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WHO sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify

WHO sounds Ebola alarm as risks intensify

The World Health Organization declares Congo’s Ebola outbreak an international health emergency, sounding a rarely used global alarm after the virus threatened to spread to a major city and into neighbouring countries.

  • Vitiligo is not a nosogenic disease

    The World Vitiligo Day on 25th June is a significant date in the vitiligo calendar because it marks the passing date of popstar Michael Jackson, the most famous man that lived with vitiligo and also the most criticised about his vitiligo. That day aims to generate knowledge of vitiligo and its appropriate care.

  • Is the society responsible for drug addiction?

    war on drugs has been declared, commencing in Shanghai and the same getting reinforced in April 2016 in the United Nations. Every year a new theme is given and this year it is ‘Health for Justice, Justice for Health’. The question is, how far have we succeeded, in case we have?

  • Obesity in pregnant women linked to 3.5 times increased risk of diabetes in child

    Obesity during pregnancy is associated with a 3.5-times increased future risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in the child, concludes new

  • Most women do not realise alcohol is a risk factor for breast cancer

    Most women attending breast screening or evaluation do not know that alcohol is a risk factor for breast cancer, a BMJ Open study finds.

  • A novel index for predicting HIV care retention

    A newly developed 10-point questionnaire shows promise at predicting which HIV patients drop out of care and are at risk for virologic failure.

  • e-cigarettes

    San Francisco first major US city to ban e-cigarette sales

    San Francisco becomes the first major US city to effectively ban the sale and manufacture of electronic cigarettes, as concerns grow over a sharp rise in vaping among youths.

  • Smoking at home to soon become a punishable offence in Thailand

    People in Thailand will no longer be allowed to smoke at home if their habit has a negative effect on other family members due to exposure to second-hand smoke, says the Act on Promotion of the Family Institute Development and Protection, which will go into effect from August 20.

  • Caesarean sections in Bangladesh

    51% increase in unnecessary C-sections in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh is facing a massive boom in the number of medically unnecessary Caesarean section, commonly known as C-sections — between 2016 and 2018 the number of operations increased by 51 percent, new figures released by Save the Children reveal. The country saw an estimated 860,000 of these unnecessary operations last year, while up to 300,000 women who need a C-section are unable to afford or access it.

  • Fighting against the odds to build a tobacco-free country

    Tobacco consumption is one of the common guilty pleasures for general people although it does more harm than good. The death risk from smoking is increasing at a rapid speed. According to Global Adult Tobacco (GAT), around 161,000 people are dying every year in Bangladesh for tobacco usage.

  • Severe hypertension in pregnancy demands prompt treatment

    Maternal deaths associated with preeclampsia and subsequent stroke can be averted with rapid administration of antihypertensives.

  • Obese women more likely to have obese children

    A systematic review and meta-analysis identified significantly increased odds of child obesity when mothers have obesity before conception, according to a study published recently in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Nicola Heslehurst of Newcastle University in the UK, and colleagues.

  • Turn off the lights (and the TV) before going to sleep

    A large observational study suggests exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping raises risk for obesity.

  • 1 million new curable STIs every day

    More than 1 million new curable STIs every day

    Every day, there are more than 1 million new cases of curable sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people aged 15-49 years, according to data released by the World Health Organisation (WHO). This amounts to more than 376 million new cases annually of four infections - chlamydia, gonorrhoea, trichomoniasis, and syphilis.

  • Donate blood and give a gift of life

    World blood donor day (June 14) is an annual event, usually on the same date each year, to thank voluntary blood donors, acknowledge them and encourage blood donation, especially by representing how blood donations have saved and changed lives. The Day has the slogan ‘Safe blood for all’ to raise awareness of the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of health care and the crucial roles that voluntary donations play in achieving the goal of universal health coverage.

  • ADA updates recommendations on diabetes & CKD

    The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has updated its diabetes standards of care to incorporate results from the CREDENCE trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • How many footsteps should you take a day?

    Walking at least 4400 steps daily might help improve survival in older women, a JAMA Internal Medicine study suggests — welcome news for people who do not hit the much-promoted goal of 10000 steps daily.

  • AHA offers CVD guidance for patients with HIV

    The American Heart Association (AHA) offers new guidance in preventing and managing cardiovascular disease in patients with HIV. Here are some of the group’s recommendations, published in Circulation:

  • The Versatile Tomato

    There is a long-lasting debate on what tomato should be categorised as: a fruit or a vegetable? Although from the perspective of botany, it is a fruit, tomatoes are eaten and prepared like a vegetable.

  • Healthy, cheap, wondrous brinjal

    Whether it's deep fried or mashed or cooked as a curry, the brinjal or eggplant is the trusted sidekick to any dish.

  • The many wonders of pumpkin

    Pumpkin is highly consumed in our country for its multi-nutritional benefits. This colourful vegetable is generally cooked as a curry with a blend of spices, and sometimes cooked with daal. In the present day, it is often roasted or even baked into chips. The uses of the pumpkin are incredibly versatile.

  • Countries failing on gender equality, SDG Index finds

    Results for 129 countries measured by a new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Gender Index released by Equal Measures 2030 show that the world is far from achieving gender equality, with 1.4 billion girls and women living in countries that get a “very poor” failing grade on gender equality.

  • Switch off food and drug allergy symptoms

    An allergic reaction can be severe or life-threatening. Allergy usually shows up as itching, pain, skin rash, sun sensitivity, hives, watery eyes, swelling of the eyes, breathing difficulties, runny nose, vomiting and sneezing etc.

  • Treatment changes for mild asthma?

    Two new trials could lead to changes in the way mild asthma is managed. The findings were presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference and published in the New England Journal of Medicine recently.

  • Fasting is not necessary before lipid tests

    A new analysis, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, adds to the evidence that nonfasting lipid measurements are as clinically useful as fasting measurements.

  • Predicting in utero HIV infection in newborns

    HIV symptoms in newborns and insufficient prenatal care, limited antiretroviral therapy, and high viral load in mothers increased likelihood of in utero infection.

  • Fatty liver disease is killing us!

    The number of patients with various liver diseases are on the rise. Some of them are related to the lifestyle, some with metabolic syndrome and other factors. However, having a proper knowledge of these diseases are important.

  • The importance of probiotics

    Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all, we take antibiotics to fight bacteria. But our bodies naturally teem with such organisms.

  • Do you feel low?

    If you are told to judge yourself, will you call yourself an optimist or a pessimist? If your thoughts circle around negative outcomes, you automatically focus on the negative aspects of life and anticipate something worst is going to be happen, then most likely you are a pessimist!

  • Staying hydrated in summer

    With some simple precautions and sensible eating habits, we can manage to not let the heat get to us! This summer, get ahead on hydration with these smart tips.

  • Adopting a healthy lifestyle helps reduce the risk of dementia

    People can reduce their risk of dementia by getting regular exercise, not smoking, avoiding harmful use of alcohol, controlling their weight, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining healthy blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels, according to a new guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO).