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Wild fevervine herb discovered in N. China

A survey group has found a large cluster of wild Paederia scandens (Chinese fevervine) in north China’s Hebei Province during a field investigation for the fourth national survey on Chinese materia medica resources. The wild fevervine community, concentrating with a belt shape in Guxin Township of Shexian County, spans 1 km with a maximum width of 4 meters, according to ... Read More »

Facilitate access to new biologic drugs, update guidelines

A total of 35 civil society organizations and eight concerned individuals of the world have urged the World Health Organisation (WHO) to update the guidelines for facilitating access to new biologic medicines. They have made the call in a joint letter addressed to Prof. Cichutek, Chairperson, Expert Committee on Biologic Standardization, World Health Organisation. Read More »

বিশ্বে ছড়িয়ে পড়া ওষুধ প্রতিরোধী নতুন সুপারবাগ ক্যানডিডা অরিস

ওষুধ প্রতিরোধী ফাঙ্গাস বা ছত্রাক, নাম ক্যানডিডা অরিস, আবিষ্কৃত হয়েছিলো মাত্র ১০ বছর আগে। কিন্তু তারপরও হাসপাতালে থাকা অণুজীবের মধ্যে এখন বিশ্বের সবচেয়ে আতঙ্কজনক নামগুলোর মধ্যে একটি ক্যানডিডা অরিস। Read More »

Low-income nations pay over 20 times more for generic drugs

By Caley PigliucciReprint UN, Jun 21 2019 (IPS) – A recently-released report by the Washington-based Center for Global Development (CGD) shows that generic drugs, like omeprazole (used to treat heartburn), can cost 20-30 times more in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Rachel Silverman, a researcher with CGD who worked on the report, told IPS that “There is ... Read More »

Preventing antibiotic resistance: Look to livestock industry

By Tharanga Yakupitiyage UN, May 21 (IPS) – Antimicrobial resistance is quickly becoming a global crisis and risks reversing a century of progress in health. Some organisations have already geared up and are tackling the issue from its roots. In a new report, the United Nations Interagency Coordination Group (IACG) on Antimicrobial Resistance estimates that antibiotic resistance could cause 10 ... Read More »

Deadly fungal infection spreading globally in secrecy

A deadly new drug-resistant fungus is spreading worldwide. The fungus, called Candida auris, is quietly spreading across the globe and is resistant to major antifungal drugs. According to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly half of the patients who contract C. auris die within 90 days. This serious and growing public health threat was reported in The New ... Read More »

Zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance ring alarm bells

Data released recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) reveal that antibiotics used to treat infections that can be transmitted between animals and humans (zoonoses) like campylobacteriosis and salmonellosis are becoming less effective. The joint report refers to 2017 data collected from 28 EU member states from humans, pigs and ... Read More »

The 100pc cure for cancer?

Dhaka, Feb 01 – At a time when cancer is spreading at a disturbingly fast pace across the globe, an Israeli biotech company has claimed that they will have the cure for this deadly disease by 2020. Although different types of treatments are available in the market, but nothing promises to cure this deadly disease 100percent. But Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies ... Read More »

ভুল চিকিৎসার অভিযোগ!! লুসাইবা চিরনিদ্রায়!

ভুল চিকিৎসার অভিযোগ!! লুসাইবা চিরনিদ্রায়! দোষীদের দৃষ্টান্তমূলক শাস্তি দাবি ———– আহমেদ জহুর ———— “আমি লুসাইবার মা হামিদা আলী। আপনাদেরকে দু:খের সঙ্গে জানাচ্ছি যে, আমাদের কলিজার টুকরো, অত্যন্ত আদরের মামনি ১৫ মাস বয়সী মালিহা জান্নাত লুসাইবা আর নেই…। ঢাকা শিশু হাসপাতালের ভুল চিকিৎসা আর অবহেলায় গত সোমবার (১৩ জানুয়ারী) সে চলে গেছে না ফেরার দেশে। সে আর কোনদিন আসবেনা, আর আমাকে ... Read More »

Let food be thy medicine

By Adelheid Onyango and Bibi Giyose Brazzaville, Congo, Aug 14 2018 (IPS) – When faced with a crisis, our natural reaction is to deal with its immediate threats. Ateka (name has been changed) came to the make-shift clinic with profuse diarrhoea: they diagnosed cholera. The urgent concern in the midst of that humanitarian crisis was to treat the infection and ... Read More »

Muslim woman to give kidney to sister’s ailing Hindu friend

Kanpur – Amid the cacophony of communal strife, here comes a heart-warming gesture. A Muslim woman from Fatehpur district has come forward to donate her kidney to a Hindu woman from Pune (Maharashtra), who has been battling for life for over a year, reports Times of India. Donor Shamshad Begum (40) and the recipient Aarti (38) both have undergone all ... Read More »

Method to identify different subtypes of neurons

A team of researchers has developed the first scalable method to identify different subtypes of neurons in the human brain. The research lays the groundwork for “mapping” the gene activity in the human brain and could help provide a better understanding of brain functions and disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia and depression. By isolating and analyzing the nuclei of individual ... Read More »

New ‘guided missiles’ engineered as alternative to chemotherapy

Scientists have engineered novel proteins that work like ‘guided missiles’ which seek out cancer cells and deliver chemotherapy drugs to treat hard-to-reach tumours without harming healthy cells. Although chemotherapy drugs do often effectively kill cancer cells, they also damage other quickly dividing cells in the body, causing side effects ranging from cosmetic, like hair loss, to disabling. Sometimes, the drug ... Read More »

Six innovations scientists hope will end malaria

The Gateses aim to eradicate malaria by 2040 by doubling funding over the next decade to support the roll out of new products to tackle rising drug resistance against the disease. Their goal of permanently ending transmission of the disease between humans and mosquitoes is more ambitious than the Sustainable Development Goal of ending epidemic levels of malaria by 2030. ... Read More »

WHO member states concerned over unaffordable prices of medicines

Geneva, (Mirza Alas and K M Gopakumar) – World Health Organization Member States once again raised concerns over unaffordable prices of medicines at the recent annual meeting of health ministers and high level officials. Many countries expressed the view that high prices of medicines will be a barrier for the implementation of key global health strategies during their interventions on ... Read More »

Turmeric effective in treating various types of cancer

Curcuma longa, also known as turmeric, is effective in the treatment of various types of cancer, including breast and ovarian cancer, which has risen 30 percent among women in the last one decade, says a study. Turmeric has nearly 20 molecules with antibiotic property, 14 molecules with cancer preventive potential, 12 with anti-tumour effect, says the study conducted by BL ... Read More »

Medical cannabis serves as an orphan drug

An orphan drug is a pharmaceutical agent that treats a rare medical condition, the condition itself being referred to as an orphan disease. Patients with an orphan disease have very limited choices. It is, therefore, good news that Cannabis as medicine can actually help in several rare medical conditions – in so long as the patient has legal access to ... Read More »

Two-drug regimen shows promise against pancreatic cancer

Health Desk A combination of two chemotherapy drugs has shown promising results in fighting pancreatic cancer, significantly improving five-year survival rates, according to a European study presented Friday. The trial showed that patients who take the oral drug capecitabine in addition to treatment with the commonly-used intravenous drug gemcitabine after surgical removal of pancreatic cancer survived longer without significant increase ... Read More »

Mexico debates legalizing opium poppy for medicine

Health Desk Fed up with drug-related violence, a growing number of Mexican politicians see one potential cure: legalizing the cultivation of opium poppies for the production of medicine. The debate has emerged in recent weeks after President Enrique Pena Nieto proposed legislation in April to loosen marijuana laws by legalizing medical cannabis and easing restrictions on its recreational use. Since ... Read More »

What you should know about the Zika virus

Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General You’ve probably heard news reports about Zika, a virus that’s been spreading across South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. Zika is primarily transmitted by mosquitoes. In past outbreaks, the vast majority of people who contracted Zika didn’t experience symptoms. For those with symptoms, they were relatively mild. Zika infection in a ... Read More »

7 Cancer-Fighting Culinary Spices and Herbs

Ginger Ginger has long been used in folk medicine to treat everything from colds to constipation. Ginger can be used fresh, in powdered form (ginger spice), or candied. Although the flavor between fresh and ground ginger is significantly different, they can be substituted for one another in many recipes. In general, you can replace 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger with ... Read More »

Frog foam could deliver drug therapy

Foam made by miniature frogs to protect their eggs could offer a clever way to deliver healing drugs to burns patients, say scientists.Tough bubbles could trap and deliver medication while providing a protective barrier between the wound dressing and the damaged skin, they believe.The Strathclyde University researchers have begun making a synthetic version of foam.They are taking inspiration from the ... Read More »

Stroke is no longer a disease only of the elderly

Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and adult disability, but quickly recognizing the signs of it and seeking immediate medical care from specialists can minimize the effects of the disease or even save a life, say an expert at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Stroke is no longer a disease only of the elderly. Nearly 20 percent of strokes ... Read More »