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From the Editor

Suddenly in this pre-summer hotspell - the country-especially the Dhaka Metropolis is experiencing alarming outbreak of Chikungunya fever - a viral fever caused by aedis mosquito. So far, during last couple of week there has been about 200 cases identified by physicians. But informal estimate may be more. Chikungunya resembles Dengue in many ways - …
How hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia can hurt your health

How hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia can hurt your health

Vanessa Caceres Having diabetes is all about maintaining a healthy blood sugar level. So, you may think it's a good thing if your blood sugar dips. However, low blood sugar can be just as worrisome as high blood sugar. "There's a happy range of blood sugar that our body likes, and having it too high or too low affects us," says Cindy…
Autism’s drug problem part-2

Autism’s drug problem part-2

Lauren Gravitz Poison pills: As a pre-teen, Ben had many struggles typical of a child with autism: social anxiety, difficulty fitting in with his peers, mild depression, fits of intense anger, and a tendency to be both inattentive and disruptive in class. When he was 12, a school assessment found that he had sensory processing issues and dysgraphia…
WHO: 30-50 percent of cancer cases preventable

WHO: 30-50 percent of cancer cases preventable

The World Heath Organization estimates between 30-50 percent of all cancer cases are preventable. Prevention offers the most cost-effective long-term strategy for the control of cancer. WHO research concludes that policies and programs should be implemented to raise awareness, to reduce exposure to cancer risk factors, and to ensure that people are…
Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya is caused by the chikungunya virus (CHIKV), an arthropod-borne virus (arbovirus). Chikungunya is a member of the Alphavirus genus in the family Togaviridae. There are 29 different types of alphaviruses that cause diseases in humans and other mammals. These species of arboviruses have been classified into 7 antigenic complexes: Barmah Forest…
WHO on Chikungunya

WHO on Chikungunya

Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne viral disease first described during an outbreak in southern Tanzania in 1952. It is an RNA virus that belongs to the alphavirus genus of the family Togaviridae. The name “chikungunya” derives from a word in the Kimakonde language, meaning “to become contorted”, and describes the stooped appearance…
A brief presentation on Chikungunya

A brief presentation on Chikungunya

Dr Saif Ullah Munshi Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV) is a virus that is transmitted from human to human mainly by infected Aedes albopictus and Aedes aegypti mosquitoes CHIKV infection It is more urban localities Usual age group is above 15 years Less common in children and infants Family clustering of cases usual Attack rates vary from 3 to 40% of population…
Chikungunya virus spreads in and around homes

Chikungunya virus spreads in and around homes

Outbreaks of the mosquito-borne disease chikungunya appear to be driven by infections centered in and around the home, with women significantly more likely to become ill, suggests new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Institut Pasteur in Paris and icddr,b. The recently published findings in the Proceedings of the…
Suicide by insulin?

Suicide by insulin?

Serena Gordon Insulin typically saves the lives of those with diabetes, but it can also be a way for some people to kill themselves, a new review warns. People with the blood sugar disease tend to suffer higher rates of depression, the researchers explained. And suicide or suicide attempts using insulin or other diabetes medications that lower blood…
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO).He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states. He replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the end of June. During her tenure, the WHO's response…
FDA approves Kevzara

FDA approves Kevzara

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Kevzara (sarilumab), an interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor antagonist indicated for treatment of adult patients with moderately to severely active rheumatoid arthritis who have had an inadequate response or intolerance to one or more disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Important information…
FDA approves Radicava (edaravone) to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

FDA approves Radicava (edaravone) to treat Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Radicava (edaravone) to treat patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. “After learning about the use of edaravone to treat ALS in Japan, we rapidly engaged with the drug developer about filing a marketing application in the United…
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