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Over 200 doctors infected with coronavirus, DAB says


MNA Lifestyle Desk: The Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB), a pro-BNP forum, on Monday alleged that over 200 physicians in the country were infected with coronavirus while providing healthcare services to such patients. In a statement on Monday, it said doctors in the country have relentlessly been fighting against coronavirus as the frontline worriers without proper personal protection, reports UNB. “Over 200 doctors have already been infected with the virus while treating patients,” the association said. Besides, DAB said, many physicians have been kept in isolation and quarantine. DAB praised the Prime Minister’s incentive package for the doctors saying it ...

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5 Tourist Spots near Dhaka to enjoy quick weekend


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Vacations relieve stress and relax our mind. But our busy schedule hardly allows us to go for long vacations. However, we can still plan day trips on the weekend. Many of us avoid visiting tourist resorts due to their exorbitant prices. Don’t worry! Still there are some inexpensive tourist places near Dhaka. In this article, we are going to introduce you with 5 affordable tourist spots for quick day trips on weekends from Dhaka. Moinot Ghat – Mini Cox’s Bazaar Moinot Ghat located on the bank of Padma River is popular as “Mini Cox’s Bazar’’. This place ...

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Le Méridien Dhaka is organizing a 10-day-long ‘Pitha Fest’ from today


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Guests will be able to delve into the delicacies of pitha with regular buffet dinner at the Latest Recipe, says a press release. The Pitha station will feature more than 25 types of delicious and traditional pithas, like Dudh Khejur, Mug Shola, Golap Pitha, Lobongo Lotika, Shewai Pitha, Badshahi Pitha, Rosh Monjuri, Vhapa Puli, Jhal Pantua and many more. There will also be a Live Station for Shahi Vapa and Chitoi with Vorta. General manager of Le Méridien Dhaka Constantinos S Gavriel said, “Pitha is a part of life and culture of Bangladeshi people. Pithas are made ...

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Cold-related diseases affect 5,852 in 24 hours


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Various cold-related diseases have affected 5,852 people across the country in the last 24 hours, the government said on Wednesday. Data from the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) control room showed that 845 of the patients received treatment for acute respiratory infection (ARI). Bangladesh’s northern region in particular has been suffering as the mercury dipped. Wednesday’s lowest temperature was recorded at 6.8 degrees Celsius in Panchagarh’s Tetulia. Altogether, 296 upazilas were affected by cold-related diseases. In the last 24 hours, 1,957 people were treated for diarrhoea, and 3,050 for cold-related diseases including jaundice, inflammation in the ...

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Spending time near water can be secret of happiness


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Coastal environments have been shown to improve our health, body and mind. In recent years, stressed-out urbanites have been seeking refuge in green spaces, for which the proven positive impacts on physical and mental health are often cited in arguments for more inner-city parks and accessible woodlands. The benefits of “blue space” – the sea and coastline, but also rivers, lakes, canals, waterfalls, even fountains – are less well publicised, yet the science has been consistent for at least a decade: being by water is good for body and mind, reports Independent. Proximity to water – especially ...

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Bangladeshi adolescents at ‘alarming’ risk of heart diseases


MNA Lifestyle Desk: A new study has found three or more risk factors of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in one in every five Bangladeshi adolescents. Of them, nine in 10 reported low fruit and vegetable intake and six in 10 reported insufficient physical activity, according to the study published in the Health Policy and Technology journal. “This is an alarmingly scary finding as individual behaviours adopted during the formative years of life [adolescence] tend to track into adulthood,” lead author of the study, Asaduzzaman Khan, told media. “We strongly argue for interventions to target adolescents who are engaging in multiple risk ...

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Swimming can be of great benefit for woman


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Swimming can be of great benefits for the women of today irrespective of their age group. Today’s busy life does not allow anyone to take care of their bodies but swimming can both fulfill that need as well as can give someone a fun time. It’s easy on the impact Yes, the low impact means swimming is a great workout for injured athletes, who need to take it easy on their joints. You could have a super-hard workout one day and still be in the pool the next. Bonus: Research in the International Journal of Sports Medicine ...

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Breast cancer becomes major concern for Fijian women


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Fijian Health Minister Ifereimi Waqainabete has said breast cancer cases have overtaken cervical cancer statistics in Fiji as more women delay medical treatment. Speaking at the Internal Medicine Organization of the Pacific Conference in the Fijian capital of Suva on Friday, Waqainabete said cervical cancer cases had declined due to the immunization programme human papillomavirus vaccines given to 13-year-old girls. “We are hopeful the numbers will stop or even drop but we also have to realize that there is no vaccination against breast cancer so we just have to continue to raise awareness around it,” he said. ...

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Pandemics could kill millions in 36 hours, experts warn


MNA Lifestyle Desk: The world is facing a mounting threat of disease pandemics that could kill millions and wreak havoc on the global economy, a international expert panel has warned, and governments should work to prepare for and mitigate that risk, reports The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, co-convened by the World Bank and the World Health Organisation, warned that epidemic-prone viral diseases like Ebola, flu and SARS are increasingly tough to manage in a world dominated by lengthy conflicts, fragile states and forced migration. “The threat of a pandemic spreading around the globe is a real one,” the group ...

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Cancer overtakes heart disease as biggest rich-world killer


MNA Lifestyle Desk: Cancer has overtaken heart disease as the leading cause of death in wealthy countries and could become the world’s biggest killer within just a few decades if current trends persist, researchers said on Tuesday. Publishing the findings of two large studies in The Lancet medical journal, the scientists said they showed evidence of a new global “epidemiologic transition” between different types of chronic disease. While cardiovascular disease remains, for now, the leading cause of mortality worldwide among middle-aged adults – accounting for 40 per cent of all deaths – that is no longer the case in high-income ...

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20m suffer from bone erosion


MNA Lifestyle Desk: An estimated 20 million people in Bangladesh are suffering from bone erosion while 40 per cent of women, aged between 16 and 45 years, have low bone density. According to a study, around 5.6 million people are also suffering from osteoporosis. Women suffer from the same than men, it revealed. Osteoporosis is the porous and brittle condition of the bone, which causes an increased chance of fracture. Commonly, osteoporotic fractures take place in spine, hip and wrist, and it usually cannot be identified before fracture. According to the study, brittle bone is a ‘serious disease’ and it ...

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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