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Diabetic children need comprehensive eye care services: Experts

Guests and experts at an event organised by Orbis International Bangladesh in the capital recently to share the learning of a project – A Comprehensive Model of Eye Care in Childhood Diabetes for Bangladesh. Experts have suggested engaging multiple stakeholders in eye care service for children to combat childhood blindness called diabetic retinopathy.   The suggestion came at an event ...

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Autism may increase depression risk

People with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) — especially without intellectual disability — may have a greater risk of depression in their young adulthood, a new study, led by an Indian-origin researcher, suggests.   ASD are developmental conditions with difficulties in reciprocal social interaction and restricted and repetitive behaviours and interests.  According to the researchers, including Dheeraj Rai from the University ...

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Interview with Catherine Spencer from icddr,b

  by Sabia Kamali: In 2017, on behalf of icddr,b the Director of Communications and Change Management Catherine Spencer was part of a team who accepted the Hilton Humanitarian Prize –the worlds largest annual humanitarian award, which is presented to non-profit organisations who have made tremendous contribution towards alleviating human suffering. Catherine is originally from Hertfordshire, she moved to Bangladesh ...

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FDA warns against consuming food prepared with liquid nitrogen

The US Food and Drug Administration, on Thursday, issued a safety alert warning the consumers against eating food prepared with liquid nitrogen.   According to FDA, consuming food such as ice cream, cereal or cocktails, prepared by adding liquid nitrogen at the point of sale, can cause serious injury including internal organ damage, CNN reported.  Issuing the safety alert, FDA ...

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This non-addictive painkiller could help curb opioid crisis

Scientists have found a non-addictive painkiller to help fight the current opioid crisis, though in an animal model.   Known as AT-121, the new chemical compound has a dual therapeutic action that suppressed the addictive effects of opioids and produced morphine-like analgesic effects in non-human primates.  “In our study, we found AT-121 to be safe and non-addictive, as well as ...

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Local transplant athlete scoops medal at British Transplant Games 2018

Seventeen inspirational transplant athletes from Barts Health NHS Trust have arrived back home victorious after competing in the Westfield Health British Transplant Games 2018 in Birmingham. Over 1,000 transplant recipients from across the UK competed in this year’s Games. Despite stiff competition, the Barts Health NHS team arrived home laden with one gold medal, ten silver medals and ten bronze ...

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Teenagers who smoke and drink suffer ill effects by age of 17

Teenagers who smoke and drink alcohol are causing visible damage to their arteries by the age of 17, a study has revealed. Tests showed stiffening of the arteries had begun by this relatively young age.   These physical changes have been linked with an increased risk of heart and blood vessel problems, such as stroke and heart attack, in later ...

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Government proposes energy drinks ban for children

The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children’s health, the prime minister has said. The government has launched a public consultation on its plans to make it illegal to sell the drinks to children.   Energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and caffeine and have been linked ...

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Chemotherapy could cause early menopause: Study

Chemotherapy may cause acute amenorrhea leading to early menopause in women with lung cancer, according to a new study.   The study is the first to comment on amenorrhea rates in women below 50. It concludes that women with lung cancer, who desire future fertility, should be educated about risks and options before starting treatment.  Premenopausal women with lung cancer ...

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Poor sleep linked to hardened arteries

Sleeping less than six hours or waking up several times in the night is associated with an increased risk of asymptomatic atherosclerosis, which silently hardens and narrows arteries, warns a study.   “Failure to get enough sleep and restlessness during the night should be considered risk factors for blocking or narrowing of the arteries,” said study author Fernando Dominguez of ...

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