Sunday, 04 Dec, 2022


Male contraceptive gel passes monkey test

An experimental new type of male contraceptive that blocks sperm flow with a gel has been successful in monkey trials. Vasalgel acts as a physical barrier once injected into the tubes that sperm would swim down to the penis. The company behind it says a two-year trial, published in

MR vaccine to curb child mortality in India

DHAKA: World Health Organization congratulates India for launching one of the world’s largest vaccination campaign against measles, a major childhood killer disease, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), responsible for irreversible birth defects. The campaign launched on Monday

Hospital operation 'long waiters’ rise by 163%

The number of people facing “long waits” for hospital treatment in England has more than doubled in the past four years, figures show. Patients needing routine care such as knee and hip replacements are meant to be treated in 18 weeks under NHS rules. But the numbers waiting

Tonic touches over 2 million lives

DHAKA: Tonic, Grameenphone and Telenor Health’s digital health service, has recently surpassed the mark of two million subscribers. This is a remarkable feat given that Tonic has started its journey less than a year ago to create awareness regarding healthy living and provide health

Shark-inspired drug may help treat fibrosis

DHAKA: Australian scientists hope a drug that mimics part of a shark's immune system may help treat an incurable lung disease. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) scars lung tissue, causing breathing to become progressively harder, reports the BBC. It kills more than 5,000

Virtual reality ‘could help treat vertigo’

DHAKA: Virtual reality could be used to diagnose and treat visual vertigo, according to a team of Cardiff University psychologists. People with the condition suffer from dizziness and nausea and often cite places with repetitive visual patterns, such as supermarkets, as the trigger,

‘Scale up efforts against leprosy’

Enhanced efforts, renewed commitment, and an inclusive approach is needed to end the scourge of leprosy which continues to afflict thousands of people every year, the majority of them in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Leprosy affected 212 000 more people globally in 2015. Of them 60

Girls lose faith in their own talents by the age of six

DHAKA: Girls start to see themselves as less innately talented than boys do when they are only six years old. A group of US researchers has said this after conducting the study on 400 children, in the journal Science, that initially found both five-year-old boys and girls thought their

Brazil sees sharp rise in yellow fever cases

DHAKA: Health officials in Brazil say there has been a sharp rise in the cases of yellow fever in the country. They said there had been 63 confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne illness so far this year, up from seven in the whole of 2016. Most of the cases have been in rural areas

Artificial intelligence ‘as good as cancer doctors’

DHAKA: Artificial intelligence can identify skin cancer in photographs with the same accuracy as trained doctors. The Stanford University team said the findings were “incredibly exciting” and would now be tested in clinics. Eventually, they believe using AI could revolutionize

Browned toast is ‘potential cancer risk’

DHAKA: Bread, chips and potatoes should be cooked to a golden yellow colour, rather than brown, to reduce our intake of a chemical which could cause cancer, government food scientists are warning. Acrylamide is produced when starchy foods are roasted, fried or grilled for too long at

“They Don’t Care About Us”

DHAKA: Salim (anonymous) can not remember how long ago he got injected pethidine for the first time. He has been visiting hospital over the last two years with breaks. Sometimes, he went away and come back again. He gets his treatment there, take medicine and move again. Senior nurse

Form probe bodies over hospital irregularities: Nasim

DHAKA: Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammed Nasim has ordered to constitute two probe bodies over alleged irregularities and mismanagement in two government hospitals in Dhaka. He also directed the authorities to order the committees to submit reports within seven working days.

Cancer awareness seminar held at BSMMU

DHAKA: A seminar was held in Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Thursday (January 19) to create awareness of cervical and breast cancer screening service. Director General of Health Services Dr. Abul Kalam Azad attended the program as special guest while professor

Breast cancer patients’ distress over drug access

DHAKA: Terminal breast cancer patients have spoken of their distress after learning that a life-extending drug they had been told would be available to them looks set to be withdrawn. Advisory body NICE is reviewing drugs made available through the old cancer drugs fund, and has

Cancer spread cut by 75pc in tests

DHAKA: The deadly spread of cancer around the body has been cut by three-quarters in animal experiments, say scientists. Tumors can ‘seed’ themselves elsewhere in the body and this process is behind 90 percent of cancer deaths. The mouse study, published in Nature, showed

Dementia rates ‘higher near busy roads’

DHAKA: People who live near major roads have higher rates of dementia, research published in the Lancet suggests. As many as 11% of dementia cases in people living within 50 meter of a major road could be down to traffic, the study suggests, reports the BBC. The researchers, who

Processed meat 'could be bad for asthma'

DHAKA: Eating processed meat might make asthma symptoms worse, say researchers. Consuming more than four portions a week is a risk, suggests the study of nearly 1,000 French people, published in the journal Thorax, reports BBC. The researchers believe it could be a preservative

Laser to ‘transform’ prostate cancer treatment

DHAKA: Surgeons have described a new treatment for early stage prostate cancer as “truly transformative”.   The approach, tested across Europe, uses lasers and a drug made from deep sea bacteria to eliminate tumors, but without causing severe side effects, reports BBC.

Babies made from 3 people approved in UK

DHAKA: Babies made from two women and one man have been approved by the UK's fertility regulator. The historic and controversial move is to prevent children being born with deadly genetic diseases, reports BBC. Doctors in Newcastle - who developed the advanced form of IVF - are