Health

Brazil sees sharp rise in yellow fever cases

They said there had been 63 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne illness so far this year, up from seven in the whole of 2016.

Most of the cases have been in rural areas of Minas Gerais state, a Ministry of Health statement said.

The government has sent two million doses of yellow fever vaccines to the state.

The governor of Minas Gerais has declared a 180-day state of emergency.

What is yellow fever?

§  Caused by a virus that is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes

Trump's abortion rule will cause deaths - activists

Mr Trump reinstated the so-called global gag rule on Monday, affecting American non-governmental organisations working abroad, to signal his opposition to abortion, which is difficult to access legally in many developing countries due to restrictive laws, stigma and poverty.

Kenyan campaigner Rosemary Olale, who teaches teenage girls in Nairobi slums about reproductive health, said women would go back to getting unsafe abortions.

"You will increase the deaths."

The effect of computer screens on your eyes

One cannot escape this because the modern world is full of technology.

According to WikiHow, Americans, on average, spend around 30 percent of their day staring at a screen.

Best advice is to limit your time looking at computer, tablet and phone screens if possible. 

While science hasn't yet proven that looking at computer screens causes permanent eye damage, it may cause eye strain and dry eyes. The glare from computer screens causes muscle fatigue in the eyes, either from being too bright or too dark. 

Robotic sleeve 'hugs' failing hearts

The sleeve - made of material that mimics heart muscle - hugs the outside of the heart and squeezes it, mimicking the action of cardiac muscle.

The early study, published in Science Translational Medicine, shows the concept works on pig hearts.

The British Heart Foundation describes it as a "novel approach" that requires further trials.

'Synchronised movement'

Over half a million people in the UK have heart failure.

This is why you should have enough sleep

Every living creature needs to sleep, whether it be during the day or night.

For humans, appropriate sleep durations, vary (as shown below, according to a most recent report published in Sleep Health: The Journal of the National Sleep Foundation by the National Sleep Foundation).

·         Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day

·         Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours

·         Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours

China's fake food problem: Soy sauce and spice mixes

Authorities in northern China say they have busted several underground factories that were churning out counterfeit versions of products like soy sauce and spice mix.

The fake goods were being made in a district of the industrial hub Tianjin and passed off as real brands owned by major companies.

Save money, eat better with this winter produce

And while the produce section at your grocery store is still packed with fresh options, the best ones to grab aren't necessarily your typical favorites. "Don't only go for produce that's specifically harvested in the spring, summer or fall, like berries and bell peppers," advises Sara Haas, R.D.N., spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

"Many fruits and vegetables peak during colder months and offer nutrients that are quite beneficial to your health." You'll also save money by choosing foods that are in season.

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea cases up in Queensland as doctors fear rise in unsafe sex

Figures from Queensland Health showed 27,506 people were diagnosed with an STI in 2016, up 10 per cent on the previous year.

About 82 per cent of cases were for chlamydia, however experts have been surprised by a large spike in gonorrhoea.

In 2016, 4,006 Queenslanders were diagnosed with gonorrhoea, up from 3,038 the previous year.

The bacterial disease can affect both sexes, and has the potential to cause infertility in women and harm unborn babies.

Most cases were recorded Brisbane's Metro North and Metro South reporting areas.

Banana Boat sunscreen: Woman and children suffer 'horrific' burns, blame SPF 50 product

Melbourne sales manager Briar Houston said she could hardly walk after the backs of her legs were sunburnt so badly they become blistered and swollen after she used Banana Boat's spray-on SPF 50 product.

"It was horrific, I wouldn't wish it on anyone," she told the ABC.

"I had other SPF factor everywhere else and I only put the Banana Boat SPF 50 aerosol on the back of my legs.

"I was not burnt anywhere else, not my face or my shoulders, no burns anywhere else."

Young Russians born this decade face complete smoking ban

It's part of a tough anti-tobacco strategy the country's politicians are trying to make a reality.

The ban on the sale of tobacco to this generation and younger would continue even after they reach adulthood.

It's only being considered at the moment but it could mean smoking eventually becomes illegal for all Russians.

Russian news site Izvestia says it has seen a policy document titled "concept for the state policy to counter tobacco consumption in the years 2017-2022 and beyond".