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Spider venom could be used to treat erectile dysfunction, find Brazilian scientists  

The bite of a deadly spider which causes victims to experience a four hour erection before they die could one day help millions of men overcome erectile dysfunction, according to researchers. Scientists studying Brazilian wandering spiders, sometimes known as banana spiders, believe that chemicals in its bite could lead to a treatment more effective than […]

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Drug Free India: ‘The movement will spread awareness about substance abuse,’ states PM Modi

Drug Free India: ‘The movement will spread awareness about substance abuse,’ states PM Modi

The program will be launched in collaboration with Art of Living foundation. The Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal will be the chief guest in this program. The campaign, an initiative of The Art of Living focusing on combating the drug menace in the country, it will be launched in the presence of Sri Sri Ravi […]

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IIT Mandi team finds target protein for action of anti-malarial drug against Zika

A team led by Dr Rajanish Giri, Assistant Professor of Biotechnology, IIT Mandi, is working on this subject. Following an earlier finding by Prof. Indira Mysorekar from Washington University at St. Louis, USA, that hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a drug commonly prescribed for treating malaria, reduces ZIKV transmission from mother to foetus, Prof. Giri’s lab has identified […]

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Hormone supplement’s overdose could affect the body hazardously

Testosterone is the primary hormone in the male body helps in increasing muscle mass and body strength, boosting libido, virility and decreasing the risk of illness. It is also a drug, used for treating delayed puberty (a medical condition) amongst adolescent males. Sport supplements are becoming highly popular amongst the gym goers, not only those […]

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Scientist create ‘mini-tumours’ in laboratory to help fight against cancer

Scientists have been able to predict how cancer patients will respond to therapy by growing miniature versions of their tumours in the laboratory. They say the groundbreaking work could lead to ‘smarter, kinder and more effective treatments.’ The study, in the journal Science, was 100% accurate at telling which drugs would fail and this could […]

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Researchers pin hope on shark-inspired drug to treat fibrosis

Idiopathic 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 […]

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Doctors baffled as 30-year-old gets addicted to an inaccessible drug

Doctors baffled as 30-year-old gets addicted to an inaccessible drug

  Shiv Kumar (name changed) posed doctors with a very worrying problem. Currently admitted to a city hospital, the 30-year-old came up with an inaccessible drug’s addiction. An addiction to an anaesthetic drug among the fraternity is common, but for someone with no connection with medicine, this addiction was worrisome. Kumar is a businessman in […]

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Terrible tramadol addiction lands 40-year-old in a hospital

Savitri Sawant (name changed) came to Masina Hospital on Wednesday with a peculiar case of addiction. For the past nine years, she has been taking 12 intramuscular Tramadol injections every day. Even her husband didn’t even know it was an addiction until one fine day, the injections couldn’t be bought by her husband. Tramadol is […]

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