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Coronavirus outbreak: Bangladeshi students in China appeal for help

Bangladeshi students in Wuhan city of China, the epicentre of the Coronavirus outbreak, which has claimed 41 lives so far, are under a lockdown in their respective dorms and residences for the last two days.

  • Tongue fat might be key in obstructive sleep apnea

    Losing tongue fat might help improve obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), suggests a small study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

  • Sciatica:an obnoxious experience

    Sciatica is the name given to pain caused by irritation of the sciatic nerve. Anything that irritates this nerve can cause pain, ranging from mild to severe.

  • 5 practices to help improve the physician–patient connection

    Researchers have proposed five practices that could help “foster presence and meaningful connection with patients” during clinical encounters.

  • The warning signs of psychotic disorders

    Psychotic disorders are a group of mental health conditions that change your sense of reality. They make it hard to know what is real and what is not. When you have these disorders, you might see and hear things that do not exist or believe things that are not true.

  • Staying healthy in old age

    Persons aged 60 years and above are considered as senior citizens. Various statistics show that the number of elderly population in Bangladesh is approximately 13 million which represents 8 percent of the total population and the average life expectancy is about 72 years.

  • Is arsenic a threat to the Bangladeshi livelihoods?

    Arsenic poisoning is a global health issue affecting millions of people worldwide. It naturally occurs with ubiquitous distribution throughout the earth’s crust, groundwater, air and food products.

  • Scurvy can be mistaken for rheumatologic disorders

    Dietary vitamin C deficiency was identified in 10 patients previously suspected to have juvenile idiopathic arthritis, vasculitis, or chronic nonbacterial osteomyelitis.

  • Best Drinks for Weight loss

    Best drinks for weight loss

    If you are counting calories, it is important to watch what is in your glass as well as what is on your plate. Choosing the right beverage and keeping an eye on how much you pour can help curb your appetite and cut calories.

  • Weight loss surgery reduces the risk of skin cancer

    Weight loss surgery (otherwise known as bariatric surgery) is associated with a distinct reduction in skin-cancer risk, a study published in JAMA Dermatology shows. This finding can be described as a key piece of evidence that substantiates the connection between weight loss and malignant skin cancer.

  • National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital

    'Suspend retirement facilities of cancer hospital's outgoing director'

    The High Court directs the government to suspend the retirement facilities of the outgoing director of National Institute of Cancer Research and Hospital (NICRH) Prof Dr Md Moarraf Hossen for negligence in preserving and protecting the equipment including of the ICU at the hospital.

  • The scarcity of treatment for epilepsy in low-income countries

    Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diseases, affecting nearly 50 million people of all ages around the world.

  • From denial to dealing with addiction

    For some reason, families always think of playing a passive role in one’s addiction story. The family members tend to believe or rather wish to believe that they have nothing to do with it and they are just the “recipients” of the bad news -- as this stance, frees them from any responsibility.

  • Longer exposure to obesity and earlier development of obesity to increased risk of type 2 diabetes

    Cumulative exposure to obesity could be at least as important as actually being obese in terms of risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D), concludes new research published in the journal Diabetologia. The study is by Dr Juhua Luo, School of Public Health, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA, and colleagues.

  • Have a nice year 2020

    ​Health is an important issue in our daily lives. People of all sphere’s in the society irrespective of their socio-economic condition are very much concerned in their wellbeing. In fact, that becomes a priority when someone suffers from any illness.

  • More effective stent for high bleeding risk patients

    Medtronic Bangladesh Pvt Ltd announced the clinical data from Onyx ONE Global Study. The prospective, multi-centre, randomised study assessed the clinical outcomes between two drug-eluting stents (DES) in nearly 2,000 high-bleeding risk (HBR) patients with one month of dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT).

  • Number of males using tobacco declining globally

    For the first time, the World Health Organisation (WHO) projects that the number of males using tobacco is on the decline, indicating a powerful shift in the global tobacco epidemic.

  • Cold vs. Flu: Does it matter?

    Over-the-counter drugs and chicken soup help both the cold and the flu, right?

  • New advice on curbing deadly NCDs

    World leaders and health experts recently handed eight recommendations to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), that could save millions of lives and promote mental health.

  • Keeping the promise to the women who will deliver UHC

    Women have always played a vital leadership role in their communities as traditional healers, keepers of medicinal recipes, carers of the sick and birth attendants.

  • Climate risks to health are growing along with lack of prioritised funding

    Safeguarding human health from climate change impacts is more urgent than ever, yet most countries are not acting fully on their plans to achieve this, according to the first global snapshot of progress on climate change and health.

  • Lower body mass index

    Lower BMI means lower diabetes risk

    Lower body mass index (BMI) is consistently associated with reduced type II diabetes risk, among people with varied family history, genetic risk factors and weight, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Manuel Rivas of Stanford University, and colleagues.

  • Attenuated psychosis syndrome, validated

    The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)-5 has listed attenuated psychosis syndrome (APS) as a “condition for future study.” APS can involve mild delusions, hallucinations, and disorganised speech, with relatively intact reality testing in the absence of an apparent psychotic disorder, and has been thought to be a risk state for later schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

  • 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.

  • Mother’s breastfeeding

    Mother’s medication and breastfeeding

    It is obvious that a mother taking medication for her illness is concerned about the possible side effect of these drugs upon her child through breast milk. She seeks information from doctors and health workers.

  • The optimal cholesterol level after stroke or TIA

    Use of statins after ischaemic stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) has been recommended in guidelines for more than a decade.

  • Preterm birth linked to increased rates of diabetes in children and young adults

    New research shows that preterm birth is linked to increased rates of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children and young adults, with particular effects stronger in females.

  • Young journalists awarded for reporting on YFS and SRHR

    “SERAC Bangladesh” and “Right Here Right Now Bangladesh” have awarded six young journalists and photographers to encourage reporting on youth-friendly services (YFS) and ensure sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of the youth.

  • World Aids Day 2019

    World Aids Day 2019: Communities make the difference

    World AIDS Day, held each year on December 1, is an opportunity to celebrate and support global efforts to prevent new HIV infections, increase HIV awareness and knowledge, and support those living with HIV.

  • Black pepper

    Black pepper: more than your cooking partner

    Ever think about making your food even more delicious with black pepper? Well, I bet you have tried this so far, as women in Bangladesh often want to make their recipes unique and spicy with its subtle heat and bold flavour.

  • In quest of managing high risk labour and delivery management

    Recently SAJIDA Foundation, in collaboration with Canadian health professionals Team Broken Earth, organised a three-day hands-on training programme on the best practices of High Risk Labour and Delivery Management with an inauguration ceremony chaired by National Prof Dr Shahla Khatun and inaugurated by the Director General Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfares, Md Abul Kalam Azad.