Swine Flu threat: Shortage of Tamiflu in Mumbai

Chemists say the shortage has been persistent since many days. One of the reasons behind the shortage is some pharmaceutical distributors are avoiding keeping Tamiflu because of its high rate

Swine Flu threat: Shortage of Tamiflu in MumbaiMumbai has seen an alarming rise in the number of the swine flu cases in July. According to data released by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), five deaths due to swine flu and 250 cases of swine flu have been reported in Mumbai until July 15. On the backdrop of this, there is a huge shortage […]

‘Spice’ girls baffle Mumbai doctors, psychiatrists

Doctors across the city have been receiving cases of teenagers, mainly girls, between 14 and 20 addicted to synthetic weed or Spice, which gives the same high as weed but cannot be identified through tests

‘Spice’ girls baffle Mumbai doctors, psychiatristsSudeep and Megha Parab noticed a sudden change in the behaviour of their teenaged daughter, Natasha (all names changed), some time back. The 17-year old had bloodshot eyes and she was experiencing sudden mood swings. At times she would be dizzy, and there were instances when she would be constantly irritable. However, when the Parabs […]

Scientist discover enzyme that can be used against Parkinson’s disease

The findings could point to a new target for a potential anti-Parkinson's drug. Trials in animal models have already shown that an AEP-inhibiting drug preserves memory and may have a preventive effect against Alzheimer's disease

Scientist discover enzyme that can be used against Parkinson’s diseaseIt is currently estimated that more than 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, and as many as 1 in 3 elders are said to die with the condition, or another form of dementia. Parkinson’s disease also affects approximately 60,000 U.S. adults every year. Both diseases are neurodegenerative, meaning that […]

‘Huge advance’ in fighting world’s biggest killer

An innovative new drug can prevent heart attacks and strokes by cutting bad cholesterol to unprecedented levels, say doctors

‘Huge advance’ in fighting world’s biggest killerThe results of the large international trial on 27,000 patients means the drug could soon be used by millions. The British Heart Foundation said the findings were a significant advance in fighting the biggest killer in the world. Around 15 million people die each year from heart attacks or stroke. Bad cholesterol is the villain […]

Opioid dependence can start within just a few days

Prescribers should be cautious about what they prescribe, and they should educate patients that if they are going to prescribe opioids, there is likelihood that patients will have an opioid dependence

Opioid dependence can start within just a few daysDoctors who limit the supply of opioids they prescribe to three days or less may help patients avoid the dangers of dependence and addiction, a new study suggests. Among patients without cancer, a single day’s supply of a narcotic painkiller can result in 6 percent of patients being on an opioid a year later, the […]

A new drug against alcoholism works, researchers claim

According to the UN's World Health Organization (WHO), 3.3 million deaths around the globe every year are the result of harmful alcohol use—almost six percent of all deaths

A new drug against alcoholism works, researchers claimFrench researchers provided fresh evidence on Friday to support claims that a drug touted as a miracle cure for alcoholism, and prescribed for this purpose in France, actually works. The drug, baclofen, had “a positive effect” at high doses in reducing alcohol consumption over a year of treatment, according to study results released at a […]

Researchers pin hope on shark-inspired drug to treat fibrosis

Australian scientists hope a drug that mimics part of a shark's immune system may help treat an incurable lung disease

Researchers pin hope on shark-inspired drug to treat fibrosisIdiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) scars lung tissue, causing breathing to become progressively harder. It kills more than 5,000 people each year in the UK alone, according to the British Lung Foundation. Researchers hope a new drug, inspired by an antibody in the blood of sharks, can begin human trials next year. The drug, AD-114, was […]

Alternatives to Viagra: Pills, herbal remedies, and other treatments

There are many alternatives to Viagra, which can improve or reverse the symptoms of erectile dysfunction

Alternatives to Viagra: Pills, herbal remedies, and other treatmentsViagra is a well-known drug for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, a distressing and common condition. There are many alternatives to Viagra, which can improve or reverse the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. These options include drugs, medical treatments, lifestyle changes, and alternative remedies. What is Viagra? Viagra was developed in the United Kingdom. In 1998, […]

Scary: Inhalant addiction rises among children

Child psychiatrists say easy availability and negligible cost of inhalants like whitener and acetone makes them popular among children

Scary: Inhalant addiction rises among childrenAddiction to whitener, acetone, korex and other such inhalants may not sound alarming to many of us, but doctors at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General (Sion) Hospital warn otherwise. A few weeks ago, the psychiatry department treated a 13-year-old boy who was addicted to flavoured whitener. Though whitener addiction is common among children, doctors were […]