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Bird flu? Swine flu? A guide to H5N1 viruses and beyond

Ever been confused by the names for bird flu, swine flu, Spanish flu H1N1 and the rest? Here’s what the numbers mean.

There are more than 200 potential types of influenza, but we most commonly listen up when we hear the words
Published on Jun 18, 2024 04:58 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Bruce Springsteen's 'Born in the U.S.A.': A misunderstood anthem

As the album gets a special edition reissue marking its 40th year, its eponymous track has its own storied reception.

74-year-old Bruce Springsteen is currently touring with the E Street Band in Europe.(MPI/KE/MPI//Captital Pictures/picture alliance )
Published on Jun 16, 2024 02:35 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Art and football meet in immersive exhibition

In an exhibition at the German Football Museum in Dortmund, visual art and football merge in symbiotic artistry.

Banksy's 'Football Terrorist' (Raimund Franken/imageBROKER/picture alliance )
Published on Jun 14, 2024 11:06 AM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

India's heat wave poses risk to marginalised Dalit caste

India's unusually severe heat wave is suspected to have killed more than 200 people and made tens of thousands ill.

In New Delhi alone, the mercury climbed to nearly 53 degrees Celsius (127 Fahrenheit), making it the hottest summer in 120 years.(Adnan Abidi/REUTERS )
Published on Jun 13, 2024 11:04 AM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Gonorrhea resistance to antibiotics is increasing putting women at higher risk

European data suggests antimicrobial resistance to common treatments for gonorrhea is growing. Women, often asymptomatic, face a higher risk than men.

The Neisseria gonorrhea bacterium: Most women who get the STI gonorrhea are asymptomatic, which puts them at higher risk than men, who unmistakably know when they've got it. (DW/imago/Science Photo Library )
Published on Jun 12, 2024 03:18 PM IST
By | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, New Delhi

Most drug deaths due to 'polysubstance' use: EU report

Synthetic opioids like nitazenes are an ongoing concern, but 'polydrug' use is now leading to new health risks.

Despite a steady rise in synthetic opioids, heroin is still the most common drug used in the European Union (Bihlmayerfotografie/IMAGO )
Published on Jun 12, 2024 12:28 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Hajj 2024 dominated by rising temperatures in Saudi Arabia

Saudi officials warn of sweltering heat for this year's Islamic pilgrimage. Observers highlight that regional long-term policy changes are needed.

Elderly pilgrims are particularly vulnerable to higher temperatures like the ones expected in the heat wave during the upcoming Hajj. (DW/Amr Nabil/AP Photo/picture alliance)
Published on Jun 12, 2024 12:12 PM IST
By | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi

1 in 6 develop antidepressant withdrawal: German study shows

Less people experience "discontinuation symptoms" after stopping antidepressants than previously thought.

Many worry about the sides effects of stopping antidepressants. (Westend61/IMAGO )
Published on Jun 10, 2024 12:38 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Avoid drinking alcohol on flights, could pose health risks: Scientists

New research suggests that drinking alcohol on a flight before taking a nap could be more harmful to your health than you may think.

New research suggests that drinking alcohol on a flight before taking a nap could be more harmful than you think. (DW/Roland Weihrauch/dpa/picture alliance)
Published on Jun 08, 2024 01:10 PM IST
By | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, New Delhi

Are scientists finally beating antimicrobial resistance?

Researchers used AI to predict 8,00,000 potential antibiotic agents. Observers said the fight against antimicrobial resistance is gaining momentum.

Antibiotic-resistant
Published on Jun 07, 2024 02:55 PM IST
By | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, New Delhi

When love ends: How to survive heartache; here's what expert says

It's painful when love ends. Some experts say it helps to think of the pain as a process of four phases. And you'll see: Your pain will pass.

Lonely and sad: Accepting your emotions is an important part of getting over a breakup. (DW/Thomas Warnack/dpa/picture alliance)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 11:19 AM IST
By | Posted by Krishna Priya Pallavi, New Delhi

Laughing gas: How dangerous is the party drug?

Governments want to regulate nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, a party drug used by young adults in the US and Europe.

Some people suck laughing gas out of balloons, others use canisters bought in grocery stores. (Yui Mok/empics/picture alliance )
Published on Jun 05, 2024 01:21 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Heat exhaustion or heat stroke: What to do in an emergency

In recent years, the arrival of summer has been accompanied by record high temperatures. Here's how to stay safe.

Staying cool is vital during a heat wave.(Ulises Ruiz/AFP )
Published on May 31, 2024 12:42 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

WHO vaping report: Big tobacco companies target kids to replace lost smokers

The WHO warns vaping gives tobacco companies a way to replace dead smokers. So, what are health experts doing about it?

A billboard advertising vaping devices in Germany reads: For you, for now, for anywhere.(Peter Endig/IMAGO)
Published on May 30, 2024 02:29 PM IST
By | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri

Women often outlive men but in poorer health: Cause of difference in diseases

There's been little progress in closing the gap between the sexes in 30 years, a study of 20 common diseases has found.

Differences in disease between the sexes:
Published on May 30, 2024 02:17 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Who was Franz Kafka and why is he more popular than ever?

Franz Kafka is one of the best-known German-language authors in the world, even though he has been dead for 100 years.

Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is one of the most important writers of the 20th century (Darchivio/opale.photo/picture alliance )
Published on May 30, 2024 01:41 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Mozart: Music of a tortured soul

Mozart was more than just a child prodigy and pop star of his time. This year's Mozartfest delves deep into his soul.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart only lived to be 35 (Imago/United Archives International )
Published on May 29, 2024 12:53 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Brazilcore: How favela fashion became cool

Brazilian designer Abacaxi is on a mission to reclaim the national flag from its recent political connotations and celebrate the vibrant culture of the favelas.

Designers like Abacaxi are reclaiming the Brazilian flag for all as they celebrate the style of the favelas.(PIÑA/Abacaxi)
Published on May 28, 2024 05:32 PM IST
By | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri

Diabetes is treatable — in Africa, it's deadly

Diabetes is surging in sub-Saharan Africa. Though doctors know how to treat it, access to health care is precarious; some patients don't even seek it.

Diabetes cases have increased tenfold in sub-Saharan Africa over the past two decades. (DW/Miro May/picture alliance)
Published on May 28, 2024 03:43 PM IST
By, New Delhi

How are Delhi residents coping with heatwave?

As Delhi experiences scorching heat, arrangements have been made at several hospitals to treat patients suffering from issues such as exhaustion and stroke.

Indians are suffering amid scorching temperatures. Arrangements have been made at hospitals to treat patients suffering from issues such as exhaustion and stroke.(Murali Krishnan/DW)
Published on May 28, 2024 11:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Cannes 2024 showcases the polemic and the political

The 77th edition of Cannes boasts a wide range of film topics, but just a few standout works.

Director Ali Abbasi wasn't afraid to take on the Trump empire in his film 'The Apprentice,' which screened at Cannes.(Sebastien Botella/MAXPPP/dpa/picture alliance )
Published on May 24, 2024 03:33 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

The mysterious spike in whooping cough cases

Surge in whooping cough cases seen in US and Europe, particularly affecting infants. Experts warn of potential tenfold increase in 2024.

Whooping cough, or pertussis, cases are spiking across the US and Europe. Experts say it’s unclear why.(Thomas Trutschel/photothek/picture alliance)
Published on May 24, 2024 01:25 PM IST
By | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri

Jenny Erpenbeck: Exploring the past from an East German perspective

The winner of the International Booker Prize and tipped for a Nobel, Jenny Erpenbeck is relatively unknown in Germany.

Renowned outside Germany, Jenny Erpenbeck has not garnered the same acclaim at home (picture alliance/dpa )
Published on May 23, 2024 03:43 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Germany's Jenny Erpenbeck wins International Booker Prize

Erpenbeck's novel "Kairos" depicts a turbulent love story in the final years of communist East Germany.

German author Jenny Erpenbeck has won the 2024 International Booker Prize for her novel
Published on May 22, 2024 11:17 AM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Vaping may heighten lung cancer risk for ex-smokers, decade-long study reveals

A decade-long South Korean study reveals that ex-smokers who vape have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who quit without using e-cigarettes.

A new study shows that ex-smokers who have taken up vaping could have a higher risk of developing lung cancer than those who don't vape.(Nicholas T. Ansell/PA Wire/picture alliance)
Published on May 21, 2024 01:45 PM IST
By | Posted by Akanksha Agnihotri

Have the Germans become lazy at work?

Germans have long been known for their diligence, sense of duty, reliability and productivity. Is this just a myth?

Have the Germans become lazy at work? It's a matter of perspective (Monkey Business 2/Shotshop/imago images )
Published on May 17, 2024 03:31 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Spanish tourism industry under pressure amid record drought

Critics say the sector should do more to save water as Spain deals with a lack of rainfall.

The tourist sector is known for being especially water hungry.(Jiri Hubatka/imageBROKER/picture alliance )
Published on May 16, 2024 01:22 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Nobel Prize-winning author Alice Munro dies aged 92

The first Canadian author to win the Nobel Prize in literature, Alice Munro, has died at the age of 92 in Ontario.

The Canadian writer Alice Munro has passed away at the age of 92.(Chad Hipolito/AP/picture alliance )
Published on May 15, 2024 02:45 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Taylor Swift service fills German church

Some 1,200 people attended the unexpectedly emotional gathering in Heidelberg's 600-year-old Church of the Holy Spirit.

Pastor Vincenzo Petracca says Swift's music speaks to the doubt and inner-conflict that Christians know.(Thomas Lohnes/epd )
Published on May 13, 2024 03:49 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das

Palestinian-Chilean singer poised to take Arabic pop global

The 22-year-old singer is making history, even as she walks a fine line against the backdrop of current events.

Elyanna made history when she sang a full set in Arabic at Coachella in 2023.(Daniel DeSlover/ZUMA Press/picture alliance )
Published on May 10, 2024 04:47 PM IST
By | Posted by Tapatrisha Das
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