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Cancer patients growing, but treatment facilities scanty in Bangladesh

Though the number of cancer patients is growing alarmingly in the country, treatment facilities and specialist doctors are very scanty here for lack of a comprehensive oncology education programme, said experts. As a result, they said, nearly 50 percent cancer patients have to go abroad spending huge money for the treatment of the deadly diseases while many others either stop ...

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Inequalities in heart attack care ‘costing women’s lives’

Women who suffer heart attacks are dying needlessly because they fail to recognise their symptoms and receive poorer care than men, says a British Heart Foundation report. Over 10 years, more than 8,000 women in England and Wales died unnecessarily after a heart attack, it found. Experts say there are inequalities in diagnosis, treatment and aftercare. “Unconscious biases are limiting ...

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Ranitidine tablets banned

The government has banned the production and marketing of Ranitidine tablets, mostly used to treat ulcers of the stomach. The drug authority in Bangladesh banded the product on Sunday after GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals’ voluntary recall of Ranitidine tablets produced in India following an alleged detection of genotoxic nitrosamine NDMA by global and Indian regulatory authorities. The import of raw material for ...

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Skin cancer: Half of people surviving advanced melanoma

More than half of patients can now survive a deadly skin cancer that was considered untreatable just a decade ago, say UK doctors. Ten years ago only one-in-20 patients would live for five years after being diagnosed with late-stage melanoma. Most would die in months. But drugs to harness the body’s immune system mean 52% now live for at least ...

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Male infertility linked to prostate cancer risk

Men who have fertility treatment have a higher risk of prostate cancer in later life, a study has suggested. The research – in the British Medical Journal – looked at 1.2 million pregnancies in Sweden over 20 years. Men who had ICSI – a treatment specifically for male infertility – had an increased prostate cancer risk.But Prostate Cancer UK said researchers must ...

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Blinatumomab Improves Survival in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Photo: Courtesy Two phase 3 studies evaluating blinatumomab (Blincyto, Amgen) in B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) showed positive results for treatment benefit, Amgen reported. According to the press release, the 20120215 study met its primary endpoint of event-free survival for blinatumomab compared with conventional chemotherapy in pediatric patients with high-risk, B-cell ALL at first relapse. Additionally, the Children’s Oncology Group ...

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Cinnamon for diabetes: Simple tips to add the common Indian spice to your diet

Dhaka, Sept 26 : A person is said to be diabetic when their blood sugar is excessively high and the insulin hormone produced in the pancreas — that breaks down the glucose — is neither made by the body nor utilised well. The condition, if not managed well, can severely damage one’s eyes, kidneys and overall health, reports The Indian ...

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Local fruits can fight heart disease & cancer

You don’t have to spend a near fortune to buy superfoods like quinoa, chia seeds, olive oil, and dark chocolate. The highly-touted health benefits of these global superfoods can be accrued from foods found in the kitchens of every Indian home. Foods with high amounts of flavonoids—anti-inflammatory compounds found in plant-based foods blueberries, kale and apples, protects against cancer and heart disease, particularly in ...

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Daily ‘polypill’ reduces heart disease, stroke: study

A cheap, once-a-day pill combining aspirin with drugs that lower blood pressure and cholesterol cuts the risk of major heart failure and stroke by a third, researchers said Friday. In clinical trials, the so-called “polypill” was especially effective among people with no history of cardiovascular disease, reducing the number of severe events by 40 percent, they reported in The Lancet, ...

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Normal birth and Caesarean: Differences in babies’ bacteria

Babies born by Caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria to those born vaginally, according to the largest study in the field. The UK scientists say these early encounters with microbes may act as a “thermostat” for the immune system. And they may help explain why Caesarean babies are more likely to have some health problems later in life.The researchers ...

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