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Indian Health Ministry Notifies Medical Devices Rules, 2017

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has notified Medical Devices Rules, 2017, framed in conformity with Global Harmonisation Task Force (GHTF) framework and conform to best international practices. Only 15 categories of medical devices are, at present, regulated as drugs and to that extent, the current regulatory practices in India were not fully geared to meet the requirements of ...

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CSIR’s Anti-Diabetes Ayurvedic Drug BGR-34 Priced ‘High’ Hits Markets

Though not gone through clinical tests on humans like many allopathic drugs, a partically validated anti-diabetes herbal drug called BGR-34 was launched commercially by a Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) lab in Lucknow on Sunday, assuring that it has no side effects. Priced relatively much higher than an allopathic drug at Rs.5 per tablet, the drug manufactured by ...

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US FDA Approves Lung Cancer Drug Keytruba on Fast Track

The US Food and Drug Associatin has approved the breakthrough lung cancer drug Keytruda (pembrolizumab) that was tested on 500 patients to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer. When results were overwhelmed in the test, FDA gave the drug “breakthrough therapy” status in October 2014 and a year later gave it approval, showcasing one of the fast-tracked approval by the ...

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Fast mimicked diet reduces ageing in mice: New study

Photo Credits: Trocaire on Flickr A new research has shown that calorie restricted food that mimics prolonged fasting (PF) can regenerate and promote longevity in mice. A new research by University of Southern California has found that feeding mice with calorie restricted food that mimics fasting for just 4 days produced results – encouraged regeneration in multiple organs/systems and increased ...

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Breakthrough: Grown human muscle in Lab responds like real, to reduce clinical trial time

In a breakthrough, researchers at Duke University have grown human skeletal muscle in the lab that contracts and responds just like human tissue to external stimuli such as electrical pulses and biochemical signals. The lab-grown tissue should soon allow researchers to test new drugs and study diseases in functioning human muscle outside of the human body. “We are working to ...

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Ebola vaccine trial suspended in Geneva over joint pains

A clinical trial of Ebola vaccine, developed by pharmaceutical firms Merck and NewLink, has been suspended after 4 patients complained of joint pains in their limbs. The University of Geneva hospital said, “They are all fine and being monitored regularly by the medical team leading the study,” in a statement. These joint pain symptoms in hands and feet were “benign ...

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New Leukemia Drug AG-221 Re-kindles Hope Even in Advanced Cases

Early clinical trials in patients with advanced leukemia show that AG-221, a new drug  developed, has shown dramatic results when administered among the patients. The new drug AG-221 works by targeting a gene that can transform cells into becoming healthy again instead of stopping a mutation that leads to cancer cell growth. Approximately 15 percent of acute myeloid leukemia patients ...

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New experimental drug proves promising to treat NASH liver disease

An experimental drug aimed at treating a common liver disease showed promising results at a clinical trial in the US on patients with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Those with NASH treated with obeticholic acid (OCA) had improved liver health during the clinicial trial period, including decreased inflammation and fat in the liver and decreased body weight versus people receiving a placebo, ...

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Indian-Origin Scientist Genetically Engineers Stem Cells to Treat Brain Tumors

Scientists, led by Indian-origin researcher Khalid Shah, have gnetically engineered toxin-xevreting stem cells to eradicate brain cancer in mouse, heraling a new and innovative method to take the fight aginst cancer further. Shah, a Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientist at Massachusetts General Hospital, said he team has devised a new way to use stem cells in the fight against brain ...

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Ebola Outbreak? Treatment Methods Ponder ZMapp, Tekimira, Plasma Transfer

ZMapp, a cocktail experimental treatment created by Mapp Biopharmaceutical and LeafBio to fight the deadly fast-spreading deadly virus Ebola, is still in clinical stage and currently only two volunteering aid workers are undergoing the treatment, which is based on injecting the tobacco plants with the virus and extracting the antibodies generated by the plansts, that too in Australia. Otherwise, the ...

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