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New drug targets for lethal brain cancer discovered
LONDON: Researchers have discovered more than 200 genes with novel and known roles in glioblastoma - the most aggressive type of brain cancer that offer promising new drug targets.Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Addenbrookes Hospital and their collaborators engineered a new mouse model to show for the first time how a mutation in the well-known cancer gene, EGFR initiates glioblastoma and works with a selection from more than 200 other genes to drive cancer. ,The results, published today in Genome Biology present the first mouse model of its kind, which is available for the research community to advance new treatments for this lethal form of brain cancer. ,Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer. It is treated with surgery followed by chemotherapy or radiotherapy, however, glioblastoma cells can evade treatment and tumours return. The prognosis is poor - the average patient survives for 12-18 months following diagnosis....read more
CMAAO Coronavirus Facts and Myth Buster: COVID Update
With inputs from Dr Monica Vasudev1019: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has placed Kaesong City, near the country’s border with the South, under lockdown. A national emergency has been declared after acknowledging that the country might have its first case of the coronavirus. North’s official Korean Central News Agency has stated that a North Korean who had defected to South Korea three years back, had secretly crossed back into Kaesong City last week and was suspected to have been infected with the virus. Until now, North Korea has stated that it has no cases of COVID-19, claims that have been questioned by outside experts. ....read more
World COVID Meter 29th July: India Number 3, 213 Countries Affected
Cases: 1M April 2, 2M April 15, 3M April 27, 4M May 8, 5M May 20, 6M May 30, 7M June 7, 8M June 15, 9M June 22, 10M June 29th, 11M July 4, 12M July 8, 13M July 13, 14M July 17, 15M July 23, 16M July 25 ,Ground Zero: Wuhan - in live animal market or cafeteria for animal pathogens: 10th January; Total cases are based on RT PCR, 67% sensitivity ,Coronavirus Cases: 16,891,173,Deaths: 663,335,Recovered: 10,455,814,ACTIVE CASES: 5,772,024,Currently Infected Patients 5,705,520 (99%) in Mild Condition ,66,504 (1%) Serious or Critical,CLOSED CASES: 11,119,149....read more
Spiritual Prescription: Yoga, the Greatest Healer
The Sanskrit word for ‘healthy’ is ‘Svastha’ - Sav-Stha - means being established in one’s own true self. This is only possible when the body is in union with the mind and the consciousness. ,The Bhagavad Gita (Ch. IV shloka 36), says Api chedasi papebhya sarvebhya pap kritama or in other words “even if thou are the sinner of all sinners, you shall cross over all sin by the raft of knowledge”. Here sin can be equated with physical or mental sickness. ,Again, in shloka 37, Krishna says “Gyanagni sarva karmani bhasmasat kurute tatha”. In other words, “as fire reduces fuel to ashes, the fire of knowledge reduces all karma to ashes”. ,In shloka 38, Krishna said “Na hi gyanena sa drisham pavitram ih vidyate” or in other words “there is no greater purifier than knowledge. One realizes it in his own heart in time, as he practices yoga”. ....read more
Healthcare News Monitor
New Delhi: The novel coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate countries across the world — the latest count is over 1.64 crore cases and more than 6.52 lakh deaths. ,Two Asian pharmaceutical companies have signed the deal to produce the coronavirus vaccine being developed by Oxford University. US President Donald Trump falsely claims that most of the country is now virus free. Meanwhile, Russian intelligence is spreading disinformation about the pandemic. ,ThePrint brings you the most important global stories on the coronavirus pandemic and why they matter. ,Two Asian pharma companies will determine global supply of Oxford vaccine ,An Indian and a South Korean pharmaceutical company are all set to become the key global players in the production and distribution of the coronavirus vaccine being developed at Oxford University, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.
Sun Pharmaceutical Industries on Wednesday said that a wholly-owned subsidiary of Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd will acquire Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (Canada) Inc for $8.2 million. ,Taro Pharmaceutical is a US-based subsidiary of Sun Pharmaceutical. ,"One of the wholly owned subsidiaries of our subsidiary company, Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., has agreed to acquire by way of purchase of all outstanding shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (Canada) Inc.," Sun Pharma said in a regulatory filing. ,Aquinox Pharmaceuticals is a corporation organised and existing under the laws of the Province of British Columbia that carries on the business of research and development of pharmaceutical products for purposes of their commercialization, it added.
The Indian Express
The US President Donald Trump has stirred controversy again after he retweeted a viral video and voiced support for a doctor who reportedly praised hydroxychloroquine as a miracle coronavirus cure and claimed alien DNA was used in medical treatments. ,The clip, which now has been removed from the microblogging website, featured a group of people who claimed to be “America’s Frontline Doctors” and stated that neither masks nor lockdowns were required to fight the ongoing pandemic. ,According to the Washington Post, the video was live-streamed on media outlet Breitbart and was viewed over 14 million times. The clip received more attention after it was re-shared by Donald Trump Jr. and by President Trump.
New Delhi: A video of a doctor from Houston in the US arguing for the use of hydroxychloroquine or HCQ to cure the novel coronavirus and dismissing the importance of masks and lockdowns as “unnecessary” has gone viral, with US President Donald Trump retweeting it. ,“Nobody needs to get sick. This virus has a cure — it is called hydroxychloroquine,” Stella Immanuel said in the video that garnered millions of views on Facebook Monday alone. ,While the anti-malaria drug HCQ was a contender as a cure for Covid-19 due to its antiviral properties in the early days of the pandemic, it’s effectiveness has since been rubbished by scientists with many clinical trials finding no benefit and “leading national health authorities have moved to restrict its use because of potential cardiac harm”.