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A Drug to Tackle Chikungunya Virus May Soon Be a Reality, Thanks to IIT Roorkie!

The researchers at IIT Roorkie are conducting in-depth research on the drug piperazine, and have discovered its anti-viral properties could be used to tackle the disease.

While the WHO report on Chigunya shows that over the years there has been no specific antiviral drug treatment for chikungunya or no commercial chikungunya vaccine, researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Roorkee are on a mission to develop a cure.

In the absence of a vaccine or antiviral drug available in the market, the course of treatment currently revolves around alleviating symptoms associated with the viral infection.

Their research has shown that the spread and replication of the Chikungunya virus can be efficiently curbed in a lab setting with the existing drug piperazine. The focus is now on testing the molecule on animals so they can take it one step forward to clinical trials.
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India becoming next global leader in diagnostic solutions

India is a land full of opportunities for players in the medical devices industry. The country has also become one of the leading destinations for high-end diagnostic services with tremendous capital investment for advanced diagnostic facilities, thus catering to a greater proportion of population, writes Dr P Siva Kumar, CEO, Trivitron Healthcare, in this insightful article on the Indian healthcare industry.
Healthcare has become one of India's largest sectors – both in terms of revenue and employment. Healthcare comprises hospitals, medical devices, clinical trials, outsourcing, telemedicine, medical tourism, health insurance and medical equipment. The Indian healthcare sector is growing at a brisk pace due to its strengthening coverage, services and increasing expenditure by public as well private players.

India's competitive advantage lies in its large pool of well-trained medical professionals apart from being cost competitive compared to its peers in Asia and Western count…

Anti-inflammatory drug may cut lung cancer risk, Indian doctors positive

With researchers finding in a trial involving 10,000 adults that an existing anti-inflammatory drug has the potential to lower lung cancer risk, doctors in India have expressed hope for better tackling of the critical disease.
According to a study published in the journal Lancet, death from cancer was reduced by half in a group of people who received the highest dosage of the drug known as Canakinumab and also led to 67 per cent reduction in lung cancer incidence.
Canakinumab was found to lower inflammation, without affecting cholesterol level — which was the widely used approach for many years. It was also found effective against heart attack, stroke and cardiovascular death.
"As a rule, anti-inflammatory drugs have a role in prevention of cancer. With the rise in pollution levels across the country, there will be added burden on the lungs of those who may be suffering for lung cancer," Dinesh Katiyar, Senior Consultant (Surgical Oncologist) at Venkateshwar Hospital here, told…

A ray of hope for arthritis

Thanks to ancient science Ayurveda which came up with a unique wonder drug under the name of S.Compound.
Work on herb was started in the year 1974 and ultimately it was confirmed that the herb has great potential in inflammatory conditions. However, its role on arthritis was explored because it was the most neglected disease by the scientists and Medical fraternity. The available pain killers were causing huge harm to our body systems and some of the available pain killers were even banned in Europe. The herbal medicine S.Compound was compared with Phenylbutazone by the scientists of Central Drug Research Institute Lucknow in the year 1983 and was found better in efficacy
Controlled Clinical trials were carried out on human beings suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis; Is not only its efficacy was confirmed but it was also found safe in long duration. The research work was published in Eastern Pharmacist which was reported by country's premier News Agency United News of India on 21.06…

Study shows probiotics can prevent sepsis in infants

A research team at the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health has determined that a special mixture of good bacteria in the body reduced the incidence of sepsis in infants in India by 40 percent at a cost of only $1 per infant. The findings are reported in the Aug. 16 issue of the journal Nature.

Pinaki Panigrahi, M.D., Ph.D., professor, epidemiology and pediatrics, Center for Global Health and Development, and his colleagues in the College of Public Health, led the international research team. The results reflect a culmination of 15 years of research and could seriously impact infant health worldwide. The special mixture included a probiotic called Lactobacillus plantarum ATCC-202195 combined with fructo-oligosaccharide (FOS), an oral synbiotic preparation developed by Dr. Panigrahi.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Synbiotics are combinations of probiotics with an FOS supplement that promote…

Medication alert for low back pain

Doctors have urged caution against the use of two medications widely prescribed for chronic low back pain after a systematic review of medical evidence found they carry significant risks of adverse effects without any proven benefit.
The available evidence does not support the use of gabapentin and pregabalin for treating chronic low back pain, the doctors based in Canada and India said after reviewing multiple earlier studies comparing these drugs with placebo treatment, or sham pills.
Chronic low back pain is a common health disorder with studies indicating prevalence rates of four in every 100 persons between 24 and 39 years to 20 in every 100 persons between 20 and 59 years. Doctors typically use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and analgesics to treat acute low back pain. But patients with chronic low back pain often receive prescriptions for gabapentin or pregabalin, which have been shown to be helpful in treating nerve-linked pain.
"There is no justification for…

Unani medicine research institute to come up in Faridabad

A national research institute of 'Unani' medicine will be set up at a village in Faridabad district, a spokesman of Haryana government said today.
The institute, which will provide healthcare facilities in the field of non-communicable diseases, would also include a 120-bedded in-patient department, the spokesman of the Ayush department said.Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has approved a proposal to allot land of Kheri Gujran village for the institute.The institute would be developed as a state-of-the-art research centre with facilities for pre-clinical studies, clinical trials, drug standardisation and cultivation of medicinal plants used in 'Unani' system, the spokesman said.It would also offer facilities such as research and geriatric OPDs, speciality clinics, he said.The institute would have laboratories for bio-chemistry, pathology, radiology and USG, drug standardisation, immunology, pharmacognocy and phytochemistry, besides regimental therapy unit, library, mu…