HC junks plea to legalize cannabis
New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday dismissed with a cost of Rs 10,000 a petition seeking to legalize cannabis for medical purposes.
Cannabis is a banned drug whose possession or use attracts criminal prosecution. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar said there was no substance in the petition and it was not inclined to grant the prayer.... read more
Statement on governance and oversight of human genome editing
The WHO expert advisory committee on governance and oversight of human genome editing convened on March 18-19, 2019. At this meeting the Committee in an interim recommendation to the WHO Director-general stated that “it would be irresponsible at this time for anyone to proceed with clinical applications of human germline genome editing.”... read more
Mediterranean diet during pregnancy may lower gestational diabetes risk, finds study
Women who follow a Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy, including a daily portion of walnuts and almonds, and extra virgin olive oil, may have a lower risk of gestational diabetes, a study claims.
The results, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, found women who followed a Mediterranean-style diet during pregnancy had a 35% lower risk of gestational diabetes and on average gained 2.75 pounds less,... read more
Two-Drug HIV Treatment Holds Up at 96 Weeks
HIV treatment with a two-drug regimen remained non-inferior to three-drug therapy among treatment-naive patients at 96 weeks, with no cases of treatment-emergent resistance, reported new research.
Pooled data from the phase III GEMINI 1 and 2 trials at 96 weeks showed that 86% of patients in the dolutegravir plus lamivudine (Dovato) arm had HIV RNA ... read more
Starting Dialysis at Higher eGFR in Kids Linked to Worse Survival
Starting dialysis in children with higher estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is associated with worse survival, according to a retrospective study of pediatric patients registered in the U.S. Renal Data System (USRDS).
Overall, 29% of the children had higher eGFR at dialysis initiation, the researchers report in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.... read more
FMT Tx Disappoints in Diarrhea-Predominant IBS
A microbiome makeover with fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) proved no better -- and perhaps somewhat worse -- than placebo for easing the symptoms of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D), researchers reported.
In the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled crossover trial, primary endpoint, IBS-Symptom Severity Scores (IBS-SSS), did not differ between FMT recipients and placebo recipients at 12 weeks ... read more
Spinal Stimulation May be Best 'Medicine' for Intractable Spine, Limb Pain
In patients with intractable spine and limb pain, spinal stimulation (SS), particularly with newer technologies, was associated with better pain relief than medical therapy, a systematic review and meta-analysis reveals.
As reported online July 3 in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, 12 trials involving 980 patients were included. Compared with medical therapy,... read more