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Despite increased risk, doctor continues undeterred

Despite increased risk, doctor continues undeterred

She is a cardiac patient. Yet, this 35-year-old doctor did not evade her duties -- knowing the added risks -- during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. She continues to work at Kuwait Bangladesh Friendship Government Hospital.

  • Weekly report on COVID-19 launched by NSU

    The researchers from the Department of Public Health of North South University (NSU) have launched a weekly report that monitors

  • No shortage in medicine supply, yet prices still high

    Asad Haider, a resident in the port city’s Rahattar Pool area, has been suffering from peptic ulcer for a long time. He was prescribed medicines for three months. One of the medicines he has to take is Sergel (Esomeprazole 20mg).

  • Recent developments in the detection process and drug discovery

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), generally known as 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), may have been evolved from bats. A recent article published in the Nature Medicine journal used genomic data of novel coronavirus and predicted that the origin of coronavirus is natural and not laboratory-made.

  • What does endemic, pandemic and epidemic mean?

    The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has been spreading drastically from one country to another since December 2019. It has become one of the most rapidly spreading viruses in the world. The most uttered words nowadays are ‘endemic’, ‘pandemic’ and ‘epidemic’. All three terms are epidemiological terms that are commonly used in the study of disease on human beings.

  • How long does coronavirus survive in the air and on surfaces?

    SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), can remain viable in aerosols for hours and on surfaces for days, according to a correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine.

  • Similarities and differences: COVID-19 and influenza

    As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, comparisons have been drawn to influenza. Both cause respiratory disease, yet there are important differences between the two viruses and how they spread. This has important implications for the public health measures that can be implemented to respond to each virus.

  • How the humble soap is the most effective against coronavirus

    At a time when hand sanitisers are being hoarded in the panic over the coronavirus outbreak, the most effective tool to combat the virus -- the soap -- should not be overlooked.

  • Coronavirus Update

    2019 novel coronavirus infection: Simple gestures can save your life

    Viruses are the bad news wrapped in protein coat. When a new strain of coronavirus has infected humans for the very first time in Wuhan, China in late 2019, it was not much of a surprise.

  • Importance of Quarantine

    Why quarantine is important to put brakes on COVID-19 outbreak?

    There are public health tools that could slow down the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, like washing hands with soap, not touching the face, staying away from patients etc.

  • A second patient has been cured of HIV!

    A study of the second HIV patient to undergo successful stem cell transplantation from donors with a HIV-resistant gene, finds that there was no active viral infection in the patient’s blood 30 months after they stopped anti-retroviral therapy, according to a case report published in The Lancet HIV journal.

  • Topical oxygen therapy for diabetic foot ulcers?

    Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (i.e., breathing 100% oxygen under high atmospheric pressure) has shown mixed results in studies of diabetic foot ulcers. Now, in a multicentre U.S. and European trial, investigators examined whether topical oxygen promotes healing of such ulcers.

  • Over 20m patients with kidney diseases, less than 10% can afford treatment

    A roundtable discussion titled ‘Kidney Health for All: Obstacle and Prevention’ was organised on March 12, 2020, to mark the World Kidney Day by the Kidney Awareness Monitoring and Prevention Society (KAMPS) in the capital, says a press release.

  • Black rice

    Black rice: the latest superfood

    Black rice is being called a superfood for being rich in nutrients.

  • When should you actually eat to manage your weight?

    The balance between weight gain and weight loss is predominantly determined by what you eat, how much you eat, and by how much exercise you get.

  • Nutrition and diet in inflammatory bowel disease

    Which foods to eat and which to avoid is an important topic to patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). A working group of the IOIBD has examined the best available evidence and provided expert consensus recommendations.

  • DNCC, DSCC partly responsible for last year’s dengue outbreak: probe

    A judicial probe committee finds part negligence of Dhaka north and south city corporations over the outbreak of dengue in the capital last year.

  • Frequent tooth brushing is associated to lower risk of diabetes

    Brushing teeth three times a day or more is linked to an 8% lower risk of developing diabetes, while presence of dental disease is associated with a 9% increased risk and many missing teeth (15 or more) is linked to a 21% increased risk.

  • Drinking and smoking throughout pregnancy: A lethal combination

    Did you know that sudden infant death syndrome is most likely among infants of women who continued to use both tobacco and alcohol beyond the first trimester?

  • Who are more vulnerable to coronavirus?

    While the coronavirus is spreading across the world at an alarming rate, a study by the Chinese Center for Disease and Prevention concluded that the death rate was 10 times higher in the very elderly, compared to the middle-aged, youth and children.

  • Traffic congestion is destroying our musculoskeletal health

    A day without traffic congestion cannot be imagined by Dhaka city dwellers.

  • Collagen supplements: Does science support the hype?

    Collagen is a protein your body makes naturally. It makes up about a third of all of the protein in your body.

  • Study urges to use macrolides cautiously in pregnancy

    Macrolide antibiotics (azithromycin, clarithromycin, erythromycin, spiramycin, telithromycin etc.) carry a higher risk for major foetal malformations than penicillins when taken during pregnancy, according to a study in the BMJ. This is consistent with prior studies.

  • Partners unite to spark global movements to end NTDs

    Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) recently launched End the Neglect, a year-long campaign set to ignite a global movement to raise awareness and inspire action to end NTDs, says a press release.

  • Paediatric cardiac disease awareness event organised by Apollo Hospitals Dhaka

    Paediatric Cardiology Department of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka organised a seminar on “Heart diseases of children - can’t take the smile away” on Wednesday, 26 February 2020 at Banani Club Limited.

  • Do we care about our children?

    No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world. The Commission was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and The Lancet.

  • Is it heartburn or something else?

    You get this problem when stomach acid moves into a tube called the oesophagus, which carries food from your mouth to the stomach.

  • Sedentary behaviour associated with later depressive symptoms in teens

    Teens become more sedentary as they age — and the more sedentary they are, the more likely they are to develop depressive symptoms — according to a study in the Lancet Psychiatry.

  • Just how much of a benefit do we get from a healthful lifestyle?

    Virtually everyone knows that a healthful lifestyle — never smoking, normal body-mass index (BMI), moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, moderate alcohol intake, and a higher-quality diet — is good for their health. What very few people know is just how much benefit they get from achieving all these lifestyle goals.

  • National summit on ROP held in Dhaka

    A national summit on Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) has been organised in Dhaka by the Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh in collaboration with the Interactive Research and Development, Bangladesh with support from the United States Agency for International Development recently, says a press release.

  • WHO concerned about coronavirus cases with no clear link

    The World Health Organization (WHO) is concerned about the number of coronavirus cases with no clear epidemiological link, although the total number of cases outside China remains relatively small, its director-general said on Saturday.