45 Japanese Encephalitis deaths reported in Assam
Forty-five people have died till July 3 since the outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis in Assam, the National Health Mission said Thursday.
Most of upper Assam districts, including Jorhat, Golaghat, Dibrugarh, Lakhimpur, and the lower Assam district of Kamrup have been affected by the mosquito-borne disease. "Assam is undergoing the transmission season for Japanese Encephalitis cases.... read more
16 crore people in India consume alcohol: Minister
NEW DELHI: Alcohol is the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians followed by cannabis and opioids, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.
Making a statement in response to a calling attention motion introduced by BJP MP RK Sinha, Social Justice and Empowerment minister Thawar Chand Gehlot said over 16 crore people in the country consume alcohol, around 3.1 crore use cannabis and about 77 lakh people take opioids.... read more
European Commission Approves Dovato for HIV
The European Commission has approved the fixed-dose combination of dolutegravir and lamivudine (Dovato, ViiV Healthcare) for HIV-1 infection.
Dovato contains 50 mg dolutegravir, an integrase inhibitor, and 300 mg lamivudine, a nucleoside analogue. It is indicated for treatment-naïve adults and children older than 12 years weighing at least 40 kg with no known... read more
Nerve Transfers Restore Hand, Elbow Functions in Paralyzed Patients
Nerve transfers restored hand function and elbow extension in 13 young adults with traumatic spinal cord injury, a prospective case series from Australia showed.
Surgery to attach functioning nerves above the injury to paralyzed nerves below it, combined with 2 years of physical therapy, helped tetraplegic patients grasp, pinch, and open and close their hands and improved their ability to propel their wheelchair and transfer into a bed or a car,... read more
Risk of Stillbirth May Be Higher in Prolonged Pregnancies
Risk of stillbirth at term increases considerably for low-risk pregnancies continuing beyond 40 weeks, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis.
Stillbirth risk steadily increased from 0.11 per 1,000 pregnancies at 37 weeks (95% CI 0.07-0.15) to 3.18 per 1,000 at 42 weeks (95% CI 1.84-4.35), reported Shakila Thangaratinam, MBBS, of the Queens Mary University of London, and colleagues.
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