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Bangladesh in control of Hepatitis B, WHO declares

Hepatitis B

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Bangladesh along with Bhutan, Nepal and Thailand has become the first countries in WHO South-East Asia Region to achieve Hepatitis B control, the UN body has announced. It means that prevalence of this deadly disease has dropped to less than one percent among five-year-old children. “Unwavering determination to reach every child, everywhere, every time, with life-saving Hepatitis B vaccines through childhood immunization, has made this achievement possible,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia. “These successes are a testimony of the countries’ commitment to health of their people, and the untiring efforts being made ...

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Baby foods high in sugar, inappropriately marked as suitable: WHO

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Baby foods are high in sugar and inappropriately marked as suitably for infants under the age of six months, according to recent studies. Two new studies by WHO/Europe also recommend that that children should be breastfed, exclusively, for the first 6 months. In its 2016 global ‘Guidance on Ending the Inappropriate Promotion of Foods for Infants and Young Children’, the organization explicitly states that commercial complementary foods should not be advertised for infants under 6 months of age. “Good nutrition in infancy and early childhood remains key to ensuring optimal child growth and development, and to better ...

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Dengu test charge halved to Tk 500

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: The government has fixed charges of dengue tests at a maximum of Tk 500 to drive down the costs of healthcare amid a massive outbreak of the mosquito-borne disease. The decision came after a meeting between the government and owners of private hospitals amid deaths of at least 25 people from dengue. Government hospitals do the NS1 antigen test for free to determine dengue and now the private hospitals will have to keep the charges at a maximum of Tk 500 for the same test, according to a notice issued by the Directorate General of Health Services. ...

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Learning new skills makes older people’s brains 30 years younger

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Learning new things can make older people’s brains 30 years younger in just six weeks, according to a new research from University of California Riverside (UCR). Scientists have discovered that taking up several new tasks at the same time boosts mental power and protects people against Alzheimer’s disease. These skills range from studying new languages, using an iPad, writing music to painting. UCR psychologist Rachel Wu says one important way of staving off cognitive decline is learning new skills as a child would. She encouraged elder people to be a sponge, which means to seek new skills ...

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Tobacco kills 441 people every day in Bangladesh

Tobacco

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Tobacco-related diseases kill around 161,000 people annually and 441 persons daily in Bangladesh, causing a growing threat to public health. The information was revealed at a discussion at conference room of the Civil Surgeon in Rangpur in observance of the World No Tobacco Day 2019. Civil Surgeon Dr. Abu Md. Zakirul Islam, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr. Kaniz Sabiha, Medical Officer Dr. Irfan Ali, District Sanitary Inspector Mahbubur Rahman spoke on the occasion while advocacy officer of ACD Shariful Islam Shamim presented keynote paper. A total of 161,000 people are dying annually in Bangladesh from tobacco related diseases ...

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Male beauty quest highly alarming for fertility

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look more attractive. Taking steroids to get a buff physique or anti-baldness pills to keep a full head of hair can damage fertility. It has been named the Mossman-Pacey paradox after the scientists who first described it. They say it causes a lot of heartache in couples struggling to conceive. “I noticed some men coming in to have their fertility tested and these guys were huge,” says Dr James Mossman, now at Brown University in the United States. ...

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Smoking damages eyes as well as lungs

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Millions of people in the UK are putting their sight at risk by continuing to smoke, warn specialists. Despite the clear connection, only one in five people recognize that smoking can lead to blindness, a poll for the Association of Optometrists (AOP) finds. Smokers are twice as likely to lose their sight compared with non-smokers, says the RNIB. That is because tobacco smoke can cause and worsen a number of eye conditions. How smoking can harm your eyes Cigarette smoke contains toxic chemicals that can irritate and harm the eyes. For example, heavy metals, such as lead ...

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Tobacco kills 441 people every day in Bangladesh

Tobacco

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Tobacco related diseases kill around 161,000 people annually and 441 persons daily in Bangladesh, causing a growing threat to public health. The information was revealed at a discussion at conference room of the Civil Surgeon in Rangpur in observance of the World No Tobacco Day 2019. Civil Surgeon Dr. Abu Md. Zakirul Islam, Deputy Civil Surgeon Dr. Kaniz Sabiha, Medical Officer Dr. Irfan Ali, District Sanitary Inspector Mahbubur Rahman spoke on the occasion while advocacy officer of ACD Shariful Islam Shamim presented keynote paper. A total of 161,000 people are dying annually in Bangladesh from tobacco related ...

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Devi Shetty inaugurates Imperial Hospital in Chattogram

Devi Shetty

MNA lifestyle Desk: Renowned Indian cardiac surgeon Devi Shetty has inaugurated a 375-bed hospital in Chattogram. Shetty, the founder of the Narayana Health in India, launched the Imperial Hospital on Saturday. The newly-incepted cardiac centre will be jointly operated by Narayana Health and Imperial. The 6,60,000-sq ft facility consists of five separate buildings on seven acres of land in the port city’s Pahartali area. The hospital will offer health care services based on international standards, said Shetty. The number of Bangladeshis travelling abroad to countries like India, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia is rising each year, he observed. “The inception of ...

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80 percent people feel guilty for smartphone obsession: survey

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A total of 84.9 percent of people in a recent survey said obsession with their smartphones has made them spend less time communicating with their families and 78.9 percent said they feel guilty for doing so. The survey, published by the China Youth Daily earlier this week, polled 2,004 people, about 90 percent of whom saw the obsession as an obstruction to personal communication with family members, Xinhua reports. This feeling appeared to be even stronger among people in their 30s — the “1980s-generation” — as 91.4 percent of them complained about the “phubbing” impact. Besides, a ...

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Transgender no longer recognized as disorder by WHO

Transgender

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Transgender health issues will no longer be classified as mental and behavioural disorders under big changes to the World Health Organization’s global manual of diagnoses. The newly-approved version instead places issues of gender incongruence under a chapter on sexual health. A World Health Organization expert said it now understands transgender is “not actually a mental health condition”. Human Rights Watch says the change will have a “liberating effect worldwide”. In the latest manual, called the ICD-11, gender incongruence is defined as a marked and persistent incongruence between a person’s experienced gender and assigned sex. In the previous ...

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Unhealthy diet linked to one in five deaths

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Eleven million deaths worldwide in 2017 were linked to people eating poor diets high in sugar, salt and processed meat that contributed to heart disease, cancer and diabetes, a global study found. The research, published in the Lancet medical journal recently, found that among 195 countries studied, the proportion of diet-related deaths was highest in Uzbekistan and lowest in Israel. The US ranked 43rd, while Britain was 23rd, China 140th and India 118th, as per a Global Times report. Consumption of healthier foods such as nuts and seeds, milk and whole grains was on average too low, ...

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Tough First Trimester of Pregnancy: Few things to remember and check

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Exhaustion, nausea, sore breasts and other symptoms are very common during the first trimester of pregnancy. While they usually do improve by the fourth month, it helps to know how to cope with these discomforts in the meantime. “I’m exhausted.” Fatigue is by far the most common complaint during the first trimester, says Roger Harms, MD, editor of The Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. Aside from the simple fact that building a baby uses a tremendous amount of your body’s resources, you can also blame a steep increase in the hormone progesterone, which is known ...

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Piickme Intercity service launched

Piickme

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Piickme Intercity service has been launched on Thursday. It has promised on-demand ride sharing service to and from Dhaka, Naryangonj, Savar and Gazipur at an attractive price. Piickme users can start availing this service from May 2. In addition to the existing ride sharing service inside Dhaka city, it is working to expand its service map to many other areas with hopes to flourish well-organized and affordable rides to those targeted areas within the shortest possible time. Piickme, originally owned by a Bangladeshi entrepreneur Omar Ali Raj, had started it’s official journey in Sep 2018. They have ...

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‘Broken heart’ syndrome may originate in brain

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A new study has shown for the first time that the brain is involved in the development of a heart condition called Takotsubo syndrome (TTS), also known as ‘broken heart’ syndrome. Researchers found that regions of the brain responsible for processing emotions and controlling the unconscious workings of the body, such as heart beat, breathing and digestion, do not communicate with each other as well in TTS patients as in healthy people. The study, published in the European Heart Journal, saw researchers say that although at this stage, they cannot show that the reduced brain functions definitely ...

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Few ways to treat sore muscles

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: We all secretly love sore muscles. It’s proof you put in serious work at the gym, and your body is feeling it. But some muscle soreness isn’t simply due to lactic acid buildup – it’s a sign you straight-up sent your muscles into shock. The significant muscle soreness that typically occurs hours after activity, usually 24 to 48 hours after activity, is referred to as delayed onset muscle soreness. This condition has little, if anything, to do with lactic acidosis. Instead, it appears to be the result of small tears in muscle fiber that combine with an ...

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Iconic Barbie doll celebrates 60 years

Barbie

MNA Lifestyle Desk: Barbie, the fashion doll famous around the world, celebrates her 60th anniversary on Saturday with new collections honoring real-life role models and careers in which women remain under-represented. It is part of Barbie’s evolution over the decades since her debut at the New York Toy Fair on March 9, 1959. To mark the milestone, manufacturer Mattel Inc created Barbie versions of 20 inspirational women from Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka to British model and activist Adwoa Aboah. The company also released six dolls representing the careers of astronaut, pilot, athlete, journalist, politician and firefighter, all fields in ...

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Refreshing your love life: Some expert’s tips

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: As the weather changes and we enter a new season, it may be the right time to evaluate our goals and the things we hold nearest and dearest in our lives. That can include romance, as Australian relationship expert Melissa Ferrari reveals that sometimes even the strongest couples could use a little ‘spring cleaning’. Checking-in with each other’s feelings, throwing out gifts from old lovers, and potentially even couples’ therapy could help to fortify relationships. Ferrari suggests that couples begin by doing a ‘check-in’ to see where their relationship stands and what they need to work on. ...

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Problem of BP rising in youth

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Increasing blood pressure is now becoming a common matter. Although many familiar reasons are known, the mass people are not aware of the exact reason. This problem is very noticeable at any age. When blood pressure increases, it is called hypertension. It is common to see that due to genetic factors, due to various diseases, food irregularities, and no physical work, this problem is increasing. Blood pressure rises due to many reasons. There are some of the reasons that happen with age. The secondary hypertension reason is uncontrolled food. When we eat extra food, it is stored ...

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Study reveals link between diabetes and back pain

back pain

MNA Lifestyle Desk: People with diabetes have a 35-per cent higher risk of experiencing low back pain and a 24-per cent higher risk of having neck pain than those without diabetes, an Australian meta-analyses revealed on Friday. Researchers from the University of Sydney reviewed the data from eight previous studies to show that diabetes and back pain coexist at a disproportionately high rate, although they did not establish a direct causal link between the two. “Diabetes and low back pain and neck pain seem to be somehow connected. We can’t say how but these findings suggest further research into the ...

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Consuming meat a lot might endanger liver

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: People who eat a lot of animal protein may be more likely to have excessive fat in their livers and a higher risk of liver disease than individuals whose main source of protein is vegetables, a Dutch study suggests. Researchers focused on what’s known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which is usually associated with obesity and certain eating habits. While dietary changes are recommended to treat this type of liver disease, research to date hasn’t clearly demonstrated whether these changes can work for prevention. For the current study, researchers examined data from dietary questionnaires and liver ...

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Mistakes to be avoided while setting up an online business

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Starting an online business begins with filling a need and building credibility, but the factors that go into making your online business a smashing success don’t stop there. While the barriers for setting up a company are low, the majority of people starting an online business fail largely due to mistakes that seem obvious in hindsight — such as overestimating profits or trying to be too many things to customers from the onset. But there are many more mishaps business owners experience. To enhance your shot at success, try and avoid these 10 common mistakes when starting ...

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National Vitamin-A Plus campaign unveils

Vitamin

MNA Lifestyle Desk: The national Vitamin ‘A’ plus campaign is being observed across the country on Saturday in a bid to feed vitamin-A Plus capsule to children aged between six months to 59 months. Under the campaign, 2.53 million children aged between six and 11 months will be fed blue colored vitamin ‘A’ capsules while 19.50 million children aged between 12 and 59 months will be given red colored high-power capsules. They will be given Vitamin A capsule at some 1, 20,000 permanent and 20 thousand mobile health centres across the country. Mobile health centers has been set up at ...

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Pakistan University declares Valentine’s Day as ‘Sister’s Day’

Valentines Day

MNA Lifestyle Desk: A Pakistani university is rebranding Valentine’s Day as “Sister’s Day”, and debating marking the holiday widely seen as a Western import by handing out headscarves and shawls to its female students. The University of Agriculture in Faisalabad (UAF), in central Punjab province, said the change was taken to promote “eastern culture and Islamic traditions among the youth”. “In our culture, women are more empowered and earn their due respect as sisters, mothers, daughters and wives,” UAF vice chancellor Zafar Iqbal is quoted as saying on the institution’s website. “We were forgetting our culture, and Western culture was ...

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Common career mistakes one should avoid

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: One might have probably thought about what one should do to get ahead in career. But as it turns out, it’s just as important to consider what you should not do, too. We all make mistakes in the workplace at one point or another. However, repeatedly making the same professional mistakes will decrease your happiness on the job and your quality of life. The good news is that many of these mistakes are easy to dodge in the first place. Here are six common professional mistakes and how to avoid them: Not asking for enough money I ...

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China uses AI to prevent blindness

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: A Chinese hospital on Thursday launched free consultations featuring artificial-intelligence (AI) cameras to detect ocular fundus diseases, which are a major cause of blindness. Deqing county hospital in Guangdong Province became the first to use the device, co-developed by China’s search engine Baidu and Sun Yat-sen University, to serve the general public. The instrument is capable of diagnosing three types of fundus disorders — diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and macular degeneration. It scans the eyes and generates a report in 10 seconds, all done without the need for an ophthalmologist to be present. With an accuracy rate of ...

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“Ride Sharing Industry demands more attention”

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MNA Lifestyle Desk: Omar Ali is a Bangladeshi-born entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Piickme, a mobile application based transportation service provider in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He was born on August 25, 1983 at Compnaygonj of Noakhali district in Bangladesh. He studied at Rutger University in USA. Previously, he was an IT Consultant at an international firm and the owner of NRB Consultancy Inc. A conversation with Omar Ali (Raj), Founder & CEO of Piickme. Do you think ride sharing is a sustainable solution for transportation sector? Sure. It maximizes the utilization of a non-commercial vehicle usually getting used ...

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