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Medical team sent to diarrhea-affected Barpark following child’s death

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GORKHA —  A 15-month-old child has died from diarrhea at Barpak of Sulikot Rural Municipality-2 in Gorkha.

“Though the village reports an outbreak of diarrhea since the past two weeks, it came to light following the death of baby boy Amrit Ghale of Koje, Barpak,” said a local teacher Gautam Gurung.

With the report of the first case of death due to the cause of diarrhoea, the District Public Health Office (DPHO), Gorkha has deputed a health team in the village who will render medical facilities to the affected, will make people aware of preventive measures against the disease and put in place interventive measures, launching a public awareness campaign on the importance of use of safe water simultaneously, according to DPHO Chief Kedar Raj Parajuli.

The team will work in cooperation with the local women health volunteers.

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According to the local health post, some four to five people visit the health post every day in search of treatment for diarrhea.

Health post chief Anil Kumar Saha said the disease has not taken an epidemic turn and it is expected to come under control within a few days.

The health post has a sufficient stock of medicines essential to control the disease and there is an abundant supply of medicines to the affected areas, he added.

The use of contaminated water and lack of proper hygiene practices are suspected as the causes for the diarrhea outbreak at Barpark which was the epicenter of the 2015 ‘Gorkha’ Earthquake.

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Red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase risk of colon cancer

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Heavy diet like red meats, refined grains, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase long-term risk of colon cancer, a new study suggests.

These foods all increase inflammation in our body, and the inflammation they cause is associated with a higher chance of developing colon cancer, according to pooled data from two major health studies appeared in JAMA Oncology journal.

According to researchers, a diet high in foods with the potential to cause inflammation, including meats, refined grains and high-calorie beverages, was associated with increased risk of developing colorectal cancer for men and women.

Basically, what makes for a healthy diet overall also appears to promote a cancer-free colon, said senior researcher Dr. Edward Giovannucci. He is a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston.

“It’s consistent with what we already recommend for a healthy diet in general,” Giovannucci said, adding “I see that as good news. We’re supporting the current evidence, and not telling people to do something completely different from what they’ve been told.”

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For the study, conducted by Fred K Tabung from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the team analysed 1,21,050 male and female health care professionals, who were followed for 26 years in long-term studies. The researchers completed the food questionnaires about what they ate, on the basis of which data analysis was done last year.

The scores were based on 18 food groups characterised for their inflammatory potential and were then calculated from the questionnaires given to participants every four years.

The results indicated that higher scores reflecting inflammation-causing diets were associated with a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer in men and women.

Previous studies have linked diet factors with colon cancer, but there’s been no clear explanation why that might be, he added.

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