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Next Covid booster shots likely to be updated for omicron

Next Covid booster shots likely to be updated for omicron

-- 2022-06-24 17:44:21

Covid-19 vaccines this fall are likely to be based on the omicron variant of the coronavirus rather than the original strain, although some experts suggest they may only offer significant benefits for...

Sanofi says its Covid vaccine candidate yields positive trial data

Sanofi says its Covid vaccine candidate yields positive trial data

-- 2022-06-24 13:30:08

Sanofi's Covid-19 vaccine candidate, which is modelled on the virus's Beta antigen, delivered 72 per cent efficacy in adults against the Omicron strain, the French drugmaker said on Friday, citing dat...

Healthy ways to gain weight for underweight people

Healthy ways to gain weight for underweight people

DR IMTIAZ AHMED 2022-06-23 11:58:55

While being overweight is a health concern, not having enough weight is a hazard too. Many people, in their zeal to lose weight, go overboard and become skeletal; this is completely inadvisable. Check...

Researchers detect new omicron sub-variant in Bangladesh

Researchers detect new omicron sub-variant in Bangladesh

FE ONLINE REPORT 2022-06-21 18:42:47

Researchers on Tuesday detected a new Omicron sub-variant in the country named BA.4/5 in the bodies of two Bangladeshi men at the Genome Center of Jessore University of Science and Technology (JUST)....

Threat of hypertension in young people

Threat of hypertension in young people

DR IMTIAZ AHMED 2022-06-21 12:11:20

High blood pressure, commonly known as hypertension (HTN), is highly prevalent. It is often called the ‘Silent Killer,’ since it may go unrecognised until some other serious conditions roo...

Internet Explorer gravestone goes viral

Internet Explorer gravestone goes viral

-- 2022-06-18 10:41:12

For Jung Ki-young, a South Korean software engineer, Microsoft Corp's decision to retire its Internet Explorer web browser marked the end of a quarter-century love-hate relationship with the technolog...

FDA authorises first Covid-19 shots for infants, preschoolers

FDA authorises first Covid-19 shots for infants, preschoolers

-- 2022-06-17 20:52:54

US regulators on Friday authorised the first Covid-19 shots for infants and preschoolers, paving the way for vaccinations to begin next week. The Food and Drug Administration's action follows its adv...

Omicron less likely to cause long Covid, says study

Omicron less likely to cause long Covid, says study

-- 2022-06-17 12:27:31

The omicron variant of coronavirus is less likely to cause long Covid than previous variants, according to the first peer-reviewed study of its kind from the United Kingdom. Researchers at King's Col...

Increased health allocation can help cut out-of-pocket spending

Increased health allocation can help cut out-of-pocket spending

FE REPORT 2022-06-17 09:41:14

An increase in budgetary allocation for the country's healthcare sector could help people cut their out-of-pocket expenditure, former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Atiur Rahman suggested on Thursday....

Management of Tonsillitis

Management of Tonsillitis

Dr Imtiaz Ahmed 2022-06-15 17:35:05

There are two small glands on either side of the back of our throat called tonsils. Tonsils produce antibodies and serve as one of the first lines of defence against many germs. When these tonsils get...

BSMMU introduces genetic defect test to prevent autism

BSMMU introduces genetic defect test to prevent autism

FE Online Report 2022-06-14 20:13:55

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) has introduced the facility to examine chromosomal or genetic defects in fetuses during pregnancy for the first time ever in the country to detect a...

Air pollution cuts life expectancy by over two years: study

Air pollution cuts life expectancy by over two years: study

-- 2022-06-14 18:22:30

Chronic air pollution cuts average global life expectancy by more than two years per person, a study published on Tuesday showed, an impact comparable to that of smoking and far worse than HIV/AIDS or...

Control your Asthma problems with exercise and diet

Control your Asthma problems with exercise and diet

Dr Imtiaz Ahmed 2022-06-13 13:21:44

Asthma is a lifelong disease that needs to be kept under control. Physical activities are sometimes challenging, as there is a risk that it may lead to breathlessness. However, if done properly, exerc...

Pfizer Covid vaccines safe and effective for small children: FDA

Pfizer Covid vaccines safe and effective for small children: FDA

-- 2022-06-13 10:37:24

US Food and Drug Administration staff reviewers on Sunday said Pfizer-BioNTech's, Covid-19 vaccines were effective and safe for use in children aged 6 months to 4 years. The FDA reviewers said in bri...

Diabetes may increase long Covid-19 risk: Studies

Diabetes may increase long Covid-19 risk: Studies

-- 2022-06-10 17:14:56

Diabetes may increase the risk of long Covid-19, new analyses of seven previous studies on the disease suggest. The studies include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings an...

Youths working to raise menstrual hygiene awareness

Youths working to raise menstrual hygiene awareness

FE Online 2022-06-09 19:19:11

LIFE Bangladesh, a humanitarian nonprofit organisation dedicated to bringing positive change to society, has begun its journey with Project Mo which aims to ensure menstrual hygiene.  The organi...

Day-long workshop on Digital Healthcare held in Dhaka

Day-long workshop on Digital Healthcare held in Dhaka

Hasan Sojib, JU 2022-06-09 19:17:31

Nottingham Trent University (UK), Jahangirnagar University (Bangladesh) and Applied Intelligence and Informatics Lab (AII LAB) organised a workshop and co-design session on ‘Digital Healthcare A...

Turkish passenger with rashes suffering from skin disease for many years: Doctor

Turkish passenger with rashes suffering from skin disease for many years: Doctor

-- 2022-06-08 23:35:56

The Turkish national, who was admitted to the Infectious Disease Hospital in Dhaka’s Mohakhali on suspicion of having monkeypox, has been under observation a day after he was taken to the facili...

1,000 monkeypox cases were reported to WHO

1,000 monkeypox cases were reported to WHO

-- 2022-06-08 20:50:01

More than 1,000 monkeypox cases were reported to the World Health Organization in the current outbreak outside the countries in Africa where it more commonly spreads. WHO Director-General Tedros Adha...

Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine booster produces better immune response

Moderna says its Covid-19 vaccine booster produces better immune response

-- 2022-06-08 18:17:33

Moderna Inc said on Wednesday its Covid-19 vaccine booster that targets both the original coronavirus strain and omicron produced a better immune response against the variant than its original vaccine...

Novavax COVID shot, aimed at vaccine skeptics, overwhelmingly backed by FDA panel

Novavax COVID shot, aimed at vaccine skeptics, overwhelmingly backed by FDA panel

-- 2022-06-08 10:34:34

Advisers to the US Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly to recommend that the agency authorize Novavax Inc's COVID-19 vaccine for use in adults, which the drugmaker hopes can...

Turkish national admitted to Dhaka hospital with monkeypox symptoms

Turkish national admitted to Dhaka hospital with monkeypox symptoms

-- 2022-06-07 17:37:20

A foreign national arriving at the Dhaka airport has been kept in isolation at the Infectious Disease Hospital in Mohakhali on suspicion of having monkeypox. “An IEDCR team has collected his sa...

Right ways to deal with eye irritation

Right ways to deal with eye irritation

Dr Imtiaz Ahmed 2022-06-07 14:12:31

Eye irritation is a common phenomenon. This is an umbrella term referring to uncomfortable feelings in the eye, namely itchiness, dryness, grittiness or pain. There are many things that can lead to i...

Pfizer says it will spend $120m to boost Covid-19 pill manufacturing

Pfizer says it will spend $120m to boost Covid-19 pill manufacturing

-- 2022-06-06 23:04:23

Pfizer Inc said on Monday it would spend $120 million to expand manufacturing of its COVID-19 antiviral treatment at its Michigan plant, as demand ramps up. Use of the pill, Paxlovid, authorised to t...

780 confirmed or suspected monekypox cases reported in 30 countries

780 confirmed or suspected monekypox cases reported in 30 countries

-- 2022-06-06 19:40:26

Around 30 countries where monkeypox is not endemic have reported outbreaks of the viral disease, with more than 780 confirmed or suspected infections mostly in Europe. Monkeypox, which spreads throug...

Regular health check-ups to keep fit

Regular health check-ups to keep fit

Dr Imtiaz Ahmed 2022-06-04 12:36:39

Most of us believe that we should only go to a hospital or clinic when we need treatment. This should not be the case, as a healthy person keeps in touch with the physician. Why? Because the physicia...

Diagnostic companies racing to develop tests for monkeypox

Diagnostic companies racing to develop tests for monkeypox

-- 2022-06-03 19:49:24

Diagnostic companies are racing to develop tests for monkeypox, hoping to tap into a new market as governments ramp up efforts to trace the world's first major outbreak of the viral infection outside...

Outbreaks of diseases becoming more frequent, warns WHO

Outbreaks of diseases becoming more frequent, warns WHO

-- 2022-06-02 13:45:50

Outbreaks of endemic diseases such as monkeypox and lassa fever are becoming more persistent and frequent, the World Health Organization's emergencies director, Mike Ryan, warned on Wednesday, reports...

Drive against illegal medical facilities to improve standard of services: Health minister

Drive against illegal medical facilities to improve standard of services: Health minister

-- 2022-06-01 19:28:08

Health Minister Zahid Maleque on Wednesday said the government has initiated a drive against unauthorised clinics, diagnostic centres and private hospitals across the country for improving the standar...

Wearable hyperthermia device developed for tumor treatment

Wearable hyperthermia device developed for tumor treatment

-- 2022-06-01 17:53:33

 Researchers have developed a transparent wearable hyperthermia patch (HTP) for subcutaneous tumour treatment.The soft and skin-mountable HTP has unusual optical and electrical characteristics ba...