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Deadly fungal infection spreading globally in secrecy

A deadly new drug-resistant fungus is spreading worldwide. The fungus, called Candida auris, is quietly spreading across the globe and is resistant to major antifungal drugs. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly half of the patients who contract C. auris die within 90 days. This serious and growing public health threat was reported in The New ... Read More »

Pathways of antibiotic use in Bangladesh explored

Dhaka, Apr 10 (UNB)-Scientists at icddr,b in collaboration with Loughborough University, Durham University and the University of Bristol, UK have organised a dissemination seminar at icddr,b’s Sasakawa auditorium in Mohakhali  to share insights regarding pathways of antibiotic use in Bangladesh.  The scientists have also shared ways to address this growing problem by using social and behaviour change communication messages and ... Read More »

Dhaka highrise fire survivors narrate tales of horror

Dhaka, Mar 29 – It was impossible to see anything as there was a dark wall of smoke everywhere. Within 10 minutes the smoke spread throughout the building making it difficult for people to escape. Exhausted and terrified, Hasina Parvin, Credit Control Manager of Aamra Networks Limited, housed on the 17th floor of the 22-storey Faruk Rupayan (FR) Tower in ... Read More »

Pakistani court grants bail to ex-PM for medical treatment

Islamabad, Mar 26 (AP/UNB) — Pakistan’s supreme court has granted six weeks’ bail to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for medical treatment at a domestic hospital. In Tuesday’s ruling, the court said Sharif — who has heart-related issues — will not be allowed to leave the country. Disqualified from office by the Supreme Court in 2017 over corruption allegations, Sharif ... Read More »

WHO recommends oral regimes to treat (MDR) drug resistant-TB

WHO has issued new guidance to improve treatment of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) which recommends shifting to fully oral regimens to treat people with MDR-TB. This new treatment course is more effective and is less likely to provoke adverse side-effects. The recommendations are part of a larger package of actions designed to help countries increase the pace of progress to end ... Read More »

Dhaka needs another push to eliminate leprosy: WHO envoy

Dhaka, Feb 11 (UNB) – Though Bangladesh has already achieved the leprosy elimination target, WHO Goodwill Ambassador Yohei Sasakawa thinks the country needs a further push with an all-out comprehensive approach to totally eliminate the world’s oldest disease from here. He said WHO and Nippon Foundation, a Japan-based non-profit private foundation, are going to help Bangladesh take an effective action ... Read More »

Medical examiner: North Texas man killed when e-cig explodes

Fort Worth, Feb 6 (AP/UNB) — A medical examiner says a North Texas man was killed when an e-cigarette exploded in his face. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office reports 24-year-old William Brown of Fort Worth died Jan. 29, two days after a vaporizer pen he was using at an e-cigarette shop in nearby Keller exploded. The medical examiner says ... Read More »

Publication ceremony of ‘Satyer Bel-shoot’ held in capital

Dhaka, Feb 01 – The publication ceremony of ‘Satyer belshoot’ a new book by Sohel Mahmud Sagor was held at the Samaj Kalyan Sanity Bhaban in the Mohammadpur area of the capital on Friday. Another book titled Theosophy by the author was published in February last year. Sohel Mahmud Sagar’s book dwells on the usefulness of plants in the healthy ... Read More »

The 100pc cure for cancer?

Dhaka, Feb 01 – At a time when cancer is spreading at a disturbingly fast pace across the globe, an Israeli biotech company has claimed that they will have the cure for this deadly disease by 2020. Although different types of treatments are available in the market, but nothing promises to cure this deadly disease 100percent. But Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies ... Read More »

অবিলম্বে গণস্বাস্থ্য কেন্দ্রে হামলাকারীদের বিচার-শাস্তি দাবী

দেশের ৪৩ জন শীর্ষস্থানীয় বুদ্ধিজীবি গতকাল রোব্বার, ২৮ অক্টোবর ২০১৮ অবিলম্বে গণস্বাস্থ্য কেন্দ্রে হামলাকারীদের বিচার, গ্রেফতার ও শাস্তি দাবী করেছেন। বিবৃতিতে তাঁরা বলেন,   আমরা গভীর উদ্বেগের সাথে লক্ষ করছি যে মুক্তিযোদ্ধা, গণস্বাস্থ্য কেন্দ্রের প্রতিষ্ঠাতা ও বুদ্ধিজীবি ডা. জাফরউল্লাহ্ চৌধুরীকে হয়রানি করতে তাঁর বিরুদ্ধে জমি দখল, মাছচুরি, গাছ চুরি, চাঁদাবাজি ইত্যাদি নানা ভিত্তিহীন অভিযোগে মামলা দেয়া হচ্ছে। Read More »

UAE firm begins producing ‘affordable’ generic medicines in Dubai

Pharmax Pharmaceuticals, a UAE-based pharmaceutical company, has begun production of “affordable generic medicines” in its manufacturing facility located in Dubai Science Park. The Dhs125m custom-built factory has a current annual capacity of over 200 million tablet and capsule dosage forms, which will increase in the next three to five years to over 800 million, a statement said. The facility received ... Read More »

Air pollution: ‘BD nationals lose 2 years of lifespan’

Pollution-induced global deaths rise from 3.5 mn in 1990 to 4.2 mn in 2015 Reaz Haider, UNB Staff Writer Dhaka, Aug 27 – Ambient air pollution shortens an average Bangladeshi’s life by 1.87 years, say scientists who suggest that better air quality could lead to a significant extension of human lifespan around the world. Read More »

Fight for the right to abortion spreads to Latin America

By Fabiana Frayssinet Buenos Aires, Aug 23 2018 (IPS) – The Argentine Senate’s rejection of a bill to legalise abortion did not stop a Latin American movement, which is on the streets and is expanding in an increasingly coordinated manner among women’s organisations in the region with the most restrictive laws and policies against pregnant women’s right to choose. Read More »