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Callosum BD celebrates ‘World No Tobacco Day’ through “Exradico”

Tobacco is one of the greatest health threats the world has been facing. It kills more than 8 million people around the globe per year. Every year on 31st May, ‘World No Tobacco Day’ is observed around the world. The theme for this year was “protecting youth from industry manipulation and preventing them from tobacco and nicotine use”.

To celebrate this day, CallosumBD organised a 6-day long online competition, ‘Exradico’, starting on 31st May 2020, which included article writing, drawing and digital art/illustration, for both medical and dental students. Exradico is a Latin verb which is synonymous to ‘obliterate’, ‘exterminate’, ‘root out’. This event aimed to eradicate the use of tobacco by making people aware of the harm they are inflicting upon themselves and upon their loved ones, keeping in mind the slogan for this year #TobaccoExposed.

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Over 100 participants, from 30 medical colleges around Bangladesh took part in this online competition, held in Callosum bd’s official website, engaging over 2,500 people. 50% of the points were assigned based on claps, and the rest were given by the judge’s panel, out of 50. The clap system is a special feature on this website, which allowed people to vote for their favourite content. And it is through this, such a huge mass of people could be involved in order to raise awareness among the community.

Perhaps, the most attractive part of this competition was the judge’s panel, which included the most accomplished and prestigious personnel of the medical sector. The first member was

Prof Dr. Muna Shalima Jahan, one of the most elegant and resourceful professors of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Sir Salimullah Medical college (SSMC). The second member, Prof Dr. Shikha Paul, is one of the most knowledgeable professors of Microbiology, currently teaching in Sir Salimullah Medical college (SSMC). The third, fourth and fifth members include, Dr. Durba Halder (Associate professor, Department of Medicine SSMC), Dr. Ireen Parveen Alam (Associate professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology SSMC), and the most friendly assistant professor of Anatomy (Sheikh Hasina Burn and Plastic Surgery Institute), Dr. Mazharul Islam Milu, respectively. And last but not the least, Dr. Rafiul Alam (Assistant professor, Department of ENT, SSMC)

The results will be announced on June 10, 2020, on Callosum bd’s Facebook page. Exciting prizes and certificates await the winners of this competition. All participants will be receiving participation certificates as well.

And not to mention, Callosum BD is a voluntary non-political team run by students of different batches of Sir Salimullah medical college. Callosum BD intends to help students, both medical and dental, by making the tough BMDC curriculum as palatable as possible, by providing videos on difficult topics of Medical Science, is the most simple but informative way. Being named as one of World’s top 20 anatomy channels by feedspot.com, it has already gained acceptance among the students as a reliable and authentic educational channel on YouTube, with around 27k subscribers. It is also one of very first medical education-based YouTube channels of Bangladesh and has over 200 videos on various topics.

Software Engineer, Michael Peres, battled ADHD to success

A software engineer and successful entrepreneur are defying the struggles of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) by doing the things he loves and earning from it.

Twenty-nine-year-old Michael Peres, also a mathematician and travel entrepreneur, is looking at ADHD as an asset rather than a liability.

Peres was able to transform his hyperactivity disorder into an energy source that fuels his mind and body to create successful businesses – the Hecto Fox and Hexa Tiger, web hosting and web development companies that are getting popular at present, now reaching over 400 clienteles in just a span of 3 years.

Peres was diagnosed with ADHD and other learning disorders at 9 years old. His mother was so concerned with his condition that she made sure he consistently take his prescribed medication Ritalin, an extended-release stimulant. 

ADHD can be a serious condition that when left untreated, can lead to frustrations and further psychological problems throughout a person’s life.

Although Peres’ complains about the side effects of the drug, the times when Ritalin works made him unstoppable. These are the times when his creative ideas come out, providing him with an avenue to channel the negative energies of ADHD into something worthwhile. 

As a child, Peres suffered the stigma of ADHD. He was always labelled as having learning disabilities. He needed to have a separate learning environment as secular education was difficult for his condition. Socially, he could not also relate with peers so he devised ways in order to accommodate his needs. 

Peres found his passion for computers. Because he could not connect with other peers, he would lock himself in a room, learning about technology. His knowledge about computers also helped him earn at a young age as his high school and the community where he lived would ask for him to solve their computer problems.

Peres, who hails from a Jewish community in Montreal, Quebec Canada, completed his bachelor degree in Computer Science in the same city. 

He had challenges while in college, but with a positive mindset, he engineered solutions to address the difficulty of learning in a regular class by going to the library and educating himself. He would only come to class during exams, which proved effective as he was able to complete courses related to Calculus, Linear Algebra, Physics, and Java Programming. Later, he finished a degree in Mathematics from Yeshiva University in New York City doing the same technique.

According to Peres, it is up to the person with ADHD to learn to deal with the disability and make the challenging situation into a manageable one, engineering solutions to fit one’s dreams or ambition.

Today, Peres made a vow to help other people with a similar condition as his. He created a program called Breaking 9 to 5, Breaking 9 to 5, which introduces a 10 step program designed to help entrepreneurs like him to watch over their businesses while enjoying the benefits of travelling.

The hype around fitness watches and why they are not always accurate

Fitness watches have become quite a new attraction. Available in attractive and aesthetic designs, these watches represent the awareness of physical well-being in millennials. The newer models with features such as ECG, Heart Rate Counter, Steps Counter, Pulse counter are quite popular amongst people. But are they truly something novel?

Then and now

Fitness watches were not so sophisticated at the beginning of their journey.

The surprising thing is, it is not something very new either. The Polar Sports Tester PE 2000 was the first watch for serious athletes and a forefather to pretty much any biometric sports watch since. It received an upgrade in the Sports Tester PE3000 in 1984. This was the first watch to implement biometric information live onto the display. In 1987 the PE300 introduced Target Zones for heart-rate based training. But fitness wearables have come a long way, to producing accurate ECGs to warning signals when the watch notices any kind of abnormal reading.  It has evolved into more of a fashion accessory with all the new and trendy designs.

A medical revolution?

On a Friday night in March, while sitting in his cozy home in Atlanta, GA, a beep on 61-year-old David Gilley’s Apple Watch notified him: His heart rate was unusually high despite being at rest.

It’s a new optional feature of the Apple Watch’s updated Heart Rate app—an alert goes off if your heart rate rises to an atypical level provided that you’ve been idle for over 10 minutes. Gilley, who had been struggling with heart issues for a decade and had recently been diagnosed with an abnormal heart rate condition called atrial fibrillation—quickly opted in.

His heart was almost failing by the time he reached the nearby hospital.

But luckily, Gilley’s story had a happy ending: He walked out of the hospital a few days  later, due in large part to his watch.

Examples like that are more than enough to make anyone rush order a fitness watch of their own.

Not an unadulterated blessing

The advantages of these watches and their advanced alert systems might seem to outweigh the dangers by far, but it isn’t so in reality. Various hospitals report that their emergency room is getting overcrowded 10 times more than usual, thanks to fitness watch false alarms. People getting even the slightest of warning signals rush to the emergency rooms panicking.

A trigger for anxiety

These watches have become somewhat of a panic inducer for people suffering from anxiety.  The emergency rooms of hospitals often have to waste valuable time and resources for panicked people with no actual health problems. This often undercuts actual cases of emergency and have the potential to cause lasting damage and maybe even death. The occasional warning signal might save a life. But the truth is vitals can be elevated for a variety of reasons, a lot of which aren’t serious. The smoke signals sometimes take the attention away from an actual inferno.

On the bright side

Although fitness watches have their share of shortcomings, these should not totally overshadow the amazing things about these watches. MI bands are sufficiently cheap and quite popular amongst the people in Bangladesh. The teenagers who cannot afford branded watches can easily get these fashionable ones with unique and useful features (unless you’re using Apple products). It is indeed very convenient to get these medical notifications, and they have in one way or another, made way for awareness regarding medical conditions in people. Let’s leave it to the development of technology to provide more accurate results and hope for the best.