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Diabetes to Double or Triple in US by 2050 PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 October 2010

Up to a third of US adults could have diabetes by 2050 if Americans continue to gain weight and avoid exercise, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected on Friday.

The numbers are certain to go up as the population gets older, but they will accelerate even more unless Americans change their behavior, the CDC said.

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New Malaria Estimate Says 205,000 Die in India PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 22 October 2010

Malaria kills around 205,000 people in India each year, more than 13 times the estimate made by the World Health Organization, researchers said on Thursday.

WHO, the public health arm of the United Nations, estimates that approximately 15,000 people a year die from malaria in India, and 100,000 adults worldwide.

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First Babies Born in IVF Full Gene Screening Study PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 October 2010

Two women have given birth to healthy babies from eggs screened for genetic defects before being implanted in the womb, in a study of a new technique that could improve the success rate of in-vitro fertilization.

Twin girls born in Germany in June and a boy born in Italy in September are the first deliveries in a pilot study of a technique called comparative genomic hybridisation (CGH) by microarray, European scientists said on Friday.

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Obama Administration Appeals Gay Marriage Ruling PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 October 2010

The Obama administration decided on Tuesday to appeal a judge's rulings that prevented the US government from banning same-sex marriages, a move that could undermine support among President Barack Obama's traditional liberal base ahead of a key election.

The Obama administration filed a notice of appeal with the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts in support of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, that barred gay marriages, even though Obama had previously opposed the law.

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When Moms Get Flu Shots, Babies Reap Benefits PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 October 2010

Newborn babies whose mothers got a flu shot while pregnant are less likely to get the flu or to be admitted to the hospital with a respiratory illness in the first six months of life, US researchers said on Monday.

During most flu seasons, babies under six months tend to have fewer cases of flu-like illnesses than those who are 6 to 12 months old, most likely because they are protected by their mothers' natural antibodies.

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Anthrax Hits Chuadanga PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Government health officers have detected the first case of human anthrax in Chuadanga. One Saddam Hossain, 35, was identified to be infected with anthrax at Mahmujumma village of the Sadar Upazila on Monday.

Chuadanga Sadar Upazila medical officer Dr Wajed Ashraf Delwar told bdnews24.com that they were informed of villagers' suspicion about Hasan Ali, 30, his wife 'Papia', 26, and their son 'Nahid', 6, of Boalia village and Saddam Hossain of Mahmujumma village of being infected with anthrax.

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Govt Admits Possibility of Anthrax in Dhaka PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 19 September 2010

Despite highsounding reassurances, the government has finally admitted its ignorance about the extent of anthrax infection among cattle in Dhaka.

The admission came when livestock and fisheries minister Abdul Latif Biswas was talking to reporters on Sunday about a government decision to form a 25-strong national coordination committee to combat the spread of anthrax.

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Anthrax Closes in on Dhaka, 9 Infected in N'ganj PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Anthrax is closing in on Dhaka, having infected nine people in Narayanganj, the nearest district some 20 km south of the capital, according to the district's top medical office. With the latest cases, at least 504 people have so far infected with the disease.

Dr Zinat Afroj of Narayanganj Civil Surgeon's Office said on Monday at least nine people have been confirmed to have contracted the acute disease at Araihazar Upazila in the district.

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Long-Term Weight Loss may be Harmful to Health PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 09 September 2010

Long-term weight loss may release into the blood industrial pollutants linked to illnesses like diabetes, hypertension and rheumatoid arthritis, researchers said on Tuesday.

These compounds are normally stored in fatty tissues, but when fat breaks down during weight loss, they get into the blood stream, said lead researcher Duk-Hee Lee at the Kyungpook National University in Daegu in South Korea.

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Anthrax Spread Prompts 'Red Alert' PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 06 September 2010

Almost 70 percent of the cattle slaughtered in Dhaka do not pass through proper inspection of the authorities.

But the government's red alert across Bangladesh after anthrax spread into new districts would be in vain if all the cattle do not go through a systematic inspection process.

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Surgery Prevents Breast Cancers in High-Risk Women PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 September 2010

Women with mutations in the well-known BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes who have their breasts and ovaries removed are much more likely to survive than women who do not get preventive surgery, US researchers said on Tuesday.

The study shows the benefits of genetic tests that give women with a family history of cancer the chance to take steps to increase their chances of survival, they said.

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Genzyme Breaks Silence to Rebuff Sanofi PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 August 2010

US biotech Genzyme broke its five-week silence to reject an $18.5 billion takeover proposal by French drugmaker Sanofi-Aventis on Monday, dismissing it as opportunistic and too low.

Sanofi Chief Executive Chris Viehbacher confirmed his $69 per share non-binding cash offer for Genzyme on Sunday, hinting he could make a hostile takeover bid following several unsuccessful attempts to hold talks with Genzyme management.

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Anthrax Compensation under Consideration PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 29 August 2010

Fisheries and livestock minister Abdul Latif Biswas has said that compensation for cattle that died of anthrax in Sirajganj and Pabna was under consideration.

He was addressing a discussion on Saturday on anthrax vaccine and remedies of the disease at Nukali School premises under Potazia union of Shahjadpur Upazila in Sirajganj.

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No Compensation for Deaths of Cattle from Anthrax PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 28 August 2010

The government has no plans to pay compensations to those people whose cattle died of anthrax in Sirajganj and Pabna, fisheries and livestock minister Abdul Latif Biswas has said.

Biswas said the government, instead, plans to introduce animal insurance.

He was speaking at the inauguration of a vaccination programme in Vangabari area at Belkuchi of Sirajganj on Friday.

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Green Leafy Vegetables Can Cut Risk of Diabetes: Study PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 August 2010

Eating more green leafy vegetables can significantly cut the risk of developing diabetes, scientists said on Friday.

British researchers reviewed six earlier studies on links between diabetes and the consumption of fruits and vegetables and found eating an extra serving a day of vegetables like spinach, cabbage, and broccoli reduced adults' risk of getting type 2 diabetes by 14 percent.

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Hearing Loss on the Increase Among US Teens PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 19 August 2010

As many as one in five US teenagers have some degree of hearing loss, according to researchers who said the problem is growing.

"Teenagers really underestimate how much noise they are exposed to," Dr. Josef Shargorodsky of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston told Reuters Health.

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Girl Band Singer Confesses to Unprotected HIV Sex PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 17 August 2010

A German pop singer accused of knowingly exposing three men to the risk of HIV has confessed to having unprotected sex after finding out she had the virus, authorities said on Monday.

Nadja Benaissa from German girl band No Angels is standing trial for causing grievous bodily harm in one instance and attempted grievous bodily harm on four other occasions when she had sex with the men between 2000 and 2004.

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Eye Disorder Common among Diabetic Adults PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 August 2010

Nearly 30 percent of U.S. diabetics over the age of 40 may have a diabetes-related eye disorder, with 4 percent of this population affected severely enough that their vision is threatened, suggests a new study.

The condition, known as diabetic retinopathy, involves damage to the eye's retina and is the leading cause of new cases of legal blindness among U.S. adults between 20 and 74 years old. It also costs the U.S. approximately $500 million every year.

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Govt Doctors Absent from Duty to Face the Music PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010

The health ministry has decided to take actions against 68 government doctors found absent from their duties during a recent inspection in nine districts.

"The absentees will be served show-cause notices today," health secretary Muhammad Humayun Kabir told bdnews24.com on Monday.

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Don't Delay Pregnancy after Miscarriage: Study PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 09 August 2010

You don't need to delay a second pregnancy if you've had a miscarriage, Scottish researchers said Friday.

In fact, women who got pregnant within six months of their miscarriage were more likely to go on to have a live birth than those who waited longer, the researchers' report shows.

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Plain Cells Turned into Beating Heart Cells: Study PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 07 August 2010

Two studies published on Thursday show new ways to fix damaged hearts, one by turning structural heart cells into beating cells and another by restoring a primordial ability to regenerate lost tissue.

The two approaches need more work before they can be tried in humans, but they represent big steps forward in the new field of regenerative medicine.

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