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Medical Shops to be Shut for A Day, Protesting Online Sales

All chemists and druggist across India will go on one-day strike on October 14 to protest against the sale of medicines online, which they allege is taking away chunk of their business. “Around eight lakh chemists across India, 40,000 in Tamil Nadu will participate in the strike supporting the protest,” Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association Secretary N Anandhan said. ...

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Anti-Depressants Over Prescribed? Most Don’t Need Them, Says Study

In a surprising study, it was found that more than two-thirds of people taking anti-depressant drugs may not actually suffer from depression and they don’t need them, says a new study. The US-based study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that 69% of people taking anti-depressants did not meet the criteria for prescribing major depressive disorder, also known ...

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509 Drugs in Country Made Cheaper Now: Minister

The drug pricing and controlling regulator has fixed the ceiling price of 509 essential medicines bringing down the prices of 127 drugs by over 40 percent, informed the minister today. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has has fixed the ceiling price of 509 essential medicines out of 680 medicines (628 net medicines) contained in the Schedule-1 of DPCO 2013, Minister ...

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Swine flu death toll touches 703; PM directs proper treatment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday has asked health officials to ensure necessary treatment and adequate medicines for swine flu patients while affected states have been offered central assistance even as the death toll due to the disease reached 703. A high-level meeting, chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth, was convened here to review the situation and address issues like shortage ...

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600 Mutations in Ebola Virus to Make New Drugs Ineffective, Warns Study

As is the case with virus, researchers are apprehensive that the genetic makeup of Ebola in West Africa has undergone several mutations that could potentially make new drugs ineffective to treat the deadly virus. “The (Ebola) virus mutates rapidly,” Jeffrey Kugelman of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) said in a study. “And it’s an ongoing ...

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Medical Breakthrough: Lab-Grown Human Muscle Responds Exactly Like Native Tissue

The researchers at Duke University have grown human skeletal muscle in the lab that may help to test new drugs and study diseases in functioning human muscle outside the human body. The lab-grown tissue is found to be similar to the native tissue that contracts and responds to external stimuli such as electrical pulses, biochemical signals and pharmaceuticals. “We are ...

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UB Bio-med engineers develop new endoscope to detect cancer, zap tumours

Instead of using a tube with a tiny camera to detect cancer inside the body, engineers at the University of Buffalo have developed a bio-medical advancement not only to detect cancer but also zap cancerous tumours. The new device, under development at the University at Buffalo, could make chemotherapy more efficient, reduce its side effects and improve how doctors treat ...

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Early Use of Drug Combo Slows Heart Decline in Men Suffering From Muscular Dystrophy

A team of scientists has found that early use of heart failure drugs slows the progressive decline in heart function before symptoms are apparent in boys and young men suffering from muscular dystrophy. Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a genetic disorder in which the body lacks dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact and DMD causes muscles to ...

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Ray of Hope: Researchers Find 53 Drugs to Block Ebola

Researchers have found that 53 existing drugs may help keep the virus from entering human cells, a key step in the process of infection, paving the way of hope against the deadly virus. In order to hinder infection by the ebola virus model, several cancer drugs, antihistamines and antibiotics are shown as the better known drug types. Whereas, the findings ...

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Malaria Parasite’s Drug Resistance Decoded, Reveals Study

A recent study has revealed that malaria parasites slow down their own growth to develop resistance against powerful anti-malarial drugs. According to an international team of researchers from 11 countries, knowing how the malaria parasites develop drug resistance will help healthcare workers treat malaria patients in a better manner. “To find out exactly what the parasite cell is doing to ...

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Harsh Drug Laws Stilfling India’s HIV Response

There is increasing evidence to prove that harsh laws and policies against drug use in India stifle the country’s HIV response, experts said on Tuesday. "Unsafe injection practices along with low condom use are putting people who inject drugs at dual risk for HIV. We can only successfully intervene and reach those vulnerable and most at risk if we proactively ...

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New Method to Make Drugs to Treat Cancer, Malaria

Scientists have developed a revolutionary new way to manufacture natural chemicals and used it to assemble a scarce anti-inflammatory drug with potential to treat cancer and malaria, a news release by the Australian National University (ANU) said on Tuesday. The breakthrough could lead to new and cheaper ways to produce rare drugs in large quantities. “We took small molecules and ...

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‘Smart’ drugs make bright people stupid

"Smart" pills that students pop to boost their academic performance do not work for healthy people, says a new research. They may improve the creativity of only those who are not naturally gifted, the findings suggested. The study focused on the smart drug Modafinil. "Our findings were completely opposite to the results we expected," said researcher Ahmed Dahir Mohamed from ...

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