Pharma News

Stem cell therapy can help tame cancer to manageable levels

Within ten years from now, cancer can be tamed with the application of stem cell therapy and the killer disease could be made a manageable one. For this, India should take measures to develop medical practitioners with expertise in the field of cancer biology, latest techniques like gene therapy, DNA micro array and stem cell research, said Dr V Parthasarathy, associate professor, Department of Pharmaceutical sciences, Annamalai University.

Natalizumab Improves Language Processing in Patients With Multiple Sclerosis

Treatment with natalizumab (Tysabri, Biogen Idec and Elan) leads to improved language processing and retrieval of newly learned verbal material in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to research presented here at the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers 24thAnnual Conference and the Third Joint Meeting of Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis.

Oral Nicorandil Greatly Lowers Risk for Death in Hemodialysis Patients

In a study of hemodialysis patients without angiographic evidence of obstructive coronary artery disease, oral nicorandil lowered the risk for cardiac death by more than 85%. Coronary artery disease is one of the leading causes of death in patients on hemodialysis, and even hemodialysis patients without significant coronary lesions are at elevated risk for cardiac death.

Leucine-rich, glioma-inactivated 1{LGI1} Identified as Autoantigen Associated With Limbic Encephalitis

Researchers have identified LGI1 (leucine-rich, glioma-inactivated 1) rather than voltage-gated potassium channels as the autoantigen associated with limbic encephalitis, a finding that may change diagnosis and classification of the disorder.

FICCI, DOP to organize National Convention on Biopharma in India

Considering the fact that India is a significant player in the global biopharmaceutical industry, the Federation of Chamber of Commerce of India (FICCI) and the Department of Pharmaceuticals (DOP), Government of India, are all set to organize a one-day “National Convention on Biopharma” on July 12, 2010, at Federation House, New Delhi.