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Bangladeshi young medical scientist shines in Japan

Dr Arif Hossain, a Bangladeshi researcher doing PhD in Japan, has been selected as the best young scientist of Japan. The award was conferred upon Dr Arif by Japanese Society for Inherited Metabolic Diseases (JSIMD) at a ceremony on Thursday. Every year, JSMID elects best young scientist of the year. He is the first non-Japanese in JSMID’s 61 years’ history ...

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How Purdue’s aggressive sales of a painkiller blew up in its face

In 2002, Andrew Kolodny, a resident in psychiatry, attended a training session on pain treatment in Philadelphia. Seventeen years later, he still shakes his head over the surprising enthusiasm of the lecturer, an authority on the topic, for prescribing opioids. “The message was that people are suffering because of an overblown fear, and the correct and compassionate way to treat ...

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FDA wants stronger warning on breast implants about risks

Photo: This Dec. 11, 2006 file photo shows a silicone gel breast implant in Irving, Texas. Washington, Oct 24 : U.S. health officials want women getting breast implants to receive stronger warnings and more details about the possible risks and complications. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday that manufacturers should add a warning highlighted by a box — the ...

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Blood pressure pills ‘work better at bedtime’

To get the best out of your daily blood pressure medication, take it just before you go to bed, say researchers. It’s a simple tip that could save lives, they say in the European Heart Journal. The pills offer more protection against heart attacks and strokes when taken at bedtime rather than in the morning, a large new study suggests.Experts believe ...

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Cancer research: Scientists seek clues to how disease ‘is born’

British and American scientists are teaming up to search for the earliest signs of cancer in a bid to detect and treat the disease before it emerges. They plan to “give birth” to cancer in the lab to see exactly what it looks like “on day one”. It is just one of the research priorities of the new International Alliance ...

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Are you Anaemic? Increase your iron levels by adding these foods

Have you been feeling a loss of energy, shortness of breath and headache after exercising? Is your skin pale? If you face these kind of symptoms then you might be anaemic. Anaemia refers to the deficiency of RBC (red blood cells) in your body. It also refers to shortage of haemoglobin in the red blood cells. These red blood cells ...

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Unique drug made for a girl with deadly Batten disease

A girl with a deadly brain disease has been given a unique drug that was invented from scratch just for her and in a fraction of the normal time. Mila Makovec, now aged eight, was diagnosed with fatal and untreatable Batten disease. In less than a year, doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital in the US created the tailor-made drug to ...

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Effective treatments for diabetic retinopathy found

In a new advancement in science, researchers have found that an automated artificial intelligence (AI) screening system is capable of accurately discovering diabetic retinopathy 95.5% of the times. Moreover, the system doesn’t require inputs from an expert ophthalmologist and it can provide a reading in just 60 seconds. Researchers presented these findings at AAO 2019, the 123rd Annual Meeting of ...

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School lunches keep Japanese children topping nutrition lists

Japan manages a rare feat for a developed country when it comes to feeding its children — high scores for nutrition but very low obesity rates. One major key? School lunches. A landmark report by the UN’s children agency UNICEF released Tuesday shows Japan topping the charts for childhood health indicators, with low rates of infant mortality and few underweight ...

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Who says you can’t eat red meat?

So is red meat good or bad for you? If the answer were only that simple. A team of international researchers recently rattled the nutrition world by saying there isn’t enough evidence to tell people to cut back on red or processed meat, seemingly contradicting advice from prominent health experts and groups including the American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. But ...

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