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Use of modern contraception among Bangladesh

Use of modern contraception among Bangladeshi women low

Bangladeshi women shows a slow performance in using modern contraception in the world. In a wider perspective, an ambitious goal to boost the number of women using modern contraception by tens of millions by 2020 is falling far behind, said experts.

  • Father’s nicotine use can cause cognitive problems in children

    A father’s exposure to nicotine may cause cognitive deficits in his children and even grandchildren, according to a study in mice published in the open-access journal PLOS Biology.

  • Millions with high blood sugar face TB risk

    Millions of people with high blood sugar may be at greater risk of tuberculosis than previously thought, scientists say, warning that diabetes and TB could combine to create the "perfect storm" of disease.

  • Plastics have entered human food chain

    Bits of plastic is detected in the faeces of people in Europe, Russia and Japan, according to research claiming to show for the first time the widespread presence of plastics in the human food chain.

  • Single dose calcium may help reducing maternal mortality

    Bangladesh has made a remarkable success in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), specially when a reduction of 70% women were dying from labour. In the ‘70s, 650 in every 100,000 live births dramatically stands for only 194 now which is a history in the global health. The achievement was possible because of sustained Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of over 6 percent, reduction of poverty and accessing universal health coverage.

  • Drinking more water

    Drinking more water can prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in younger women

    Increasing water intake helps prevent recurrent urinary tract infections in younger women with low fluid consumption, a JAMA Internal Medicine study finds.

  • Healthy diets

    Healthy diets might reduce the risk for depression

    The most definitive effects on incidence of depression were found with the Mediterranean diet in a meta-analysis of 41 studies.

  • Common winter illnesses in children

    Common winter illnesses in children

    Winter is knocking at the door and few diseases are quite common in our children at this time. Most of the diseases that affect children in winter are common cold, bronchiolitis, pneumonia, tonsillitis and sore throat, asthma, earache, whooping cough, stomach flu or viral diarrhoea, scabies etc.

  • Everyone must act to ban virginity testing

    Virginity testing — a gynecological examination conducted under the belief that it determines whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse — must end, says UN Human Rights, UN Women and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • Happiness

    Being kind really does give us a warm glow inside

    New UK research finds that the warm glow we feel after helping others is real, with brain scans showing that the reward centre in the brain is activated after an act of kindness.

  • Childhood Cancer Causes

    Treating childhood cancer

    Cancer is a leading cause of death for children and adolescents worldwide. In high-income countries more than 80% of children with cancer are cured, but in many low and middle income countries (LMICs) only 20% are cured.

  • Paralysed patients able to walk following epidural stimulation

    Two recent separate studies report successes with epidural electrical stimulation in helping paralysed patients regain the ability to walk.

  • Invest more for mental health

    Adolescence and the early years of adulthood are a time of life when many changes occur, for example changing schools, leaving home, and starting university or a new job. For many, these are exciting times. They can also be times of stress and apprehension however. In some cases, if not recognised and managed, these feelings can lead to mental illness.

  • A simpler solution with once- daily dosing and reduced risk of nocturnal hypoglycaemia

    When treated with once-daily Ryzodeg®, people with type 2 diabetes achieved similar blood sugar control with half the number of daily injections, significantly lower total daily insulin dose and significantly reduced risk of nocturnal hypoglycaemia in the Step by Step trial compared with once-daily insulin glargine U100 plus once-daily insulin aspart after 26 weeks — says a press release.

  • How to weight loss helps to remission of type 2 diabetes

    Weight loss can put type 2 diabetes into remission

    In 2017, the landmark Diabetes Remission Clinical Trial (DiRECT) revealed that type 2 diabetes can be reversed in some adults by following an intensive weight management programme, but no-one knew why.

  • global C-section epidemic

    Doctors warn of global C-section 'epidemic'

    Worldwide Caesarean section use has nearly doubled in two decades and has reached "epidemic" proportions in some countries, doctors warned yesterday, highlighting a huge gap in childbirth care between rich and poor mothers.

  • going vegetarian benefits

    Going vegetarian? Here’s how to eat well

    People adhere to vegetarian diets for many reasons, mostly related to religion and belief, health benefits, environmental issues, and even aesthetic and economic reasons.

  • Computer use addiction

    Excessive computer use can lead to poor vision

    Excessive use of smartphones, tablets or other types of computers in early childhood increases the risk of developing short-sightedness, eye-care professionals warn.

  • Do you know someone who may be considering suicide?

    Close to 800 000 people die due to suicide every year, which is one person every 40 seconds. Many more attempt suicide. Suicide occurs throughout the lifespan and is the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year olds globally.

  • cardiovascular disease risk factors

    2 in 3 people with type 2 diabetes have cardiovascular disease risk factors

    The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) in partnership with Novo Nordisk has announced the results from the ‘Taking Diabetes to Heart’ survey recently.

  • Chronic back pain

    New gene variants associated with chronic back pain

    Chronic back pain is the number one cause of years lived with disability worldwide. In a new study, Pradeep Suri of the Department of

  • A promising new way to treat appendicitis

    A brand new study from Finland shows the choice of antibiotic a fair alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment with antibiotics, almost two-thirds of patients had not had another attack.

  • Apollo Hospitals Dhaka celebrates World Heart Day

    The Paediatric Cardiology Department of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka is celebrating the ‘World Heart Day 2018’ by offering treatment for

  • Asgar Ali Hospital observed World Heart Day

    Asgar Ali Hospital commemorated ‘World Heart Day 2018’ focusing on the theme

  • Vitamin D supplement

    Vitamin D supplements don't maintain or improve bone health: Analysis

    A new large-scale analysis finds that despite popular belief, vitamin D supplements do not prevent fractures or falls, or improve bone mineral density in adults.

  • Abused children carry the trauma in their cells: Study

    Children subjected to abuse may carry the physical hallmark of that trauma in their cells, scientists say, in research that could help criminal investigations probing historic mistreatment.

  • Nobel-winning therapy weaponises immune system against cancer

    A revolutionary cancer treatment pioneered by the winners of the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine is hailed as the future of fighting the disease -- and it has fewer devastating side effects than chemotherapy.

  • Nobel Prize in Medicine for Cancer Therapy: US, Japanese duo win it

    Two immunologists, James Allison of the US and Tasuku Honjo of Japan, won the 2018 Nobel Medicine Prize for research into how the body's natural defences can fight cancer, the jury said yesterday.

  • HIV positive in 8 southern districts

    193 tested HIV positive in 8 southern districts: Report

    At least 193 people have been tested HIV positive in the country's eight southern districts, says a report released by a local voluntary organisation.

  • Keeping your heart healthy

    ‘My Heart, Your Heart’ — the theme is about celebrating and connecting like-minded people. Which create a sense of commitment around the common cause of heart health. It is a concept that encapsulate the values of the World Heart Day.

  • Adolescents: health risks and solutions

    Around 1.2 billion people, or 1 in 6 of the world’s population, are adolescents aged 10 to 19. Most are healthy, but there is still substantial premature death, illness, and injury among adolescents.