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Nepal To End Rabies By 2030

Despite Nepal committing to achieve the goal of eliminating cases of dog-transmitted rabies by 2030; a target set by the World Health Organization; hundreds of people are contracting the virus in Kathmandu. Although government officials say the target is not something that cannot be achieved, but they are sceptical about the progress that has been…

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Bangladeshi Tannery Workers Face Health & Safety crisis

Most workers in Bangladesh’s export-oriented leather industry suffer from extreme health hazards due to unsafe working conditions, a new study says.About 61 percent of workers at Savar Leather Industrial Estate, near capital Dhaka, are facing a health and safety crisis, according to the Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation, a Bangladeshi labor rights group. Health…


Non-communicable Diseases In Bhutan

The increasing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on health facilities demands greater multi-sectoral actions for the implementation of NCD prevention activities. NCDs are a major public health problem accounting for an estimated 62 percent of the disease burden in the country. NCDs increased to 69 percent According to health officials, deaths from NCDs increased to 69 percent in 2018 from…

Pathogen Testing: By Computer Program

An innovative computer program could be a big help for food safety professionals working to keep production facilities free of food-borne pathogens. Cornell University scientists have developed a computer program, Environmental Monitoring With an Agent-Based Model of Listeria, to simulate the most probable locations in a processing facility where the deadly food-borne pathogen Listeria monocytogenes might be found.

To Improve Healthcare Services: Sri Lanka and World Bank Partner

Sri Lanka and the World Bank today signed a $200 million loan agreement to help increase the use and the quality of Sri Lanka’s primary healthcare services. The Primary Healthcare System Strengthening Project will benefit the people in Sri Lanka by increasing the quality of primary health care services and focusing on the detection and management of non-communicable diseases, responding to the changing health needs of the population and targeting the most vulnerable.

Revolution In Medicine: New 3D Nanoprinting Strategy

Engineers at the University of Maryland (UMD) have created the first 3D-printed fluid circuit element so tiny that 10 could rest on the width of a human hair. The diode ensures fluids move in only a single direction, a critical feature for products like implantable devices that release therapies directly into the body. The microfluidic diode also represents the first use of a 3D nanoprinting strategy that breaks through previous cost and complexity barriers hindering advancements in areas from personalized medicine to drug delivery.

Nepal’s Menstrual Huts: Practice Of Confining Women To Cow Sheds?

The tragic recent deaths of a mother and her two sons in a chhaupadi hut in Nepal has again brought the issue of this exclusionary practice to the forefront of international human rights and media attention. Despite being illegal, chhaupadi, the practice of exiling menstruating women and girls from their home – often to a cow shed – is still practised in some areas of Western Nepal.

Microrobots Are Smart: Adapting To Their Surroundings

Scientists have developed tiny elastic robots that can change shape depending on their surroundings. Modeled after bacteria and fully biocompatible, these robots optimize their movements so as to get to hard-to-reach areas of the human body. They stand to revolutionize targeted drug delivery. One day we may be able to ingest tiny robots that deliver drugs directly to diseased tissue, thanks to research being carried out at EPFL and ETH Zurich.

Health & Food: Engineered Light Can Improve Them

Intentionally controlled light can help regulate human health and productivity by eliciting various hormonal responses. Tailored LED wavelengths and intensities also can efficiently stimulate plant growth, alter their shapes and increase their nutritional value, opening a new world of scientific and technological possibilities for indoor farming.

People who believe light-emitting diodes, or LEDS, are just an efficient upgrade to the ordinary electric light bulb are stuck in their thinking, suggest Sandia National Laboratories researcher Jeff Tsao and colleagues from other institutions in a Nature "Perspectives" article.