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BCSIR develops affordable Covid-19 testing kit for first time in Bangladesh

BCSIR develops affordable Covid-19 testing kit for first time in Bangladesh

-- 2022-08-07 21:51:17

The Bangladesh Council of Science and Industrial Research (BCSIR) has developed an affordable Covid-19 testing kit for the first time in Bangladesh. Professor Md Aftab Ali Sheikh, chairman of BCSIR,...

South Korea develops nanotech tattoo as health monitoring device

South Korea develops nanotech tattoo as health monitoring device

REUTERS 2022-08-02 10:50:11

South Koreans may soon be able to carry a device inside their own bodies in the form of a bespoke tattoo that automatically alerts them to potential health problems, if a science team's project bears...

2.36m people in Dhaka to get second dose of cholera vaccine from Tuesday

2.36m people in Dhaka to get second dose of cholera vaccine from Tuesday

FE ONLINE REPORT 2022-08-01 17:43:34

A drive to administer the second dose of oral cholera vaccination will begin on Tuesday to cover 2.36 million residents in the pre-announced five areas of Dhaka. Those who received the first dose bet...

90pc hepatitis patients unaware of infection, says BSMMU VC

90pc hepatitis patients unaware of infection, says BSMMU VC

FE ONLINE REPORT 2022-07-31 18:44:01

Nine out of 10 hepatitis virus infected people are unaware of their infection, said BSMMU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed emphasising proper diagnosis.  Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medi...

Health impact of anaemia and how to deal with it

Health impact of anaemia and how to deal with it

IMTIAZ AHMED 2022-07-31 13:12:04

Anaemia is a common condition affecting our red blood cells (RBCs). The main function of our RBCs is to carry oxygen from the lungs to body tissue and carbon dioxide in the opposite direction. This r...

BSMMU VC warns against possible transmission of zoonotic virus in Bangladesh

BSMMU VC warns against possible transmission of zoonotic virus in Bangladesh

FE REPORT 2022-07-31 08:37:14

Vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Professor Md Sharfuddin Ahmed on Saturday issued early warning over possible transmission of zoonotic virus in the country. Sugg...

AstraZeneca lifts revenue guidance on Covid-19 treatment

AstraZeneca lifts revenue guidance on Covid-19 treatment

-- 2022-07-30 17:16:10

AstraZeneca said it expected prescriptions of its Covid-19 therapy to drive sales growth of more than 20 per cent this year, as company reported second-quarter profit that topped analyst estimates. T...

US reaches deal with Moderna for omicron Covid-19 vaccine

US reaches deal with Moderna for omicron Covid-19 vaccine

-- 2022-07-29 19:12:56

The Biden administration said Friday it has reached an agreement with Moderna to buy 66 million doses of the company's next generation of Covid-19 vaccine that targets the highly transmissible omicron...

Why are Indian children getting fatter?

Why are Indian children getting fatter?

BBC 2022-07-29 10:42:53

India has long topped the list of countries with the highest number of stunted children in the world. It's now increasingly also reporting alarming levels of childhood obesity which, experts say,...

Monkeypox emergency could last months, experts say

Monkeypox emergency could last months, experts say

-- 2022-07-28 17:13:09

Scientists advising the World Health Organization (WHO) on monkeypox say the window is closing to stop its spread, with cases currently doubling every two weeks, raising concerns that it will take sev...

Strange sleep behaviours: From sleep walking to nightmares

Strange sleep behaviours: From sleep walking to nightmares

Dr IMTIAZ AHMED 2022-07-28 15:44:26

Many people demonstrate strange behaviour during sleep, these are often part of sleep disorders collectively called parasomnias. They can occur at any age and often cause unsettling actions while sl...

Oldest patient yet cured of HIV after stem cell transplant: Researchers

Oldest patient yet cured of HIV after stem cell transplant: Researchers

-- 2022-07-27 21:21:01

The oldest patient yet has been cured of HIV after receiving a stem cell transplant for leukaemia, researchers reported on Wednesday. While the transplant was planned to treat the now-66-year-old's l...

Pfizer starts mid-stage trial for omicron vaccine

Pfizer starts mid-stage trial for omicron vaccine

-- 2022-07-27 19:13:45

Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE said on Wednesday they started a mid-stage study of a modified COVID-19 vaccine which targets both the original as well as the BA.2 omicron subvariant. P...

Monkeypox emergency could last months, with window closing to stop spread, experts say

Monkeypox emergency could last months, with window closing to stop spread, experts say

REUTERS 2022-07-27 12:54:33

Scientists advising the World Health Organization (WHO) on monkeypox say the window is closing to stop its spread, with cases currently doubling every two weeks, raising concerns that it will take sev...

First, second doses of COVID vaccine to be halted in November

First, second doses of COVID vaccine to be halted in November

-- 2022-07-26 15:14:31

The Bangladesh government will stop administering the first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in November and only distribute booster doses afterwards, according to the Directorate General of H...

Taking care of your eyesight

Taking care of your eyesight

DR IMTIAZ AHMED 2022-07-26 14:11:06

Eye problems are common in the modern world. According to a report published in the medical journal The Lancet, by 2050 about 895 million people around the globe will be afflicted with some type of ey...

5.5pc Bangladeshi people carriers of Hepatitis B virus

5.5pc Bangladeshi people carriers of Hepatitis B virus

-- 2022-07-24 21:46:57

Some 5.5 per cent of people in the country are carriers of Hepatitis B virus, while 0.6 per cent carry Hepatitis C virus in their bodies. At least 10 million people are currently affected by these two...

WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency

WHO declares monkeypox a global health emergency

-- 2022-07-23 20:59:56

The World Health Organization has declared monkeypox a global health emergency as the disease, endemic in west and central Africa, has continued to spread in the US and Europe. WHO Director-General T...

WHO updates Covid inoculation strategy for vulnerable groups

WHO updates Covid inoculation strategy for vulnerable groups

-- 2022-07-23 17:41:37

Although the Covid vaccination rollout is the "biggest and fastest in history," many people most at risk are still not protected against the disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday, a...

US identifies first cases of monkeypox in children

US identifies first cases of monkeypox in children

-- 2022-07-23 15:45:44

Cases of the viral disease monkeypox in the United States have been identified for the first time in children - a toddler in California and an infant who is not a US resident, health authorities said...

EU approves Danish company’s vaccine to prevent monekypox

EU approves Danish company’s vaccine to prevent monekypox

-- 2022-07-22 17:22:20

Danish biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic said on Friday the European Union's drug regulator had recommended its Imvanex vaccine be approved to also include protection against monkeypox on its labe...

Polio case found in New York City suburb, first in decades

Polio case found in New York City suburb, first in decades

-- 2022-07-22 10:27:41

Testing suggested the Rockland County case of the highly contagious virus may have originated outside of the United States, the department said in a statement, Reuters reports. "We are mo...

The health risks of extreme heat

The health risks of extreme heat

-- 2022-07-21 18:12:58

Europe is sweltering under a record-breaking heatwave, with a number of governments issuing health emergency alerts.WHAT ARE THE RISKS? Heat affects health in a number of ways. Heat exhaustion, whic...

Blood thickness linked with death risk in severe Covid-19: US study

Blood thickness linked with death risk in severe Covid-19: US study

-- 2022-07-20 19:18:37

Patients hospitalised with Covid-19 whose blood flows less freely than normal are at higher risk of death from complications, a US study showed. The findings indicate that measurement of blood viscos...

Europe must act now or risk tougher COVID measures later: WHO

Europe must act now or risk tougher COVID measures later: WHO

-- 2022-07-19 19:31:09

European nations must accelerate vaccine uptake and bring back mask wearing to tackle a surge in COVID-19 cases driven by an omicron offshoot and avoid stricter measures later in the year, a senior Wo...

Dementia: The killing of our memories

Dementia: The killing of our memories

Dr IMTIAZ AHMED 2022-07-19 12:17:24

Have you ever seen your loved ones gradually turn into a stranger losing all memories of their former self, friends and family? Dementia can do that, and the result may be worse than death. Dementia...

7.5 million people likely to get Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday

7.5 million people likely to get Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday

-- 2022-07-18 17:43:09

Around 7.5 million people would get second doses and booster doses of the Covid-19 vaccine during a nationwide vaccination campaign on Tuesday. Ahead of the campaign, Health Minister Zahid Maleque ad...

Human trial of Bangavax Covid-19 vaccine approved

Human trial of Bangavax Covid-19 vaccine approved

-- 2022-07-17 19:44:41

Bangladesh’s Globe Biotech has received the approval from the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA) to launch a clinical trial on humans for the home-grown Bangavax Covid-19 vaccine....

Animal-to-human diseases rise in Africa: WHO

Animal-to-human diseases rise in Africa: WHO

-- 2022-07-16 19:37:00

Diseases transmitted from animals to people in Africa jumped 63 per cent in the last decade, compared with the previous 10 years, according to a recent World Health Organization (WHO) analysis, UNB re...

Choosing a suitable sunscreen

Choosing a suitable sunscreen

Mahia Afrin 2022-07-16 14:52:35

Exposure to the sun for a long time can cause skin cancer. UV radiation from the sun is the main reason for this.  It is a must, from a child to the elderly, to protect skin from UV rays. Many o...