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Cancer

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery: UN

Fragile ozone layer shows first sign of recovery: UN

The ozone layer that shields life from cancer-causing solar rays is showing its first sign of recovery after years of dangerous depletion, a UN study said on Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news on the environment. Experts said it was largely down to global action - a 1987 ban on man-made gases...

Non-communicable diseases main challenge

Non-communicable diseases main challenge

Non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer are the major health challenges faced by Bangladesh and many other developing nations of Asia, said a top official of the World Health Organization. “This is a major problem because these diseases are taking so many young lives. People die of heart attacks very early,” said Dr...

Cancer patient commits suicide at DMCH

Cancer patient commits suicide at DMCH

A cancer patient committed suicide jumping from the eighth floor of Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) this morning. Nurunnabi, 42, jumped off the eighth floor of the DMCH building around 10:00am, the victim’s son Rakibul Hasan told The Daily Star. Hailed from Laxmipur Sadar upazila, Nurunnabi went to the DMCH with severe stomach pain...

Chemical used in Colgate Total linked to cancer

Chemical used in Colgate Total linked to cancer

A chemical that has been linked to cancer cell growth is being used by millions of Americans in toothpaste every day, it has emerged, according to a report of Daily Mail Online. The company behind Colgate Total insists that triclosan, which it uses to stave off gum disease, is safe to use because the...

A dip in Ganga may cause cancer

A dip in Ganga may cause cancer

A dip in river Ganga can possibly cause cancer, the Times of India reports quoting a study by the Department of Atomic Energy's National Centre for Compositional Characterisation of Materials (NCCM) in Hyderabad of India. The NCCM has tested water samples from the Ganga and found the river water contained carcinogens. However, Prime Minister Narendra...

British tennis player Baltacha dies of liver cancer

British tennis player Baltacha dies of liver cancer

Former British number one tennis player Elena Baltacha has died of liver cancer, aged 30. Born in Ukraine and raised in Scotland, Baltacha revealed she had the illness in March. Baltacha, who was British number one for nearly three years, retired from the sport in 2013. "We are heartbroken beyond words at the loss of our...

Air pollution kills 7m every year: WHO

Air pollution kills 7m every year: WHO

Air pollution kills about 7 million people worldwide every year, with more than half of the fatalities due to fumes from indoor stoves, according to a new report from the World Health Organisation published Tuesday. The agency said air pollution is the cause of about one in eight deaths and has now become the...

Sham of cancer treatment

Sham of cancer treatment

Poor and desperate cancer patients in this country are not only deceived with unscientific healing promised by quacks and self-declared shamans, they are now falling victim to treatments by non-physicians at unauthorised hospitals as well. One such unapproved cancer hospital was discovered and sealed off by a mobile court of the Rapid Action Battalion...

Meat and cheese 'as bad as smoking'

Meat and cheese 'as bad as smoking'

A high-protein diet during middle age could make you almost twice as likely to die early and four times more likely to die of cancer, a study has suggested. Researchers from the University of Southern Carolina found those between the age of 50 and 65 who ate large amounts of protein were 74 percent...

Editorial

Bangladesh slips in global ranking

THE country has dipped nearly 40 points in the Global Environment Performance Index 2014 and Bangladesh now stands 9th from the bottom in the survey conducted worldwide encompassing 179 nations. The study is a report published every two years and brought out jointly by Yale and Columbia universities. Global environment takes into account nine indices that include water and sanitation, quality of air, forestry, water resources to name but a few. In terms of quality of air we scored...

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