Oral antibiotics linked to kidney stones formation, cautions study

Cases of kidney stones are increasing all over the world and new research suggests that oral antibiotics might be a trigger. The study, published in The Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, found that exposure to five classes of antibiotics significantly increased the risk for kidney stones

Oral antibiotics linked to kidney stones formation, cautions studyChildren and adults who take five commonly prescribed types of antibiotics may be more likely to develop kidney stones than people who don’t use these medicines, a recent study suggests. Researchers examined electronic health records collected from 1994 to 2015 for 25,981 people who developed kidney stones and a control group of 259,797 similar individuals […]

Govt bans import of oxytocin, puts restrictions on domestic use

The Government of India has banned the import of the oxytocin and its formulations for human use and also to regulate and restricted the oxytocin formulations for human use. Its manufacture will also be stringently control and will be allowed only by public sector companies or undertakings licensed under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 for domestic use

Govt bans import of oxytocin, puts restrictions on domestic useWhat is Oxytocin? Oxytocin or Pitocin is an injection used on pregnant women to induce labour. It is also used in animal husbandry, in bovine animals upon injecting the drug, the milk, which is otherwise stored in the udder of the cattle for its calves, is released, giving a few additional litres of milk. Oxytocin […]

Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight 12 dangerous bacteria, says WHO

Describing each of the 12 bacterium as "priority pathogens" and as greatest threats to human health, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says many of these have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics

Urgent need to develop new drugs to fight 12 dangerous bacteria, says WHONew antibiotics must be developed urgently to fight a dozen dangerous families of bacteria, the World Health Organization said on Monday, describing these “priority pathogens” as the greatest threats to human health. Many of these bacteria have already evolved into deadly superbugs that are resistant to many antibiotics, the United National health agency said. The […]

Long-term antibiotic use in women may increase death risk by 27%

Antibiotics increase women's risk of an early death from heart disease by inflicting irreparable damage on their gut lining, new research warns. Those who are prescribed a dose that spans two months or more are 58 per cent more likely to succumb to terminal heart issues, the study found. In fact, their risk of premature death from all causes bumps up 27 per cent

Long-term antibiotic use in women may increase death risk by 27%Antibiotics have been commonly prescribed by doctors for 70 years. These drugs have significantly reduced global rates of illness and death from infectious diseases. However, their widespread use has allowed some infectious organisms to adapt and become resistant to antibiotics. There are some side effects associated with antibiotics – including feeling sick, diarrhoea, and fungal […]

Can the bacteria on our bodies help us heal?

Although antibiotics are used in wound treatments, multidrug resistance is common and infections persist. Could bacteria provide much-needed strategies to prevent life-threatening infections? Scientists are searching for alternatives

Can the bacteria on our bodies help us heal?Our skin provides a natural barrier to the environment. This is crucial for our health, as skin protects us from invasive pathogens such as bacteria and viruses. When the skin barrier is damaged, these pathogens are ready to make their way into the body to colonise it. This is particularly dangerous if the bacteria in […]

Is chicken safe for human consumption? HC to Maha govt

Recently, there has been a rise in food adulteration. The Bombay High Court has pulled up the state government over the use of pesticides being sprayed over fruits and vegetables. The other issue, the High Court wished to highlight was the antibiotic injections being used on chickens to make them appear plump. The High Court questioned the state government whether such food is safe to eat

Is chicken safe for human consumption? HC to Maha govtIs the chicken people consume safe? How safe are the grains and vegetables people consume? The Bombay High Court raised these questions in front of the state government. Day by day there is an increase in food adulteration, this can become a health risk to people. The Citizen Circle for Social Welfare and Education, filed […]

Scientists discover new antibiotic family in soil

For the first time in 30 years, a new type of antibiotic has been unearthed, buried in dirt. Experiments suggest the antibiotic family, known as malacidins, can kill several 'superbugs'. The antibiotics' unique approach to killing pathogens targets bacteria's cell walls, which did not cause drug resistance in the laboratory

Scientists discover new antibiotic family in soilUS scientists have discovered a new family of antibiotics in soil samples. The natural compounds could be used to combat hard-to-treat infections, the team at Rockefeller University hopes. Tests show the compounds, called malacidins, annihilate several bacterial diseases that have become resistant to most existing antibiotics, including the superbug MRSA. Experts say the work, published […]

Heavy use of common antibiotics may increase risk of miscarriage

Researchers found that use of certain antibiotics in early pregnancy increased risk of miscarriage by as much as twofold.

Heavy use of common antibiotics may increase risk of miscarriageA link has been found by researchers at the University of Montreal in Canada between the use of macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, and some other common antibiotics in early pregnancy and an increased risk of miscarriage. These findings were recently reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. Miscarriage is defined as the spontaneous loss of a […]

Maha: 65% of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases, says ICMR report

The report states that around 65 per cent of deaths were reported and the cause behind those deaths were non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Communicable diseases forms 24 per cent, while the injuries form 12 per cent as the cause behind total deaths reported in Maharashtra

Maha: 65% of deaths caused by non-communicable diseases, says ICMR reportA recently released ICMR report titled “India: Health of nation’s states” says that non-communicable diseases is the leading cause of deaths in Maharashtra. The report shows that the life expectancy in the females and males has increased from 55 and 55 in 1990 to 69 and 65 in 2016 respectively. It highlights the change in […]

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: Do not self-medicate, warn doctors

It is important that the patients understand, that chemists are not allowed to dispense medications like antibiotics, pain relief medications, anxiolytics etc. without a doctor’s prescription. The reason is that chemists may have an understanding of the drug and its actions, but lack the clinical skills and lack understanding of the effects of a particular drug on the body

World Antibiotic Awareness Week: Do not self-medicate, warn doctorsWith the winter approaching, self-medication becomes a major concern for doctors. Often it is the friendly chemist, friend or patient themselves who suggest self-medicating based on the common symptoms. Needless to say it is completely inappropriate to take medications without a proper medical consultation. For one, most of the winter illness are mild illness, caused […]