Tuesday, 27 Sep, 2022


Tree Man Abul to undergo surgery Saturday

DHAKA: ‘Tree Man’ Abul Bajnadar will have the first operation at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) on Saturday (February 20) to remove massive bark-like warts on his hands and feet.Confirming the matter, DMCH burn unit coordinator Dr Samanta Lal Sen told banglanews on Friday

Bacterial overgrowth can stunt children’s growth

DHAKA: Excessive growth of bacteria in the small intestine could be damaging for the gut of young children, leading to stunting, scientists from ICDDR,B, the University of Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) have discovered.One possible factor contributing to stunting is

Excitement at new cancer treatment

DHAKA: A therapy that retrains the body’s immune system to fight cancer has provoked excitement after more than 90% of terminally ill patients reportedly went into remission. White blood cells were taken from patients with leukaemia, modified in the lab and then put back, reports the

Deadly yellow fever hits Angola

DHAKA: A yellow fever outbreak in Angola has killed 51 people, in the first epidemic of the disease to hit the country in 30 years.Official statistics showed on Monday, Al Jazeera publishes this report on Tuesday.A total of 241 people were now infected, the southern African country’s

Alzheimer’s preventative drug hope

DHAKA: Scientists have detected a number of drugs which could help protect against Alzheimer's disease, acting like statins for the brain.In experiments on worms, University of Cambridge researchers identified drugs which prevented the very first step towards brain cell death.They now

Bangladesh, Thailand to discuss coop in health services

DHAKA: A high profile 10-member delegation from the public health ministry of Thailand is set to arrive in Dhaka on Wednesday (February 10) evening to join the first meeting of Bangladesh-Thailand Joint Working Group on health services to be held in Dhaka on February 11.Thailand’s

Bacteria ‘see’ like tiny eyeballs

DHAKA: Biologists say they have solved the riddle of how a tiny bacterium senses light and moves towards it: the entire organism acts like an eyeball.In a single-celled pond slime, they observed how incoming rays are bent by the bug’s spherical surface and focused in a spot on the far

Zika virus infection through sex in US

DHAKA: A rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex, not a mosquito bite, has been reported in the US.A patient infected in Dallas, Texas, is likely to have been infected by sexual contact, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) told the BBC.The person had not travelled to

WHO declares global emergency over Zika

DHAKA: A disease linked to the Zika virus in Latin America poses a global public health emergency requiring a united response, says the World Health Organization (WHO).The WHO alert puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola, reports the BBC.This categorization means research and

Bangladesh, India sign MoU on coop in pharmaceuticals

DHAKA: Bangladesh has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with India for cooperation in pharmaceuticals on the sidelines of the 8th Asia Pharma Expo in city on Thursday (January 28).The MoU was signed between the Indian Pharmaceutical Machinery Manufacturers’ Association (IPMMA)

HIV becoming resistant to key drug

DHAKA: Strains of the HIV virus are becoming resistant to an antiretroviral drug commonly used to prevent and fight it, research has suggested.HIV was resistant to the drug Tenofovir in 60% of cases in several African countries, according to the study, covering the period from 1998 to

Up to four million Zika cases predicted

DHAKA: The World Health Organization has set up a Zika "emergency team" after the "explosive" spread of the virus.It predicts three to four million people will be infected in the Americas this year, although most will not develop symptoms, reports the BBC.The infection has been linked to

Zika ‘could become explosive pandemic'

DHAKA: US scientists have urged the World Health Organisation to take urgent action over the Zika virus, which they say has "explosive pandemic potential".Writing in a US medical journal, they called on the WHO to heed lessons from the Ebola outbreak and convene an emergency committee of

Pen-sized microscope to easily detect cancer cells

DHAKA: Scientists, including one of Indian-origin, are developing a handheld microscope, roughly the size of a pen, which could allow brain cancer surgeons to "see" at a cellular level in the operating room if tumour cells have been successfully removed."Surgeons don't have a very good

More Brazil babies affected by Zika virus

DHAKA: New figures from Brazil show a further rise in the number of babies born with abnormally small heads to mothers infected with the Zika virus.There have been 3,893 cases of microcephaly since October, when the authorities first noticed a surge, up from 3,500 in last week's

Liberia to be declared Ebola-free

DHAKA: Liberia is to be declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization (WHO), effectively putting an end to the world's worst outbreak of the disease.The "end of active transmission" will be declared, after 42 days without a new case in Liberia, reports the BBC.It joins Guinea and

‘1 in 7 Indians is at risk of malaria’

DHAKA: The World Health Organization (WHO) says close to one in seven people in India are at risk of contracting malaria.In a report that should worry public health officials, it says India, along with Ethiopia, Pakistan and Indonesia accounts for 80% of all malaria cases worldwide, but

Passive smoking kills 6 lakh worldwide

RAJSHAHI: About six lakh people die across the world every year for passive smoking. In Bangladesh, women and children are mostly affected by it.Speakers made the remarks while addressing a discussion organized by District Tobacco Control Act Implementation Taskforce Committee in

Non-smoking certificate a must

DHAKA: Non-smoking certificate will be made a must for enrolment in medical colleges from session 2016-17.Health minister Mohammed Nasim made the disclosure to reporters in city on Sunday.He also said it can’t be imagined that a smoker will be a doctor.Meanwhile, some anti-smoking

Guinea to be declared free of Ebola virus

DHAKA: Guinea is to be declared free of Ebola by the World Health Organization (WHO), two years after the epidemic began there.Guineans are expected to celebrate the landmark with concerts and fireworks.The disease killed more than 2,500 people in the country and a further 9,000 in Sierra