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Back pain during pregnancy

Managing back pain during pregnancy

Back pain is a widespread problem experienced by women during pregnancy. It can be present from the early stage of pregnancy or in the later stage. The prevalence varies with reports showing between 50% to 70% of pregnant women experiencing back pain.

  • New partnership to help prevent childhood overweight and obesity

    Novo Nordisk and UNICEF announced a new partnership to help prevent childhood overweight and obesity worldwide with an initial focus on interventions in Latin America and the Caribbean.

  • Thyrocare Bangladesh Ltd got CAP accreditation

    A celebratory event took place recently at the American Chamber of Commerce as Thyrocare Bangladesh Limited became the first and only digitised lab in Bangladesh to achieve the accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the gold standard for accreditation globally.

  • One child dies of pneumonia every 39 seconds!

    Pneumonia – a preventable disease – kills more children than any other infection. Pneumonia claimed the lives of more than 800,000 children under the age of five last year, or one child every 39 seconds, according to a new analysis.

  • World Diabetes Day 2019

    Every year World Diabetes Day takes place on the 14th November. It has grown from humble beginnings to become a globally-celebrated event which increases awareness about diabetes. The day is internationally recognised and is an official United Nations Day.

  • Treatment of high blood pressure

    Hypertension treatment tied to lower risk for Dementia, Alzheimer’s

    Antihypertensive treatment is associated with lower risk for dementia in older adults with high blood pressure, a meta-analysis in the Lancet Neurology finds.

  • Diabetes treatment guideline and diabetes journey app launched

    With a view to improving quality of treatment, the country’s first government recognised diabetes treatment guideline has been launched recently.“Diabetes Care BADAS Guideline 2019” was prepared jointly by Diabetic Association of Bangladesh (BADAS) and Non-Communicable Diseases Control Programme of Directorate General of Health Services.

  • Expanding access to life-saving treatment for diabetes

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recently announced the start of a pilot programme to prequalify human insulin to increase treatment for diabetes in low- and middle-income countries.

  • Ranitidine supply in Bangladesh

    Supply of ranitidine suspended for cancer-causing ingredients

    The Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) has suspended production, distribution, sale and export of heartburn drug ranitidine following detection of cancer-causing ingredients in its raw materials.

  • Which household chores burn the most calories?

    You might be surprised to know that you do not need to go to the gym or bundle up for a winter power walk to stay fit. Daily activities burn calories and can add up to a personal fitness routine.

  • Managing vaping-associated lung injury

    The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) has updated its interim guidance for the evaluation and management of patients with suspected e-cigarette, or vaping-associated, lung injury (EVALI), based on the 1,299 cases reported as of October 8, 2019.

  • Improved support after self-harm needed to reduce suicide risk

    To reduce the high risk of suicide after hospital attendance for self-harm, improved clinical management is needed for all patients – including comprehensive assessment of the patients’ mental state, needs, and risks, as well as implementation of risk reduction strategies, including safety planning.

  • Triple therapy for asthma in a single inhaler!

    For a patient whose asthma is not controlled by medium-to-high–dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and a long-acting ß-agonist (LABA), current guidelines e.g., Global Initiative for Asthma recommend adding a long-acting antimuscarinic agent (LAMA). In two industry-sponsored European trials,

  • Finding Progeria children in Bangladesh

    The Progeria Research Foundation (PRF -, the organisation dedicated to discovering treatments and the cure for children with Progeria, announced the launch of ‘Find the Children - 10 in Bangladesh with Progeria’ campaign recently.

  • Global tuberculosis epidemic cannot be ended unless it is eliminated in India

    The 50th Union World Conference on Lung Health recently took place in Hyderabad, India, which opened with a call to end the emergency of the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic, now responsible for killing some 1.5 million people each year.

  • Precision in the treatment of breast cancer

    Worldwide, breast cancer is the most-common invasive cancer in women. It affects about 12% of women worldwide. Breast cancer comprises 22.9% of invasive cancers in women and 16% of all female cancers.

  • Heavy smoking causes faces to look older

    “Smoker’s Face,” a condition where smokers look older than they are, is just one of many negative effects caused by heavy tobacco usage. Louise Millard of the University of Bristol and colleagues report these findings in a new study published recently in PLOS Genetics.

  • Interval breast cancers linked to risk for other tumours

    Women with breast cancer identified between screening mammograms are more likely to be diagnosed with other cancers both before and after their breast cancer diagnosis, according to a Nature Communications study.

  • Bolster efforts to tackle leading causes of urban deaths

    A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) offers guidance and tools for urban leaders to tackle some of the leading causes of death in cities.

  • How to spot a psychotic disorder

    How to spot a psychotic disorder

    Psychotic Disorders are a group of mental health conditions that change your sense of reality. When you have these disorders, you might see and hear things that do not exist or believe things that are not true.

  • Prevent lead poisoning by eliminating lead paint

    From 20 to 26 October 2019 the international lead poisoning prevention week of action will took place, with a particular focus on eliminating lead paint.

  • Lower rates of cancer screening in women with diabetes

    Cancer screening rates are up to a quarter lower in women with diabetes, varying by type of cancer, and putting them at risk of poorer cancer outcomes, concludes new research in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]).

  • Children’s heavy backpack and health alarm

    The numbers of books and homework copies are increased in every school now a days.

  • A novel drug for bacterial pneumonia

    New antibiotics are a rarity these days, let alone new antibiotic classes. But in August 2019, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved lefamulin (Xenleta), the first of the broad-spectrum pleuromutilins, for treating patients with bacterial pneumonia.

  • The challenge of adolescent SRH services in Bangladesh

    The adolescent population (between the ages of 10 and 19) covers more than one-fifth of the total population of Bangladesh, which consists of approximately 36 million in total.

  • Severe underfunding, lack of access to care jeopardise at-risk TB populations

    More people received life-saving treatment for tuberculosis (TB) in 2018 than ever before, largely due to improved detection and diagnosis. Globally, 7 million people were diagnosed and treated for TB - up from 6.4 million in 2017 – enabling the world to meet one of the milestones towards the United Nations political declaration targets on TB.

  • Exploring an innovative treatment in our region

    No matter what we hear or experience about alternative treatment – we tend to rush to many places once allopathic or established treatment has not worked for us effectively.

  • Healthy diet reduced depression symptoms

    Young adults with depression may experience improvements following a brief dietary intervention, according to a small, randomised trial in PLOS One.

  • Nonpharmacologic therapies may be better for pa-tients with dementia and agitation/aggression

    Three nonpharmacologic interventions were clinically beneficial for patients with dementia and agitation or aggression, according to a network meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

  • 1-in-3 children undernourished or overweight: UNICEF

    A third of the world's nearly 700 million children under five years old are undernourished or overweight and face lifelong health problems as a consequence, according to a grim UN assessment of childhood nutrition.

  • Suicide is not an option

    World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilising efforts in support of mental health.