Author: CH Unnikrishnan

June 29, 2018 0

Stem cell therapy guidelines on cards

By CH Unnikrishnan

India is among several countries where research is being conducted into the use of regenerating stem cells for treating various debilitating and degenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. Stem cells’ ability to differentiate into specialized cells is also being tested for treating heart disease, liver ailments, spinal cord damage and cancer.

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Osimertinib for 1st-line NSCLC treatment

By CH Unnikrishnan

Tagrisso (osimertinib) has been granted approval by US FDA for the 1st-line treatment of patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumours have epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations (exon 19 deletions or exon 21 L858R mutations).

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OTC sale of steroid creams banned

By CH Unnikrishnan

In light of reports showing widespread misuse of topical creams containing steroids, the government has prohibited the over-the-counter (OTC) sale of 14 commonly used creams and ointments that contain steroids.

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Large-sized generic names

By CH Unnikrishnan

The Union government has mooted a proposal to make it mandatory for all generic medicine manufacturers to print the generic names of drugs on the labels larger than the brand or trade names.

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Predicting autism with accuracy

By CH Unnikrishnan

British researchers have developed a blood test that can predict autism with 92 per cent accuracy, according to findings published in the journal Molecular Autism. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterised by impairment in cognition, behaviour, and social interaction.

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Emergence of non-invasive prenatal testing

By CH Unnikrishnan

In India, an increased prevalence of genetic disorders parallels with the increased population, birth rate and consanguineous marriage preferred by several communities. It is estimated that about 21,400 are born each year with Down syndrome.

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Taming sepsis

By CH Unnikrishnan

Sepsis is among the most common causes of death in hospitals the world over. Diagnosis of this condition, which arises from the host’s response to an infection,