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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 81

Life & Health

Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry

The first traces of SARS-CoV-2 virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) were discovered in November, 2019 in Wuhan, China. Since then, the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has transformed from a local disease into a global pandemic.

Patents or people: The conundrum of healthcare industry
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Why do Jaffna people shake their legs in sitting position?

Fidgeting like shaking your legs can help you to lose weight- burn 350 cal. A day Sitting for more than six hours greatly increases your risk of a clot forming in your calf veins.

Why do Jaffna people shake their legs in sitting position?
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The way forward after COVID-19: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?

The pandemic, COVID-19 does not discriminate between people based on their class, gender, or ethnicity. However, it has inevitably exposed the socio-economic disparities existing in our society.

The way forward after COVID-19: Is there a light at the end of the tunnel?
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Are the young people left behind in times of COVID-19 pandemic?

Over 60% of the world's youth live in Asia Pacific region, accounting for about 19% of the region's total population.

Are the young people left behind in times of COVID-19 pandemic?
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Connecting the dots: Technology, healthcare, and pandemics like COVID-19

Technology is often seen as a bane that impedes human ability rather than benefit it. We have seen the cost of our advancement in the increasing rates of deforestation, the rise of global warming and the absolute carelessness with which we treat nature. The increase in awareness has led to people becoming more environmentally conscious, yet, understandably, we cannot compromise the development of countries as technology keeps advancing. And in the same way, we cannot cause any more degradation to the environment for the advancement of technology or development. However, in light of recent events, it is perhaps the technology that will help us emerge from the pandemic unscathed to a more considerable extent. The Guardian recently reported that this destruction of the environment is causing pathogens to reduce boundaries between humans and animals.

Connecting the dots: Technology, healthcare, and pandemics like COVID-19
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Today (31st May) is World No Tobacco Day: The tobacco industry needs children to replace the sick, the dying and those that have stopped smoking -

The denial of children's rights is at the heart of the tobacco industry's interference in health policies, says, the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease.

Today (31st May)  is World No Tobacco Day: The tobacco industry needs children to replace the sick, the dying and those that have stopped smoking -
Today (31st May)  is World No Tobacco Day: The tobacco industry needs children to replace the sick, the dying and those that have stopped smoking -
Today (31st May)  is World No Tobacco Day: The tobacco industry needs children to replace the sick, the dying and those that have stopped smoking -
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Protecting youth from tobacco industry manipulation

We know well that the tobacco industry is increasingly targeting youth and children as an emerging and vulnerable market for its addictive products. Thus this is a pressing issue and challenge for tobacco control policy makers in every country. As such with this situation, I believe the theme for this year's World No Tobacco Day being "Protecting youth from tobacco industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use" is quite appropriate.", said the Chairman of the National Authority on Tobacco & Alcohol (NATA), Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa.

Dr. Samadhi Rajapaksa
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No excuse for inaction: #EndTobacco to prevent epidemics of diseases and death

Tobacco kills over 80 million people worldwide every year. Tobacco remains a deadly, and yet entirely preventable, risk factor for a host of diseases-from the world's biggest infectious disease killer tuberculosis to major non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that account for over 70% deaths globally, Whether it is the world’s biggest killer cardiovascular diseases (heart disease and stroke) or cancers or diabetes or chronic respiratory diseases, it is tobacco which is a common risk factor to all. More alarmingly, it is also linked to COVID-19.

No excuse for inaction: #EndTobacco to prevent epidemics of diseases and death
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Dengue related complications and deaths taken into consideration

Dengue related complications and deaths taken into consideration. There have been 19,825 dengue related complications and 22 deaths reported during the past five months, said Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi. With the onset of monsoonal rains this number could increase.

Dengue related complications and deaths taken into consideration
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All island curfew only from 10.pm to 4 am from 26 May

Strict health restrictions will continue in all districts including Colombo and Gampaha when curfew is relaxed from Tuesday, President's Media Division said. Using facemasks, washing hands and maintaining social distancing are essential as before.

All island curfew only from 10.pm to 4 am from 26 May
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