A new diagnostic test to detect Early Dengue fever
A new ELISA test called the Platelia (tm) dengue NS1 Ag Assay is now available in India. The kit aims to help diagnose dengue on the very first day of symptoms. This new test detects the dengue virus NS1 antigen as soon as the first clinical signs appear allowing for rapid and early diagnosis. While, the currently available serological tests for dengue can identify the dengue virus only 4-6 days after the appearance of the first symptoms indirectly by detecting antibodies. NS or nonstructural protein is a glycoprotein which has no established biological activity, but is important for viability of the virus. Early diagnosis is crucial to initiate appropriate line of management at the earliest.
Colchicine now FDA-approved for prophylaxis of gout flares
Colchicine received FDA approval for the prophylaxis of gout flares. It has earlier been FDA approved for the treatment of acute gout flares.
Monoclonal antibody Arzerra for refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia granted FDA approval
Arzerra (ofatumumab) received accelerated approval by the FDA on October 26, 2009 for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) whose disease has been refractory to treatment with fludarabine and alemtuzumab. Arzerra is a monoclonal antibody that provokes an immune response against normal and malignant B cells. It attaches to small and large loop epitopes on CD20, a protein molecule found on the surface of B cells that become cancerous in CLL.
X ray machine crowned the greatest scientific invention
In a poll conducted by the Science Museum in London to commemorate its centenary, X-ray machine was voted as the best invention that had the greatest impact on the past, present and future. Discovery of penicillin and the double-helix structure of DNA were the next on the list. A German physicist Wilhelm Rontgen first discovered X-rays in November 1895. Following the discovery of x-rays, the x-ray machine was developed by John Reynolds and Russell Reynolds, a father and son duo.
1. X ray machines
3. DNA double helix
4. Apollo 10 capsule
5. V2 Rocket Engine
6. Stephenson's Rocket
7. Pilot ACE Computer
8. Steam Engine
9. Model T Ford
10. Electric Telegraph
Good news...a healthy ice cream on the way
Scientists at the University of Missouri are working to create a healthy ice cream. The researchers are trying to add nutrients like dietary fiber, antioxidants and probiotics to the new healthy ice cream making it another functional food. Functional foods have health benefits that go beyond simple nutrition. According to Ingolf Gruen, professor of food chemistry and ice cream researcher in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, these ingredients were selected because of their familiarity to the customers and also they have established health benefits. A prototype ready for tasting may be ready within six months.
John Crofton, the pioneer of TB cure
Sir John Crofton passed away in Edinburgh at the age of 97 years on 3rd November. Amongst his vast body of work, perhaps the most notable is developing effective treatment for pulmonary tuberculosis. His research transformed treatment of TB, then the scourge of millions across the world and saved several lives. He along with his team found a cure for TB by using a combination of three antibiotics, streptomycin, para-amino salicylic acid (PAS) and isoniazid, the 'Edinburgh Method'.
Converting Blood Glucose Levels
Multiply the mmol/L by 18 to get mg/dL (or divide with 0.055).
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Words of wisdom...
Let food be thy medicine, and let thy medicine be food...Hippocrates
A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his thought to derive benefit from his illnesses... Hippocrates
Medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability...Sir William Osler
The surgeon told his patient who woke up after having been operated: "I'm afraid we're going to have to operate you again. Because, you see, I forgot my rubber gloves inside you." "Well, if it's just because of them, I'd rather pay for them if you just leave me alone."
"Would it hurt to play Ping-Pong on a full stomach?" Arthur asked his doctor. "Well," the doctor replied, "I think a table would make more sense."
The Art of Management
- Never take a problem to your boss unless you have a solution.
- The best way to kill an idea is to take it to a meeting.
- Friendship founded on business is always better than business founded on friendship.
- You won't get a second chance to make the first impression.
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