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New area of work supports critical thinking skills in East Africa

Published on September 18, 2017 , in Kenya, Tanzania (United Republic of), Uganda

Tags: Critical thinking, East Africa

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INASP is leading a new area of work to help young people in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to use their skills and ideas to tackle social and economic problems. The new Transforming Employability for Social Change in East Africa (TESCEA) partnership will design curricula emphasizing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and design an open online course on teaching for problem-solving that enhances graduate employability.

Nepalese urban population at high risk of cardiovascular diseases

Published on August 16, 2017 , in Nepal

Tags: cardiovascular diseases, Nepal, Nepalese urban population, NepJOL

Changing life-style in urban areas is increasing the risk of heart diseases. Recent research done in an urban population of Nepal's capital Kathmandu to assess their risk factors to cardio vascular diseases has found that the risk factors are high. The research studied the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors - insufficient physical exercise, high waist circumference, obesity, hypertension, tobacco consumption, dyslipidaemia such as abnormal amounts of lipids (e.g. cholesterol) in the blood and diabetes - in a randomly selected sample size of 130 in densely populated urban Kathmandu.

Bangladesh sees high rates of drug resistance to urinary tract infection

Published on August 3, 2017 , in Bangladesh

Tags: BanglaJOL, drug resistance to urinary tract infection, UTI

Organisms causing urinary tract infections (UTI) are increasingly proving to be ineffective or showing resistance to drugs that are used to kill the germs. This phenomenon has been increasing worldwide, especially to commonly used antimicrobials (drugs) in children. In a recent study in Bangladesh, scientists warn that urinary tract pathogens are developing resistance to antibiotics and they highly recommend sensitivity tests before prescribing any antibiotic.

BanglaJOL journal shares water quality research with Bangladesh science minister

Published on July 28, 2017 , in Bangladesh

Tags: BanglaJOL journal, water quality research

The latest research from Bangladesh on water quality will be shared with the country’s Science Minister and scholars and students from all areas of environmental chemistry and related sciences at a symposium on Sunday 30 July. The Symposium on Environmental Chemistry for Securing Water Quality is being organized by the Bangladesh Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research (BJSIR) and will be held at the Bangladesh Council of Scientific and Industrial Research.

Alcohol use is one of the major causes of head injuries in Nepal

Published on July 18, 2017 , in Nepal

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Head injuries can be fatal, particularly if the assailant intentionally targets the victim to cause maximum damage. A recent study published in the Birat Journal of Health Sciences in Nepal has found that over a third of all intentional head injuries - assaults intended to kill or incapacitate a person - were related to alcohol use.

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