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Daily ‘polypill’ reduces heart disease, stroke

A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts the risk of major heart failure and stroke by a third, researchers yesterday. In clinical trials, the so-called “polypill” was especially effective among people with no history of cardiovascular disease, reducing the number of severe events by 40 percent, they reported in The Lancet, a ... Read More »

WHO says, drinking microplastics in water not look risky

Geneva, Aug 22 (AP/UNB) — The World Health Organization says the levels of microplastics in drinking water don’t appear to be risky, but that research has been spotty and more is needed into their effects on the environment and health. Microplastics are created when man-made materials break down into tiny particles smaller than about 5 millimeters (roughly one-fifth of an ... Read More »

3 more die of dengue; 1626 new cases recorded on Tuesday

Dhaka, Aug 21 (UNB) – Two more people, including a woman, have died of dengue in the capital while the fresh infections marked a slight rise across the country. At least 1,626 dengue patients were hospitalised in 24 hours till 8am on Wednesday against Tuesday’s 1,572. The number of dengue patients was 1,615 on Monday, 1,706 on Sunday, 1,460 on ... Read More »

Israel seeks to beat PTSD with ‘ecstasy’ therapy

Nachum Pachenick says he lived a nightmare for nearly two decades after being sexually abused and developing post-traumatic stress disorder — until MDMA therapy came to his rescue. “It’s a life full of stress, pressure, nerves, anxiety, fatigue,” the 46-year-old Israeli said from his home in Sde Boaz, a wildcat settlement in the occupied West Bank south of Jerusalem. “You ... Read More »

UN joint team to help Bangladesh control Aedes

Dhaka  – A joint expert team of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) of the United Nation will assess the feasibility of Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) in controlling Aedes mosquitoes in Bangladesh. Read More »

3 dengue patients die, 6733 remain in hospitals on Monday

Dhaka, Aug 19 – Three more people died of dengue in Khulna, Mymensingh and Faridpur districts on Monday, showing an uptrend in casualties by the mosquito-borne disease in the country. However, the number of patients taking admission to hospitals with dengue infections has marked a fall. Those died today in the three districts were identified as Mizanur Raham, 40, son ... Read More »

117 dengue patients admitted to Gaibandha Modern Hospital

A total of 117 dengue patients were admitted to Gaibandha Modern Hospital (GMH) till today and of them, 101 patients were released from the hospital after treatment. Now, some 15 patients are undergoing treatment in GMH and one in Fulchhari Upazila Health Complex. This was disclosed by civil surgeon (CS) Dr. ABM Abu Hanif in a monthly meeting of district ... Read More »

Dengue infections in BD bounce back; another dies

Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) – After a significant fall on Saturday, dengue infections have marked a rise again as 1,706 new patients were hospitalised across the country in 24 hours till Sunday morning with the report of a death. The number of dengue patients was 1,460 on Saturday against 1,719 on Friday and 1,929 on Thursday. Meanwhile, a total of ... Read More »

Keep surroundings clean to prevent dengue: PM

Dhaka, Aug 18 (UNB) -Terming the dengue outbreak a big problem, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the people of the country to remain aware about the mosquito-borne disease and keep their houses and surroundings clean to check the breeding of aedes mosquitoes. “The dengue prevalence is still there…it used to be believed that these elite aedes mosquitoes are ... Read More »

KU research uncovers health risks of handling currency notes

Khulna, Aug 18 (UNB) – Currency notes move from hand to hand collecting dirt and bacteria that make people very uncomfortable to touch them. But, according to research by a student of Khulna University, such notes are even more harmful than we think of. “Taka notes and coins contain bacteria like E. Coli and faecal coliform which are very harmful ... Read More »

Integrated Vector control must to fight dengue: Dhaka Mayor

Dhaka, Aug 17 (UNB) – Underscoring the importance of public awareness against mosquito breeding, Dhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) Mayor Atiqul Islam on Saturday said Integrated Vector Management (IVM) is necessary for combatting the dengue outbreak in the country. ‘We’ve to launch IVM to control the spread of the disease….I’m hopeful about submitting an IMV project within the next 7-8 ... Read More »

Run your way to better mental health

I once lived a life almost ruled by anxiety, intrusive thoughts and paralysing fear. I spent years looking for the thing that would release me, and when I finally found it, it wasn’t medication or therapy (although both helped). It was running. It gave me a feeling that there was a world out there beckoning me, promising hope; it gave ... Read More »

Goal of ending AIDS by 2030 within the world’s reach: UNAIDS

Dhaka, Aug 15 (UNB) – Winnie Byanyima, the newly-appointed Executive Director of UNAIDS says the end of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is a goal that is within the world’s reach. “But I don’t underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead. Working with all its partners, UNAIDS must continue to speak up for the people left behind ... Read More »

1,200 new dengue patients hospitalised in 24 hours of Eid

Dhaka, Aug 13 (UNB) – At least 1,200 new dengue patients were admitted to hospitals across the country in 24 hours till Tuesday morning. Since January, 44,471 people were hospitalised with dengue, according to the Directorate General of Health Services. Of them, 36,884 had made full recovery. Currently, 4,115 patients are undergoing treatment at 40 government and private hospitals in ... Read More »

Dhaka officially confirms 40 dengue deaths

Dhaka, Aug 11 — The government on Sunday raised the dengue death toll to 40. Thirty-nine of the deaths were recorded at hospitals in Dhaka City. The other one was reported from Dhaka Division (outside the capital), the Health Emergency Operation Center and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services said. Read More »

Dengue fever attacks 1584 cops, their relatives

Dhaka, Aug 11 (UNB) – As the city is in the grip of dengue outbreak, at least 1,584 police personnel and their family members have been affected by the mosquito-borne disease over the last three months, official sources said. Besides, they said, a police officer and the wife of a senior official died of the deadly disease in the capital. ... Read More »

Community clinics to remain open till Aug 17

Health Desk Despite being public holidays on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha, the country’s all community clinics will remain open in rural areas till August 17 except Eid day, aiming to provide healthcare facilities to holidaymakers and dengue patients. The government has decided to keep all the community clinics open from August 9 to 17 except Eid day to provide healthcare ... Read More »

3 dengue patients die, 2176 new cases admitted on Saturday

Dhaka, Aug 10 (UNB) – Three people, including a child, have died of dengue and 2,176 new patients have been hospitalised across the country as the number of dengue infections has marked a rise again after a fall for two consecutive days. The new deaths were recorded in Dinajpur, Barishal and Chandpur on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning while the ... Read More »

Lack of doctors during Eid may affect dengue patients’ care

Dhaka, Aug 9 (UNB) – Though the government has cancelled the Eid leave of health officials, the dengue patients undergoing treatment in city hospitals await greater hazards as there will be a lack of necessary doctors during the Eid vacation. “Despite the cancellation of leave, the city hospitals will see the lack of doctors during the Eid vacation. They (doctors) ... Read More »

Dengue patient at hospital: No respite from mosquito bite

Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNB) – Mohammad Hasan has been preparing for the upcoming Dhaka University admission test when he was infected with dengue. He came to Dhaka from Shariatpur hoping to enroll in one of the top public universities in Bangladesh and has been staying at a mess-house in Jatrabari since April. “I was infected with dengue about 10 days ... Read More »

Patients asked to take enough water, juice to defeat dengue

Dhaka, Aug 8 (UNB) – Describing the notion to have papaya-leaf juice for increasing the blood platelet count as a ‘myth’, medicine specialist Prof Dr Khan Abul Kalam Azad has suggested that dengue patients drink plenty of water and juice of any fruit to get a better outcome. “We’ve published several journals and attended presentations abroad many times in the ... Read More »

BD Govt allocates Tk 515 mn for eradicating mosquitoes

Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB)— The government has allocated Tk 51.5 crore to help the city corporations and municipalities fight mosquitoes. LGRD Minister Md Tazul Islam came up with the information at a views exchanging meeting with Bangladesh Climate Change Journalist Forum (BCJF) at the Secretariat. Of the amount, the two Dhaka city corporations were given Tk 7.5 crore each. Tk ... Read More »

10 teams monitor BD dengue situation round the clock: Govt

Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) – Urging people not to be worried about the current dengue situation, Health Minister Zahid Malik has said his ministry has formed 10 high-level teams to monitor the dengue situation round the clock. “A cell has been opened at the ministry which is monitoring whether doctors are working or not and taking instant actions if any ... Read More »