Dhaka, Mar 29 (UNB) – The 21st national council of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi and 10th Satyen Sen Ganosnageet Utsob will come to an end on Saturday.
The organisational session of the council was held on the first and second day while the new committee for the next two years will be announced on the final day.
Prominent educationist Professor Ajay Roy inaugurated the programme at Dhaka Mohanagar Nattymancha premises.
Dhaka University Professor Emeritus Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury, labour leader Shahidullah Chowdhury and DU Professor Kaberi Gayen attended as special guests.
A competition of Ganosangeet was held as part of the Satyen Sen Chorus Song Festival.
On the inaugural day, ‘Ranesh Das Gupta Jatiya Granthapath Pratijagita’ awards were handed over.
Ranesh was one of the key founders of Udichi.
A book reading competition was also held on January 12 across the country marking his birth anniversary.
A total of 502 representatives and 102 observers took part in the national council.
Dakar, Mar 28 (AP/UNB) — One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn't real, according to a new study released Wednesday, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are now facing.
The survey found that a deep mistrust of the Ebola response resulted in those people being 15 times less likely to seek medical treatment at an Ebola health center, according to the study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
The study was based on interviews conducted last September, about a month after the outbreak began. It comes as the number of probable and confirmed cases has exceeded 1,000. At least 639 people have died from Ebola since August in what is now the second deadliest outbreak in history, according to the World Health Organization.
The outbreak's response has been hampered by a series of deadly attacks on Ebola health centers since the study was completed. As a result, Doctors Without Borders has stopped staffing two health centers at the outbreak's epicenter after violent attacks.
Researchers said their study published Wednesday showed more precisely how individual people's misinformed views about Ebola were undermining the response and helping to spread the deadly virus.
"It really helps us understand how central and fundamental community trust should be as part of the response," said Patrick Vinck of Harvard University, who led the research.
Eva Erlach, the community engagement and accountability delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, called the findings "absolutely interesting" and said they show how the level of trust correlates with preventative behaviors.
The organization has had more than 800 trained volunteers working to get out prevention messages amid the region's security challenges.
"There is still a part of the community who do not believe that Ebola is real and we definitely still need to continue focusing on community engagement," said Erlach, who was not part of the study. "And this is why this report is so helpful even if it's from September."
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this month he was encouraged "to see the communities accepting the response more and more."
Wednesday's study highlights just how pervasive misinformation has been in places in eastern Congo like Beni and Butembo, where in-person interviews were conducted with 961 people.
Some 25.5 percent of those interviewed did not believe Ebola was real. In addition, nearly 45.9 percent of people thought the Ebola outbreak was being fabricated to destabilize the region or for financial gain. Additionally 18.2 percent believed all three of those statements, the study found.
Those who didn't believe Ebola was real were far less likely to agree to agree to the Ebola vaccine or to go to a treatment center. Ebola is spread through the bodily fluids of the sick, and isolation of those infected is key to stopping transmission.
This outbreak has been uniquely challenging because of the volatile security situation in the region. Eastern Congo is home to numerous armed groups and the Ebola epidemic has deepened the political and economic grievances of many in the area. The fact that people in Ebola affected areas were excluded from the December presidential election has only heightened conspiracy theories.
Tariq Riebl, of the International Rescue Committee, who is currently working in eastern Congo, said the findings released Wednesday mirror what he and his colleagues are seeing on the ground. Concern remains about how Ebola prevention efforts are going because new cases are still emerging.
"Once you reach a wider outbreak zone, especially urban zones, the community engagement and prevention side of things is almost more important than the treatment side," Riebl said.
"If you can't have those messages out successfully, it doesn't matter if you have all the treatment options available because no one is ever arriving to take advantage of that," he said.
Silver Spring, Mar 26 (AP/UNB) — Government medical advisers said Monday it's too soon to ban a type of breast implant that has recently been linked to a rare form of cancer, saying more information is needed to understand the problem.
The Food and Drug Administration panel didn't recommend any immediate restrictions on breast implants after a day reviewing the latest research on the risks of the devices, which have been subject to safety concerns for decades.
The FDA has been grappling with how to manage emerging science that shows the implants can trigger a rare form of lymphoma that grows in the scar tissue surrounding the breasts. The agency identified about 450 cases of the cancer worldwide, including 12 deaths. Almost all of the cases involve a type of textured implant that is designed to stop implants from slipping and to minimize scar tissue.
But the majority of the 19 panelists — including plastic surgeons and cancer experts — said it was too soon to remove the products from the market.
"Do we want to get into the situation where we pull one sweetener and the replacement is even worse?" said Karla Ballman, a biostatistician at New York's Weill Cornell School of Medicine. "I think a knee jerk reaction of just pulling something without knowing what the replacement will be might get us into more trouble."
Estimates of the frequency of the disease range from 1 in 3,000 women to 1 in 30,000. It grows slowly and can usually be successfully treated by removing the implants. The FDA said it has also received reports of the disease in smooth implants — which account for most of the U.S. market.
Another panelist said a ban on textured implants would be an "extraordinary overreaction."
But that opinion wasn't unanimous. The panel's consumer representative stressed the risk to women who get implants for reconstructive purposes after breast cancer surgery and could face a second cancer.
"I think that's so much of a risk that they need to be taken off the market," said Roberta Brummert. Her comments set off cheers from dozens of women who attended the hearing.
In the U.S., roughly 400,000 women get breast implants each year; 100,000 women get them after cancer surgery.
On Tuesday, the same FDA panel will make recommendations on studying and defining the risks of long-term chronic conditions with breast implants. Thousands of women have blamed their implants for a host of other chronic ailments, including rheumatoid arthritis, chronic fatigue and muscle pain.
Patients and advocates have used the recent scrutiny to call for new warnings and restrictions on implants.
"Don't ignore us. We are real," said Holly Davis, of Charleston, South Carolina.
Davis, 60, said she experienced chronic pain, hair loss, rashes and memory loss after receiving silicone gel-filled implants following a double mastectomy in 2002. Davis said she learned her implants had ruptured when they were removed in 2017; her symptoms have since resolved.
She and other patients want the FDA to require manufacturers to give standardized risk disclosure information to all women considering implants.
"We need to know what we're signing up for — it can't be a surprise down the road," Davis said.
In the U.S., most women choose silicone implants, which are considered more natural looking than saline implants. Both types have a silicone outer shell.
The panelists also heard from researchers who theorize, based in part on animal studies, that silicone that leaks from implants can trigger or exacerbate immune system disorders in certain patients.
In 1992, the FDA temporarily pulled silicone gel implants from the market because of fears they might cause breast cancer, lupus and other disorders. But when studies seemed to rule out most of the disease concern, regulators returned them to the market in 2006.
But critics of that research noted its shortcomings at Monday's meeting.
"The studies at that time were not very good and did not have the statistical power to determine rare diseases," said Diana Zuckerman, president of the nonprofit, National Center for Health Research, which published an analysis of more than 20 breast implant studies last year. The group concluded that virtually all were too small or too short or didn't focus on patients who had their implants long enough to develop problems.
The FDA says on its website there is no "apparent association" between breast implants and chronic, debilitating diseases, such as connective tissue disease.
However, earlier this month, the FDA appeared to signal a shift in its thinking. The agency said it would begin studying whether certain materials used in breast implants, metal hips and other devices can trigger health problems in patients.
"We believe the current evidence, although limited, suggests some individuals may be predisposed to develop an immune-inflammatory reaction when exposed to select materials," the agency said in a statement.
San Diego, Mar 26 (AP/UNB) — The San Diego Zoo is preparing to say farewell to its last two giant pandas.
The zoo said Monday that 27-year-old Bai Yun (bye-yoon) and her 6-year-old son, Xaio Liwu (shyaoww-lee-woo), will depart as planned next month for China. A multiyear agreement with the Chinese is coming to an end.
April 27 is the last day pandas can be viewed by the public.
The departure will mark the first time in more than two decades that the zoo will be without the black-and-white bamboo-eating bears.
Officials couldn't immediately say when or if pandas may inhabit the zoo again.
There are still pandas at Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, D.C., Zoo Atlanta and the Memphis Zoo.
I am so content with their food, ambiance and excellent customer service that I can’t stop myself from revisiting that place. Every time I meet my friends in Dhanmondi, this is the place I visit loyally. My friends and I ordered plenty of items which were Fried Nori Beef Tacos, Chicken Cheese Yaki, Spicy Chicken Ramen (pan fried chicken and slow boiled egg topped over fiery hot ramen soup) and Black Sesame Icecream. As promised before in my first article on Izakaya, I’ll be covering Deep Fried Nori Beef Tacos, Chicken Ramen and Black Sesame Icecream. So here they are.
'Deep Fried Nori Beef Tacos'
I always have a soft corner for tacos, mainly for the combination of cheese and the spice. These tacos were different. Crunchy taco shell and sweet in taste because of the Beef Teriyaki filling. There was no cheese in those but I loved how it tasted so delicious without the cheese and the spice. One piece is good enough when you have ordered other items but because of its special taste, I couldn’t stop myself from having two.
To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this dish that much provided the fact that I knew what I wanted to order beforehand. When this dish was served, I was extremely amazed. There was not only melting cheese on the top of the grilled chicken pieces but beneath those was a layer of mashed potato. I loved how creamy and soft the mashed potato was. The staff also served an extra bowl of mashed potato on the table which was a pleasant surprise.
They serve two types of ramen – tempura and chicken. I ordered the Chicken Ramen today. The dish came with a soft-boiled egg served on it (which was missing in the tempura ramen). It was spicy, soupy and I loved the strong and intense flavour of chicken. No matter how delicious it tastes, it is quite difficult to finish it all by yourself so perfect for 2 people.
'Black Sesame Ice cream'
Last but not the least, I ordered this for dessert. After my first visit, I looked upon Black Sesame Ice cream since I never heard of this flavoured ice cream before. It is also known as ‘Kuro Goma Ice Cream’ in Japanese which is a traditional ice cream flavor in Japan. I was expecting the ice cream color to be dark gray but to my surprise the color looked like lighter shade of violet. It tasted creamy, bitter just like dark chocolate and also nutty. I fell in love with it.
By: Marjan Rahman