Monday, 27 June, 2022

Topic: medicine

Sickle cell disease could have a cure soon, gene therapy shows good results in clinical trial

Results of phase 1&2 of 'LentiGlobin' therapy's trial, published by US researchers in NEJM, say durability remains to be seen. Oral pills more helpful for patients in Africa, India.

World’s smallest antenna made of DNA can monitor proteins, help crack disease & drugs

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

There’s a silent pandemic going on. And Indian govt and states are racing to curb it

Untreated hospital wastewater is a heady cocktail of antibiotics and other drugs, and can be a hotspot for drug-resistant pathogens known as superbugs.

Argentinian woman naturally cured of HIV, is second such patient 

The woman, dubbed Esperanza Patient, was diagnosed with HIV in 2013 but never showed any signs of illness. Last year, a Californian woman was declared to have locked away the virus in her genome. 

US scientists David Julius, Ardem Patapoutian win 2021 Nobel Prize in Medicine

The winners, announced Monday by the Nobel Committee, were cited for their discovery of receptors for temperature and touch. It's the first Nobel Prize to be awarded this year.

This is how the ‘most expensive drug in the world’ works

There are two recently licensed drugs to treat the devastating disease of spinal muscular atrophy in babies.

China targeting India? Import costs of paracetamol, antibiotics ingredients see 100% jump

Experts believe hiking prices could be Chinese response to the Modi government’s Profit Linked Incentive scheme, which seeks to achieve self-dependence in API production.

When celebrating 50 yrs of 1971 War, don’t forget this life-saving sachet and Bengali doctor

Dr Dilip Mahalanabis pioneered the use of ORS in refugee camps — a solution that has saved millions and been called the most important medical advance of the 20th century.

Only boycott of British goods won’t do — Why Abdul Hamied went on to create Cipla

In 'Caring For Life: The Cipla Story Since 1935', Tulsi Vatsal writes about how Khwaja Abdul Hamied wanted to create a science-based industry for India.

From Akbar’s court to Baghdad, Muslims laid foundation for scientific education and curiosity

In ‘The Scientific Muslim’, Mohammad Aslam Parvaiz writes on the rise and fall of scientific temperement in Islam.

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G7 ban on new Russian gold imports ‘largely symbolic’, may not have major impact

The US, UK, Japan and Canada plan to announce the ban during the G7 summit that started Sunday in Germany. Flows have already been restricted by previous sanctions.


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Almost 4,000 enrol for IAF’s Agnipath recruitment scheme on day 1 of online registrations

These registrations pertain to the Indian Air Force's Agniveer Vayu programme. The online portal for the first phase was opened at 10 am Friday, and will close on 5 July.

With Agnipath, Modi govt’s shock & awe doctrine may have misfired a vital reform, yet again

Modi govt's biggest flaw has been its disinclination to accept limitations of electoral majorities. This ruined land acquisition and farm reform, stalled labour codes.