Indian researcher finds malaria drug shields foetus against Zika virus

Effects of using hydroxychloroquine in pregnant women over a long term remains to be assessed. Commonly used malaria drug hydroxychloroquine can effectively block Zika virus from crossing the placenta and getting into the foetus and damaging its brain, say researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, US. The drug already has approval … Continue reading Indian researcher finds malaria drug shields foetus against Zika virus

Zika: ‘I think WHO should declare an emergency’

The World Health Organization faced flak for its delay by two months in 2014 in declaring the Ebola epidemic as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). This might not happen in the case of Zika virus when the WHO convenes an emergency committee on Monday (February 1) to help determine the level of the … Continue reading Zika: ‘I think WHO should declare an emergency’

Fetoscopy technique saves at-risk twin foetuses

Published in The Hindu on April 5, 2012 If non-identical twins are born from two totally different zygotes (fertilised eggs), identical twins form by the splitting of one zygote (fertilised egg) into two foetuses. Problems can arise when the splitting takes place between four and eight days after the egg is fertilised. What results due … Continue reading Fetoscopy technique saves at-risk twin foetuses