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First guideline on digital health interventions

First guideline on digital health interventions

The World Health Organisation (WHO) released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, tablets and computers, to improve people’s health and essential services.

  • Forever young: Protein that keeps skin youthful

    Beauty might only be skin deep, but for those wondering how to keep that skin young, scientists may have found an answer in the form of a protein that encourages cell competition.

  • Wearable device could offer biopsy alternative for cancer

    Biopsy is currently the most accurate means of diagnosing cancer. But, as Daniel F Hayes MD – senior author of the paper, published in Nature Communications – explains, "nobody wants to have a biopsy."

  • 2bn people lack water at health facilities: UN

    A quarter of the world's health facilities lack basic water services, impacting 2 billion people, the United Nations says, warning that unhygienic conditions could fuel the global rise of deadly superbugs.

  • Effects of Teenage Pregnancy

    Adolescent pregnancy: Effects and remedies

    When a carefree toddler reaches adolescence, she puts her footsteps to a completely new world. Though the usual age is 10-14 years, it varies from country to country, race and geographical distributions.

  • Osteoporosis: a silent disease

    Osteoporosis is defined as a reduction in the strength of bone that leads to an increased risk of fractures. Osteoporosis results from bone loss due to age related changes in bone remodelling as well as extrinsic and intrinsic factors that accelerate the process.

  • First immunotherapy for breast cancer approved!

    The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of Atezolizumab (Tecentriq) to treat unresectable locally advanced or metastatic triple-negative breast cancer in tumors expressing PD-L1.

  • AstraZeneca to bring life-changing medicines in Bangladesh

    AstraZeneca, a leading global science-led biopharmaceutical company of Swedish-British origin, announced its partnership with MGH Healthcare Limited to provide convenient and reliable access to AstraZeneca medicines in Bangladesh — says a press release.

  • Even a little bit of exercise could help

    Just 10 minutes of exercise a week might be better than no physical activity in terms of mortality risk, according to a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. And very high levels of exercise are more protective.

  • Challenging TB in Bangladesh

    Each year, we commemorate World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on March 24 to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of TB, and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

  • Suspected cholera cases spikes in Yemen in 2019: UN

    Nearly 110,000 suspected cases of cholera have been reported in war-hit Yemen since the beginning of January, including 190 related deaths, the UN says.

  • Targets to eliminate TB within a generation

    A world free of tuberculosis (TB) is possible by 2045 if increased political will and financial resources are directed towards priority

  • TB is not only a disease of the lungs

    Tuberculosis (TB) is caused by bacteria Mycobacterium Tuberculosis that most often affect the lungs. Tuberculosis is curable and

  • Facts about XDR-TB

    Facts about XDR-TB

    XDR-TB, an abbreviation for extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB), is a form of TB which is resistant to at least four of the core

  • New recommendations to accelerate progress on TB

    New recommendations to accelerate progress on TB

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued new guidance to improve treatment of multidrug resistant TB (MDR-TB). WHO is recommending shifting to fully oral regimens to treat people with MDR-TB.

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    Afternoon nap is good for your blood pressure

    Good news for those who like a midday snooze; a nap may help to lower blood pressure.

  • Smoking strong pot daily raises psychosis risk, study finds

    Smoking high-potency marijuana every day could increase the chances of developing psychosis by nearly five times, according to the biggest-ever study to examine the impact of pot on psychotic disorder rates.

  • Why we need to talk about losing a baby

    Losing a baby in pregnancy through miscarriage or stillbirth is still a taboo subject worldwide, linked to stigma and shame. Many women still do not receive appropriate and respectful care when their baby dies during pregnancy or childbirth.

  • Dealing with cancer patients emotionally

    According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), more than 1.5 million people have been diagnosed with various types of cancers in Bangladesh currently. Every year about 2 million people receive the news of having cancer and almost 1 million dies of it.

  • The latest updates on blood pressure measurement

    The American Heart Association has updated its 2005 statement on blood pressure (BP) measurement. Some highlights published in Hypertension are as follows:

  • Awake brain surgery for brain tumour

    The first ever awake brain surgery for brain tumour in Apollo Hospitals Dhaka, Bangladesh was held recently, says a press release.

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    LabAid organised seminar on World Kidney Day

    A seminar was held to commemorate the World Kidney Day at Labaid Specialised Hospital on March 14 focusing the importance of the kidneys and reducing the frequency and impact of kidney diseases, says a press release.

  • Celebrating women leaders in science and health

    On International Women’s Day, we celebrate all the women who have had a pioneering role in advancing science and health. One of the best known was Florence Nightingale, a 19th- century statistician and founder of modern nursing, who understood the benefits of hygiene and sanitation in preventing disease.

  • diagnostic test kit for cholera disease

    icddr,b develops rapid diagnostic test kit for cholera

    Scientists at the icddr,b, in partnership with Incepta Pharmaceuticals, have developed a locally-made low-cost dipstick device -- Cholkit -- for rapid and effective diagnosis of cholera, generating new hopes of better management the disease.

  • Molecular cancer diagnosis in Bangladesh

    Molecular cancer diagnosis in Bangladesh

    Praava Health, a network of family health centres in Dhaka, has opened molecular cancer diagnostics laboratory in Bangladesh. Praava will soon offer immunohistochemistry services and expanded cancer risk panels to provide more nuanced cancer diagnoses.

  • Glaring need to making EMS more effective in Bangladesh

    Emergency Medical Services (EMS), also known as ambulance services or paramedic services or pre-hospital transfer services, are emergency services which treat illnesses and injuries that require an urgent medical response, providing out-of-hospital treatment and transport to definitive care.

  • Up to 13 million cases of cervical cancer could be prevented by 2050

    Cervical cancer could be eliminated as a public health problem in most countries by the end of the century by rapid expansion of existing interventions, according to a modelling study published in The Lancet Oncology journal.

  • New treatment for depression by Esketamine Nasal spray

    Nasal spray as an adjunctive treatment for depression

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a nasal spray for treatment-resistant major depressive disorder in adults. Esketamine is a chemical mirror image of ketamine. It must be taken with an oral antidepressant.

  • Delayed antibiotics could be linked to sepsis and death

    Delaying antibiotics for elders with urinary tract infections (UTI) may put them at increased risk for sepsis and death, according to a retrospective study in The British Medical Journal (BMJ).

  • London HIV patient becomes world's second AIDS cure hope

    An HIV-positive man in Britain has become the second known adult worldwide to be cleared of the AIDS virus after he received a bone marrow transplant from an HIV resistant donor, his doctors say.

  • Vertebral disc prolapse

    Slip disc in lower back and manipulative intervention

    Mr Zaman, the 43 years old gentleman, has been suffering from acute sever lower back pain for 7 days. Pain moves down to right thigh and leg causing difficulty in walking, standing and even moving on bed. Gradually pain increases when he moves for necessary daily functions.