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Proton therapy for cancer significantly reduces risk of severe side effects as against traditional radiation: Study

Proton therapy, as it turns out, has fewer side effects on cancer patients when compared to the traditional radiation treatment.

Philadelphia [USA], Dec 27 (ANI): Proton therapy, as it turns out, has fewer side effects on cancer patients when compared to the traditional radiation treatment. While the cure rates of both the treatment methods are almost similar, radiation leads to much more frequent unplanned hospitalisations, says a recent study.

This study, conducted by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, analysed if the cancer patients going through radiation therapy alongside chemo faced severe side effects in a span of 90 days. ....read more


76 lakh compensation in case of blindness in a preterm baby 15; should associations become a party in such cases?

Family receives compensation of INR 76 Lakh, after 15 years. The case was treated at Maharaja Agrasen Hospital wherein a pre-term baby turned completely blind.

A bench of Justices U. U. Lalit and Indu Malhotra held the hospital, its paediatrician and ophthalmologist guilty of medical negligence as they failed to carry out the mandatory retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) check on the pre-term baby, which led to his total blindness. The court also slammed the hospital for not sharing the medical records of the child, born in 2005, with his parents for over two years after discharge to enable them to approach other doctors for treatment. ....read more


Desire, Hatred and Ignorance

According to Buddhism, the three negative emotions that cause a disease are ignorance, hatred and desire and accordingly physical sickness is classified into three main types:

Disorders of desire (Ayurvedic equivalent of Vata imbalance): These are due to disharmony of the wind or energy. The seed of these disorders is located in the lower part of the body. It has cold preferences and is affected by mental desires. In this, the person mainly suffers from the disorders of movement functions....read more


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Carbiotix (publ), an award winning pre-clinical stage therapeutics company, has signed a collaboration agreement with the Department of Medicine at the University of Verona, Italy, to carry out a research study during H1 2020 in the area of neuroinflammation using Carbiotix Microbiome Modulator Therapeutics (MMT). The collaboration agreement will seek to find new MMT applications and further validate Carbiotix MMT platform. The in-vivo research study to be conducted in H1 2020 will be led by Dr. Elena Zenaro, a researcher at the Department of Medicine, General Pathology Section, at the University of Verona, Italy. The study will focus on the impact of Short Chain Fatty Acids (SCFAs) or metabolites produced from Carbiotix Microbiome Modulator Therapeutics (MMT) on modulating neutrophil functionalities, and the contribution of these cells to neuroinflammation. Kristofer Cook, CEO for Carbiotix, comments, "This collaboration agreement represents Carbiotix first academic partnership to explore the potential of the company's MMT platform across different indication areas. We were approached by Dr. Elena Zenaro from the Department of Medicine who validated in her research a link between elevated levels of specific metabolites and a reduced risk of developing neuroinflammation. Dr. Elena Zenaro saw our MMT platform as an interesting technology given our focus on elevating key metabolites in individuals. The collaboration agreement is our first academic collaboration and our ambition is to continue to build similar partnerships across other indication areas as a means to cost-effectively investigate new MMT applications, validate the breadth of our MMT platform, and access expert knowledge in each respective indication area."

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The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has adopted the pharmaceutical track and trace system, which aims to monitor medication from when they are at manufacturing companies (in the UAE or abroad) until they reach the patient. The DHA is the first organisation to adopt this system in the UAE, which complements the barcoding system adopted by the authority in 2017. The authority has announced that it will start implementing the new system to track and trace medication mid next year adding that it has started discussions a few days ago with big manufacturing and supplying pharmaceutical companies to implement the system, which aims to achieve the highest standards of safety and quality. The DHA stressed that the Track and Trace System helps combat potential counterfeit medication and ensures accuracy and credibility with regards to insurance claims for dispensing medications. The system also contributes to improving the management of medication inventory in Dubai and helps avoid any medication shortage. His Excellency Humaid Al Qutami, director general of the DHA that the authority prioritises pharmaceutical services and so spares no effort in developing pharmaceutical services by adopting the latest technologies and smart systems to ensure the safety and supply of medication as this directly affects the treatment journey of patients and their wellbeing. Al Qutami highlighted some of the latest smart technologies and systems adopted for pharmaceutical services including the barcode smart system. The DHA was the first in the UAE to adopt the system in 2017, which aims to ensure the safety of patients by giving each medicine a barcode, hence reducing the chances of any mistakes when dispensing medication.

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Union Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said the Centre was planning to convert 75 hospitals in aspirational districts across the country into medical colleges in a phase-wise manner. Vardhan, who was here to unveil a statue of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 95th birth anniversary at AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, said a target has been set to convert 49 hospitals, including six in Odisha, into medical colleges within four to five years. The Union minister said the Centre was also seriously considering Odisha government's proposals for setting up two more medical colleges in the state. Official sources said the Centre has included 10 districts of Odisha Balangir, Dhenkanal Gajapati, Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, Nabarangapur, Nuapada and Rayagada in the list of aspirational districts. The proposed medical colleges may come up in any six districts of the state. Vardhan also reiterated his appeal to the Odisha government to implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme in the state. "We have been appealing to the state government to implement the Ayushman Bharat scheme in Odisha so that poor people will get the free of cost health service," he said. Apart from Odisha, the states like West Bengal and Telengana have so far not implemented the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

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The bereaved family of a 31-year-old brain-dead man agreed to donate his organs to give a fresh lease of life to transplant patients awaiting liver, pancreas, kidney, eyes and skin. Three of the organs were rushed to hospitals in Pune on Wednesday through a 250-km green corridor created between Nashik and Pune. The pancreas and a kidney were sent to Jupiter Hospital, while the liver was sent to Ruby Hall Clinic. A 53-year-old man from Thane, who has been admitted at Jupiter Hospital, will be the recipient for the kidney and pancreas. On Wednesday evening, Vikas Patil, the hospital’s medical superintendent, said: “The combined pancreas-kidney transplant will begin late in the night. The harvested organs are likely to reach Pune by 9.30pm.” The donor’s liver, meanwhile, has been allocated a 50-year-old Pune man at Ruby Hall Clinic. “The transplant surgery will finish in the wee hours of Thursday,” said hospital's transplant coordinator Surekha Joshi. The three organs were ferried by an ambulance from the Rishikesh Hospital, along Gangapur Road in Nashik. The donor is Bhavshya Sonu Mahale, a 31-year-old native of Dahyane village in Kalwan taluka in Nashik district. For more than three years, he had been residing in Nashik city and working in an industrial unit at the Ambad MIDC. He met with an accident on Monday night and was rushed to a private hospital, where he was diagnosed brain-dead on Tuesday.