Health | The Daily Star
Introduction of rotavirus vaccine: how far is the journey?

Introduction of rotavirus vaccine: how far is the journey?

Bangladesh has been planning to introduce the rotavirus vaccine for quite a long time. But it does not seem to be very fast. Children

  • Thalassaemia: The present and future for Bangladesh

    Thalassaemia is the most common congenital disorder in Bangladesh. It is estimated that nearly 14,000 thalassaemic children are born every year in our country.

  • Child heart disease awareness event organised by Apollo Hospitals Dhaka

    Apollo Hospitals Dhaka organised an awareness programme titled ‘Heart Disease Can’t Take the Smile Away’ recently in Dhaka, says a press release. The main objective of this awareness programme was to create awareness about child heart diseases.

  • Children’s higher weight status often underestimated

    More than half of parents underestimated their children’s classification as overweight or obese-children themselves and health professionals also share this misperception, according to new research presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity (ECO) in Glasgow, United Kingdom.

  • Benefit from childhood pneumococcal conjugate vaccine extends to whole population

    Use of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) has led to substantial reductions in invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in high- and middle-income countries.

  • HBOT: The oxygen revolution therapy and its potential

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a specialised oxygen treatment that enhances the body’s natural healing processes. It is called the oxygen revolution therapy due to the marvelous outcome of treatment.

  • Five cooling foods to rehydrate your skin in summer

    In summers, dehydration of body is often common and is caused because of reasons such as insufficient intake of water or spending too much time outdoors under the sun. Dehydrated body leads to dehydrated skin which looks dull and dry. Few foods can help to keep skin hydrated and nourished during hot weather.

  • Diabetes group updates guidance on medical nutrition therapy

    The American Diabetes Association’s new consensus report on medical nutrition therapy includes, for the first time, advice on patients with prediabetes. Among the recommendations, published in Diabetes Care:

  • Brain stimulation treatments for depression

    The growing use of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has increased the visibility and acceptability of nonsurgical brain stimulation approaches to depression treatment.

  • Obese car commuter linked to 32% increased death risk

    New research presented at this year’s European Congress on Obesity in Glasgow, Scotland shows that individuals with obesity who commute by car have a 32% higher risk of death, from any cause, compared with those individuals with a normal weight and commute via cycling and walking.

  • E-cigarettes more effective in facilitating smoking cessation

    Proponents of electronic cigarettes often advocate use of e-cigarettes (“vaping”) to facilitate smoking cessation. Like many other parts of the world, vaping is increasing also in Bangladesh. Now there is a great hope for those who start vaping as a tool of smoking cessation.

  • Step up efforts to eliminate measles: WHO

    Amidst increasing cases and outbreaks of measles globally, World Health Organisation (WHO) calls upon countries in South-East Asia Region to further accelerate efforts to ensure that everyone, everywhere receives the lifesaving benefits of immunisation.

  • First guideline on digital health interventions

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services.

  • Management of endometriosis

    Endometriosis is a common chronic disorder affecting up to 1 in 10 women of reproductive age globally.

  • Positive airway pressure might reduce mortality in sleep apnoea

    Positive airway pressure is associated with lower mortality in obese patients with severe obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), according to findings in JAMA Otolaryngology — Head & Neck Surgery.

  • Anal fistula and its treatment

    Anal fistula is the medical term for an infected tunnel that develops between the skin and anus.

  • Physical symptoms of anxiety

    Anxiety is a normal and often healthy emotion. However, when a person regularly feels disproportionate levels of anxiety, it might become a medical disorder and there might be physical symptoms. Some of them are listed below:

  • Painless normal delivery

    A pregnant lady took admission with 37 weeks of pregnancy with a ruptured membrane in my hospital. Her elder child was born in another hospital almost five years ago by traditional normal delivery which was painful.

  • Traffic-related air pollution associated with 4m new cases of childhood asthma every year

    The first global estimates of their kind suggest that more than one in ten childhood asthma cases could be linked to traffic-related air pollution every year,

  • Osteoporosis treatment guidelines issued

    The Endocrine Society has recently released new guidelines on the pharmacologic treatment of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

  • Wine has cancer-causing potential of cigarettes

    Drinking a bottle of wine a week (less than one drink a day) is equivalent to smoking 5 to 10 cigarettes in terms of the absolute increase in cancer risk, according to a study in BMC Public Health.

  • Uneven access to health services drives life expectancy gaps

    Women outlive men everywhere in the world – particularly in wealthy countries. The World Health Statistics 2019 – disaggregated by sex for the first time – explains why.

  • Start therapy early for autism to maximise benefits

    My child does not talk! He doesn’t like socialising with other children. She avoids looking at me in the eye. My child plays with his toys in repetitive ways.

  • World Health Day 2019

    Health for all: everyone, everywhere

    Key to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) is ensuring that everyone can obtain the care they need, when they need it, right in the heart of the community.

  • Globally, one in five deaths are associated with poor diet

    People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients, according to the Global Burden of Disease study tracking trends in consumption of 15 dietary factors from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries, published in The Lancet.

  • Promoting better glucose management for type 2 diabetes

    Among patients with type 2 diabetes who use insulin, many have difficulty reaching their targets for glycaemic control.

  • NOWW to improve nutrition for women RMG workers in Bangladesh

    Bangladesh Knitwear manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) and Nutrition International jointly launched a new initiative 'Nutrition of Working Women (NoWW)' to improve nutrition of women workers of garment factories in Bangladesh recently, says a press release.

  • The rise in the popularity of yoga

    If the body is stiff and the mind is rigid, what life can one live? The practice of yoga is to remove weeds from the body so that a garden can grow. Yoga stretches and strengthens the mind, body and spirit. No wonder yoga is the top choice for people living healthy lifestyles.

  • Arsenic in tube-well water in Bangladesh

    Arsenic-laced water may cause more young deaths: study

    Chronic exposure to higher arsenic concentration through drinking water may cause more deaths in young adults in a number of different diseases, says a new study.

  • Forever young: Protein that keeps skin youthful

    Beauty might only be skin deep, but for those wondering how to keep that skin young, scientists may have found an answer in the form of a protein that encourages cell competition.

  • Wearable device could offer biopsy alternative for cancer

    Biopsy is currently the most accurate means of diagnosing cancer. But, as Daniel F Hayes MD – senior author of the paper, published in Nature Communications – explains, "nobody wants to have a biopsy."