Disease fear as flood waters choke Bangkok

Flood waters

SAFFRON-ROBED monks, soldiers and volunteers piled sandbags exterior Bangkok's treasured temples and palaces yesterday amid fears the Chao Phraya river will smash its banks, flooding the capital's western suburbs.

Seasonal high tides have previously spilled ankle-deep water from the river into a few tourist districts, as well as the royal Grand Palace A 150-kilometre wide wall of floodwater from Thailand's central plains has been creeping towards Bangkok for days, testing the city's centuries-old flood defences.

Fifteen of Bangkok's 50 districts have been deeply flooded and establishment warn that all of the city could be inundated over the next few daysn ''The water will likely cover the entire western zone of Bangkok, with the level range between 50 centimetres and one metre,'' said Chainat Niyomthoon, a deputy director of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration.
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Auckland scientist discovers breakthrough in cancer treatment

cancer treatment

Study of the humble cooking ingredient baker's yeast by an Auckland scientist has lead to a breakthrough which can lead to new treatment for diseases from cancer to dementia and obesity research into yeast by Massey University scientist Dr Evelyn Sattlegger has paved the way to understanding how a exacting protein found in all living organisms affects memory, immunity and diseases.

Based in the Institute of Natural Sciences at Massey University's Albany campus, Sattlegger has work with colleagues in the United States and Brazil to split the protein code it is a complex story of biological chemistry - but in summary Sattlegger studied the protein Gcn2 which is occupied in a number of diseases.

She found another protein - given the scientific name eEF1A - plays an significant role in cells keeping Gcn2 in ensure she says it show there are finely-tuned chemical interactions within cells that eventually underpin our health.

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Malaria deaths fall over 20% worldwide in last decade

Malaria deaths

A new report said that one-third of the 108 countries where malaria was widespread were on course to eradicate the disease within 10 years experts said if targets constant to be met, a further three million lives could be saved by 2015.

Malaria is one of the deadliest global diseases, mainly in Africa in 2009, 781,000 people died from malaria the mosquito-borne disease is most common in sub-Saharan Africa, where 85% of deaths occurred, most of them children under five.

An earlier report here incorrectly referred to a 40% drop in deaths it has been eradicate from three countries since 2007 - Morocco, Turkmenistan and Armenia the Roll Back Malaria Partnership aim to eliminate malaria in another eight to 10 countries by the end of 2015, as well as the entire WHO European Region.
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Surge in allergic diseases in India: WAO

allergic diseases

Growing industrialisation and fast changing biodiversity coupled with sedentary lifestyles are cause a surge in allergic diseases, especially between children in the country, the World Allergy Organisation (WAO) has warned.

Currently, about 20 to 30 per cent of people in India are having one or additional allergic diseases and their prevalence is rising dramatically, the WAO said, the diseases integrated asthma, rhinitis, anaphylaxis, food and drug allergy, insect allergy, eczema and urticaria (hives) and angioedema, it said.

The prevalence of asthma and rhinitis two major form of allergies was one and 10 percent likewise in 1964 in the country but new data shows that about 14 per cent people now have asthma, while over 20 per cent are pain from allergic rhinitis (AR) which results from an IgE-mediated inflammation of the nasal mucosa.
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World prone to food-borne disease outbreaks: WHO

food-borne disease

The world has become extra vulnerable to outbreaks of disease caused by contaminated food because of growing global trade, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday investigating these outbreaks has also become additional difficult because food can contain ingredients from around the world and is transported through a multifaceted global supply chain, top WHO officials said.

"Outbreaks of food-borne disease have become an especially big menace in a world bound together by huge volumes of international trade and travel," said WHO director-general Margaret Chan at a conference in Singapore on civilizing preparedness against global health threats,"They are large in their potential in terms of geographical spread often connecting multiple countries."

One challenge faced by governments worldwide is how to "reduce the health and economic consequences of food-borne diseases", Chan said.She cited an eruption this year of a new killer E.coli strain, which impure almost 4,000 people and left 51 dead across Europe and cause massive losses to vegetable farmers.

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Fruits, veggies may weaken effect of heart gene

Effect of heart gene

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables may mitigate the special effects of a gene linked to heart disease, Canadian researchers say the investigate article in Tuesday's issue of the journal PloS Medicine was one of the largest gene-diet interaction studies for cardiovascular disease.

The researchers analyzed the diets of more than 27,000 individuals from five ethnicities European, South Asian, Chinese, Latin American and Arab to look at how diet and the 9p21 gene were connected in two separate studies.

"We know that 9p21 genetic variants augment the risk of heart disease for those that carry it," said Dr.Jamie Engert, joint principal researcher of the study, who is a researcher in cardiovascular diseases at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal.
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