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Toxic syrup – two drug administration officials suspended

The Health Ministry has suspended two officials of the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) for their negligence in dealing with a case filed over manufacturing toxic paracetamol syrup that claimed at least 28 children’s lives in 2009. Sirajul Haque Khan, secretary of the ministry on Thursday informed the High Court about the suspension appearing before it following a previous ... Read More »

Move to save thousands of lives from drug overdose

The United States is in the midst of a public health crisis. More than 59,000 people are believed to have died from drug overdose in 2016, an increase of nearly 20 percent from the previous year. Most of these deaths are caused by opioids like prescription painkillers, heroin and the potent synthetic drug fentanyl. The Trump administration has said that ... Read More »

Shkreli convicted of fraud

Former pharmaceutical chief executive Martin Shkreli has been found guilty of three counts of securities fraud. A New York City jury cleared him on five other counts after five days of deliberations. He was on trial in relation to a drug company he previously headed, Retrophin, and a hedge fund he managed. Read More »

11 more Tripuira kids hospitalised in Chittagong

Eleven more children from hilly Tripurapara in Sitakunda Upazila of the district were admitted to Fouzdarhat Infectious Diseases Hospital with the high fever on Friday morning.Of them, six children were admitted to the hospital around 11:00 am and five others at around 2:30 pm. However, it is yet to confirm whether they have been infected by measles virus, Civil Surgeon ... Read More »

Childeren above 9 at greater risk of dengue

The children who are older than six years are at a greater risk of dengue infection since they spend more time in crowded places like schools and parks, says a new study of icddr,b. Under the study, two household serosurveys were conducted in 2012 to assess the seroprevalence and seroincidence of dengue fever virus (DENV). During the period, information on ... Read More »

‘Bacteria never swim alone, form flocks with algae’

Lund University (Sweden) – Many animal species display flocking behaviour, but the fact that microorganisms do is not as well known. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have now shown that algae and bacteria form flocks at very low concentrations of individuals, a finding that could increase our future understanding of how the organisms infect their host animals. Read More »

7 more children attacked by unknown fever

Seven more children have been affected by the ‘unknown’ disease at hilly Tripurapara in Sitakunda upazila.The newly affected children — Toufiq Kumar Tripura, 4, Madhu Kumar, 8, Gita Babu, 14, Shimul, 2, Hridoy, 10, Rimon, 4, and Rotna, 8 — were admitted to Fouzdarhat Infectious Diseases Hospital on Friday, said Civil Surgeon of the district Azizur Rahman Siddique. Read More »

Unknown fever in Chittagong not contagious

The special team of physicians of the Health Ministry, which reached here in the morning to find out the reasons behind the ‘unknown’ disease that took the lives of nine children, on Thursday said the disease is not contagious. Civil Surgeon of the district Azizur Rahman Siddique came up with the disclosure at a press conference at Chittagong Medical College ... Read More »

HC asks govt: Why no comoensation to Chikungynya victms

The High Court on Sunday issued a rule upon the government seeking explanation within four weeks why compensation would not be paid to Chikungunya-affected people. A High Court bench of Justice Syed Muhammad Dastagir Husain and Justice Md Ataur Rahman Khan passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed seeking government’s steps to control Chikungunya. Health Secretary, Director General ... Read More »

Towards a world without parkinson’s disease

By John L. Lehr New York, Jun (IPS) – As one expert recently noted, if Parkinson’s were an infectious disease, we would call it an epidemic. Worldwide, 10 million people live with Parkinson’s disease, a number expected to double in the next 20 years. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s and no proven way to slow its progression, there ... Read More »

African Commission on HR tackles sexual orientation

The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights has taken on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, topics that some may have considered too “controversial” but that fall squarely within the ambit of human rights. I represented Human Rights Watch at the commission’s 60th ordinary session in early in May in Niamey, Niger. Human rights defenders and organizations that ... Read More »

‘Higher tobacco tax, increases revenue saves lives’

Dhaka – A pre-budget press conference on ‘Which Type of Tobacco Tax Demanded’ was held at the conference lounge of National Press Club on Monday. The programme held at the initiative of PROGGA and Anti Tobacco Media Alliance (ATMA) was supported by Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) and in association of other anti-tobacco organizations including National Heart Foundation, Dhaka ... Read More »

Food support to Bangladesh’s flash-flood-hit people urgent

Dhaka – Speakers at a view exchange meeting on Sunday emphasised the need for taking coordinated efforts to ensure reaching of food and assistance to all the flood affected people in haor (depression) area until the next harvest. Speaking at the meeting on the prevailing condition in haor areas and food situation, on the northeastern part of Bangladesh, they asked ... Read More »

Mexico lawmakers okay marijuana for medical purpose

Mexican lawmakers gave final and overwhelming approval Friday to a bill legalizing medical marijuana after a national debate on narcotics policy in a country mired in brutal drug violence. The legislation also allows use of marijuana for scientific research, as well as production and distribution of pot for those two stated purposes. The vote in the Chamber of Deputies was ... Read More »

Challenge against Gilead’s hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir in China

Ramesh Shankar, Mumbai Close on the heels of filing four patent challenges in India, two on daclatasvir, one on velpatasvir and another on sofosbuvir, the international NGO– Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge (I-MAK), in association with other NGOs, has filed a legal challenge against Gilead’s remaining patent for the hepatitis C medicine sofosbuvir in China. Earlier in February this ... Read More »