US researchers have successfully used a dog to sniff out thyroid cancer in people who had not yet been diagnosed. The trained scent dog accurately identified whether patients' urine samples had thyroid cancer or were benign (noncancerous) 88.2 per cent of the time, researchers said.
To commercialise Ayurvedic medicines, National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) signed a pact with Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS). The scope of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) also includes providing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) services to CCRAS in India and abroad.
India unveiled its indigenously developed and manufactured Rotavirus vaccine, claimed to be the world's cheapest at the rate of around Rs 60 per dose and aimed at boosting efforts to deal with diarrhoea that kills upto 80,000 children under 5 every year.
Pharmaceutical Major Lupin has entered into an agreement to acquire the balance 40% equity stake in South African generics major, Pharma Dynamics(PD) from its founders. As per the agreement, the founders will exercise their put option before March 31,2015, for the 40% equity stake it currently holds. On completion of this transaction, PD will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Lupin.
Society of Pharmaceutical Education & Research (SPER) had successfully organized its 4th Annual International Conference & Exhibition (SPER 2015) at DIT University, Dehradun [Uttarakhand] India on February 27-28, 2015.
A young Indian scientist based in Germany has been awarded a grant of 1.5 million euros to investigate the role of gut microbiota in autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system such as Multiple Sclerosis. The Starting Grants of the European Research Council (ERC) seek to give talented scientists at an early stage in their careers the freedom to pursue their most creative ideas.
A new aggressive form of HIV can progress to AIDS in just three years - so rapidly that patients may not even realise they were infected, scientists say. Engaging in unprotected sex with multiple partners increases the risk of contracting multiple strains of HIV. Once inside a host, these strains can recombine into a new variant of the virus, researchers said.
About three years ago, Betty Vaughn of Golden Valley, Minn., started to feel light-headed, fatigued and out of breath when she walked up and down the stairs. After visiting her doctor, the 89-year-old was diagnosed with degenerative mitral regurgitation (DMR), a heart condition in which the leaflets of the mitral valve do not close completely, causing blood to flow backward and leak into the left atrium of the heart.
The appearance of infectious diseases in new places and new hosts, such as West Nile virus and Ebola, is a predictable result of climate change, scientists say. Humans can expect more such illnesses to emerge in the future, as climate change shifts habitats and brings wildlife, crops, livestock, and humans into contact with pathogens to which they are susceptible but to which they have never been exposed before, researchers said.
Researchers have developed a "fever alarm armband," a flexible, self-powered wearable device that sounds an alarm if you are running a high body temperature. The device developed at the University of Tokyo combines a flexible amorphous silicon solar panel, piezoelectric speaker, temperature sensor, and power supply circuit create with organic components in a flexible, wearable package.