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  • What is a new drug? A new drug shall continue to be considered as new drug for a period of four years from the date of its first approval.
  • "There's some cholesterol-lowering effect from curcumin, and some cholesterol-lowering effect from phytosterols, but if you combine them together it's a synergistic effect. It's beyond what you expect from the two compounds separately," said Professor Garg, University of Newcastle.
  • New research published in the journal Aging finds a compound that stops cancer cells from spreading by starving them of vitamin B-2. The findings may revolutionize traditional chemotherapy. Diphenyleneiodonium chloride (DPI) reduced over 90% of the energy produced in the cells' mitochondria by blocking vitamin B-2 - also known as riboflavin — which depleted the cells of energy. .... read more
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South-East Asia region aims to wipe out measles by 2020

The so-called ‘big six’ countries in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) South-East Asia region met on Wednesday in New Delhi on an accelerated strategy to wipe out measles and rubella in the next three years by targeting as many as 500 million children with vaccines. “Eliminating measles would avert half a million deaths,... read more

Practice Updates

EULAR publishes recommendations on imaging in large vessel vasculitis

The European Union League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) has published its first recommendations on the use of imaging in large vessel vasculitis such as giant cell arteritis and Takayasu arteritis in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases online January 22, 2018.... read more

Induced labor after 39 weeks in healthy women may reduce need for C-section

Results of a randomized trial of elective induction of labor at 39 weeks vs expectant management of low-risk nulliparous women show that elective induction of labor at 39 weeks results in fewer cesarean deliveries. Women in the induced group were also less likely to experience pregnancy-related blood pressure disorders,... read more

FDA adds Boxed Warning to highlight correct dosing of obeticholic acid for patients with PBC

In a safety communication, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that the liver disease medicine Ocaliva (obeticholic acid) has been incorrectly dosed daily instead of weekly in patients with moderate to severe primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) increasing the risk of serious liver injury. The FDA has added a new ... read more

A new AHA scientific statement on breast cancer and heart disease

According to a new scientific statement from the American Heart Association (AHA) published in the journal Circulation, patients with breast cancer may be at an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases including heart failure and may benefit from a treatment approach that weighs the benefits of specific therapies against potential damage to the heart.... read more

PSMA PET/CT scan may detect recurrence of prostate cancer early

A PET/CT scan with gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen (68Ga-PSMA-11) may locate recurrence of prostate cancer after radical prostatectomy early after disease recurrence and could help guide salvage radiotherapy, according to new research published in the February 2018 issue of The Journal of Nuclear... read more

Chronic diseases are an overlooked risk factor for cancer, says study

Chronic disease is an overlooked risk factor for cancer, and is as important as five major lifestyle factors combined says a prospective cohort study of more than 400,000 men and women published online January 31 in the British Medical Journal. Chronic diseases were found to contribute more than one fifth of the risk for ... read more

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Limit screen time for healthy physical and mental development of children
Excess screen time can not only damage the eyes but also cause psychological and behavioral issues
New Delhi, 02 January 2018: A recent survey has found that over 30% of children in India spend more than six hours a day staring at a screen. It also found that about 57% of Indian parents surveyed were worried about the impact of this screen time on their children’s eyesight. What is more alarming is that the average age at which kids start using screens has declined from 3 to 5 years to 12 to 18 months in the past decade. Connecting screens and meal time is another unhealthy trend.
The impact of excess screen time is not just restricted to the eyes. A child’s brain develops rapidly in the first six years and needs constructive stimulation instead of a passive one. Screen content only makes for passive viewing. More than 10 minutes of exposure at a time can affect the development of the brain.
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