Medicine
Cut on heartburn pills to avoid serious side effects: Study

Cut on heartburn pills to avoid serious side effects: Study

Toronto: Doctors must prescribe heartburn and acidity pills in lowest possible doses and for shortest time to patients to ward off potential side effects, researchers warn. more

New compound heals diabetic wound faster

New compound heals diabetic wound faster

New York: Researchers have discovered a compound that accelerates diabetic wound healing, which may open the door to new treatment strategies. more

Child with Drug-Resistant TB successfully treated at US hospital

Child with Drug-Resistant TB successfully treated at US hospital

Washington: Johns Hopkins Children’s Centre specialists report they have successfully treated and put in remission a two-year-old, now age 5, with a highly virulent form of tuberculosis known as XDR TB, or extensively drug-resistant TB. The case, researchers say, provides the first detailed account of a young child in the United States diagnosed and treated for XDR TB. more

Bipolar disorder drug for adults also safe for kids

Bipolar disorder drug for adults also safe for kids

New York: Lithium, a drug used successfully for decades to treat adults with the bipolar disorder, can also be safe and effective for children suffering from the chronic brain condition marked by spontaneous, changing bouts of elation and depression, says a new study. more

How antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be eliminated

How antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be eliminated

New York: A combination and sequence of antibiotics can effectively hinder the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a study found. more

Antibiotics after knee and hip surgery: Are they effective?

Antibiotics after knee and hip surgery: Are they effective?

Toronto: Prescribing antibiotics after joint surgery to prevent infection is common, although there is little evidence to support it, argues a commentary published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). more

Novel drugs that disguise as human platelets to target cancer

Novel drugs that disguise as human platelets to target cancer

New York: In a first, researchers have developed a technique that coats anti-cancer drugs as patient’s own platelets, allowing the drugs to last longer and attack both primary tumours and the circulating tumour cells that can cause cancer to spread. more

Indian-origin scientist designs tiny ‘vehicle’ to drive drugs to targets

Indian-origin scientist designs tiny ‘vehicle’ to drive drugs to targets

New Delhi: With the side-effects of therapy being one of the major stumbling blocks in advancing treatment for deadly diseases, a team of scientists, including one of Indian origin, has designed a “nanovehicle” that could drive drugs straight to their destinations — the diseased tissues — thereby sparing other healthy organs from any unintended effects. more

New drug approach could offer relief to patients, hospitals fighting antibiotic resistance

New drug approach could offer relief to patients, hospitals fighting antibiotic resistance

Washington: Virginia Tech researchers have discovered a new group of antibiotics that may provide relief to some of the more than 2 million people in the United States affected by antibiotic resistance. more

Combo of three antibiotics can kill deadly staph infections

Combo of three antibiotics can kill deadly staph infections

Washington: Three antibiotics that, individually, are not effective against a drug-resistant staph infection can kill the deadly pathogen when combined as a trio, according to new research. more