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Fifty Million People Suffering from Depression in India

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In India, 38 million people suffered from anxiety disorders in 2015 with a prevalence rate of 3 percent. Depression cases are fast increasing in India with over 50 million people suffering from the disorder, the highest in WHO's South East Asia and Western Pacific region, which includes China. The latest assessment by the UN agency shows that China and India are by far the worst affected countries accounting for nearly 50 percent of the total 322 million people living with depression across the world, data shows. Data shows the total estimated number of people living with depression globally increased by 18.4 percent between 2005 and 2015.

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The World Loses Fifth of Food to Overeating and Wastage

Almost 20 percent of the food made available to consumers worldwide is lost through over-eating or wastage, according to a new study. The world population consumes around 10 percent more food than it needs, while almost 9 percent is thrown away or left to spoil, researchers said. Efforts to reduce the billions of tons lost could improve global food security, ensuring everyone has access to a safe, affordable, nutritious diet and help preventing damage to the environment, they said. Scientists at University of Edinburgh in the UK examined 10 key stages in the global food system, including food consumption and the growing and harvesting of crops, to quantify the extent of losses.

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Straight Women Orgasm Far Less Than Lesbians, Bisexuals and Men

‘Orgasm gap’ is something all have experienced while making love. A report in Fox News now says, a new study offers evidence to the fact that ‘straight’ women have fewer orgasms than men, or lesbian and bisexual women. The research, published in Archives of Sexual Behavior, found that 65 percent of hetero sexual women orgasm regularly, while 95 percent of heterosexual men were the most likely to say they usually always orgasmed during sex. The other groups fell somewhere in the middle. Researchers from Indiana University, Chapman University and Claremont Graduate University said, oral sex was linked with more orgasms in all groups except for in straight men.

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WHO Names 12 Bacteria That Pose the Greatest Threat to Human Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a list of the 12 bacteria which pose the greatest threat to human health because they are resistant to antibiotics. Health experts have previously warned that resistance to the drugs that are used to fight infections could cause a bigger threat to mankind than cancer. If antibiotics lose their effectiveness, key medical procedures – including organ transplantation, caesarean sections, joint replacements and chemotherapy – could become too dangerous to perform. About 700,000 people around the world die annually due to drugresistant infections and, if no action is taken, it has been estimated that such infections will kill 10million people a year by 2050.

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Number of Mobile Phone Users to Surpass Five Billion in 2017

The number of mobile phone users globally will surpass five billion by the middle of this year, according to a study released on February 27 by GSMA, the association of mobile operators. With populations in Asia, and notably India, on the rise, the number, which stood at 4.8 billion a year ago, should mushroom to 5.7 billion, or three quarters of the world's population, by 2020. Asia will account for around half total growth, according to GSMA's 'Mobile Economy' report with India alone adding some 310 million new subscribers in the coming three years. The report said the mobile ecosystem last year employed 28.5 million people directly or indirectly, a figure it said would rise to 30.9 million by 2020.

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