.

Vanellope was due to be delivered on Christmas Eve last year but the condition, ectopia cordis, meant she had to be born prematurely by Caesarean section on Nov. 22. Vanellope is believed to be the first baby born with the condition in Britain to have survived.    — Reuters

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Portugal parliament rejects legal euthanasia in divisive vote

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Parliamentary members attend a voting on legalizing euthanasia at the parliament in Lisbon, Portugal May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Portugal’s parliament rejected on Tuesday (May 29) a bill that would have legalized voluntary euthanasia for terminal patients in the Catholic-majority country by a narrow margin, but it secured enough support to ensure continued debate on the issue.

The bill, drafted by the ruling Socialists garnered 110 votes in the 230-seat parliament but was outvoted by 115 opponents, with 4 abstentions, after a heated debate and a vote that required each lawmaker to declare his or her stance.

Earlier, a few hundred people of all ages – mostly from religious groups and Catholic schools – had protested in front of the parliament building, chanting slogans and carrying placards against euthanasia.

The socialist bill envisaged legalization for medically-assisted death based on an informed request by patients suffering profoundly from a serious, incurable illness with no expected improvement in sight, in a terminal state or suffering from the widely incapacitating lesion. — Reuters

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