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Study Shows Mediterranean Diet Cuts Depression Risk PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2009

People who follow a Mediterranean-style diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, whole grains and fish are less likely to become depressed, scientists said on Monday, but the reasons are unclear.

Spanish researchers studied 11,000 people and found that those who followed the Mediterranean diet most closely had a more than 30 percent reduction in the risk of depression than those whose diet had few of the crucial Mediterranean elements.

Smoking in Pregnancy Risks Psychotic Children: Study PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 03 October 2009

Mothers who smoke during pregnancy put their children at greater risk of developing psychotic symptoms as teenagers, British scientists said on Thursday.

Researchers from four British universities studied 6,356 12-year-olds and interviewed them for psychotic-like symptoms such as hallucinations or delusions. Around 19 percent had mothers who smoked during pregnancy.

Swine Flu Cases Rise to 604 PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 27 September 2009

At least 232 H1N1 positive cases have been detected in the last two weeks, taking the tally of people infected with swine flu in Bangladesh to 604.

In a regular new briefing on swine flu on Sunday, director of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) Mahmudur Rahman said none of the newly infected people died.

Early Use of Antivirals Key in H1N1 Flu: WHO PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 26 September 2009

Early use of antivirals is effective in treating H1N1 flu and health authorities must be vigilant for signs of drug resistance, the World Health Organisation said on Friday.

Drug-resistant pandemic flu viruses have appeared infrequently so far and there is no evidence they are spreading, but further cases are likely, the WHO said on its website.

Swine Flu Travel Responses Seen Undermining Message PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 September 2009

The global public health campaign to convey a realistic view of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic is being undermined by a babble of contradictory reactions at international airports, experts said on Friday.

Air travelers are confronted by a host of inconsistent H1N1 messages and approaches as they travel between countries.

Swine Flu Death Rate Similar to Seasonal Flu: Expert PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2009

The death rate from the pandemic H1N1 swine flu is likely lower than earlier estimates, a US expert in infectious diseases said on Wednesday.

New estimates suggest that the death rate compares to a moderate year of seasonal influenza, said Dr Marc Lipsitch of Harvard University.

US Launches $13m Health Service Against HIV/AIDS PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 September 2009

The US Embassy on Thursday announced a new US government-sponsored $13 million health initiative called "Modhumita" (sweet friend) to stem the transmission of HIV/AIDS.

The programme will help prevent HIV by providing HIV-prevention services to two million at-risk people in Bangladesh including injecting drug users, male, female and transgender sex workers and their clients, and HIV-positive people through a network of 50 health centres.

Assets of Rid Pharma Officials Ordered Seized PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 September 2009

A Dhaka court has ordered authorities to impound property of five Rid Pharmaceutical officials, including the managing director, who are accused of illegal production and marketing of a toxic paracetamol product linked to deaths of more than 20 children.

Judge Golam Mortuza Majumder of the Dhaka drug court on Wednesday asked police in Brahmanbaria, where Rid Pharma is based, to submit a report by Oct 14.

Tamiflu Saves Lives of Severely Ill Flu Patients PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Roche AG's antiviral drug Tamiflu helped prevent deaths from seasonal flu in severely ill patients who had chronic underlying health problems, Chinese researchers said on Sunday.

A study of 760 older, severely ill patients in Hong Kong found that Roche and Gilead Sciences Inc's drug Tamiflu cut the rate of death by 37 percent.

Studies Show One Dose of H1N1 Vaccine May be Enough PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 12 September 2009

Two studies published on Thursday confirmed that a single dose of swine flu vaccine can protect people from the new pandemic H1N1 virus -- welcome news to global health officials who had worried that people might need two doses.

Australian vaccine maker CSL Inc. released new data showing its vaccine got what would be considered a protective immune response with a singe dose, and Swiss drug maker Novartis presented a study confirming a report from last week showing its vaccine worked at an even lower dose when boosted with an immune system compound called an adjuvant.

Italy Starts Swine Flu Vaccination in Nov PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 September 2009

Italy will start the campaign to vaccinate the population against A/H1N1 flu in mid-November, with 30-40 percent of the population receiving the vaccine in the first phase.

The launch date was set during the Aug 20 meeting of the permanent working group on territory-based primary care. The meeting decided about the various phases and implementation of the mass vaccination programme, according to Corriere Della Sera, Italy's most famous and important daily.

That's a Stretch: States Seek to Regulate Yogis PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 September 2009

US yogis are being asked to regulate more than their breathing -- and they are fighting back. About 50 yogis gathered in New York recently to discuss hiring a lobbyist and raise funds to fight a state proposal to require certification of yoga teacher training programs -- a move they say would unfairly cost them money.

"It has brought us under one roof," said Fara Marz, who held the gathering at his Om Factory yoga studio in New York. "And this shows that yogis can be vicious, political, together."

Swine Flu Patients Rise to 275 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 03 September 2009

The total number of people infected by swine flu in Bangladesh on Thursday reached 275, as 16 more cases have been identified.

Dr Mahmudur Rahman, the director at the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, "It's not important to count the patients. We are not even attempting to screen everyone with the H1N1 symptoms."

Bangladesh Confirms First Swine Flu Death PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 31 August 2009

The government has confirmed the first H1N1 death in Bangladesh. Doctors at Lab Aid Hospital in Dhaka said the victim was a 35-year old woman.

"A swine flu positive patient died last night at a private hospital in the capital," Mahmudur Rahman, director of the Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), told on Monday.

Bangladesh May Raise Swine Flu Alert Level PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 August 2009

Bangladesh may raise its H1N1 alert level, in light of recent jumps in the number of detected swine flu cases.

Experts at a swine flu seminar at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University on Saturday said there was no need for panic, but stressed the need for better dissemination of information about swine flu so people in both urban and rural areas could take proper treatment and take simple measures to curb the spread of the virus.

Tobacco to Kill 6 Million People Next Year: Report PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2009

Tobacco use will kill 6 million people next year from cancer, heart disease, emphysema and a range of other ills, global cancer experts said in a report issued on Tuesday.

The new Tobacco Atlas from the World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society estimates that tobacco use costs the global economy $500 billion a year in direct medical expenses, lost productivity and environmental harm.

No Flu Vaccines Before Mid-October, CDC Predicts PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 August 2009

Scientific advisers to President Barack Obama may have asked the government to speed up the availability of swine flu vaccines, but they are unlikely to be ready before October, the new head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Wednesday.

And imperfect tests for the pandemic H1N1 virus means it will be impossible to get precise numbers on how many people are infected, said Dr. Thomas Frieden.

Attention Drug Emergencies Soar for US Kids: Report PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 August 2009

Calls to poison control centers for US teenagers who have overdosed on attention deficit drugs rose 76 percent over eight years, researchers reported on Monday.

This is nearly the same as the 80 percent rise in prescriptions for such drugs, Dr. Jennifer Setlik and colleagues at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center reported.

US Life Expectancy Hits a New High of 78 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2009

US life expectancy is the highest it has ever been at 77.9 years, according to government statistics released on Wednesday.

Both men and women gained, but women still live on average more than five years longer than men, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Death rates also fell, with the age-adjusted death rate dropping to 760.3 deaths per 100,000 people.

Court 'Lies Idle' As Unsafe Drugs Flood Market PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2009

Some 200 out of around 250 licensed drug companies are churning out sub-standard medicines, officials of the Directorate of Drug Administration allege, while lawyers say the country's lone drug court remains idle as authorities, including the DDA, fail to take legal action against the offenders.

That the market is flooded with adulterated medicines is a longtime allegation.

Swine Flu Cases Rise To 32: Official PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 August 2009

Two more swine flu cases have been detected, taking the tally of infected cases to 32, IEDCR director Mahmudur Rahman said Tuesday.

Rahman told newsmen 12 cases had been contracted in the country. The other 20 cases had been detected in Bangladeshis who had recently arrived from the US, Britain, Australia and South East Asia.

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