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Julphar Bangladesh celebrated “World Hepatitis Day-2017” at RMCH


Julphar Bangladesh Ltd. has celebrated “World Hepatitis Day-2017” at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, Rajshahi, on 31 July 2017. The program was jointly organized by Hepatology Department, Rajshahi Medical College Hospital, Rajshahi and Association for the Study of the Liver, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Julphar Bangladesh was the scientific partner of the program. …

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Give health diplomacy a chance in Bangladesh-India relations: PPD


(Nurul Islam Hasib): The executive director of the Partners in Population and Development (PPD) has called upon the prime ministers of India and Bangladesh to give health sector collaboration a priority during their meetings. “Health diplomacy must be given a chance,” Dr Joe Thomas told ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh …

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World Bank approves new loan for Bangladesh health sector


The World Bank has approved $150 million in additional financing to, as the global lender says, help strengthen Bangladesh’s health systems and improve health services, particularly for the poor. This additional financing to the ‘Health Sector Development Programme’ will continue support to implement the government’s pogrammes. A World Bank representative …

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Doctors issue warning about LED streetlights


(Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens): The American Medical Association (AMA) has just adopted an official policy statement about street lighting: cool it and dim it. The statement, adopted unanimously at the AMA’s annual meeting in Chicago on June 14, comes in response to the rise of new LED street lighting sweeping …

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Banglalink brings 1st digital health app in Bangladesh


Banglalink, one of the leading digital communication service providers in the country, has brought a digital health app named “Banglalink Health Zone” for the first time in Bangladesh. The app will enable users to enjoy personalized health service, from the comfort of their own homes, says a press. The release …

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80% young in danger of online sexual abuse: UNICEF


Eight out of 10 eighteen-year-old believe young people are in danger of being sexually abused or taken advantage of online. Besides, more than five out of 10 think friends participate in risky behaviors while using the internet. A new UNICEF study, ‘Perils and Possibilities: Growing up online’, is based on …

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Pregnancy after 28-yr a risk


(Mazadul Noyon): When the doctor heard Ms Sayla Rahman had crossed the age 28, he marked her as a ‘High Risk Mother’ on the top of the prescription. Sayla said, ‘I had just completed my post-graduation and joined Bangladesh Civil Service, then I have decided to take a baby but …

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Pakistan bans contraceptives advertisements


The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has issued a notice to all TV channels and radio stations across the country to “immediately stop” airing advertisements related to contraceptives and family planning products. The decision comes in the wake of numerous complaints received by the regulatory authority against “undesired” content …

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25% of pregnancies end in abortion


One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually – higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this …

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Dialysis may soon be a thing of the past


A team of US nephrologists is developing first-of-its kind implantable artificial kidney with microchip filters and living kidney cells that will be powered by a patient’s own heart to help kidney patients. Dr William H. Fissell IV, nephrologist and associate professor of medicine from Tennessee-based Vanderbilt University, is making major …

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PPIs Could Raise Chronic Kidney Disease Risk


(Jeannette Y. Wick): Chronic kidney disease (CKD) incidence has grown faster than many of its common comorbidities such as diabetes and hypertension, and medications may be an underappreciated driver of this growth. More than 15 million Americans used prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) in 2013. PPIs are often used inappropriately …

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Financing facility to scale up health services under SDGs


The World Bank (WB) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Mohammad Nasim on Sunday launched the Global Financing Facility (GFF) involving $30 million in grant from the WB to improve health and quality of life of the country’s women, adolescents and children in accordance with the sustainable development …

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E-cigarettes may lead to cancer, Beware!


Marketed as a safer alternative to conventional tobacco cigarettes, electronic cigarettes could actually damage cells in ways that could lead to cancer, suggests new research. In laboratory tests, the researchers found that even nicotine-free versions of e-cigarettes could make human cells cancerous. “Based on the evidence to date, I believe …

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