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Gestational diabetes–come over it

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Everything goes on well in pregnancy until the end of second trimester! Then you are subjected to the Random Blood Sugar and here you go aghast! Don’t worry still you have chances. You are put on a diet and walking plan for a week and then subjected to Glucose Tolerance Test(GTT). Still if you are [...]

Varicose Veins – good, bad, ugly?

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This topic attracted me for the fact that my mom had/has varicose veins and am tired of requesting her to seek for any consultations. She keeps mentioning various treatment options as mentioned by her friends and quite often gets confused and confuses others. Baffled at this and for the benefit of others who may be [...]

Osteoporosis – a mute slayer?

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Few lines on bones and their physiology Normal bone is composed of protein, collagen, and calcium all of which give bone its strength. Bones that are affected by osteoporosis can break (fracture) with relatively minor injury that normally would not cause a bone to fracture. The fracture can be either in the form of cracking [...]

Safe Use of Medicine

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Modern medicines have changed the way in which diseases are managed and controlled. However, despite all their benefits, evidence continues to mount that adverse reactions to medicines are a common, yet often preventable, cause of illness, disability and even death. In some countries, adverse drug reactions (ADRs) rank among the top 10 leading causes of [...]

Monkey Malaria – Next in the Row?

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While I was browsing through the paper last week, I was stuck with dismay to read that there is a parasite called Plasmodium knowlesi that is known to infect long tailed macaques is now emerging to affect humans too, either naturally or artificially. Evidently Plasmodium knowlesi (aka), P. knowlesi has emerged to be the fifth [...]

Conjugate Vaccine a Paediatric Option for Pneumococcal Disease..

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This piece of information goes to all parents. My little angel had been through a rigorous vaccine schedule. Before even she could stand and be on her own, she has the responsibility to maintain her diary…thanks to the evolving world! One of the vaccines that interested me and my spouse was about a vaccine that was [...]

Neuraminidase Inhibitors Vs M2 Inhibitors

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I had been wondering why Neuraminidase (NA) inhibitors have been undergoing constant popularity for influenza treatment over other antivirals. Antiviral drugs specific to influenza have been around reportedly since the 1960s but later their use probably seems to be more widespread. The two main classes are M2 Inhibitors and Neuraminidase Inhibitors that are widely used [...]

H1N1 – A New Challenge to Human Immunity

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What is an Influenza Pandemic? A pandemic is a global disease outbreak. An influenza pandemic occurs when a new influenza A virus emerges for which there is little or no immunity in the human population, begins to cause serious illness and then spreads easily person-to-person worldwide. So we keep wondering how this is different from [...]

Stem Cell – New Paradigm in Regenerative Medicine

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What are stem cells?   Stem cells are cells found in most multi-cellular organisms. They have ability to renew themselves through mitosis. Let’s see how they are structured in humans.   Stem cells are distinguished from other cell types by two important characteristics. First, they are unspecialized cells capable of renewing themselves through cell division, [...]

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