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Health Risks in Bangladesh: Displacement and Poverty Major Factors

Bangladesh is the tenth most densely populated country in the world, with a population of 166 million people living in a land area of approximately 147,560 square kilometers. Between 2010 and 2016, urban poverty rates declined from 21.3% to 18.9%, and rural poverty rates declined from 35.2% to 26.4%. However, in recent years the rate of poverty reduction in Bangladesh has slowed.

Approximately one in four Bangladeshis (24.3% of the population) remain in poverty and 12.9% of the population lives in extreme poverty. The poverty rates and health risks in Bangladesh are directly affected by the country’s high number of internally displaced persons, refugees, and migrants.

Personalized Treatment Delivered with Aid of 3D-Printed Implant

Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are developing a 3D printed implant that, when injected in a patient's body, could deliver a personalized dose of medicine to treat infections as well as ailments such as arthritis, cancer and AIDS.

The project, led by Albert Zwiener of SwRI's Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Division and Dr. Lyle Hood of UTSA's College of Engineering, is supported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) program.

Bangladesh' RMG Sector: Making Healthcare a Priority

The RMG industry, the mainstay of the Bangladesh economy, bags 81% of the country’s total export and is the world’s third largest garment producer with more than 4,000 factories, employing around four million workers, of which 85% are women. Most RMG workers are migrants from rural areas, who face multiple barriers to receiving adequate healthcare, and services related to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

Collaborative Reseaarch to Set up Digital Pathology Network

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust, today announced plans to create a digital pathology network to help drive faster and more efficient diagnoses for patients. OUH will deploy the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, which will serve as a central laboratory service for partner sites at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon.

Applicability of Digital Trends to Injection Systems Evaluated

The purpose of the challenge is to develop innovative, future-focused and sustainable solutions for the injection of medicines that are even better streamlined to user needs than current methods. Promising ideas emanating from the initiative will be further pursued in the context of Vetter’s innovation process.

User HIV Status Without Consent Shared

Gay dating app Grindr has released a new feature recently that allows its users to opt for HIV testing reminders. A new data analysis from SINTEF, a Norwegian research firm, has revealed that Grindr could be sharing this sensitive information regarding the users’ HIV status with two other companies.