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Amid allegations that unauthorised and poorly equipped private hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and diagnostic centres have mushroomed in Dhaka and elsewhere providing wrong treatment, a private hospital in the city was found to have conducted orthopaedic operation by ‘fake’ physicians, nurses and technicians. A mobile court launched by Rapid Action Battalion-2 led by executive magistrate […]

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Passengers arriving at Bangladesh airports will have to provide travel details of the last one month as part of the government’s Ebola virus prevention plan. The decision was taken at an inter-agency meeting at the Shahjalal International Airport on Thursday night. Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim, Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan […]

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Experts try to explain dramatic fall in number of women dying during labour despite widespread poverty. Bangladesh is on target to become one of nine countries to dramatically reduce maternal mortality by 2015 [Reuters] Dhaka, Bangladesh – Experts are struggling to explain what has been called the “Bangladesh paradox” after the developing nation reached a milestone […]

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State Minister for Health and Family Welfare Zahid Malek on Monday told Parliament one out of 500 children is having autism in the country. “Some 2.80 lakh children are suffering from autism in the country,” he told on behalf of Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim in the House, while replying to a question […]

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Until last year, Captain Rajeeb Mahmud Babu of the Bangladesh army had heavyweight issues, literally. The 26-year-old was expelled from the forces because he weighed 174 kg. Local doctors told him he had months to live. Today, a year after one of Mumbai’s top bariatric surgeons operated on him, Babu weighs 90 kg and looks […]

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The number of HIV infections and Aids-related deaths has fallen dramatically, according to a UN report.   Death rates fell from 2.3 million during its peak in 2005 to 1.6 million last year, says UNAIDS.   The number of new HIV infections fell by a third since 2001 to 2.3 million.   Among children, the […]

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Colorectal cancer screening — be it colonoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, or fecal occult-blood testing — reduced risks of colorectal cancer mortality, researchers reported in two studies.   Screening with colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy were associated with 68% (95% CI 0.24-0.45) and 41% (95% CI 0.45-0.76) reduced risks, respectively, of colorectal cancer mortality over 22 years of follow-up, and […]

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Sound pollution has become much more than a nuisance in this sprawling Dhaka city as the authorities concerned are asleep at the wheel. “Something needs to be done, not just about honking horns, it’s also about brick-crushing machines …it starts just after 7 am, even on weekends, and the cacophony goes on even after the […]

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Integrating coastal aquaculture with wet rice farming could boost Bangladesh’s food security and combat climate change By combining aquaculture with wet paddy farming in its coastal areas Bangladesh can meet food security and climate change issues, says a report. The approach promises more nutritious food without causing environmental damage, and has the potential for a […]

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KOLKATA: Scientists in Kolkata have developed a new high-precision technique to detect arsenic in water, a toxic substance widespread in the groundwater of India and Bangladesh that on long-term exposure is capable of causing skin cancer. According to the WHO, natural arsenic contamination is a cause for concern in many countries, including Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, […]

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By Guy Hubbard Northwest Bangladesh, 19 February 2013 – “The water just came right through the village and through our houses,” says Shohiton Begum. Ms. Begum is a mother of two. Her second child was only days old when the flood hit. The family fled the rising waters in October. A floodplain Bangladesh is one […]

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DHAKA, Bangladesh-Taslima Masud faces a dilemma every morning: should she prepare food or stay hungry to avoid illness? “The kitchen is so close to the toilet,” she says. “When I cook, I can’t smell the curry but I can smell the toilet. It disgusts me every day, but there is nothing I can do except […]

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