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Kangaroo Mother Care

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Natural incubator improving newborn survival

Natural incubator improving newborn survival

Bangladesh has made a commendable success in reducing the mortality rate of under-5 children. But neonatal mortality which indicates the death of a newborn within 28 days of birth is still a big concern and accounts for more than half of all under-5 deaths in Bangladesh. Pre-mature births, infections and birth complications such...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Nutrition is everybody’s business

Nutrition is everybody’s business

While it is a common understanding that better nutrition leads to better health, improving the nutritional status of a country can have multiple positive effects, one of them being economic growth. Investment in nutrition is of utmost importance due to the long-term economic implications of an undernourished population. A strong evidence base shows that...

Fish Facts

Published Date: August 31, 2014
A friendly food for healthy life

Fish has long been considered as healthy food. Fish and other seafood are the major sources of healthful long-chain omega-3 fats and are also rich in other nutrients such as vitamin D and selenium, high in protein, and low in saturated fat. Omega-3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids that may protect against heart attacks and stroke, help control blood clotting and build cell membranes in the brain. They are also important to an infant’s visual and neurological development. Omega-3s...

Health Tips

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Take kids for a nature walk

Take kids for a nature walk

To help children disconnect from TV, video games and light-up toys, go outside for a nature walk and get some exercise. The Wilderness Society offers these suggestions for what to do: Listen to the sounds of nature, from insects to the wind in the trees. Bring along a camera to take pictures of interesting wildlife...

Published Date: August 31, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Exercise may guard against irregular heartbeat in older women Regular exercise may help older women avoid a condition that causes a life-threatening irregular heartbeat, a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows. Physically active postmenopausal women had a 10 percent lower risk of developing atrial fibrillation, compared to women who...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Preventing occupational hearing loss

Preventing occupational hearing loss

Occupational noise-induced hearing loss is a common causes of deafness around the world. Prolonged exposure to noise at work can lead to irreversible hearing loss called sensorineural hearing loss. It is due to the damage of the nerve cells of the inner ear. Once destroyed, these nerve cells would not recover. The resulting...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Denmark highlights commitment to girls and women

Denmark highlights commitment to girls and women

Advocacy organisation Women Deliver and the Danish Minister for Trade and Development Corporation, Mogens Jensen, recently announced that the next Women Deliver global conference  will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in May 2016. The announcement was made at the Invest in Girls and Women — Everybody Wins event held at the Danish Parliament, where Denmark’s new Strategic Framework for Gender Equality, Rights and Diversity was also launched. The Women Deliver 2016 Conference — the fourth triennial global meeting — will be the largest gathering on girls’ and women’s health and rights in the last...

Outbreak

Published Date: August 24, 2014
WHO urges screening of travelers to contain Ebola outbreak

African nations hit hard by the Ebola outbreak should start screening all passengers leaving international airports, seaports and major ground crossings, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommended recently. The United Nations' health agency reiterated that the risk of passengers transmitting the Ebola virus during air travel is low. Still, anyone with an illness or symptoms typical of the highly virulent disease should not be allowed to travel unless it is for appropriate medical care, the agency said in a statement. Symptoms...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Health News

Health News

Pass tobacco control rules with no more delay According to Articles 11 and 18(1) of Bangladesh Constitution, Bangladesh government has a duty to control tobacco to reduce and prevent the serious health hazards of tobacco. Therefore strict application of tobacco control law is also a must. However, this 2013 amended tobacco control Act is not...

Published Date: August 24, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Common chemicals may lower testosterone levels Exposure to certain chemicals commonly found in plastics and other products is associated with lower levels of testosterone in men, women and children, according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Testosterone is the main sex hormone in men, but it is also...

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Saving preterm babies with simple steroid

Saving preterm babies with simple steroid

Preterm births (birth before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the biggest killer of babies worldwide, causing more than one million deaths per year. In Bangladesh, the complications arising from preterm deliveries contribute 45% of all newborn deaths. Corticosteroids, an inexpensive drug given before birth have long been considered very effective to significantly lower preterm...

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Teen depression: The way out

Teen depression: The way out

Teens are emotionally fragile. Thus, depression and related illnesses threaten to wreck the lives of many teens and their families. Suicide driven by these illnesses is one of the top killers of young people. A recent survey reported that many teens experience feelings of depression and sadness that often go untreated — and...

New Guideline

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Treating IBS

Treating IBS

An estimated 5-15% of the world's population has Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that can cause symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhoea or constipation, cramping and bloating, and gas. It can affect people at any age but is especially common when people are in their 20s and 30s. The condition can be difficult...

Health Tips

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Eating at your 60

Eating at your 60

Eating the right foods can help you maintain health, energy and help you feel your best. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these tips for men in their 60s: Eat plenty of fiber- and antioxidant-rich foods. Eggs and leafy green vegetables can help reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration. Eat plenty of proteins to help replace lost muscle, focusing on foods that are lower in fats and good sources of oils. Sea fish, beans and peas are good choices.

Published Date: August 17, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Coffee may keep your ears from ringing Being a coffee lover may be good for your ears, according to the study in the recent issue of the American Journal of Medicine. Researchers found that women who consumed higher amounts of caffeine were less likely to have tinnitus, which is a steady ringing or buzzing in...

MAKOplasty

Published Date: August 10, 2014
Partial knee resurfacing -a breakthrough treatment

Partial knee resurfacing -a breakthrough treatment

MAKOplasty is a robotic arm assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint degeneration due to osteoarthritis (OA). By selectively targeting the part of knee damaged by OA, a surgeon can resurface the knee while sparing the healthy bone and ligaments surrounding it. MAKOplasty partial knee resurfacing can: * Enable...

Published Date: August 10, 2014
Facts about Ebola virus

Facts about Ebola virus

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Ebola, a severe, often fatal viral illness has a death rate of up to 90% and already killed hundreds of people. Here are some facts that will help us understand the disease and ways...

Food Facts

Published Date: August 10, 2014
The potential benefits of potatoes

The potential benefits of potatoes

Potatoes are one of the cheapest universal crops to produce year-round is packed with a variety of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that ward off disease and benefit human health. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like potatoes decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes...

Health Tips

Published Date: August 10, 2014
Act fast after sunburn

Act fast after sunburn

Sunburn is not only painful, but can help cause serious long-term damage to your skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation offers these suggestions for prompt treatment of sunburn: * Get out of the sun as soon as you see the first hint of sunburn. It can take several hours for the full effects to appear. * Take...

Published Date: August 10, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Neck manipulation may be associated with stroke Treatments involving neck manipulation may be associated with stroke, though it cannot be said with certainty that neck manipulation causes strokes, according to a new scientific statement published in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.     Low vitamin D levels may boost Alzheimer's risk Older adults with too little vitamin...

World Breastfeeding Week

Published Date: August 3, 2014
Boosting breastfeeding in Bangladesh

Boosting breastfeeding in Bangladesh

Breastfeeding is the first and single most important and inexpensive public health intervention for all newborn, infants and young children with a lifelong impact on health and survival. In infancy, no gift is more precious than breastfeeding; yet barely one in three infants is exclusively breastfed during the first six months of life. The...

Published Date: August 3, 2014
Home remedy for holiday problems

Home remedy for holiday problems

Many people have just started office after Eid holiday. Many have taken a bit longer vacation. Whatever it may be, most of us are still in mode of celebration. When we are in mood of holiday, it is easy to forget our healthy routine and indulge in too much food that can create...

Did you know?

Published Date: August 3, 2014
Heart attack survival rates influenced by time of arrival at hospital

Heart attack survival rates influenced by time of arrival at hospital

The time at which heart attack patients arrive at the hospital may affect their chances for survival, new research published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes suggests. Research shows that heart attack patients who arrive at the hospital at nighttime, during the weekend or on a holiday have a 13% increased risk...

Health Tips

Published Date: August 3, 2014
Soothing bug bites

Soothing bug bites

Nothing can ruin a nice summer evening faster than being bitten by bugs. The American Academy of Paediatrics suggests how to take the sting out of those itchy or painful bumps: • Use calamine lotion liberally, taking care to avoid the eyes and genitals. • Apply a cold compress to areas that are irritated. • For...

Published Date: August 3, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Extra exercise could help depressed smokers quit Quitting smoking is harder for people with depression, according to a new review published recently in Nicotine & Tobacco Research. Depression can make it more difficult to ride out the anxiety, cravings or lack of sleep that come with trying to quit cold turkey, scientists found. But extra...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Progress card of Bangladesh

Progress card of Bangladesh

Findings of a study co-authored by icddr,b scientist Dr Aliya Naheed and recently published in the prestigious journal The Lancet reveal that, fewer people are dying from TB and malaria in Bangladesh, and at the same time, more Bangladeshis are being infected with and dying from HIV/AIDS than in the past. Published in The...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Physical exercise during Ramadan

Many people who exercise or who are concerned about their physical fitness find themselves wondering how and when to continue their fitness programme during the month of Ramadan. They find it difficult to exercise during Ramadan, but it is important to note that this is also a month of patience, sacrifice — and exercising during Ramadan is purely mind over matter. The most important thing to do this month is to continue to exercise. During Ramadan people might not be...

Drug Development

Published Date: July 27, 2014
New cure for Hepatitis C with $84000 price tag

New cure for Hepatitis C with $84000 price tag

Hepatitis C is one of the deadliest virus infections in the world, damaging liver and affecting more than 150 million people. The good news is a recently developed cure could save thousands of lives. There is a catch, however. The drug marketed in the US, patients will be required to pay $84,000 for a...

Health Tips

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Using the web for health information

Using the web for health information

While the Internet can be a great source of health knowledge, it is important to make sure that you're getting sound advice from a trusted source. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these guidelines: Make sure the information was either written or medically reviewed by a doctor, or that the original source is...

Published Date: July 27, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Stress, depression may boost stroke risk Stress, hostility and depression may increase the risk for stroke, a new study published in the journal Stroke suggests. The study found that depression seemed to raise the risk of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack (TIA) by 86 percent. It also found that stress apparently raised stroke...

People most at risk of HIV

Published Date: July 20, 2014
Hurdles to access HIV services

Hurdles to access HIV services

Sex workers, drug users, people in prison, men who have sex with men and transgender people are at higher risk of HIV than the general population — a risk that is heightened if the person is young. However, most of these people at risk of HIV are not getting the health services they...

Published Date: July 20, 2014
Pelvic exercises for men, too

Pelvic exercises for men, too

Kegel exercises have long been considered women’s work. Because they tone the pelvic floor muscles that support the uterus, doctors encourage women to do them during pregnancy and continue them for life. Done for a few minutes a day, Kegels can ease childbirth, help with recovery, prevent incontinence — even improve your sex...

Ramadan Riddles

Published Date: July 20, 2014
Answer to frequently asked questions

Q. I am on regular medication. Can I still fast? If the medicine needs to be taken during fasting, do not fast. If this medication is required as treatment for a short illness, you can compensate for missed fasts by fasting on other days when you are well. If you are on long-term medication then you could talk to your doctor about whether you could change your medication, so that you can take it outside the time of the fast....

Fruit Facts

Published Date: July 20, 2014
Health benefits of papaya

Health benefits of papaya

Papaya is a delicious tropical fruit that has been enjoyed lavishly by people as a part of cuisines and salads. It has a great taste, mouthwatering flavor and great health benefits. 1. Digestion: Papayas contain an enzyme called papain that aids in digestion and can also be used as a meat tenderiser. Its high...

Published Date: July 20, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Surgery soon after stroke can be risky People who have had a stroke face a significantly higher risk of serious complications if they have an elective surgery during the nine months following their stroke, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The sooner it is after the...

Published Date: July 13, 2014
Stroke in children: know the signs

Stroke in children: know the signs

Few days back at around 9 pm, one anxious mother called me for an urgent consultation for her four year old son Rafi (name disguised to protect identity). The boy was continuously crying and suddenly, he was unable to move his right hand and leg. His face was drawn to left side and...

Published Date: July 13, 2014
Chronic kidney disease: What to do?

Chronic kidney disease: What to do?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a long-term condition characterised by gradual loss of kidney function. When CKD progresses into advanced stage, kidney cannot filter blood and excrete waste products from body. Thus dangerous level of fluid, wastes, electrolyte accumulates in body and lead to several serious complications. The two main causes of chronic kidney...

Published Date: July 13, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Exercising moms-to-behave less chubby babies Babies born to mothers who exercise in late pregnancy may enter the world with a little less body fat, a new study published in Obstetrics & Gynaecology finds. Researchers said that could be a good thing, since extra fat at birth could continue into childhood and beyond. But the long-term...

Risk Assessment

Published Date: July 13, 2014
Could I develop varicose veins?

Could I develop varicose veins?

Varicose veins are bulging, sometimes painful veins often found on the legs. Spider veins are smaller and less pronounced. The womenshealth.gov website explains these common risk factors for varicose and spider veins: • Getting older. • Having weak veins or having a family history of vein problems. • Having hormonal changes associated with pregnancy, puberty, menopause or use of birth control pills. • Being pregnant. • Living a sedentary lifestyle, or being obese or overweight. • Being exposed to the sun and having fair skin.

Ramadan Riddles

Published Date: July 13, 2014
Answer to frequently asked questions

Q. Can a person fast if they are getting a blood transfusion in hospital? No. A person receiving a blood transfusion is advised not to fast on medical grounds. They may fast on the days when no transfusions are required. Q. Can I fast while I have dialysis? Peritoneal dialysis requires the daily usage of fluid bags in the abdomen and such patients are advised not to fast. Haemodialysis is performed about two to three times a week and results in significant shifts...

Published Date: July 6, 2014
The partnership for maternal, newborn and child health

The partnership for maternal, newborn and child health

More than 800 leaders and public health experts from around the world opened a landmark two-day meeting in Johannesburg to review new data and call for accelerated action to improve maternal, newborn and child health. The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH) 2014 Partners' Forum was opened by Graça Machel, Chair...

Published Date: July 6, 2014
Choosing smart foods in summer

Choosing smart foods in summer

In summer season, diet plays a crucial role in maintaining our health and wellbeing. Because, the air temperature and level of moisture favours some notorious bacteria to grow in the food and produce foodborne diseases that commonly cause diarrhoea. It is also a season when we can get dehydrated easily due to excess sweat...

Did you know?

Published Date: July 6, 2014
Glaucoma can affect babies, too

Glaucoma can affect babies, too

Glaucoma is an eye disease where fluid builds up inside the eye, creating pressure that damages the optic nerve and leads to vision loss. Glaucoma is largely diagnosed in the elderly people over 60 years. Thus, many people take it as a disease of elderly. But it can affect infants and children as...

Ramadan Riddles

Published Date: July 6, 2014
Answer to frequently asked questions

Q. Is fasting harmful when a woman is expecting a baby? Is it compulsory to fast while pregnant? It is not compulsory to fast while pregnant, but the woman will either need to make up those fasts later or, if unable to do this, should perform Fidyah*. There is some medical evidence to show that fasting in pregnancy is not advisable. If a pregnant woman feels strong and healthy enough to fast, especially during the early part of the pregnancy, she...

Published Date: July 6, 2014
Health Bulletin

FDA approves inhaled diabetes medication People with type 1 or 2 diabetes now have a new means of getting their medication, with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)'s approval on recently of the first inhaled medicine for reducing the blood sugar. The drug, Afrezza, is a new treatment option for patients with diabetes requiring mealtime insulin said in a news release by FDA. However, the agency stressed that Afrezza should never substitute for long-acting insulin, and patients with type 1 diabetes...

Published Date: June 29, 2014
Your guide to healthy fasting

Your guide to healthy fasting

Millions of Muslims are taking the last minute preparation for the holy month of Ramadan. As this Ramadan falls in warmer temperature than previous years, we need to take extra precaution before, during and after fasting hours. Experts recommended approaching the fast with discipline and self-control. Fasting in Ramadan is a great opportunity to...

Published Date: June 29, 2014
Reducing child mortality

Reducing child mortality

A new scorecard of the 32 countries competing in the 2014 World Cup shows that all have made significant progress in reducing childhood mortality since 1990, when the World Cup was hosted by Italy. However, not all countries have progressed equally. This year’s host, Brazil, leads the way with a 77 percent reduction in deaths among children under age 5 since 1990. The ranking, “Child Mortality: What’s the Score?” is being released in the run-up to the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Partners Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 30 June-1 July. At the conference, global leaders will call for accelerated action to improve the health of children,...

Ramadan Riddles

Published Date: June 29, 2014
Answer to your frequently asked questions

Q: Should a person with diabetes fast? People who have their diabetes under control, either by diet or using tablets, can fast. However, it should be evaluated properly by a doctor who may make changes to their medication in order to help them take tablets outside the times of fasting. Those who need insulin to control their diabetes can take insulin during fasting hour. According to most Islamic scholars, insulin during fasting will not invalidate their fast. However, people who...

Health Tips

Published Date: June 29, 2014
Preventing heel pain

Preventing heel pain

Heel pain can stem from a number of causes, from injury or deformity to a number of health conditions. The American Podiatric Medical Association says you can help prevent heel pain by: •Making sure that shoes fit well and provide good sturdy support. •Wearing appropriate footwear for all activities. •Getting rid of shoes that are worn...

Published Date: June 29, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Depression doubles odds of heart attack for younger women Young and middle-aged women with depression are more than twice as likely to suffer a heart attack or die from heart disease as their mentally healthy peers, new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association suggests. The study also found that women...

Published Date: June 22, 2014
Rethink about Hepatitis

Rethink about Hepatitis

Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, most commonly caused by a viral infection. It affects hundreds of millions of people worldwide, causing acute and chronic liver disease and killing close to 1.4 million people every year. But hepatitis remains largely ignored or unknown. The disease is often stigmatised or misunderstood. We need...

Published Date: June 22, 2014
Try to avoid sleeping pills

Try to avoid sleeping pills

Sleeping tablets are considered a 'last resort' if you have poor sleep (insomnia). They are sometimes prescribed for a short period to get over a particularly bad spell of insomnia. Many people who have little tension, fatigue, depression, insomnia and psychiatric problems without the advice of a specialised doctor, take different types of...

Vitamin

Published Date: June 22, 2014
Vitamin D: could be a key to a longer life

Vitamin D: could be a key to a longer life

Higher levels of vitamin D may protect people from an earlier death, particularly from cancer and heart disease, suggests a new analysis of existing research published in BMJ recently. Researchers said that people with low vitamin D die more frequently from heart disease and cancer, but it is not known if the low vitamin...

Published Date: June 22, 2014
Saving newborn lives

Saving newborn lives

In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Saving Newborn Lives (SNL) programme of Save the Children, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Child Health Research Foundation organised a dissemination workshop to share the findings of...

Published Date: June 22, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Take heartburn medicine before breakfast for best effect Many people with heartburn are not taking their acid-reducing medicine at the right time, which makes the drugs less effective and wastes money, according to new research published recently in The American Journal of Gastroenterology. Researcher said that these acid reducing drugs are activated once in the...

World Blood Donor Day 2014

Published Date: June 15, 2014
Give blood for those who give life

Give blood for those who give life

Transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life and can support complex medical and surgical procedures. It also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care. However, in many countries,...

Published Date: June 15, 2014
Taking care of disease in day-care centre

Taking care of disease in day-care centre

Namrata, a two year old cute baby girl has suddenly experienced abdominal pain, several episodes of passing loose stool, indigestion and anorexia. Her mother was worried and brought her to me to consult about her problem. The mother is a service holder and does not have any reliable helping hand at home while...

Did You Know?

Published Date: June 15, 2014
Periodic fasting may protect against diabetes in at-risk groups

In people who have prediabetes, the amount of glucose in the blood is higher than normal but is not high enough to be classified as diabetes. They are at high risk for diabetes and several studies have showed that decades of routine fasting was associated with a lower risk of diabetes and coronary artery disease in this group. This led scientists to think that fasting could be an impactful strategy for reducing the risk of diabetes and related metabolic...

Health Tips

Published Date: June 15, 2014
5 keys to safer food

5 keys to safer food

There is a growing demand for food safety at national and international level. Safer food is vital to our health. World Health Organisation recommends the following strategies to keep our food safe enough to eat. Keep clean • Wash your hands before handling food and often during food preparation. • Wash your hands after going to...

Published Date: June 15, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Poor sleep may lead to worse grades for college students Instead of staying up studying all night, college students might want to try a new way to improve their grades: get a good night's sleep. Researchers report in a study published in the journal Sleep that having trouble sleeping is as strong a predictor of...

Published Date: June 8, 2014
Overweight and obesity soaring among Bangladeshi adult

Overweight and obesity soaring among Bangladeshi adult

Over the last 33 years, rates of either being overweight or obese doubled among Bangladeshi adults but remained low among children, according to a new, first-of-its-kind analysis of trend data from 188 countries. In 1980, 7% of adults and 3% of children were overweight or obese. In 2013, those rates had climbed to 17%...

Published Date: June 8, 2014
Shaping midwifery to save lives

Shaping midwifery to save lives

Every day, midwives around the world are to be thanked for their work in providing care to women and their newborns, in particular at the critical time around childbirth. Much progress has been made in recent years in increasing access to skilled care at birth and the proportion of women who give birth in...

Smokefree laws

Published Date: June 8, 2014
Best practice to implement

Best practice to implement

A guide published by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) promoting best-practice in assessing compliance with smoke-free laws has been launched recently in Bangladesh along with some other countries, says a press release. The guide offers how to advice on best practices for researchers, public health advocates and non-governmental organisations...

Published Date: June 8, 2014
Roundtable Discussions

Roundtable Discussions

Prevention of needle stick injury Needle stick injury poses a great risk for transmission of HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and other life threatening diseases to the healthcare workers. With a view to finding an escape route of this problem, B. Brown a German medical company organised a roundtable at a local hotel in the city, says a...

Published Date: June 8, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

For obese diabetics, weight-loss surgery may work best Compared to diet and lifestyle changes, gastric bypass surgery appears to be the clear winner in helping obese people with type 2 diabetes lose weight and even rid themselves of the disease, new studies published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) Surgery showed.   Stress could...

Published Date: June 1, 2014
Raising tax and reducing tobacco consumption

Raising tax and reducing tobacco consumption

The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killing nearly 6 million people a year. More than 5 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 6,00,000 are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low-and middle-income countries like Bangladesh. In order to save those lives, World Health Organisation (WHO) and partners call on countries to raise taxes on tobacco which was focused on World No...

Published Date: June 1, 2014
How to control dust mite allergy

How to control dust mite allergy

Dust mites are tiny bugs that commonly live on bedding, carpets, soft furnishings, clothing and dead human skin. In people allergic to dust mite, it is often not the mite itself but proteins in their droppings which cause the allergy. Mite is closely associated with other diseases like asthma, eczema and allergic rhinitis. A...

Did You Know?

Published Date: June 1, 2014
More heart attacks at early age in Bangladesh

More heart attacks at early age in Bangladesh

Bangladeshis are having heart attacks at least 10 years sooner than typical sufferers of the condition in the West, according to preliminary findings of the largest heart attack study ever held in Bangladesh. The study suggests novel findings that high level of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, copper and lead may be increasing...

Published Date: June 1, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Antidepressant eases menopause-related symptoms The antidepressant venlafaxine is nearly as effective as estrogen therapy (hormone replacement therapy) in reducing menopause-related hot flashes and night sweats, a new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine shows. Hot flashes and night sweats affect up to 80 percent of women in midlife and are the primary menopause-related symptoms leading...

Published Date: May 25, 2014
Prevent Thalassaemia: test before you get married

Prevent Thalassaemia: test before you get married

Thalassaemia is an inherited disease affecting the blood. Although it is the most common congenital disorder in the world including Bangladesh, people know very few about the disease. The abnormal gene that is responsible for Thalassaemia is passed on to the patients from their parents or grandparents. It only occurs when both father and...

Published Date: May 25, 2014
A blend of quality care and medical technology

A blend of quality care and medical technology

Advanced medical technologies can be bought or copied. But ensuring the best quality healthcare providers to the patients, is where the challenge lies. Overcoming theses challenges, very few hospitals in Asia have been able to stand as a model of comprehensive and quality healthcare. Gleneagles Hospital, Singapore claims to be one of those...

Health tips

Published Date: May 25, 2014
Sweating excessively: know the causes

Sweating excessively: know the causes

During summer, sweating is a common physiological phenomenon but there are certain other reasons behind it. If it feels like you are frequently perspiring for no apparent reason, it may time for a visit to the doctor. The Cleveland Clinic explains these possible causes of excessive sweating: * Heat or stress. * Recent physical activity. * Hormonal...

Health News

Published Date: May 25, 2014
Improving access to quality iodised salt

The Bangladesh Small and Cottage Industries Corporation (BSCIC), with the financial and technical support of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), organised a day-long national workshop on improving access to quality iodised salt in Bangladesh, says a press release. With the active involvement of the government and industry partners, the workshop was aimed to build a shared understanding and consensus on quality assurance and quality control measures, identify better delivery models and create an enabling environment for salt mill...

Health News

Published Date: May 25, 2014
Initiative to stop dowry and early marriage

The two major reasons behind violence against women and children in Bangladesh refer to dowry and child marriage. Keeping these in response, SERAC-Bangladesh with the support from a leading advocacy organisation for ensuring women’s rights, Women Deliver started a project named ‘Social rising for dowry and early marriage prevention (Jagoroni)’, according to a press release. The project is aimed at increasing social awareness, empowering people with more information on law and improving communication to convince people to stand against this...

Published Date: May 25, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Heat waves could worsen COPD symptoms As air temperatures rise, so too may the symptoms of the chronic respiratory illness called COPD which is characterised by chronic cough — a new study suggests according to a study presented Diego at the annual meeting of the American Thoracic Society. With these findings, researchers identified the need...

Published Date: May 18, 2014
Don't suffer in silence with faecal incontinence

Don't suffer in silence with faecal incontinence

Faecal incontinence (FI) occurs when a person loses the ability to control their anal muscles and bowel movements, resulting in leakage of faeces and or gas. If left untreated or mismanaged, FI can lead to severe skin irritation as well as depression, causing affected individuals to withdraw from their families and society. Most sufferers are unaware of the available treatment options and the resulting negative effects on their overall physical and psychosocial wellbeing are often overlooked. In addition, the accompanying embarrassment and fear of social stigmatisation cause the afflicted (most of whom are elderly) to suffer in silence, setting up a vicious cycle that perpetuates the misinformed notion that faecal...

Published Date: May 18, 2014
Tips for breast problems

Tips for breast problems

The female breast starts to transform during the period of puberty. Oestrogen, progesterone, growth hormone, insulin, thyroxine, prolactin and cortisol hormones assist in the development and growth of the breast. In the life span of a woman she experiences many transformations regarding the shape and size of her breast. During puberty, due to hormonal changes, a female may feel sudden pain in her breast which is not a matter to worry. Taking a few pain killers and using well fitting brassier may solve this problem. If any female experiences the growth of breast before 8 years of age or if any female does not experience the growth of breast after...

Global Statistics

Published Date: May 18, 2014
Large gains in life expectancy

Large gains in life expectancy

People everywhere are living longer, according to the "World Health Statistics 2014" published yesterday by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Global averages show, a girl born in 2012 can expect to live to around 73 years, and a boy to the age of 68. This is 6 years longer than the average global...

Health News

Published Date: May 18, 2014
Tobacco tax raise demanded for public health

Tobacco tax raise demanded for public health

Tobacco alone kills 57,000 people; affects 1.2 million people with 8 killer diseases in Bangladesh a year. It also causes a large economic loss of about 11,000 crore BDT per year for treatment, death and paralysis of a these population. However, the price of tobacco products did not rise even though the regular...

Published Date: May 18, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Pregnancy possible for many after childhood cancer Despite research indicating that women who had cancer as girls have difficulty getting pregnant, a new study published in Lancet Oncology suggests that most can conceive, though it might take longer than usual. Researchers from the U.S. and Canada found that female childhood cancer survivors tended to take...

Published Date: May 11, 2014
Sharp decline in maternal and child deaths

Sharp decline in maternal and child deaths

Since the start of an international effort to address maternal and child mortality, millions of lives have been saved in South and Southeast Asia, according to two new studies by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. In 2000, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were established by the...

Published Date: May 11, 2014
Best place in the world to be a mother

Best place in the world to be a mother

Bangladesh rose six spots on Save the Children’s 2014 Mothers’ Index, widening the gap from neighbours India and Pakistan, to reach 130th out of 178 countries globally. The country however still lags behind other countries in the region, such as Nepal (116th) and Sri Lanka (89th). The index is a part of the children’s...

Published Date: May 11, 2014
School backpack and health problems

School backpack and health problems

Every school student has to carry different sizes of backpacks loaded with various items from home to school to home, but very few of us think about the amount of loading and appropriate wearing method of backpacks. Carrying too much weight in the back pack and wearing it wrong way can lead to...

Published Date: May 11, 2014
Health Bulletin

Exercise crucial for women's heart health after 30 Staying physically active is far more likely to determine a woman's future risk of heart disease than any other well-known factor, including smoking, obesity and high blood pressure, a new study published in British Journal of Sports Medicine reports. The researchers concluded that from age 30 until the late 80s, low physical activity levels were responsible for higher levels of heart disease risk than any other risk factor. Remaining inactive raised women's risk...

Published Date: May 4, 2014
Antibiotic resistance: an impending crisis

Antibiotic resistance: an impending crisis

A new report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) — its first to look at antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, globally — reveals that this serious threat is no longer a prediction for the future, it is happening right now in every region of the world and has the potential to affect anyone,...

Published Date: May 4, 2014
Relief from tension headache

Relief from tension headache

A tension headache is the most common and is generally a diffuse, mild to moderate pain in the head, neck and behind eyes. It can also be intense and it feels like a tight band around their foreheads. The majority of people who suffer from tension headaches have episodic headaches, which occur (on an...

Concern

Published Date: May 4, 2014
Safe fruits for children?

Safe fruits for children?

Aniruddha’s mother is a school teacher and a very careful mother. Few days ago she visited me with his son for some dietary advice. She asked me about the seasonal fruits that she could offer to her son safely. I became puzzled a bit and I was shaky to answer that question. According...

Health Tips

Published Date: May 4, 2014
Make time for breakfast

Make time for breakfast

It is easy to rush out the door and skip breakfast in the morning, but many experts think breakfast is the most important meal of the day. The American Academy of Paediatrics suggests how to make breakfast a priority: • Leave enough time in the morning for your child to eat without feeling rushed. •...

Published Date: May 4, 2014
Heatlh Bulletin

Heatlh Bulletin

High-fiber diet may aid heart attack survivors Heart attack survivors who get the recommended amount of fiber in their diets may live longer, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Many studies have found that fiber lovers tend to have a lower risk of developing heart disease in the first...

Published Date: April 27, 2014
Protecting workers' health

Protecting workers' health

Economically active people spend on an average about one third of their time at the workplace which helps our economy grow. During their work, they are exposed to various health risks such as heat, noise, dust, hazardous chemicals, unsafe machines and psychological stress, that may cause occupational diseases and can aggravate other health...

Published Date: April 27, 2014
Pregnancy and allergic rhinitis

Pregnancy and allergic rhinitis

Women who have allergic rhinitis before pregnancy may have worsening, improvement or no change in their symptoms during pregnancy. Most women notice some nasal congestion in the later stages of pregnancy, even if they did not have rhinitis before. This is called rhinitis of pregnancy and is related to hormone levels. Rhinitis of...

Protection

Published Date: April 27, 2014
Measles: check your status, protect yourself

Measles: check your status, protect yourself

Measles is a highly contagious, serious disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air when infected people cough and sneeze. It remains one of the leading causes of death among young children globally, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Approximately 122000 people died from measles in 2012 —...

Health News

Published Date: April 27, 2014
Health camp organised

Health camp organised

  Diabetic Wellbeing Foundation (DWF) and Community Health Clinic of Ulookandi Village of Comilla jointly organized a health camp on April 18, 2014 at primary school of Ulookandi Village with the support of Johnson and Johnson. The partner organisation was Bangladesh Youth Forum (BYF) who provided volunteers for the camp. Blood sugar screening, blood pressure measuring,...

Published Date: April 27, 2014
Heatlh Bulletin

Heatlh Bulletin

FDA approves HPV test as initial screen for cervical cancer The U.S. Food and Drug Adminis-tration recently approved a human papillomavirus (HPV) test as a first step in cervical cancer screening for women aged 25 and older. HPV, a sexually transmitted virus, is thought to cause the majority of cervical cancers. Certain strains, such as...

World Malaria Day

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Invest in the future, defeat malaria

Invest in the future, defeat malaria

Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 42% globally and 49% in Africa. Increased political commitment and expanded funding have helped to reduce malaria incidence by 25% globally, and 31% in Africa. But we are not there yet. Malaria still...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Increase tobacco price for health safety

Increase tobacco price for health safety

Scorching heat, sweats trickling down from the forehead and he is literally gasping. Standing beside the roadside tea-cigarette stall, rickshaw puller Alom Mia orders a bread and banana. Galloping them hurriedly, he takes a pause and after a while orders for a cigarette. Flashing the lighter, he soaks the feelings inside him and a smiling note reveals in his face. It seems at last he has taken something for having a happy-heart. What he is consuming everyday that gives Alom mia and many like him relief? Well, that is known to all, tobacco. But is it so relieving? Alom Mia admits honestly that smoking is bad for health. But he...

Home care

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Managing food poisoning

Safwan, a 6 years old boy came to me after celebration of Bangla New Year, he came to me with acute diarrhoea, vomiting, fever and muscle cramp. His younger sister and parents also developed similar symptoms. On query he told me that he took panta, dry hilsha fry and other items as a part of celebration of new year the previous last night and following which his tummy was not behaving well. This is a typical scenario of food...

Health Tips

Published Date: April 20, 2014
If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes

If you have been diagnosed with pre-diabetes

Your doctor has told you that you have pre-diabetes; that your blood sugar is high, but not too high to be considered diabetic. So what do you do to avoid developing the full-blown disease? The American Council on Exercise recommends these lifestyle changes: • Commit to eating healthier, avoiding fad diets or products that guarantee quick and easy weight loss. • Set aside at least 150 minutes per week for exercise. • Set realistic, achievable weight-loss goals. • Eliminate barriers to your healthy lifestyle goals, and build a support system to help you stay on track. • Get...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Married people may be likelier to survive cancer Researchers found a strong tie between tying the knot and clearing cancer. Married cancer patients are less likely to die of their disease than those who aren't wed, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests.     Big cigarette tax hikes might prevent 200m deaths...

Published Date: April 20, 2014
Health Bulletin

Health Bulletin

Married people may be likelier to survive cancer Researchers found a strong tie between tying the knot and clearing cancer. Married cancer patients are less likely to die of their disease than those who aren't wed, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests.     Big cigarette tax hikes might prevent 200m deaths...