‘Cultural therapy’ for mentally ill patients!

The Pabna Mental Hospital is the first research site for DU’s theater and performance studies students

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A group of theater and performance studies students from Dhaka University began conducting research at Pabna Mental Hospital, on the use of ‘culture therapy’ to treat patients with mental illness.

Five departmental students — Fazle Navid Onon, Tanvir Newaz Tirtho, Jannatul Mawa Nibir, Farzana Afrin Meem, and Shithi Ishra Risil — conducted field research among hospital patients and medical personnel over the course of the last two days.

“Many of the mentally ill people we spoke with have an extraordinary ability to expose themselves. In addition to traditional medicine, they also need cultural therapy to help them enjoy life. Cultural therapy can help a mental patient in this way,” said Fazle Navid Onon, a member of the research team.

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Caesarean births increase significantly in Bangladesh: BIDS

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A study conducted by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) found that the overall prevalence of CS among women in Bangladesh was 3.99% in 2004 but increased to 33.22% in 2017 – 18, nearly eightfold.

Caesarean section (CS) delivery is massively booming in Bangladesh, said a study by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

The details were presented at a public research organization conference on Wednesday titled ‘Massive Boom of C-Section Delivery in Bangladesh: A Household Level Analysis (2004-2018)’. (28 September).

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67% medicine retailers not cognizant on antimicrobial drugs: DGDA

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Around 67 percent of medicine retailers cannot identify antibiotics from regular medicines properly as they do not have adequate knowledge about antimicrobial drugs, finds a study by the Directorate General of Drug Administration (DGDA).
Sabrina Alam, assistant director at DGDA, disclosed the information at the dissemination programme on current antimicrobial resistance and the usage pattern in Bangladesh, at

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Worst habits for belly fat

The worst fat is belly fat. Overeating may lead to heart disease and diabetes. Doctors think a larger waist indicates a shorter life. Following are the facts that contribute to belly fat:
Eating while distracted: Instead of browsing through your phone as you snack, focus on your food and taste it. Overeating is less probable if you eat mindfully.
Eating too fast: It takes

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Deficiency of intestinal enzyme one of leading causes of diabetes, finds study

It has been long known that diabetes is caused by a variety of factors such as genetic influences, insulin resistance, and physical inactivity, but now a team of Bangladeshi scientists has come up with a new cause of the disease.
Deficiency of intestinal enzyme, Alkaline Phosphatase, is one of the leading causes of developing diabetes among people, said a study revealed in Bangladesh capital Dhaka on

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How the formula milk industry exploits over half of Bangladeshi parents

Baby formula makers still violating global marketing rules – study
More than half of the parents and pregnant women from eight countries, including Bangladesh, say they have been targeted with marketing in breach of international standards on infant feeding practices.
A new study by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, which draws on interviews with parents, pregnant women and health workers also from China, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, the

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What is causing your loss of smell and taste?

We take our sense of smell for granted. But have you ever imagined losing your sense of smell? Food tastes different without your sense of smell, you cannot smell a flower, and you could be in a dangerous situation without realising it! Find out the following causes of smell loss:
The smell-taste connection: Taste usually follows the smell. Because your nose’s olfactory area controls both. Your nose

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Amazing health benefits of running regularly

We all know running is good for us. It is perhaps the easiest form of exercise. It improves the way we feel and look. Running can give you a longer life, better sleep, improved immunity, weight loss, it’s even good for your knees & bones and more. In fact, there isn’t a system in the body that doesn’t benefit from running. From the top of your head to the tip of your toes, running gives you a total body workout and improve all

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5 foods to eat for healthy, glowing skin

Image-unavailableYou probably think about how nutrition affects your internal health and your weight, but eating the right foods can also improve the quality of your skin. “You can look at food as the raw materials for a factory,” says Ian Koo, a naturopathic doctor based in Mississauga, Ont. “The better the quality of the raw materials we have to start with, the greater the chance that we’ll end up with a good durable product.” Here are what to add

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Easy breastfeeding techniques for new mothers

Easy breastfeeding techniques for new mothersThe bond between a mother and her child is like no other. Their first baby steps, the first awkward laughter, tiny fingers curling up on your index finger – these are memories that remains etched in your mind forever.
At the core to this unique bond remains the intimate touch when the mother takes to her bosom the newborn for breastfeeding.
Nursing is a different experience for

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Air pollution now leading cause of lung cancer

AIR pollution has been named as the leading cause of lung cancer, the World Health Organisation’s cancer agency said.
Air pollution now leading cause of lung cancerThe International Agency for Research for Cancer (IARC), a part of the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced that there is “sufficient evidence”
that exposure to
air pollution is a key cause of lung cancer.
Data revealed by the IARC showed that in 2010, 223,000 deaths worldwide from lung cancer were caused

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Sleep cleans brain

Sleep cleans brainThe brain uses sleep to clean away waste toxins that have collected during the day, a new study has shown.
The brain uses the time we spend asleep to remove all the waste that builds up when we are awake, much like a “garbage removal system”, the US based scientists found.
A team at the University of

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Creating an inclusive and accessible world

International Day Of Persons With Disabilities
Creating an inclusive and accessible world
Dr Tamanna Afroz
Around 15% of the world’s population, or one billion people, live with disabilities. And the rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions. People with disabilities have less access to health care services and therefore experience unmet health care need. However, financing more in rehabilitation services and timely intervention can prevent many these disabilities

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Strategies for preventing suicide

Every year, almost one million people die by suicide around the world. Young people are increasingly vulnerable to suicidal behaviours. Worldwide, suicide is one of the three leading causes of death among those in the most economically productive age group (15-44 years), and the second leading cause of death in the 15-19 years age group.
However, suicide is largely

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Chocolates can prevent brain stroke

Chocolate might not be the healthiest thing for your waistline – but research suggests it may protect against stroke.
A study following more than 37,000 Swedish men showed those eating the most chocolate were the least likely to have a stroke.
It follows on from other studies that have suggested eating chocolate can improve the health of the

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Eating egg yolks as bad as smoking

Scientists have unscrambled the truth about eggs – eating the yolk is almost as bad as smoking for people at risk of heart disease.
The problem lies in an increased risk of the hardening of the arteries, known as atherosclerosis.
It is a disorder of the arteries where plaques, aggravated by cholesterol, form on the inner arterial

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Junk foods lead to early-age diabetes

Frequent consumption of fast foods and lack of physical exercise are causing lifestyle diseases, particularly diabetes, among urban people even before they reach 35 years of age, according to physicians.
They say the increasing popularity of junk foods — popularly called fast foods — among the youngsters leads them to burden their blood with cholesterol and weaken pancreas

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Calcium pills pose ‘heart risk’

People who take calcium supplements could be increasing their risk of having a heart attack, according to researchers in Germany.
Calcium is often taken by older people to strengthen bones and prevent fractures. But the study, published in the journal Heart, said the supplements “should be taken with caution”.
Experts say promoting

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Dieting ‘safe for pregnant women’

Dieting in pregnancy is safe for women and does not carry risks for the baby, a review of research has suggested.
The British Medical Journal analysis looked at the findings from 44 previous studies involving more than 7,000 women.
The London-based team said following a healthy diet – and not eating for two – prevents excess weight

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Key steps for keeping your voice healthy

World Voice Day
Key steps for keeping your voice healthy
Vocal health is critical to our communication-oriented society, but the voice does not receive public recognition and appreciation it deserves. In order to educate patients and communities about the ways to protect their precious voice and to refamiliarise ourselves with the latest advances in voice care.
World Voice Day is observed on April 16 every year. The theme of the day — Make your voice count

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