Multidrug-resistant malaria spreading in Asia, warn studies

Multidrug-resistant forms of Plasmodium falciparum parasites, the most lethal species causing human malaria, have evolved even higher levels of resistance to antimalarial drugs and spread rapidly since 2015, becoming firmly established in multiple regions of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, where they are causing alarmingly high treatment failure rates to a widely used frontline malaria […]

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Probiotics may help boost mood and cognitive function

Antibiotic plus probiotic combination may kill off superbugs

Researchers are hard at work trying to develop ingenious ways of tackling so-called superbugs – bacteria that have become immune to antibiotic treatment. Lately, researchers have added probiotics to their arsenal against superbugs. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria found in foods, such as yogurt, kefir, or pickles. Only a month ago, for example, a study suggested […]

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Antimicrobial resistance

Antibiotic resistance will likely kill more people than cancer by 2050

Some ailments have been global terrors for a very long time — heart disease, cancer, and HIV/AIDS, for example. Infectious diseases have always been a formidable threat in areas without access to certain medicines, but after the discovery of antibiotics, developed countries significantly dropped the rate at which infectious diseases killed people. These diseases are […]

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Praja Foundation study estimates 18 TB deaths occur per day in Mumbai

Praja Foundation study estimates 18 TB deaths occur per day in Mumbai

A recent study published by the Praja Foundation has highlighted the increasing threat of tuberculosis (TB). The study has estimated that in 2016-17 nearly 18 people have died per day from TB in Mumbai. The study titled ‘Report on the State of Health of Mumbai’ was done over the course of five years from 2012 […]

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Maharashtra soon to get its own antibiotic policy

Maharashtra soon to get its own antibiotic policy

Moving forward in order to get its own antibiotic policy the Maharashtra state government appointed six-member committee will finalise and submit the first draft of the policy. The committee will submit the first draft of the policy two weeks’ time. Maharashtra will become the second state in India, after Kerala, to get an antibiotic policy in […]

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Global health body WHO updates Essential Medicines List

New advice on which antibiotics to use for common infections and which to preserve for the most serious circumstances is among the additions to the WHO Model list of essential medicines for 2017. Other additions include medicines for HIV, hepatitis C, tuberculosis and leukaemia. The updated list adds 30 medicines for adults and 25 for […]

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Game changer in TB treatment: Hinduja Hospital starts Whole Genome Sequencing test

A game changer in TB treatment: Hinduja Hospital starts Whole Genome Sequencing test

Mumbai’s PD Hinduja Hospital is a part of University of Oxford’s ambitious research work on whole genome sequencing (WGS) testing of tuberculosis germ – a faster alternative to identify drug-resistant tuberculosis (TB). Experts say the study results will allow future tuberculosis cases to be treated with the best drugs faster and help control spread of […]

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