Showing posts with label medical. Show all posts
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Siliguri gets new super-specialty hospital in Shivmandir Medical More

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Siliguri 14 Apr 2016 Mukta Healthcare a state-of-the art super-specialty hospital located in medical more, Shivmandir, Siliguri was inaugurated today on the auspicious occasion of Poila Baisakh. An effective beginning of the hospital has been made with a noble cause like blood donation camp and a free health check up camp organized on the hospital premise.

Mukta Healthcare is one of the prominent names in the healthcare sector in Siliguri with its ventures like Mukta Nursing Home, Mukta Sonoscan Centre & Mukta Medical, a valuable foundation has been made with its recently launched 60 bedded State of the art Super-specialty Hospital. The hospital being strategically located  comprises of 24 x 7 emergency and trauma services, highly equipped twin operation theatre, labour rooms, super specialty OPD clinics , IPD  & Daycare  services, male and female wards, deluxe and private rooms, comprehensive  indoor & outdoor pharmacy outlet and a widespread laboratory  &  radiology (X-ray and USG) services further to compliment with an comfortable and contemporary ambiance for patients and their keens .
Siliguri gets new super-specialty hospital in Shivmandir Medical More
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In the year February 2014 Managing Director of Mukta Healthcare Pvt Ltd, Samar Kumar Dhar had laid the foundation stone of Mukta Hospital. The hospital is equipped with modern equipments & latest infrastructure to provide finest healthcare services with a dedicated team of highly experienced and qualified Healthcare Professionals. The hospital is committed in its endeavor to provide safe, transparent and affordable super specialty medical services to its patients along with progressive patient centric diagnostic, & pathology services.


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All you want yo know about the Zika Virus and its First Vaccine

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About All you want yo know about the Zika Virus
Zika virus is spreading at a rapid pace everywhere. According to WHO (World Health Organisation), it is 'spreading explosively'. Global health officials are saying that the virus that's linked to birth defects in thousands of new-born babies in Brazil is spreading like wildfire towards America and could end up infecting 3 to 4 million people. While people race against time to find a vaccine for the terrible virus, here are some answers to questions you always wanted to ask about Zika virus and the current outbreak.
zika-symptoms
zika symptoms
What is Zika virus?
Zika is a disease caused by the Zika virus and spreads to people from a mosquito bite. Most newborns whose mothers have had the virus are suffering from Microcephaly - a disorder where the baby's head is much smaller and underdeveloped.

How does it spread to people?
Like mentioned before, the virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito, the same kind that spreads dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever. Spreading explosively in the Americas right now, The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is saying that the mosquitoes can be found in all countries in the Americas except for Canada and continental Chile. The virus is likely to reach countries in the region when Aedes mosquitoes are found.

Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito.
Zika virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected female Aedes mosquito.
What are the symptoms of Zika?
People who have Zika virus typically have a mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, constant muscle fatigue and joint pain from anywhere between two to seven days. The scariest bit, however, is the fact that as many as 80 percent of people infected never develop a symptom strong enough to suspect anything.

Can people die because of it?
Not that we know of right now. The PAHO said there is no evidence that Zika can cause deaths but there have been some serious complications reported in patients who are already suffering from a medical condition.

There's also microcephaly, and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare disorder in which the body's immune system attacks part of the nervous system. Scientists are studying whether there is a causal link between Zika and these two disorders.

What's the connection with microcephaly?
To tell you more in detail, microcephaly is a condition marked by an abnormally small head and brains that haven't developed properly in a newborn. Although scientists haven't really found a direct relationship between Zika and birth defects, it is strongly suspected. Brazil has reported around 3,700 cases of possible microcephaly that might be linked with Zika. Research in Brazil shows that the risk of microcephaly is the highest during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Is India at risk?
Not yet, but we'd be foolish to ignore it considering what's at stake here. Since the mosquito is found in abundance in the country, and dengue is a problem India faces every year, we fall in the most dangerous zone for Zika virus to spread.

How do you treat Zika? 
Unfortunately, there is no treatment or vaccine available for Zika. Companies and scientists are racing against time to develop a safe and effective vaccine, but it's not expected to be ready for months or years.

Can it be contained?
Efforts are being made to control the spread of the virus. Authorities are focusing on eliminating the breeding grounds of the mosquito and taking precautions against mosquito bites by using insect repellent and mosquito nets. Expecting mothers have been advised to avoid visiting Latin American and Caribbean countries where they might be exposed to Zika.

Which countries are fighting the Zika outbreak?
According to WHO, Zika has been reported in 23 countries in the Americas. While Brazil remains the most affected nation, other countries, and territories include Barbados, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Venezuela and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the PAHO.

Can it be contained?
Efforts are being made to control the spread of the virus. Authorities are focusing on eliminating the breeding grounds of the mosquito and taking precautions against mosquito bites by using insect repellent and mosquito nets. Expecting mothers have been advised to avoid visiting Latin American and Caribbean countries where they might be exposed to Zika.

Which countries are fighting the Zika outbreak?
According to WHO, Zika has been reported in 23 countries in the Americas. While Brazil remains the most affected nation, other countries, and territories include Barbados, Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Venezuela and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the PAHO.

India Has Developed The World's First Vaccine For Zika
Bharat Biotech, a city-based vaccines and bio-therapeutic manufacturer, on Wednesday claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in developing a vaccine to fight the dreaded mosquito-borne Zika virus, which allegedly causes serious birth defects in children.

Bharat Biotech is home to some of the most brilliant minds in the world and began work on the Zika virus a year ago, Krishna Ella, CMD Bharat Biotech, said.

"We believe we have an early mover advantage in developing the Zikavac and we are probably the first in the world to file for global patent for Zika vaccine candidates"
India Has Developed The World's First Vaccine For Zika, The Deadly Virus Terrifying The World!.
India develops First Vaccine For Zika, The Deadly Virus Terrifying The World!
"We have two candidate vaccines in development. One of them is an inactivated vaccine that has reached the stage of pre-clinical testing in animals," Ella said. Quoting a WHO report, he said Zika is now present in 23 countries and Brazil, the hardest-hit country, has reported around 3,530 cases of the devastating birth defect, called microcephaly, in 2015 that are strongly suspected to be related to Zika.

"We hope to announce the arrival of Zikavac to the world as early as possible," he said.
Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, which can breed in a pool of water as small as a bottle cap and usually bite during the day. The mosquito-transmitted infection is related to Dengue, Yellow Fever and West Nile virus. "Considering that women of child-bearing age and pregnant women are the prime target group for Zika virus vaccine, we consider safety as the overriding factor in the development of a new vaccine for this virus.

The vaccine methods developed early on, before the devastating consequences of the epidemics in Brazil came to light, provided us a push to accelerate vaccine development," Dr Sumathy, Director, R&D, Bharat Biotech said.
Currently, the vaccine maker is focusing towards scale up and characterization of the vaccine product, Ella further said.

Via: indiatimes

Bharatiya Gorkha Ekta Sangh have undertaken a ‘Cancer Patient Accommodation Project’

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The Bharatiya Gorkha Ekta Sangh is a socio - cultural organisation established in 2002 by Indian Gorkhas settled in Mumbai. The members are from different parts of India including Darjeeling, the Dooars, Assam, Uttaranchal and Himachal Pradesh. The objective of the Sangh is to showcase, preserve and promote the culture, language, literature and arts of the Indian Gorkhas by uniting them on one platform. Since its inception, the BGES has organised several social and cultural events in Mumbai. In the sphere of social welfare, it has hosted many free medical and blood donation camps in various parts of Mumbai including Navi Mumbai.

More recently, the Sangh has undertaken a ‘Cancer Patient Accommodation Project’ for cancer patients who come to Mumbai seeking treatment. Funds for the project are raised both on the local and national levels and there have been significant contributions by members. BGES chairman DhruvPradhan and joint secretary RohitPradhan recently visited Dehradun to promote the objective of the Sangh and the Cancer Patient Accommodation Project. People come to Mumbai from all over the country for treatment of cancer and they have to wait for weeks and months for an appointment. The treatment period takes even longer. Moreover, Mumbai is a very expensive city and most patients and their families cannot afford hotel and guesthouse charges. Keeping this in mind, BGES members initially hosted cancer patients at their own residences and even helped them financially. As many cancer patients do not survive, Sangh members also made arrangements to send their mortal remains home by air.
Bharatiya Gorkha Ekta Sangh undertaks a ‘Cancer Patient Accommodation Project’
Bharatiya Gorkha Ekta Sangh undertaks a ‘Cancer Patient Accommodation Project’
The CPAP came into being to help such needy cancer patients. Currently, accommodation for six patients and one companion has been made available at a very nominal cost. A kitchen with all cooking provisions has also been provided for guests to cook their own food. Further, there is a caretaker 24x7 to guide the patients during treatment. The number of beds will increase over time. The accommodation facility at Kurla was inaugurated in Kamgar Colony, Kurla on December 13 by Krishna Tamang from Kurseong, now a hotelier based in Mumbai. MGM Hospital in Vashi has donated five beds with bedding and side tables. The Sangh has started the project on a small scale, but the plan is to provide accommodation to poor and helpless patients on a much larger scale.

(EOIC)

5 Darjeeling plant extracts have cancer curing properties

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A recent study conducted on 30 medicinal plant extracts from the hills of Darjeeling has concluded that five among them have cancer curing properties. The research was conducted under the aegis of the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015.
 5 Darjeeling plant extracts have cancer curing propertie
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Ethanolic leaf extracts from the 30 plants were tested for their cytotoxicity against human breast adenocarcinoma cell line (MCF 7), human hepatocarcinoma cell line (HepG2) and human cervix adenocarcinoma cell line (HeLa). Cytotoxicity levels were evaluated by performing MTT assay, trypan blue exclusion assay and morphological assessment under phase contrast inverted microscope. For the extracts that tested positive, IC50 (the concentration that inhibits cell growth by 50 per cent) was calculated. The extracts were further subjected to Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) to determine their phytochemical profile.

As a result, five of the extracts, namely Artemisia Indica (Japanese Magwort or Titeypati), Eupatorium Odoratum (bitter bush/tonka bean), Eupatorium Adenophorum (small daisy), Maesa Macrophylla (big-leafed Magnolia) and Phlogacanthus Thyrsiformis (Nongmangkha) showed a 50 per cent capability of inhibiting cancer cell line growth at concentrations of 50gm/ml.

The five leaf extracts were then screened for their cytotoxic activity against three human cancerous cell lines - MCF7, HeLa and HepG2. Maesa Macrophylla (big-leaf Magnolia), comprising multiple known biologically active compounds, significantly inhibited the growth of HeLa and MCF7 cancerous cell lines.

Variations in climate, geographical location and rich ethno-medicinal tradition have made the Darjeeling hills an invaluable repository of traditional medicinal plants, the researchers noted. The study may provide the platform for further exploration of M. Macrophylla for its potent anticancer constituents, they added. (HS)

Source: EOI

Darjeeling district hospital set up a committee for maternity death issue

10:42 AM
Authorities at the Darjeeling district hospital have decided to set up a committee to inquire into the death of a woman following the birth of her child after her family members lodged a complaint with the chief medical officer of health against a doctor and the nurses on duty.
Darjeeling district hospital set up a committee for maternity death issue
The Darjeeling district hospital.

Peshok tea estate resident Sumita Rai (29) was admitted at the district hospital on August 30 with labour pain. On the night of September 1, she complained of extreme pain and went into labour. Her family members alleged the nurses on duty refused to attend to her saying the pain was normal in such circumstances.

According to Sumita’s sister-in-law Sangita Tamang, who was attending on her since admission, it took a call from the doctor for the nurses to get into action. Around 7:25am on September 2, Sumita gave birth to a girl child, but half an hour later the mother was declared as dead by the nurses. The newborn though, is in good health and is in the care of her father and relatives.

Sangita alleged it was the callousness of the nurses on duty and negligence of the doctor that caused Sumita’s demise. “Sumita complained of extreme labour pain on the evening of September 1. I rushed to the nurses’ cabin, but I was told the time for delivery had not approached yet. However, unable to bear my sister-in-law’s condition, I went to the nurses’ room again, but found the door bolted from inside,” alleged Sangita.

This prompted Sangita to summon her relatives and ask them to contact the doctor who was treating the patient. “It was around one o’clock in the morning when the nurses attended on my sister-in-law after a relative of ours called the doctor. By then I had already taken my sister-in-law to the labour room,” said Sangita. She added, “I was reprimanded by the nurses every time I requested them to check my sister-in-law’s condition. Around 7:00 in the morning, Sumita was taken inside the labour room where she delivered the child. But half an hour later, the nurses said my sister-in-law was no more.”

CMOH Asit Kumar Biswas today confirmed of receiving a complaint against the concerned doctor and nurses and promised to set up an inquiry committee to investigate the incident. “The husband of the deceased has filed a complaint alleging negligence in treatment and misconduct by the nurses on duty. I have asked the hospital superintendent to submit a report by Friday morning following which we will form a three-member committee to inquire into the allegation,” said Biswas.

According to the CMOH, the District Maternity Child Health Officer (DMCHO) will head the inquiry committee that will focus on three aspects: what transpired exactly; whether there was any negligence and who was responsible for it; and how best to avert such incidents in future.

“It is important to know the facts after taking into account the versions of all parties involved. In any case, we will take strict action on the guilty based on the findings of the inquiry committee,” assured Biswas.

The CMOH said remedial measures could include a show-cause notice to the doctor and the nurses and even transfers.

Meanwhile, Samir Sharma, the doctor who was treating Sumita, refused to comment on the allegations against him when contacted. The nurses who were on duty that day could not be contacted either.

Source: EOI

New AIDS vaccine may completely eradicate HIV from body

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A promising new AIDS vaccine may be able to completely eradicate the deadly HIV from the body, a new study has claimed.

AIDS vaccine
The HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate developed at Oregon Health & Science University has demonstrated the capacity to effectively remove all traces of an AIDS-causing virus from non-human primates, researchers said.
The promising vaccine is being tested through the use of a non-human primate form of HIV, called simian immunodeficiency virus, or SIV, which causes AIDS in monkeys.
Following further development, it is hoped an HIV-form of the vaccine candidate can soon be tested in humans.
"To date, HIV infection has only been cured in a very small number of highly publicised but unusual clinical cases in which HIV-infected individuals were treated with anti-viral medicines very early after the onset of infection or received a stem cell transplant to combat cancer," said Louis Picker, associate director of the OHSU Vaccine and Gene Therapy Institute.
"This latest research suggests that certain immune responses elicited by a new vaccine may also have the ability to completely remove HIV from the body," said Picker.
The Picker lab\'s approach involves the use of cytomegalovirus, or CMV, a common virus already carried by a large percentage of the population.
Researchers discovered that pairing CMV with SIV had a unique effect. They found that a modified version of CMV engineered to express SIV proteins generates and indefinitely maintains so-called "effector memory" T-cells that are capable of searching out and destroying SIV-infected cells.
T-cells are a key component of the body\'s immune system, which fights off disease, but T-cells elicited by conventional vaccines of SIV itself are not able to eliminate the virus.
The SIV-specific T-cells elicited by the modified CMV were different. About 50 per cent of monkeys given highly pathogenic SIV after being vaccinated with this vaccine became infected with SIV but over time eliminated all trace of SIV from the body.
In effect, the hunters of the body were provided with a much better targeting system and better weapons to help them find and destroy an elusive enemy.
"Through this method we were able to teach the monkey\'s body to better \'prepare its defences\' to combat the disease," said Picker.
"Our vaccine mobilised a T-cell response that was able to overtake the SIV invaders in 50 per cent of the cases treated. Moreover, in those cases with a positive response, our testing suggests SIV was banished from the host. We are hopeful that pairing our modified CMV vector with HIV will lead to a similar result in humans," said Picker.
The study was published in the journal Nature.

Source : financialexpress.com
 
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