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Charges for dengue tests fixed

A representational photo for dengue diagnosis. Dhaka, Jul 28 : Amid the alarming rise in the number of dengue patients in the country, the government on Sunday fixed charges for diagnosing dengue and directed all the public and private hospitals, clinics and diagnostic centres to abide by the official instruction. Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) Prof ...

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Bangladesh achieves Hepatitis B control: WHO

Bangladesh is among the first four countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, with prevalence of the deadly disease dropping to less than one per cent among five-year-old children. “Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand have become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, with prevalence of the deadly disease dropping ...

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Too many in Congo’s Ebola outbreak are dying at home

Two-month-old Lahya Kathembo became an orphan in a day. Her mother succumbed to Ebola on a Saturday morning. By sunset her father was dead, too. They had been sick for more than a week before health workers finally persuaded them to seek treatment, neighbors said. They believed their illness was the work of people jealous about their newborn daughter, a ...

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561 more dengue patients hospitalised in 24 hrs

A total of 561 new patients infected with mosquito-borne disease dengue were admitted to different hospitals across the country during the last 24 hours. Among the infected patients, two were hospitalised with dengue hemorrhagic, according to the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS). Of the patients, 145 were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, 57 to Mitford Hospital, 11 to ...

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Resistant malaria spreading in South East Asia

Malaria parasites resistant to key drugs have spread rapidly in South East Asia, researchers from the UK and Thailand say. The parasites have moved from Cambodia to Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, where half of patients are not being cured by first-choice drugs.Researchers say the findings raise the “terrifying prospect” drug-resistance could spread to Africa. However, experts said the implications may ...

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AI can diagnose breast cancer more quickly

Breast ultrasound elastography is an emerging imaging technique that provides information about a potential breast lesion and researchers have identified the critical role AI can play in making this technique more efficient and accurate. Using more precise information about the characteristics of a cancerous versus non-cancerous breast lesion, this methodology using Artificial Intelligence (AI) has demonstrated more accuracy compared to traditional modes ...

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Wearing hearing aid may protect brain in later life

People who wear a hearing aid for age-related hearing problems maintain better brain function over time than those who do not, recent findings suggest. The research, conducted by the University of Exeter and King’s College London, was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Los Angeles. The study covered 25,000 people aged 50 or over. The findings provide early evidence ...

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Higher salt intake can cause gastrointestinal bloating, says study

People report more gastrointestinal bloating when they eat a diet high in salt, a study has found. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the US re-analysed data from a large clinical trial conducted two decades ago, and found that high sodium intake increased bloating among trial participants.“Bloating is one of the leading gastrointestinal complaints in ...

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Cutting 300 calories a day is great for your heart

When it comes to counting calories, we all just immediately think of weight loss. After all, eliminating certain food groups from your diet and keeping a check on what you eat are the cornerstones of all modern dieting methods. But what if we told you that counting calories can keep your heart in good shape and help you live longer? ...

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Are sugary drinks causing cancer?

Sugary drinks – including fruit juice and fizzy pop – may increase the risk of cancer, French scientists say. The link was suggested by a study, published in the British Medical Journal, that followed more than 100,000 people for five years. The team at Université Sorbonne Paris Cité speculate that the impact of blood sugar levels may be to blame.However, ...

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