Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Antidepressants while pregnant may make baby autistic

Paris: Children exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy are more likely to suffer autism, but the added risk is very small and may not, in fact, stem from the drugs, researchers said Wednesday.

The connection between medications used to treat depression and autism in children has shown up in earlier research, but investigators have been unsure whether the link is down to pre-existing illness, the antidepressants, or some other mix of factors.
Friday, 16 June 2017

Broccoli helps control Diabetes 2 blood sugar levels

Diabetes patients may have a possible solution that helps control blood sugar levels. Health experts often advise people to eat their greens and eating broccoli could potentially hold the key to countering type 2 diabetes.
Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Though Vikram’s trial will take time, I’m glad he has been charged under Section 304: Abhishek Dutta

KOLKATA: Friends of model-turned-anchor Sonika Singh Chauhan are happy that actor Vikram Chatterjee has been charged with culpable homicide not amounting for murder for her death in a car accident.
Sunday, 28 May 2017


As reported by Bangalore Mirror, United Bengaluru, a citizen action forum, has given a war call to all active and worried citizens to come together and report violations like discharge of industrial effluents into lakes, dumping of debris or garbage and polluting lakes, illegal encroachments of buffer zone and lake beds, etc. in the vicinity of lakes they are residing in at three different locations namely, Horamavu, Agara and Challakere on May 27.
Saturday, 27 May 2017

Zika virus : reaches India, WHO confirms 3 cases in Ahmedabad

Zika virus disease has reached India, with the World Health Organisation (WHO) confirming first three cases in Gujarat's Ahmedabad.

The WHO endorsed the findings of laboratory tests conducted in the country, saying all three cases, including that of a pregnanat woman, were reported from Bapunagar area of the city.
Monday, 15 May 2017

Merck opens new M Lab Collaboration Center in Bangalore

Merck, a leading science and technology company, announced the expansion of its M Lab Collaboration Center in Bangalore, India. The facility will provide biopharmaceutical manufacturers with a shared, exploratory environment where they can closely collaborate with Merck scientists and engineers to solve their toughest challenges and accelerate development of new therapies.
Saturday, 1 April 2017

Train runs over tiger in Madhya Pradesh

A tiger was killed after being hit by a speeding train last night between Budhni and Midghat sections here. The carcass of the animal was spotted near the track by railway staffers, who later alerted police and forest officials, Additional Superintendent of Police A P Singh said today.
The incident took place between Budhni and Midghat sections near pole number 175/8, Singh said, adding further details were awaited.
Friday, 31 March 2017

SC bans sale of BS-III compliant vehicles from 1st April 2017

NEW DELHI: In a major setback to the Indian automotive industry, Supreme Court has banned sale of Bharat Stage III (BS-III) vehicles after March 31, 2017. The automobile industry has an unsold BS-III vehicles stock of 8.24 lakh units.

Two-wheeler majors Hero MotoCorp and Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India are offering discounts of up to Rs 12,500 on BS-III models to liquidate stocks, a day after the Supreme Court banned sale and registration of such vehicles from April 1.

Post the announcement India's largest two-wheeler manufacturer Hero Motocorp shares declined by about 3% and CV manufacturer Ashok Leyland's shares dipped by 6% from its day's height.

The Supreme Court hearing mentioned that public health is more important than inventories and the sale and registration of BS-III compliant vehicles will not be permitted from 1st April 2017.

According to sources in the auto industry, there are 75,000 unsold BS-III commercial vehicles, 16,000 passenger vehicles, 40,000 three-wheelers and 6.71 lakh two-wheelers. Hero Motocorp has over 3.28 lakh units of BS-III vehicles in its inventory which is estimated to be over 1,200 crore.

Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Hero Motorcorp said, "I welcome this move by Supreme Court in the interest of public health. Hero MotoCorp, recognising the need of the hour.We have reduced our BS III inventory significantly in the past few months with the aim to minimise our stakeholder losses."

President of SIAM and MD of Ashok Leyland told ETNow that its unfair if registration of vehicles is not allowed. He also added that Ashok Leyland will not have any impact on company's sales and operations.

#BharatStageIII     #supremecourt
Thursday, 30 March 2017

Police investigate human waste found in Coca-Cola cans at factory in Ireland

Police are looking into how human waste ended up in a batch of Coca-Cola drink cans at one of the company’s factories in Northern Ireland.
Employees working the night shift at the Lisburn soda plant were disrupted last week when a consignment of cans clogged one of their machines — that’s when they made the grotesque discovery, The Guardian reported.
The cans arrive at the plant without their tops and are then filled with soda before being sealed and sold.
Coca-Cola suspended all night-time processing as soon as they learned of the incident and seized all the affected cans. The beverage giant additionally emphasized none of the contaminated product made it to sale.

“The problem was identified immediately through our robust quality procedures and all of the product from the affected batch was immediately impounded and will not be sold,” Coca-Cola said in a statement cited by the Belfast Telegraph. “This is an isolated incident and does not affect any products currently on sale.”
The Police Service of Northern Ireland told the Guardian it had opened an investigation into the matter.
Pat Catney, a local politician for the Lagan Valley area told the BBC the incident “beggars belief.”
Saturday, 25 March 2017

Bengaluru, Shamed By Frothing Lake, Summons International Help


Bengaluru's lakes have turned into showstoppers for reasons the city should be ashamed of. The two largest ones - Bellandur and Varthur - have, in the last 20 years, frothed, foamed and burst into flames, the result of relentlessly being forced to accommodate toxic chemicals and untreated sewage.

Today, experts from Britain and Israel visited Bellandur Lake, located in the south east part of the city, surrounded by high-rise buildings. In February, the lake, nearly 900 acres large, was covered with a fire, shooting streams of smoke into the sky and blinding drivers who pulled over to avoid accidents. The fire fighters summoned were amazed at the scale of the fire, which raged for nearly eight hours, on a body of water.

Bengaluru was rechristened India's Silicon Valley when its outsourcing industry became a worldwide phenomenon. And yet, neither the highly skilled techies nor local government agencies have been able to develop a workable solution for the crisis of its lakes
Thursday, 17 December 2015

Beijing say's : Here we go again ; 2nd ever pollution warning announced !!!

The Chinese capital will see hazardous smog from Saturday until Tuesday, the Beijing Meteorological Service said. Nationwide, a vast area from Xian in central China to Harbin in the north-east would also be affected, the National Meteorological Centre said.

The alert triggers restrictions on vehicle use, factories and building.

The government has promised to take action to address often dangerous levels of pollution.

Meteorological authorities have said that the regional smog is likely to be worse than the last red alert earlier this month, with the PM2.5 pollution level to exceed 500 micrograms per cubic metre. The smog which hit Beijing on 8 December had peaked just below 300. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors if levels exceed that level.

The World Health Organization recommends 25 micrograms per cubic metre as the maximum safe level.
Authorities released a map showing that heavy smog would blanket a swathe of the country spanning nearly 2,000km (1,200 miles), encompassing at least 12 major cities, with Beijing and nearby city Shijiazhuang heaviest hit.

Map of China north east major cities

The other cities would experience medium or lesser levels of smog.
The news was greeted with exasperation and worry among Chinese citizens online. "Here we go again!" said Weibo user. "I really don't know what the government is doing? It can predict the smog but not take the appropriate measures beforehand, rather it's letting the smog harm citizens," said Beijingpuer.

The current four-level alert system was instituted about two years ago, although the red alert had never been issued until this month.

Coal-powered industries and heating systems - in heavy use during the cold Beijing winter - are major contributors to the smog, which is made worse by weather conditions and the city's geography.
Beijing is bordered to the south and east by industrial areas that generate pollution, and to the north and west by mountains that trap it over the city. China still depends on coal for more than 60% of its power, despite big investments in renewable energy sources.

Earlier this month China was part of the landmark Paris climate change agreement that set a course for China, and the world, to move away from fossil fuels in the long term.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Rs 600 cr Narayana Hrudayalaya IPO: Balancing affordable healthcare and the impending pressure for profits

He is more relaxed in his doctor’s scrubs than in a formal business suit and more comfortable delivering clipped instructions through a surgical mask at an operating table rather than behind a microphone talking about business profits. It is certainly a new avatar of Dr Devi Shetty, who is taking his Narayana Hrudayalaya public this week.

Narayana Hrudayalaya, which is set to hit the primary markets with a Rs 613-crore IPO tomorrow, today said it raised Rs 184 crore from 15 anchor investors, including Singapore government, at the upper price band.

The Devi Shetty-run hospital company has allotted 73.57 lakh equity shares at Rs 250 per share aggregating to Rs 183.93 crore to anchors investors like Morgan Stanley, Mirae Asset Management, Nomura, Government of Singapore, Reliance AMC, Birla Sun Life, DSP Blackrock, UTI, ICICI Prudential, SBI MF among others.

The IPO opens on December 17 and closes on December 21 and the company has set price band of Rs 245-250 for the sale.

Post-IPO, promoters would have 65 per cent stake in the company.

The IPO includes an offer of sale of up to 2.45 crore equity shares representing 14.04 per cent stake in the company by the promoters and other existing shareholders.
Saturday, 12 December 2015

COP21 : Reaches the final draft stage !!!!

An official in the office of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told the AFP news agency the draft would be presented to ministers at 10:30 GMT.

No details of the proposed agreement have been released so far.

The tentative deal was reached nearly 16 hours after the talks had been scheduled to close.
"We have a text to present," officials said, adding that the draft would be now translated into the UN's six official languages.

Analysts say that this is not a done deal - it will only be finally adopted if there are no objections raised at Saturday morning's ministerial meeting, and even this is unlikely to come before afternoon in the French capital.

Mr Fabius, who has presided over the talks, had said earlier that the "conditions were never better" for a strong and ambitious agreement.

Significant progress had been reported on a range of issues, with evidence of real compromise between the parties, the BBC's environment correspondent Matt McGrath in Paris reported earlier.

He added that countries supported a goal of keeping global temperature rises to 2C but agreed to make their best efforts to keep it to 1.5C. However, the language on cutting emissions in the long term was criticised for significantly watering down ambition. 

The question of different demands on different countries, depending on their wealth and level of development - called "differentiation" at the talks - was said to be the root cause of the difficulties. Another major difficulty was transparency - richer countries want a single system of measuring, reporting and verifying the commitments countries make as part of this agreement. It is said to be crucial to the US, which wants to ensure that China is subject to the same sort of oversight as it is. China and India are not keen on this type of oversight.

One positive note came with the announcement that Brazil was willing to join the so-called "high-ambition coalition" of countries including the EU, the US and 79 countries. The alliance said it would push for an ambitious and legally binding deal with a strong review mechanism.
Thursday, 10 December 2015


                                                                                       - KRITI RAI

Dengue a word which sends shivers down spine. Posing as an epidemic nearly 2.5 billion people, over 40% of the world's population are at risk of getting dengue. Mexican health authorities said that after working tirelessly for 2 years on 40 thousand people of 15 countries the vaccine has been approved. Dengvaxia named dengue vaccine has been created by France- based Sanofi Pasteur. Sanofi said its vaccine was shown to reduce dengue due to all four serotypes [strains]. Vaccine is 60.5% effective against normal dengue and 93.2% effective against severe type of dengue. As of now it is aimed at people aged 9-45. However the price of drug is not finalised yet. Other countries like India, US, UK, Australia are also working on development of vaccine. In India it might be made available by the end of 2016 0r 2017. But the success of the new vaccine will depend largely on the ability and willingness of governments across Latin America and Asia, where the disease is most widespread, to launch mass vaccination campaigns. But surely the news has come as a sign of relief to many suffering from it.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

World's first dengue fever vaccine cleared

Mexico City: The world's first dengue vaccine won regulatory approval in Mexico on Wednesday, raising hopes that it could prevent more than 100 deaths there a year and eventually perhaps millions around the world.
Globally, dengue is the fastest-growing mosquito-borne disease, with as many as 400 million people infected every year, according to the World Health Organization.

The Dengvaxia vaccine is being manufactured by French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi. The company has requested regulatory approval in 20 countries across Asia and Latin America, but Mexico was the first to give it the green light.
While the price tag has yet to be decided, the vaccine has the potential to be a "blockbuster" drug and generate more than $1 billion a year in revenue for Sanofi, said Olivier Charmeil, head of the company's vaccines division.
"It's a very important moment in the history of public health," Charmeil told agencies, describing Dengvaxia as the "innovation of the decade."
Monday, 30 November 2015

COP21 : Paris Climate Change 2015 !!!!

Nearly 150 world leaders are meeting in Paris over one mission: Agree on legally binding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. As global average temperatures soar, they will try to get a handle on the cause.

On Monday, the leaders of the main players necessary to achieve the ambitious goal -- China and the United States -- will sit down together at the COP21. They are also the largest producers of greenhouse gases.

COP stands for Conference of Parties, an annual forum to try to tackle climate on a global political level. It kicks off under the specter of the November 13 terror attacks in Paris that killed 130, and world leaders will observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims on Monday.
Authorities have clamped down on anti-global warming demonstrations in the city out of security concerns.

Nevertheless, disappointed demonstrators turned out on Sunday, and brief clashes erupted with police at the Place de la Republique, where peaceful protesters had placed rows of shoes and name tags to represent the crowds not allowed to show up.

In a blunt warning to rich nations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday told developed countries — which powered their way to prosperity on fossil fuels — that it would be “morally wrong” if they shift the burden of reducing emissions on developing countries such as India.

“The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities should be the bedrock of our collective enterprise. Anything else would be morally wrong,” he wrote in the Opinion section of today’s Financial Times. He asked the developed nations to fulfill their duty to shoulder the greater burden of the fight against climate change.

Mr. Modi reiterated his plans to launch an alliance of 121 solar-rich nations in the tropics aimed at bringing affordable solar power to villages that are off the grid.

“We expect the same from the world with respect to responding to climate change,” he said.

“India is also experiencing the impact of climate change caused by the industrial age of the developed world. We are concerned about our 7,500km of coastline, more than 1,300 islands, the glaciers that sustain our civilization and our millions of vulnerable farmers,” he wrote.

“We should meet our need for clean energy and healthy habitats in a spirit of partnership, not put nations on different sides. India will work with governments, laboratories and industry to facilitate a natural transition to a clean energy era through affordable and accessible renewable energy,” he said.
Monday, 19 October 2015

Maggi ban lifted in Karnataka & Gujarat !!!!

Good News for Maggi Lovers!!!

Two days after Maggi samples passed all the tests in three laboratories designated by Bombay high court, Karnataka and Gujarat governments said they would lift the ban on the Nestle product.

Maggi, a popular instant noodles brand of Nestle, was banned in June following directive of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) — a Central Watch Dog. The food product was banned as a precautionary measure to ensure public health.

Making an announcement on lifting the ban on Maggi, the Minister for Health U.T. Khader said that, as none of the food testing laboratories has quantified the extent of lead and monosodium Gutamate (MSG) content in Maggi, ban was withdrawn with immediate effect, he said. However, Mr. Khader said that, department would not allow marketing of ‘old’ stock in to the market. Fresh product would be allowed in to the market after testing, he clarified.

Gujarat Food and Drug Control Authority (FDCA) too said it has lifted the ban on the sale ‘Maggi’ noodles.
Thursday, 8 October 2015

Love Affair which led to the ban of 700 drugs of GVK BIO !!!

In a special report (by The Hindu daily) on how a love affair between two staffers of GVK Biosciences - one of the largest Contract Research Organizations based in Hyderabad - spiraled into a blow for the company’s business. “A torrid love affair between two employees resulted in the international scrutiny of GVK Biosciences and a ban on marketing of around 700 generic drugs tested by the facility,” says this report.
The man in question was in love with a junior, left with her in 2011, prompting the girl’s parents to approach the police. GVK Biosciences soon dismissed the employee. The police, during the investigation went through the employee’s emails and found that he had written to every major drug regulatory authority in the world raising doubts about the quality of clinical research conducted at GVK Biosciences.
International medicine agencies sought to inspect GVK Biosciences’ Hyderabad facility and alleged manipulation of data by the organization. The European Union banned 700 drugs tested by GVK Biosciences in July this year after which the Indian government suspended the EU Free Trade Agreement (EU FTA) talks that were to resume in August after a two-year break.
A GVK Biosciences spokesperson in a written statement confirmed the developments. “Based on the anonymous emails received, a joint inspection was triggered by various International Regulatory Authorities at GVK Biosciences, Hyderabad, Clinical Unit between June 25 and July 4, 2012. It was then found that the employee, though married and blessed with two children, had an illegitimate affair. He resigned from GVK Biosciences in September 2011 to sort out/resolve this issue but started blaming GVK Biosciences for his personal issue”
Between January and October 2013, the whistle-blower had sent 15 emails to the United States Food & Drug Administration (USFDA), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES) and the National Agency for Medicines and Health Products Safety (ANSM), requesting them to audit the facility.

The ban had come in the backdrop of increasing tensions, with multinational pharmaceutical companies accusing India of having a hostile intellectual property climate. The Indian generic drug-makers had countered by accusing big pharma of using patents as an excuse to keep affordable Indian medicines from the access of poor patients.
Thursday, 1 October 2015

Principles of healthy living by Mahatma Gandhi

Health is real wealth
“It is Health that is real Wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”, MK Gandhi had once said. Mahatma believed that nothing is more valuable than good health, and passed this advice to all the future generations. So, make health, not wealth, your priority.

Live life your way
"Whatever you do in life will be insignificant, but it's very important that you do it. Because nobody else will”, reads one of MK Gandhi’s famous quotes. 
He always asked people around him to live life feeling passionate and honest  and by following a sense of purpose. Live your life your way. If there is something to be done, do it and do it now!

Self-restraint is key to healthy eating
“The body was never meant to be treated as a refuse bin, holding all the foods that the palate demands”, the Mahatma had said.
Gandhi always professed the need of healthy eating to keep body and soul in good shape. Throughout his life, he experimented with various diets and practiced self-restrain. At one point, he turned completely vegan for 6 years and also restrained milk products during this phase. He chose foods he found strengthening and gave up those foods that made him weak. That’s how he found a healthier, well-rounded diet combination.
Self-restraint is key to healthy eating

Give body time to detox
Gandhi fasted on several occasions. This practice, he believed, helps detox your body, utilize fat deposits, cleanse the stomach and get rid of toxins to safeguard against infections.
Give body time to detox

Bring discipline in life
Gandhiji always abided by “Early to bed and early to rise.” He approved of a disciplined routine to optimise one’s body and mind. So, here is your lesson – get enough Zzz when it is right and give body rest and time to repair itself. Wake up early to give yourself more time to do the umpteen things you wouldn’t have done otherwise.
Bring discipline in life
Monday, 14 September 2015

First time ever - 3D printed ribcage !!!

3D printing seems to be finding a niche in medicine.  In the world’s first operation of such kind, a cancer suffering patient was successfully implanted with a 3D printed titanium sternum and rib implant.

The implant was done for a Spanish patient, 54, diagnosed with a chest wall sarcoma (a form of cancer in which a tumor grows inside or around the rib cage). He needed a part of his rib cage including a sternum to be removed.

The patient, suffering from a form of cancer that formed tumors in his chest cavity. To get rid of them, doctors at Salamanca University Hospital needed to cut out a section of his ribs, along with his breastplate.

Often, doctors would replace the ribcage with a flat piece of titanium—which can actually loosen over time—but 3D printing allows for a more customized implant. The team at Salamanca took CT scans of the patient’s ribcage and used those images both to show surgeons exactly where to cut, and to create a 3D model to print replacement parts.

The surgeons contacted Australian medical device company Anatomics. The Spanish team also made a high-resolution computer tomography scan to plan the surgery in details as to allow Anatomics to create an accurate implant that would match the removed part.

Anatomics sent the 3D files to the Australian government’s 3D-printing lab at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). The lab’s printer prints by using a high-powered electron beam to melt metal powder into layers. The result was a titanium object that looks less like ribs and more like something you’d see in a car’s engine, and fit perfectly into the patient’s ribcage. The implant was then transferred to Spain to be used in the operation. The Spanish surgeons had previously revealed their vision of titanium-printed implants in a theoretical paper published in the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery.

The details of the joint Spanish-Australian project initiated by Spanish surgeons were disclosed in a press-release by the office of the Australian science and industry minister, Ian Macfarlane, on Friday.

Follow us