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    Global leaders vow to fight antimicrobial resistance together

    United News of Bangladesh . Dhaka | Updated at 11:27am on November 21, 2020

    The heads of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, the World Organisation for Animal Health, and the World Health Organisation had launched the new One Health Global Leaders Group on Antimicrobial Resistance...

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    Lack of trust in vaccine may lengthen COVID-19 pandemic: WHO

    Agence France-Presse . Geneva, Switzerland | Updated at 09:58am on November 14, 2020

    As the world celebrates advances in vaccines against the novel coronavirus, a top World Health Organisation expert warned in an interview with AFP that public distrust risked rendering even the most effective treatments useless against the pandemic...

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    Maternal care in Bangladesh hard hit by pandemic

    Manzur H Maswood | Updated at 12:13am on November 14, 2020

    The coronavirus outbreak has badly affected maternal care services, drastically lowering institutional deliveries as well as antenatal and postnatal care services in Bangladesh. The COVID-19 circumstances are likely to...

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    Beximco Pharma donates Isolation Canopy to BSMMU

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 06:30pm on November 08, 2020

    Beximco Pharma, Bangladesh’s one of the leading pharmaceutical companies, has recently donated a number of negative pressure isolation canopies to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 from patients to healthcare workers...

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    EU, WHO sound alarm over 2nd wave of coronavirus crisis

    Agence France-Presse . Stockholm, Sweden | Updated at 12:10pm on October 24, 2020

    The European Union’s disease control agency had joined frantic health workers to sound the alarm over a coronavirus surge across the continent, as the World Health Organisation warned of an ‘exponential’ rise in infections...

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    Primary findings show Chinese COVID-19 vaccine candidate safe

    Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha / Xinhua . London | Updated at 02:05pm on October 17, 2020

    A Chinese COVID-19 vaccine candidate based on the inactivated whole SARS-CoV-2 virus is safe and elicits an antibody response, according to the findings from a small early-phase randomised clinical trial published Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal...

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    Coronavirus infection can cause memory damage: Study

    United News of Bangladesh / Xinhua . Sao Paulo | Updated at 11:13am on October 17, 2020

    SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has the capacity to affect brain tissue and the structure of the cortex, a region of the brain responsible for functions such as memory, consciousness, and language, according to a Brazilian study released on Thursday. According to the study, the coronavirus can affect astrocytes, the most abundant cells in the central nervous system, which perform functions such as providing support and nutrients for neurons and regulating the concentration of neurotransmitters and other substances, such as potassium. ‘We demonstrated for the first time that the coronavirus infects and replicates in astrocytes and this can decrease the viability of neurons,’ said Daniel Martins de Souza, a professor at the Institute of Biology at the University of Campinas. ‘The infection of this cell type was confirmed through experiments done with brain tissue from 26 patients who died from COVID-19,’ the study said. According to Martins de Souza, scientists used a technique known as immunohistochemistry, which involves using antibodies to detect certain antigens in a tissue sample. The presence of the virus was confirmed in 26 of the samples studied, and in five of them, certain alterations were found that suggested possible damage to the central nervous system. Eighty-one other patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms were also studied. The results showed a third of them exhibiting neurological or neuropsychiatric symptoms, such as memory impairment, fatigue, headache, anxiety, and others, 60 days after acquiring the disease. The study was conducted by scientists from Unicamp and the University of Sao Paulo, with collaboration from scientists at the National Laboratory of Biosciences, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the D'Or Institute...

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    WHO slams herd immunity idea

    Agence France-Presse . Paris | Updated at 12:39pm on October 13, 2020

    China rushed Tuesday to test an entire city of nine million within days after a minor coronavirus outbreak, as the WHO warned that letting the...

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