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Gorillas May Be A Source Of AIDS, Researchers Find PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009

A woman from Cameroon has been found to be infected with an AIDS-like virus that came from gorillas, French researchers reported Sunday.

The woman, who has no symptoms of HIV infection, is well and was likely infected by another person, not an animal, the researchers said.

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Breastfeeding Could Save 1.3 Million Child Lives: WHO PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009

Teaching new mothers how to breastfeed could save 1.3 million children's lives every year, but many women get no help and give up trying, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

Less than 40 percent of mothers worldwide breastfeed their infants exclusively in the first six months, as recommended by the WHO. Many abandon it because they don't know how to get their baby to latch on properly or suffer pain and discomfort.

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Organic Food Is No Healthier, Study Finds PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 July 2009

Organic food has no nutritional or health benefits over ordinary food, according to a major study published Wednesday.

Researchers from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine said consumers were paying higher prices for organic food because of its perceived health benefits, creating a global organic market worth an estimated $48 billion in 2007.

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Drug Admin Lacks Teeth: Health Minister PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 July 2009

The health minister AFM Ruhal Haque admitted on Sunday that the Directorate of Drug Administration, under his ministry, lacked teeth to enforce standards of drug manufacturing throughout the country.

But he also said no leeway would be given to any of the 258 licensed drug companies operating in Bangladesh if they were found to be producing sub-standard drugs.

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24 Out Of 28 Swine Flu Victims Recovered: Official PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 25 July 2009

Twenty-four of the 28 swine flu cases so far detected in Bangladesh have fully recovered, an official said Saturday. The latest case is a 42-year male recently returned from Indonesia, IEDCR director Dr Mahmudur Rahman told bdnews24.com.

Rahman said earlier cases had been detected among Bangladeshis recently arrived from Britain, South East Asia and Australia, but most cases were from the United States. A handful of the cases have been contracted in Bangladesh.

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S Team To Look Into 'Paracetamol' Deaths Of 24 Children PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2009

A four-member parliamentary team was formed Thursday to look into the recent deaths of 24 children from kidney failure after reportedly taking a children's paracetamol product.

The Drug Administration has asked the Rid Pharmaceutical Company to stop production of a paracetamol suspension reportedly containing toxic ingredients.

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Committee Formed On 24 Children's Deaths PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2009

The parliamentary standing committee on the health ministry on Thursday formed a four-member committee to look into the recent deaths of 24 children from kidney failure after reportedly taking a children's paracetamol product. The product under suspicion is made by the Rid Pharmaceutical Company.

The committee formed to visit the pharmaceutical factories across the country is headed by MP Nazmul Hassan, parliamentary committee chairman Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim told reporters after a meeting.

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Flu Death Toll At 700, School Closures An option: WHO PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 23 July 2009

The H1N1 virus has killed more than 700 people worldwide since emerging in April, and countries could consider closing schools to slow its spread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

The WHO, whose previous death toll was 429 two weeks ago, also said it was up to national health authorities to decide what measures they impose to slow the spread of the new strain.

 

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Australia's Worst Case Scenario' 6,000 H1N1 Deaths PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 16 July 2009

As many as 6,000 people could die from H1N1 in Australia this season in a "worst case scenario" if no preventive measures or vaccines are found, Australian Health Minister Nicola Roxon said on Thursday.

The H1N1 influenza has killed 21 people in Australia so far and there are 10,387 confirmed cases, according to data compiled by Australia's health department.

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6,000 Doctors Will Be Appointed: PM PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 July 2009

The government will appoint another 6,000 doctors to offset the crippling shortage of physicians at public hospitals, prime minister Sheikh Hasina has announced.

"We have decided to appoint six thousand doctors considering the healthcare services for the people," she said at a reunion marking the 63rd founding anniversary of Dhaka Medical College in the capital on Friday.

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FDA Confirms E. Coli Found In Nestle Cookie Dough PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 July 2009

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday confirmed that it has found E. coli O157:H7 bacteria in a sample of Nestle Toll House refrigerated cookie dough. The contaminated sample was collected at Nestle's facility in Danville, Va. on Thursday, the FDA said in a statement.

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US passes million swine flu cases PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 27 June 2009

US health officials estimate that at least one million Americans have been infected with swine flu since the H1N1 virus emerged nearly three months ago.

The number is far higher than cases actually reported to the authorities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said many cases were mild, although 127 people had died.

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Philippines Reports Asia's First Death Related To H1N1 PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 25 June 2009

A 49-year-old Filipina with heart and liver ailments has died after contracting the new flu virus, the first such death in Asia, health officials in Manila said on Monday.

The woman died at her home on June 19, two days after she first showed symptoms of the new influenza A (H1N1) virus, Philippine Health Secretary Francisco Duque told reporters.

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Vaccinate Kids To Control H1N1 Flu: Researchers PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 June 2009

Targeting children for vaccination may be the best way of using limited supplies of vaccine to control the current H1N1 flu pandemic, British researchers said on Thursday.

Drugmakers are racing to make a vaccine against the new flu strain but if the disease increases significantly in the northern hemisphere autumn, as many experts fear, there are unlikely to be enough shots to vaccinate entire populations.

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No Child Died As Result Of Vit A Drive: Minister PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Health minister AFM Ruhul Huq Tuesday told parliament that no child died of taking vitamin A and de-worming medicine as reported in the media.

He termed "baseless" the media reports on the deaths of children after a recent national drive to administer the medicines to 20 million children between one and five years of age.

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Hungry Up By 100 Million In S Asia: Report PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 June 2009

The number of hungry people in South Asia has jumped by 100 million in the past two years, aggravated by high food and fuel prices and the global economic slowdown, a UNICEF report said on Tuesday.

More than 400 million people are now chronically hungry in South Asia, the region's highest level in 40 years, the report said, adding calorie intake has remained stagnant or fallen in many countries despite rising per capita incomes.

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With Weight-Loss Surgery, Type Of Insurance Counts PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 June 2009

People with private health insurance lose more weight after having weight-loss surgery than those covered by the Medicare health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, US researchers said Monday.

Medicare patients tend to weigh more before having gastric bypass surgery, they said, and are more likely to be depressed, have high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cholesterol and sleep apnea.

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Public, Private, NGO Links Serve Basic Healthcare PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 May 2009

Public, private and NGO linkages could go a long way to serving basic healthcare to all, said the prime minister's adviser on health, Syed Modasser Ali, on Sunday.

"We need to foster partnerships between public, private and NGO initiatives, specifically targeting the underprivileged population of the country to make basic healthcare services available to all," said the health adviser, speaking as chief guest at one such intitiative.

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Car-driven Society Poses Health Risk For Americans PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 May 2009

When Seema Shrikhande goes to work, she drives. When she takes her son to school, they drive. And when she goes shopping, to the bank or to visit friends, she gets into her car, buckles up and hits the road.

Driving is a way of life for Americans but researchers say the national habit of driving everywhere is bad for health. The more you drive, the less you walk. Walking provides exercise without really trying.

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Climate Health Costs: Bug-Borne Ills, Killer Heat PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 30 May 2009

Tree-munching beetles, malaria-carrying mosquitoes and deer ticks that spread Lyme disease are three living signs that climate change is likely to exact a heavy toll on human health.

These pests and others are expanding their ranges in a warming world, which means people who never had to worry about them will have to start. And they are hardly the only health threats from global warming.

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New Optimism On US Healthcare, But Obstacles Remain PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 May 2009

The US Congress has started work on a broad overhaul of the healthcare system in a rare spirit of optimism, but brewing battles over its cost, scope and structure could still scuttle hopes for a solution.

From President Barack Obama's declaration that "the stars are aligned" on healthcare to a recent cost-cutting pledge by a half-dozen industry groups, momentum has built steadily on an issue that has eluded consensus for decades.

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