Union health ministry notifies Nebulizer, Glucometer as ‘drugs’

The union government has decided to notify commonly used medical devices such as nebulizer, blood pressure monitoring devices, digital thermometer and, glucometer as drugs

Union health ministry notifies Nebulizer, Glucometer as ‘drugs’The union health ministry has issued a notification last week on Monday, December 03, which stated that this will come into effect from January 01, 2020. Experts say with this move the government can now control the prices and also monitor the quality as well India has earned the reputation of being known as the […]

What happens to your brain when you give up sugar?

Most of us prefer sweets over sour and bitter foods because, evolutionarily, our mesolimbic pathway reinforces that sweet things provide a healthy source of carbohydrates for our bodies

What happens to your brain when you give up sugar?  Sugar: Natural reward, unnatural fix In neuroscience, food is something we call a “natural reward.” In order for us to survive as a species, things like eating; having sex and nurturing others must be pleasurable to the brain so that these behaviours are reinforced and repeated. Evolution has resulted in the mesolimbic pathway, a […]

Madras High Court stays online sale of medicines

Madras High Court on Wednesday has passed an interim injunction restraining sale of medicine through online mode till November 11. Experts say that it will be a setback to e-pharmacies

Madras High Court stays online sale of medicinesOn the basis of a plea moved by the  Tamil Nadu Chemists and Druggists Association, Justice R Mahadevan had passed an interim order. When online shopping is convenient to consumers, the online sellers are unlicensed entities which makes it risky affair for consumers. The association says that Indian laws are not updated to ban online […]

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain development

Researchers at Columbia University found changes in the way babies brains developed if their mothers took certain antidepressants. Babies whose mothers took the drugs had more core connections in parts of their brains that control negative emotional responses. Other research has found links to antidepressant use in pregnancy and risks for autism and low birth weights in babies   

Use of antidepressants in pregnancy can affect child’s brain developmentBabies’ brains may develop differently when their mothers take antidepressants during pregnancy, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined brain scans of 16 newborns whose mothers took medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. They also studied 21 babies whose mothers had untreated depression during pregnancy, and 61 infants born […]

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 […]

HIV: Government to provide free of cost viral load testing for patients

The initiative will provide free of cost viral load testing for 12 lakh PLHIV on treatment in the country at least once a year. The health minister further announced that after ‘Treat All’, Viral Load test is a big step forward in treating and monitoring people living with HIV

HIV: Government to provide free of cost viral load testing for patientsCalling it a historic day, J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare launched the ‘Viral load testing for all People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV).’ “This viral load test is of immense importance to monitor the effectiveness of treatment of patients taking lifelong Antiretroviral Therapy,” he said. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health […]

New study says teenagers avoiding sex, alcohol, and driving like never before

A recent study reveals that nowadays teenagers prefer to sit at home, say no to drugs and alcohol, and scroll through a litany of social media apps, as compared to teens from the past generations

New study says teenagers avoiding sex, alcohol, and driving like never beforeToday’s teenagers don’t seem to care much about hitting the open road, scoring a six-pack with a fake ID, or asking their peers out on dates. According to a recent study from psychologists Jean Twenge and Heejung Park, teenagers instead prefer to sit at home, say no to drugs and alcohol, and scroll through a […]

One weight-loss approach fits all? No, not even close

Two people can have same amount of excess weight; they can be same age, same socioeconomic class, same race, same gender. And yet a treatment that works for one will do nothing for the other

One weight-loss approach fits all? No, not even closeDr Frank Sacks, a professor of nutrition at Harvard, likes to challenge his audience when he gives lectures on obesity. “If you want to make a great discovery,” he tells them, figure out this: Why do some people lose 50 pounds on a diet while others on the same diet gain a few pounds? Then […]

HIV breakthrough: Cancer drug offers promising hope for HIV cure

Doctors using a treatment called nivolumab on a lung cancer patient with AIDS noticed a 'drastic and persistent' decrease in infected white blood cells. The findings have raised hopes that drugs could one day eradicate the HIV virus, which attacks the immune system and currently has no cure

HIV breakthrough: Cancer drug offers promising hope for HIV cureScientists have reported the first case of a cancer drug that “drastically and persistently decreases” HIV-infected cells which can’t be tackled with conventional HIV treatments. The case, a 51-year old, HIV-positive man receiving treatment for lung cancer was reported as a letter in the Annals of Oncology journal today, World Aids Day, and has been […]