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A Day in the Life of a Clinical Research Coordinator

I reached the hospital today at 8:35 am sharp.

The reason for reaching so early, you ask? Wait, let me narrate the eventful day I had today...

Early in the morning, at 5:22 am, my phone started ringing frantically. First I thought that it was my usual morning alarm and chose to ignore it, but the phone just wouldn’t stop. I jumped out of my bed to answer the call.


How cranberries can decrease use of antibiotics?

  • Posted on: 15 June 2016
  • By: Gayatri Mahajan

Today leading experts on infectious disease and urinary tract infections (UTIs) will gather in London to discuss the alarming state of antibiotic resistance, and present findings from a landmark study that conclusively shows that cranberries can be a nutritional approach to reducing symptomatic UTIs, and as a result, may be a useful strategy to decrease worldwide use of antibiotics.


PEOPLE SHOULD SAY “STOP” TO SELLING OF BANNED DRUGS

Large numbers of drugs are banned by most of European countries but still they are easily available in Indian market. Long term use of such medicines can put negative impact on human health in various ways by damaging liver or any other organ, depression, blood pressure fluctuations etc. A ban is needed to protect the public’s health and the quality of health care. A ban will require self-examination by the public, health care professions, PhRMA, and the health care policy community.


Onion, Garlic & Ginger hold promise for future medication

Insufficient clinical data, lack of large scale and well defined investigation plan on wide scale on various territories with a common goal are some of the deterrents which are not permitting gelling of these three with allopathic medicines. If sole herbals are not very effective then the only option is to marry these with well defined and recommended allopathic medicine to make powerful formulae for existing medical problems.


Why appetite loss during illness or diseases ?

Loss of appetite during illness is a common and potentially debilitating phenomenon—in cancer patients, especially, it can even shorten lifespan. Researchers of the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered how an immune system molecule hijacks a brain circuit and reduces appetite. Their discovery points to possible targets for treating loss of appetite and restoring a patient’s strength.


IMPACT OF PATENT ON THE ACCESS AND PRICE OF LIFE SAVING DRUGS

“After the colonial era, cost of drugs in India had inherited British patent law, and the average Indian citizen unable to afford pharmaceutical medicines.  So in 1970, India passed the Patent Act, which allowed Indian companies to make cheaper copies of another company’s drug (or other inventions) as long the manufacturing process was slightly different.


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