In letter in BMJ, doctors urge government to allow patients in Kashmir to access health care

The prevailing situation in Jammu & Kashmir is preventing people from accessing health care, say 18 doctors in a letter published in BMJ. The letter urges the government to “ease restrictions on communication and travel at the earliest... to allow patients to access health care without hindrance”. In a letter published on August 16 in … Continue reading In letter in BMJ, doctors urge government to allow patients in Kashmir to access health care

Mumbai team discovers the novel role of OVGP1 protein in embryo implantation

Mumbai-based researchers have discovered how the embryo signals the endometrium to express the OVGP1 protein for a brief period at the time of implantation. They found that the OVGP1 protein is required for balancing the expression of a few genes required for embryo implantation. This work in long term might have implications in management of … Continue reading Mumbai team discovers the novel role of OVGP1 protein in embryo implantation

Vaginal bacteria responsible for recurrent urinary tract infections

For  the first time, researchers have found that recurrent urinary tract infections are not caused by repeated infections by E. coli but due to the bladder being exposed transiently to a vaginal bacterium —Gardnerella vaginalis. The vaginal bacteria, which get into the bladder from the vagina, do not cause infection directly but trigger E. coli, which is in a dormant state after … Continue reading Vaginal bacteria responsible for recurrent urinary tract infections

Mumbai researchers identify a protein critical for sperm motility

A Mumbai-based team of researchers has identified one more protein — heat shock protein 90 (HSP90) — found in human sperm that determines the ability of sperm to vigorously whip their tail and move or swim (motility) faster towards an egg to fertilise it. The reduced ability of sperm to move towards the egg is … Continue reading Mumbai researchers identify a protein critical for sperm motility