Sunday, April 14, 2024

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 ... Read more

Better medicare with better nurses

Int’l seminar stresses development of nursing education, upgrade of profession Improvement of healthcare services requires development of nursing education as per international standards, and upgrade of the profession. Despite a huge demand for qualified and skilled nurses at home and abroad, the profession is still not well regarded in Bangladesh

Promoting PPP projects for ultra poor underscored

Rights activists on Wednesday urged all concerned to promote public-private partnership to improve health, education and livelihood for the ultra poor, particularly to ensure their food security. The call was made at a national workshop on ‘sharing evaluation findings and lessons learnt: health, education and livelihood support programme for ultra poor households project’ at

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 ... Read more

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 ... Read more

Heavy dose of formalin poses health hazard

Merchants of death go scot free Formaldehyde (formalin), used for preserving human bodies and animals in hospital mortuaries and laboratories, is reportedly being used indiscriminately during the holy month of Ramzan for preserving milk, fish, fruit and other perishables, including vegetables. The government has virtually no control over the sale and use of formalin, a ... Read more

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 ... Read more

NICVD docs successfully control drug-resistant hypertension

For the first time in Bangladesh, a team of doctors of National Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases yesterday successfully operated on a patient to control drug-resistant hypertension. Typically, the arteries in the kidneys of such patients have bundled nerves. The doctors reach the kidney through a catheter and administer a medicated heat injury in such nerve

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

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 ... Read more

Shaving salt, saving lives

Governments around the world could save huge health costs and avert millions of early deaths if they introduced laws to cut salt levels in food, US researchers claimed. Shaving 3 grams off the daily salt intake could prevent up to 66,000 strokes, 99,000 heart attacks and 92,000 deaths in the United States, while saving $24 ... Read more

Daily exercise ‘cuts death risk’

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost life expectancy by three years and cut death risk by 14 per cent, research from Taiwan suggests. Experts in The Lancet say this is the least amount of activity an adult can do to gain any health benefit. This is about half the quantity currently recommended ... Read more

Morning smoking has cancer risk

People who smoke soon after getting up in the morning are more likely to develop cancer than those who light up later in the day, say US researchers. A study of 7,610 smokers, published in the journal Cancer, said the effect was independent of other smoking habits. Smoking in the first 30 minutes after waking ... Read more

Scientists discover antibody to fight flu

The first antibody which can fight all types of the influenza A virus has been discovered, researchers claim. Experiments on flu-infected mice, published in Science Express, showed the antibody could be used as an “emergency treatment”. It is hoped the development will lead to a “universal vaccine” — currently a new jab has to be ... Read more