Over 3 million premature deaths in India in 2013, says study

In 2013, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, household air pollution from solid fuels, unsafe water sources and smoking were the top avoidable risks associated with health loss and a significant amount of disease burden among Indians in both sexes. Of the five top risks, high blood pressure, diabetes and household air pollution from solid … Continue reading Over 3 million premature deaths in India in 2013, says study

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Working towards personalised TB treatment

Three major global research centres in India will receive funding coming out of collaboration between the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Department for Biotechnology (DBT), India. The Department for Biotechnology will match the funding provided by UK through MRC and Newton Fund. The Chennai-based National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT) will get … Continue reading Working towards personalised TB treatment

Tobacco use accounts for 40 per cent of all cancers in India, says report

  Every year nearly one million new cancer cases are diagnosed in India, the prevalence being 2.5 million. With mortalities of 6,00,000-7,00,000 a year, cancer causes six per cent of all adult deaths in the country. The number of deaths per year is projected to shoot up to 1.2 million by 2035, according to a … Continue reading Tobacco use accounts for 40 per cent of all cancers in India, says report

Drugs board wants ban on Pioglitazone diabetes drug revoked

The Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) on Friday recommended revoking the ban on pioglitazone — an oral anti-diabetic drug which was banned on June 18. But the DTAB, which was kept in the dark when the decision to ban was taken, has also recommended that the medicine be sold with a boxed warning (that the … Continue reading Drugs board wants ban on Pioglitazone diabetes drug revoked

Diabetes drug: ‘Maybe I erred in my judgement’

There is growing evidence that the ban the Union Health Ministry imposed on June 18 on pioglitazone — a widely used anti-diabetes oral drug — was taken with undue haste and in great secrecy. There was no large-scale scientific study undertaken to know the risk of bladder cancer caused by the drug before imposing the … Continue reading Diabetes drug: ‘Maybe I erred in my judgement’

‘Not all BRAC1, BRAC2 mutations result in breast cancer’

“Genetic test for BRCA1/2 is not recommended as a screening test,” said Dr. Vani Parmar, Associate Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology at Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. “We don’t recommend it for individuals who do not have a family history or if they do not already have breast cancer.” However, genetic testing would be recommended for … Continue reading ‘Not all BRAC1, BRAC2 mutations result in breast cancer’

Seven more loci associated with age-related macular degeneration

An international team representing 18 research groups has identified seven new loci (regions of the human genome) that are associated with advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). In all, they identified 19 loci. The team undertook a meta-analysis of genome-wide association studies to look for genetic variations associated with AMD. Over 17,000 people with advanced AMD … Continue reading Seven more loci associated with age-related macular degeneration

Trials soon to test treatment for blindness due to chemical burns

Published in The Hindu on December 19, 2012 “It is a disruptive technology for treating blindness caused by chemical burns,’ said Dr. Virender S. Sangwan, Associate Director, Clinical Research at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad. “We anticipate starting the human clinical trials to test the safety and efficacy of the technology by mid 2013.” … Continue reading Trials soon to test treatment for blindness due to chemical burns

Novel technique using stem cells revives damaged eye

Published in The Hindu on March 1, 2012 Treating blindness caused by burns using limbal stem cells harvested from the undamaged eye of the same patient has now become cheaper, easier and safer. Results of a pilot study of the SLET (simplified technique of limbal transplantation) technique conducted at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute on six … Continue reading Novel technique using stem cells revives damaged eye

A step closer to restoring vision using embryonic-like stem cells

Published in The Hindu on September 10, 2009 After establishing a procedure to restore vision of people whose cornea has been damaged by physical or chemical injury by harvesting limbal stem cells from the healthy eye and transplanting them to the eye that has been damaged, the Hyderabad-based LV Prasad Eye Institute has moved to … Continue reading A step closer to restoring vision using embryonic-like stem cells