HEALTH

EU Suspends GVK Biosciences Drugs Citing ‘Flawed’ Clinical Studies

A month after some major European nations suspended 25 generic drugs alleging “flawed clinical trials” by GVK Biosciences, the European Medicines Agency on Friday cracked its whip on the Hyderabad-based firm recommending suspension of medicines that were approved earlier. The Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of the European Commission said that despite a re-examination for 7 drugs, ...

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Why Smokers Don’t Vote? Mistrust or Marginalisation?

As a latest study by the University of Colorado Cancer Center showed people who smoke are less likely to vote than their non-smoking peers, while many studies earlier attributed it to political mistrust in institutions. “We know from previous research that smokers are an increasingly marginalized population, involved in fewer organizations and activities and with less interpersonal trust than nonsmokers. ...

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‘2 Minute Maggi Noodles’ Contains Harmful Levels of Lead, MSG? Probe On

Yes, the famous 2-minute Maggi Noodles, enthusiastically advertised by Madhuri Dixit on TV now, actually contains harmful monosodium glutamate (MSG) and ‘lead’ beyond the permissible levels, say officials. In their test, the authorities found that Maggi contained 17 ppm (parts per million) lead, which is harmful as against the permissible levels of 0.01ppm. While the authorities are going gor further ...

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Aspirin thrice a week reduces lung disease risk: Study

While apsirin was known to have some positive effects on cardiovascular diseases, a latest study said the decades-old wonder drug can also slow down, if not eliminate, emphysema lung disease. Emphysema, triggered by smoking cigarettes, damages the air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs, leading to shortness in breathing and finally turning fatal. It is one of several lung diseases known ...

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Cancer, TB Cause Highest Deaths in India: Health Ministry

Cancer has become the biggest threat to cause deaths in India with 1300 deaths daily and close to 5 lakh deaths per annum, said a Health Ministry official. With tuberculosis next in the list, both these communicable and life-style diseases are becoming the major causes for death in the country, said the ministry release. The data collected under the National ...

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World Hypertension Day: President Mukherjee Calls for Tab on Your Good Health

India’s President Pranab Mukherjee asked people to keep a tab on their health, especially hypertension or blood pressure in view of the associated complications. In his message to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi which is celebrating World Hypertension Day on the theme “Know Your Blood Pressure” on May ...

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More Indian kids falling prey to eye cancer: AIIMS doctors

A rare eye cancer called ‘Retinoblastoma’ is afflicting children more than ever worrying the doctors and parents alike, according to eye specialists from the Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Revealing the incidence of the new disease, Bhavana Chawla, Associate Professor of RP Centre for Ophthalmic Sciences at AIIMS, said the disease is rising at an alarming rate ...

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4 Eggs Per Week Good But More Harmful: New study

Egg farms will be cheerful to the latest news that at least 4 eggs a week in your diet would reduce the risk of diabetes, contrary to long-held belief that the cholesterol-rich egg is an anamoly to healthy life. Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland were equally surprised when their finding showed that eggs could reduce the risk developing ...

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Addictive Behaviour Alarming, 1 Billion Still Smoke

Despite anti-smoking awareness campaign acorss the world, still one billion people smoke compared to 240 million who are alcoholics, said a new study. In terms of percentage, it is 20% of global population that still smokes compared to 5% of the world population that consumes alcohol, while the study braced ahead to estimate 15 million addicts to drugs like heroin ...

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Scientists Find Breakthrough in Sepsis Diagnosis

US researchers from California’s Standford University have identified a set of 11 genes that could help faster diagnosis of patients with sepsis. Sepsis, a whole-body inflammation syndrome affects when the immune system over-reacts to the presence of infectious pathogens and it is a leading cause of hospital deaths in the US, accounting for 750,000 deaths in the US each year. ...

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Now, a device to prevent heat stroke

Japanese company Fujitsu presented on Monday a watch-like device that measures the body’s temperature and pulse, along with humidity to prevent incidents of heat stroke, Efe news agency reported. If heat and humidity exceed a certain level, or if the person wearing the device shows signs of fatigue, the gadget sends an alert to computers in the central office to ...

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India’s Helathcare System: How to Strengthen it?

By Amit Kapoor  One of the biggest challenges India faces and will continue to face in the forthcoming decades is in the context of healthcare. It would include issues like health accessibility, infant mortality rates, the stunted growth of children because of ill health, maternal health, disease patterns among its adult population as well as the challenges pertaining to its ...

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Biocon enters crucial Phase 3 trials for its diabetes drugs, simulators

Bangalore-based Biocon has reached the clinical stage with its two generic insulin and biosimular drugs that may be game-changers soon in the treatment of diabetes. The drugs, developed in partnership with Mylan, the Two molecules Pegfilgrastim (PEG-G-CSF), which has successfully cleared the first two stages and the third global Phase 3 clinical trials will commence soon for the PEG-G-CSF trial. ...

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Type 1 Diabetes Ages Brain Faster, Slows Down Cognitive Functions: Study

Type 1 diabetes effect on brain results in aging faster than normal slowing down memory retention, recollection and and processing, said a study. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh who studied the impact of type 1 diabetes on patients now suggest that doctors should go for frequent screening of the brain to test for cognitive functions, especially in the middle-aged ...

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Tech Joins Mobile Handsets to Help Fight Diabetes

Amidst the din of countless mobile apps, here comes an app that would help you fight diabetes. Developed by healthcare start-up Noom, the app will enable users to track their exercise and eating habits to curb Type 2 diabetes risk that continues to plague a huge population worldwide. Noom Health will be distributed to at-risk patients by CityMD Urgent Care, ...

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