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Viral caffeine-heavy drink raises concerns for US kids

With its extremely high levels of caffeine, a hip new soft drink is raising fears in the United States that it might be dangerous for children, who have been snapping up the beverage since it was launched by famous YouTube personalities. Prime was created in 2022 by American Logan Paul and Briton KSI, two influential YouTubers whose wacky — and ...

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5,236 suspected Mpox cases reported in DR Congo, 229 deaths: WHO

A total of 5,236 suspected Mpox (monkeypox) cases and 229 deaths have been reported so far this year in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO). According to the report, from January 1 to June 25, the majority of the suspected cases (70 per cent) and deaths (72 ...

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Dengue corner expanded at BSMMU

The dengue corner was expanded today at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) as part of a quick response to the growing dengue crisis in the country, reports our correspondent. It has been extended to the second floor in E-Block.

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How our genes make us prone to allergies

Researchers have identified how genetic differences that alter a specific protein can affect the human body’s response to allergies. A team from the University of Pennsylvania, in an animal model, found that small changes in the protein called ETS1 can lead to an increased likelihood for allergic reactions that cause inflammation. The findings were published in the journal Immunity. By ...

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Aspartame sweeteners ‘possibly carcinogenic’, says WHO

The WHO said Friday it was now classifying aspartame, an artificial sweetener commonly used in soft drinks, as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” — though the acceptable daily intake level remains unchanged. “We’re not advising companies to withdraw products, nor are we advising consumers to stop consuming altogether,” said Francesco Branca, the World Health Organization’s nutrition and food safety director, AFP ...

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Steam your face for glowing skin

People use a variety of methods to hydrate and cleanse their skin. While some people look for the best facial cleansers and moisturisers, others use water vapour and face steaming. Although a simple bowl or pot of hot water will suffice, some people add salt, lemon, tea, dried herbs, and oils to the water for added benefits. So, what are ...

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Japan’s Takeda pulls dengue vaccine candidate in US

Japanese pharma firm Takeda is voluntarily withdrawing its application for approval of a dengue vaccine candidate in the United States, citing “data collection” issues. The decision, announced by the company in the United States on Tuesday evening, comes despite the shot winning European Union approval late last year. The company said it took the decision after talks with the US ...

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Dengue spike in Bangladesh: Govt issues precautionary measures

As the dengue situation has taken an alarming turn across the country, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) urged people to be careful and focus on ensuring that their surroundings are clean. It also urged people not to panic over the alarming rise of dengue, said a handout of PID issued on Tuesday. The DGHS also asked to follow ...

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Bangladesh records highest single-day dengue deaths in 2023

With the death of seven more dengue patients in 24 hours till Tuesday morning, the official death toll from the disease this year rose to 83. This is the highest death toll from dengue in a day this year. During this period, a total of 1054 more patients, the highest single-day tally reported this year, were hospitalized with the viral ...

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Artificial sweeteners and heart health: A bitter reality check for Indians

Artificial sweeteners have been proposed to cause a higher risk of cardiovascular events in terms of stroke and heart attacks. From various studies, it has been proven that artificial sweeteners increase the chance of cardiovascular events by 9 per cent, warn experts. People suffering from diabetes or obesity often use artificial sweeteners, also known as non-sugar sweetness (NSS), as an ...

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