Budding Researchers: 7 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Medical Research!

I have decided to write a new blog post- series named “Budding researchers.” In this series of writing, I will try to motivate and nurture the wannabe young research minds among the medical students and young doctors of Bangladesh.

So, today I’m going to talk about why you shouldn’t ignore medical research!

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A Swedish Shampoo Ad Tells About An Emerging Public Health Issue

Few months ago the Swedish Childhood Cancer Foundation launched an ad in the train stations (T-Bana) of Stockholm city. Soon it became the talk of the town not only for the amazing technology used in it, but also for the message it carried with.

On a normal day when you are waiting for the train to come, the billboard seems to be a regular one. As the train comes by and passes the billboard something amazing happens. And finally it gives us a very important message to think and act accordingly.

Watch this video to see what happens next…………..

Self-Harm In Young People: Time For Action

Self-harm in young people is emerging as a major public health problem all over the world. Self-injury and/or self-poisoning regardless the motivation or intention is considered as self-harm. Most of the time self-harm is an expression of underlying mental health problem of an individual.

Usually people from 10 years to 24 years are considered as young people. Mental health problems like depression and suicide are leading causes of death and disability among this group.  Violence, poverty, humiliation, hopelessness and feeling devalued can increase the risk of developing mental health problems. Research showed self-harm is most common in 15–24 year olds and more common in females. Continue reading “Self-Harm In Young People: Time For Action”

Obesity in children and its consequences

Bangladesh has been experiencing an epidemiological transition from communicable to non-communicable chronic diseases. While childhood under-nutrition is still highly prevalent in the country, there has been a steep rise in childhood obesity and overweight in the last 2 decades leading to double burden of malnutrition.

World Health Organisation (WHO) declared childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of 21st century as this problem is seriously affecting both the developed and developing countries. There will be 60 million cases of childhood obesity globally by 2020.

In Bangladesh, childhood obesity affects disproportionately among urban affluent families. Increased purchasing power parity (PPP) makes them able to avail cozy and relaxed lifestyles and thus vulnerable to obesity. Continue reading “Obesity in children and its consequences”

Top 10 Things You Really Need To Know About Ebola (From CDC)

Widespread fear about Ebola in USA and all over the world makes it a communication challenge for infectious disease experts in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). To make people more aware about Ebola and to stop panic around it, they posted 10 important facts about this deadly virus and its transmission on their Facebook page.

These 10 pictorial messages clearly explain latest evidences in Ebola research.

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Are The Doctors Solely Responsible For Corruptions In Bangladesh Healthcare System?

Bangladesh has been an outstanding example of healthcare achievements over the last few decades. However, these successes would have been more and more, if there were less corruptions and administrative mismanagement in health sector.

Recent Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB)  report elucidate the extent of corruptions in Bangladesh healthcare system. The report focused on the bribes involved in appointment, transfer and promotion of doctors; disarray in private sectors specially in diagnostic centers and pharma companies; informal payments at the point of care and finally health workforce shortage in the rural areas.

Healthcare is a team work. It requires a team consists of doctors, nurses, pharmacists, lab technicians, ward-boy, cleaners etc. It is true that the doctors play the vital role in providing care to the patients, yet others’ roles are crucial. Usually, when we talk about the corruptions and low quality of care in public health sector, we only point our finger towards the doctors.

Are the doctors solely responsible for these chaos? Continue reading “Are The Doctors Solely Responsible For Corruptions In Bangladesh Healthcare System?”

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