Health Ministry asks states to create intelligence cells to crackdown against spurious drugs
New Delhi: With an aim to check illegal practices of manufacturing spurious drugs, the Health Ministry has directed states to create intelligence cells to expose and bust such rackets.
These intelligence cells will work in coordination with the officers of state drug departments and the Central Drug Control Standard Organisation (CDCSO) to unearth the illegal activities of spurious drugs and their manufacturing units.... read more
WHO launches global registry on human genome editing
A WHO expert advisory committee has approved the first phase of a new global registry to track research on human genome editing. The 18-member committee also announced an online consultation on the governance of genome editing.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO's Director-General, emphasized that countries should not allow any further work on human germline genome editing in human clinical applications... read more
Global measles cases three times higher than last year: WHO
Every region in the world, except the Americas, is experiencing an increase in the number of cases of measles, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.
The WHO's Kate O'Brien put the blame on weak health systems and misinformation about vaccines, and called on social media outlets and communities to make sure information about preventing the highly contagious disease was accurate. ... read more
As the Climate Shifts, Central America Confronts a Deadly Dengue Outbreak
Central America is grappling with its worst outbreak of dengue fever in decades - and scientists say the disease is likely to spread and become more frequent in the future due to climate change.
Worst hit is Honduras where about 109 deaths from the mosquito-borne disease have been recorded, many among children, making this year's dengue fever outbreak the deadliest on record in the Central America nation, the United Nations noted. Also hard hit in Central America are Nicaragua,... read more
AAN releases new guideline about immunization and multiple sclerosis
Most multiple sclerosis (MS) patients should receive recommended vaccinations, including yearly flu shots, according to an updated American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline about immunization and MS.
The guideline was published in Neurology. The new guidance updates one from 2002 and incorporates new evidence, vaccines,
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Statins Make Economic Sense for Borderline-Risk Patients
A cost-effectiveness analysis provides economic justification for the 2018 American guideline recommendation to consider statin treatment in certain patients with borderline risk, investigators showed.
Adding preventive statins to such patients -- who have predicted 10-year absolute risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease in the... read more
Pre-Op Aflibercept Ups Response in High-Risk Rectal Cancer
The addition of aflibercept (Eylea) to modified fluorouracil, leucovorin, and oxaliplatin (FOLFOX6) induction chemotherapy increased the rate of pathologic complete response among patients with high-risk rectal adenocarcinoma, the randomized GEMCAD 1402 trial found.
In the phase II study of 180 patients, the pathologic complete response rate was 22.6% among patients assigned aflibercept compared... read more