6d ago| Star Health

Nearly 40 million children are dangerously susceptible to growing measles threat!

Measles vaccination coverage has steadily declined since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, a record high of nearly 40 million children missed a measles vaccine dose: 25 million children missed their first dose and an additional 14.7 million children missed their second dose, a joint publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. This decline is a significant setback in global progress towards achieving and maintaining measles elimination and leaves millions of children susceptible to infection.

6d ago| Star Health

The burden of bacterial infections, the second leading cause of death globally

Common bacterial infections were the second leading cause of death in 2019, and were linked to one in eight deaths globally, according to an analysis published in The Lancet.

6d ago| Star Health

When jealousy become toxic

Once, Buddha said, ‘it is not love that is blind, but jealousy.’ Today social scientists agree that jealousy is a difficult human emotion that can hold us back from attaining happiness and wellbeing. But, some may think jealousy is a normal human emotion like tasty but unhealthy sauce in food which under certain circumstances can be life-threatening.

2w ago| Star Health

Is vaping being accepted more on the basis of scientific evidence?

Are e-cigarettes and other vaping products dangerous?  -- often comes to our mind. The World Health Organisation (WHO) answers that e-cigarette emissions typically contain nicotine and other toxic substances that are harmful to both users, and non-users who are exposed to the aerosols second-hand. The counter groups claim that hundreds of millions of cigarette smokers could benefit from switching to vaping, which is 95% less harmful.

2w ago| Star Health

Advances in breast cancer detection and treatment

Breast cancer treatment can be highly effective, especially when the disease is identified early. Treatment of breast cancer often consists of a combination of surgical removal, radiation therapy and medication (hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and/or targeted biological therapy) to treat the microscopic cancer that has spread from the breast tumor through the blood.

2w ago| Star Health

Envisioning Universal Health Coverage in Bangladesh

The Article 15(a) of Bangladesh’s constitution has distinctly recognised healthcare as a fundamental right of all citizens, and it has been stipulated by the Article 18(1) that raising nutrition level and improving the quality of public health should be a top priority of the state.

Patients in lower-income countries receive less timely cancer diagnoses

The time it takes a cancer patient to see a doctor, receive a diagnosis and begin treatment can vary greatly depending on the patient’s location and the type of cancer, with individuals in lower-income countries taking up to four times longer to initiate care, according to a new study findings in the open access journal PLOS Medicine.

The high cost of affordable junk food

Dhaka is often attributed as the rickshaw capital of the world. However, now-a-days it seems the city is trying its utmost to become the world’s junk-food capital as well. While the junk-food industry provides employment to approximately 2.3 million people countrywide, the harm that it causes to our health and eventually to our economy in the long run, cannot just be brushed aside.

Is walking for exercise beneficial for people with knee osteoarthritis?

Does walking for exercise have a beneficial long-term effect in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA)? In a study, researchers used data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative — a U.S. community-based, prospective cohort study — to address this question in 1,200 participants (mean age, 63) with radiographic evidence of knee OA.

Loneliness associated with double the risk of developing diabetes

A new study published in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes [EASD]) finds that feelings of loneliness are linked to a significantly higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2D).

Knowing a narcissist

It is interesting that it is hard to find a proper Bangla word that goes with the term ‘Narcissistic’, while it is such a vital topic in the world of ‘personality’. This is a personality disorder that involves a pattern of self-centered, arrogant thinking and behaviour, a lack of kindness and consideration for others. They are self-centered and envy others, or believe others envy them. They believe that they are special and demand excessive admiration.

Food labelling should show how much physical activity is needed to burn off the calories, not only the number of calories

New research from the UK shows that food labelling that includes the amount of physical activity needed to burn off the calories contained within it would be easier to understand than existing traffic light labelling, and would be more likely to help consumers to avoid high calorie foods. The study is by Professor Amanda Daley, Professor of Behavioural Medicine at Loughborough University, UK, and colleagues.