Wednesday, 28 Oct, 2020

Health

Fat pledge `a drop in the ocean`

DHAKA: A pledge by food manufacturers to cut saturated fat levels is a "drop in the ocean" in the fight against obesity, a top public health expert says.The commitment is part of the voluntary "responsibility deal" between industry and government.But Prof John Ashton, president of the

Paying for organs could save lives, money

DHAKA: Paying organ donors $10,000 per kidney would lower recipients’ medical bills and save lives, since the price is often lower than the cost of years of dialysis and paying donors would increase the number of available organs.Canadian researchers in the Clinical Journal of the

More HIV lies dormant than earlier thought

DHAKA: The reservoir of inactive HIV in the body of infected individuals may be up to 60 times larger than scientists anticipated, according to Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists.HIV attacks and eventually takes over the immune system’s T cells in order continue

Paying for organs could save lives, money

DHAKA: Paying organ donors $10,000 per kidney would lower recipients’ medical bills and save lives, since the price is often lower than the cost of years of dialysis and paying donors would increase the number of available organs.Canadian researchers in the Clinical Journal of the

Lowering blood sugar may help memory

DHAKA: Higher blood sugar levels may increase the risk of memory problems, even in people who have blood sugar (glucose) levels within the normal range, a new study suggests.The study included 141 people, average age 63, who did not have diabetes or pre-diabetes — which is sometimes

Per day 10-glass water to cut fat

DHAKA: We have all heard these advice innumerable times. Drink eight to 10 glass of water a day. Experts say that if you are overweight or tend to get most of your calories from processed and salty food, eight to 10 glass of water could actually help you reduce your weight.Water could

Newborn ‘Functionally Cured’ of HIV

DHAKA: Doctors say a Mississippi child they “functionally cured” of HIV through early, aggressive treatment still remain in remission, showing no signs of HIV infection.In an update in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists led by Dr. Deborah Persaud of Johns Hopkins

Tuberculosis killed 1.3 million in 2012

DHAKA: Global efforts to rein in tuberculosis helped cut the death toll to 1.3 million last year, but drug-resistant forms of the disease are sparking huge concern.The WHO said on Wednesday, reports The Straits Times.The TB toll is the world’s second-highest for an infectious disease,

Child bone-marrow transplant `first`

DHAKA: Doctors at London`s Great Ormond Street Hospital have carried out a pioneering bone-marrow transplant technique.They say the method should help with donor shortages since it does not require a perfect cell match.Mohammed Ahmed, who is nearly five years old, was among the first

Exercise `boosts academic success’

DHAKA: Intensive exercise improves the academic performance of teenagers, according to new research.The study, of about 5,000 children, found links between exercise and exam success in English, maths and science.It found an increase in performance for every extra 17 minutes boys

8 warning signs of brain stroke

DHAKA: Stroke is the rapid loss of brain function due to disturbance in the blood supply to the brain.This could be either due to ischemia (lack of blood flow) due to blockage or due to hemorrhage. However, an ordinary person is not aware of what stroke is, what it`s manifestations are,

‘Lifestyle diseases’ are new threat to Asia

DHAKA: Asia-Pacific countries face serious challenges from ‘lifestyle’ diseases and ageing populations even as they overcome more traditional illnesses.The World Health Organisation’s regional director said on Monday, reports The Straits Times.WHO’s Western Pacific director Shin

Mascara exempt from ban

DHAKA: Last week, about 140 countries signed the United Nations’ Minamata Convention, a global treaty that includes a ban on mercury for cosmetics and soaps.However, Scientific American reports that mascara and other eye makeup are exempt because, as the treaty states: “no effective

Sleep `cleans` the brain of toxins

DHAKA: The brain uses sleep to wash away the waste toxins built up during a hard day`s thinking, researchers have shown.The US team believes the "waste removal system" is one of the fundamental reasons for sleep.Their study, in the journal Science, showed brain cells shrink during sleep

Cancer costing EU countries `billions`

DHAKA: According to the first EU-wide analysis of the economic impact of the disease cancer costs countries in the European Union 126bn euro (£107bn) a year.The charity Cancer Research UK said it was a "huge burden".The figures, published in the Lancet Oncology, included the cost of

Herbs contain surprise ingredients

DHAKA: New research for the University of Guelph shows that the majority of herbal products on the market contain ingredients that are not listed on their labels.The study, published in the journal BMC Medicine, used DNA bar-coding technology to assess the components of 44 herbal products

Finding Your Fitness Limit

DHAKA: Call it an exercise rut or a fitness threshold. Each of us can hit a wall when it comes to getting the most out of our workouts, so here’s advice from experts on how to break through.Most of the recommendations about exercise are pretty straightforward — do something —

Harmful affects of overeating meat

Meat consumption varies worldwide, depending on cultural or religious preferences, as well as economic conditions or health concern.Meat contains protein and human body needs these proteins to maintain cellular tissue, so it`s a good idea to have it in a regular basis. The United States

Vitamin D `no effect` on healthy adults

DHAKA: Healthy adults do not need to take vitamin D supplements, suggests a study in The Lancet which found they had no beneficial effect on bone density, a sign of osteoporosis.But experts say many other factors could be at play and people should not stop taking supplements.University of

Discovery `may hold Alzheimer`s key`

DHAKA: The discovery of the first chemical to prevent the death of brain tissue in a neurodegenerative disease has been hailed as an exciting and historic moment in medical research.More work is needed to develop a drug that could be taken by patients.But scientists say a resulting