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Over 20,500 dengue cases registered in Taiwan
The number of dengue cases registered in Taiwan has exceeded 20,500 so far this year, with 56 confirmed deaths, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said on Monday.
 
Currently there are 61 dengue patients in intensive care units while 83.4 percent of the total number of infected have recovered fully, EFE reported citing the centre.
 
Normally, the months of September and October witness the highest number of infections and another 10,000 to 15,000 cases are expected by the end of the year.
 
The spread of dengue in Tainan, the worst-affected with nearly 18,000 cases, has been checked, but the number of cases in the port city of Kaohsiung has increased, the centre added.
 
This year's dengue outbreak has been the worst-ever in the history of Taiwan and has caused a record number of deaths.
 
In 2014, a total of 15,492 dengue cases were registered, the highest until now.

 

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BSE to introduce smart beta indices by 2015-end
The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in collaboration with S&P Dow Jones Indices will introduce three smart beta (factor-based) and a 1-2 thematic indices by 2015-end, an official said here on Tuesday.
 
"Work is under progress to introduce one-two thematic indices and at least three smart beta (factor-based) indices by December-end this year," Koel Ghosh, head of business development at Asia Index, told media persons here in an interactive session.
 
Asia Index is a 50:50 joint venture between Asia's oldest bourse - the BSE - and S&P Dow Jones Indices.
 
GHosh said the criteria for a company to qualify for the factor-based indices will be based on its profitability, liquidity and turnover. Other factors may also play a role in the selection process.
 
The joint-venture has already launched five thematic indices -- the manufacturing, infrastructure, PSU (Public Sector Undertakings), Shariah-complaint and CPSE (Central Public Sector Enterprises) index categories.
 
Thematic Indices are used to capture the impacts of various broad investment themes while the smart beta or the factor-based index will be based on the free-float mechanism.
 
The official said introducing equal-weighted indices is also in the pipeline.
 
Besides, she is hopeful that with investments poised to pour into the capital market from the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation, exchange-traded fundA(ETF) will get a boost.
 
ETF is an open-end investment fund traded on stock exchanges, much like stocks.
 
"As on July this year, the Indian ETF industry had 50 ETFs with 50 listings and assets of two billion dollars from 16 providers on two bourses," she said.
 
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Be positive to keep heart disease at bay
People with a positive psychological state such as those who are enthusiastic or interested are likely to develop long-term healthy habits that are important for lowering the risk of heart disease, says a new study.
 
Over the course of five years, researchers tracked more than 1,000 patients with coronary heart disease. 
 
The researchers found that patients who reported higher positive psychological states were more likely to be physically active, sleep better and take their heart medications and were also less likely to smoke, compared to patients with lower levels of positive states.
 
"Negative emotions and depression are known to have harmful effects on health, but it is less clear how positive emotions might be health-protective," said Nancy Sin, postdoctoral fellow at Pennsylvania State University in the US. 
 
"We found that positive emotions are associated with a range of long-term health habits, which are important for reducing the risk of future heart problems and death," Sin noted.
 
The researchers assessed psychological well-being of participants at baseline and again at a five-year follow-up by asking the participants to rate the extent that they had felt 10 specified positive emotions, including "interested", "proud", "enthusiastic" and "inspired". 
 
Physical activity, sleep quality, medication adherence and alcohol and cigarette use were also measured at baseline and again five years later. 
 
Higher levels of positive emotions were associated with less smoking, greater physical activity, better sleep quality and more adherence to medications at baseline, the study found.
 
They found no correlation between positive emotions and alcohol use. 
 
"Efforts to sustain or enhance positive emotions may be promising for promoting better health behaviours," the study said.
 
The findings appeared in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.
 
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