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Bradford transplant patient in plea for more organ donors

A hospital receptionist, waiting for a life-saving kidney transplant, is urging more people to sign up to the organ donor register. Married father-of-two Brendan Tate, who works at Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), part of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, is one of 841adults in the city waiting for a kidney transplant. The 56-year-old was in his early 20s when ...

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Treating prostate cancer with hormone therapy could be risky

Hormone therapy for prostate cancer can go either way, while some patents withstand the therapy, others outwit a standard hormone therapy, causing cancer to spread. A recent study explores the reason behind this.   The research also points to a simple blood test that may help doctors predict when this type of hormone therapy resistance will occur.  The study also ...

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SUST team invents low-cost cancer-detecting technology

SUST Correspondent : A team of researchers from Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) has invented a low-cost technology to detect cancer through analysing blood samples. The team, led by Prof Dr Yasmeen Haque of SUST Physics department, invented the technology by researching nonlinear optics under the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP). Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid disclosed the ...

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Deadly ‘rat fever’ in flood-ravaged Indian state

“Rat fever” and other diseases have killed 14 people in the southern Indian state of Kerala after the worst floods in almost a century, authorities said Tuesday.   The separate death toll from the monsoon floods that forced more than a million people from their homes in Kerala last month has meanwhile risen to 486, the government said.  “We had ...

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Half of over 60s ‘ignore bowel cancer screening in England’

Half of people in England sent a home-testing kit for bowel cancer in 2015 did not use it, according to research in the European Journal of Cancer. Fewer men than women returned the kits, which are designed to detect the disease before symptoms appear.   The current screening kit requires small stool samples to be posted for screening in specially ...

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New vaccine could soon treat acne

A cure for acne may have been found in the form of a vaccine, according to a team of scientists.   Acne is one of the most common skin conditions.  According to the NHS around 80 percent of people aged 11 to 30 are affected by the disorder.   Lead researcher Eric C. Huange said, “Acne is caused, in part, ...

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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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