The Art of Academic Essay Writing

Essay writings are a dime  and a dozen in  grad-students’ lives. Almost in every course students have to submit a piece of essay as a part of their assignment. Specially writing thesis is a mandatory part of any graduate program. Still many of us don’t know how to write a good essay; how to make our works counted.

On October 29, 2014 Uppsala University, Sweden has posted a short video entitled “The Art of Essay Writing” on YouTube. The 6 minutes video describes the process of academic essay writing in 5 clear and brief steps.

On the description of the YouTube video they said-

Writing an academic essay is not about magic. It’s all about making conscious decisions throughout the research process. Step by step.

In other words, a great essay doesn’t just happen. You have to make it happen.

In this film we will take a look at five important aspects and give you some advice on how to develop your essay-writing skills.

I found the video quite educative. So, I recommend this video to whom it may concern.

Good luck! Happy writing………….

Use of antibiotics during infancy and risk of developing childhood obesity

Childhood overweight and obesity is becoming a major public health concern worldwide. An estimated 43 million pre-school children would develop overweight and obesity – a report from 2010 says. Alongside the developed countries, the prevalence of childhood obesity is alarmingly increasing in developing countries. Childhood obesity tends to be continued in adulthood and increases the risk of developing high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases e.g. stroke, heart attack, diabetes and cancers in the later stage of life. Given the magnitude of future health risks associated with childhood obesity, strong public health preventive actions are imperative. Continue reading “Use of antibiotics during infancy and risk of developing childhood obesity”

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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Continue reading “Top 10 Things You Really Need To Know About Ebola (From CDC)”

Differences In The Education Systems of Europe and South Asia

It has been 3 months since I started my class at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden. I am not only enjoying the classes here, but also observing some distinct differences between the education systems of Sweden and my home country, Bangladesh!

Based on what differences I am experiencing, I am going to write today’s blog about the differences in the education systems of Europe and South Asia – considering Sweden and Bangladesh as their regional standards. I am aware of the fact that the variability of teaching styles between educational institutes and between countries are so vast  that all these differences can not be generalized for these two regions. So, please don’t get annoyed if you find something that is not related to your institution and/or country.

Moreover, I think, all these differences are very crude rather than specific. Most importantly the aim of this article is not to compare which one is better or worse!

Continue reading “Differences In The Education Systems of Europe and South Asia”

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?”

7 “Baby-Yet-Bold Steps” That Steer You To Research Career

When I started this blog, one of the prime objectives was to inform, encourage and educate medical students & young doctors in Bangladesh about career in public health and research. I wrote two blog posts already on this topic- Switching career: Your parents are not your enemies! and Research Career For Medical Students: Bangladesh Perspectives [Part 1] and posted their links on “Platform“; a Facebook based group of medical students and young doctors in Bangladesh.

I had tremendous feedback from enthusiastic aspirants! If I accumulate and synthesize their quires on Facebook messages and/or comments, I would end up having this very question most of the time “I am now studying or doing internship and I am highly interested in research career. What should I do now to move forward to my goal?”

A group of enthusiastic Medical students from different medical colleges across Bangladesh participated in Konference'12 at Kolkata, India in 2012
A group of enthusiastic Medical students from different medical colleges across Bangladesh participated in Konference’12 at Kolkata, India in 2012

So, today I am going to discuss “7 Baby-Yet-Bold Steps” that will guide these aspirants to their dream of having a research career. Continue reading “7 “Baby-Yet-Bold Steps” That Steer You To Research Career”

Billionaires Are Stepping Forward To Fight Against Ebola

mark-zuckerberg melinda-gates-726943The current Ebola outbreak has already claimed the lives of 4033 people since its inception. The virus has already traveled across the Atlantic from West Africa to reach US. Europe also has several Ebola cases. Global health is now at stake because of this deadly virus. It’s not only an outbreak; it’s humanitarian crisis.

The Ebola epidemic is bringing both first and third world on their knees. How millionaires of first world can turn the table for greater good? Continue reading “Billionaires Are Stepping Forward To Fight Against Ebola”

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