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Indian biotechnology company Bharat Biotech said on Wednesday it was working on two possible vaccines to fight the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil. The virus is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and World Health Organisation officials on Tuesday expressed concern that it could hit Africa […]

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The World Cancer Day will be observed tomorrow in Bangladesh as elsewhere across the world for raising awareness and education about cancer and pressing governments and individuals to take action against the disease as there are 12 lakh cancer patients in the country. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) updated estimation, there are about 12 […]

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WHO Director-General Margaret Chan speaks during a news conference after the first meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the Zika virus and observed increase in neurological disorders and neonatal malformations in Geneva, Switzerland, Feb 1, 2016. The World Health Organisation has declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus to be an international public health […]

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Bangladesh has adopted a nutrition policy that will require it to control the food market in the wake of increasing obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle conditions. Under nutrition has always been a challenge in Bangladesh, but new studies find a considerable increase in obesity, creating a “dual burden” of poor nutrition. Last year the government […]

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Says WHO report Processed meats – such as bacon, sausages and ham – do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Its report said 50g of processed meat a day – less than two slices of bacon – increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%. Meanwhile, it said red meats were […]

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The Drug Court of Dhaka on Monday awarded 10 years’ imprisonment to six persons convicted in the much-talked about paracetamol syrup adulteration case in which 76 children had reportedly died. Dhaka Drug Court Judge M Atowar Rahman gave the verdict on Monday morning. The court also fined them Tk two lakh each. In default, they […]

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A new report released by a coalition of public interest and health groups details how the US Chamber of Commerce has helped the tobacco industry fight life-saving policies in more than a dozen countries around the world. The report released on Thursday in Washington follows and builds on a two-part investigation by The New York […]

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Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University has completed its laboratory facilities for the patients intending to transplant their organs. ‘The lab is now ready to provide all kinds of diagnosis facilities for organ transplantation awaiting patients through introducing “Panel Reactive Antibody test”,’ said Shahina Tabassum, professor and chairman of virology department. ‘Earlier, the patients needed to […]

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Although the way diabetics test their glucose levels has gone through dramatic changes over the past 50 years, there is still a long way to go, say researchers. Earlier, the only way to assess diabetes control was by testing for the presence of sugar in a person’s urine, today there are numerous, far more accurate […]

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The government has decided to set up medical universities in two divisional headquarters, Chittagong and Rajshahi. Monday’s regular cabinet meeting chaired by the prime minister approved, in principle, the drafts of the ‘Chittagong Medical University Act 2015’ and ‘Rajshahi Medical University Act 2015’. The move will take the number of medical universities in the country […]

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Micronutrient supplements have proven to improve maternal and child health in the country. It’s time for the WHO to update its guidelines A study found that prenatal micronutrient supplements reduced the risks of pre-term birth, low birth weight and stillbirth. Photograph: Paul Brown/Sight and Life In a densely populated agricultural area in rural north-west Bangladesh […]

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Residents of poor rural village of Tebaria say 15 children were kidnapped and killed by organ traffickers in past year by Nigel O’Connor TEBARIA, Bangladesh — Five days after his kidnapping, the body of 6-year-old Harun-ur-Rashid was discovered dumped in wetlands near Sirajganj, north of Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka. The child’s kidneys were cut out — […]

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