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Hypertension: Reasons for missed appointments

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February 24, 2021

India now has a system to bring down the death rates of cardiovascular diseases by monitoring the registered hypertensives,. Yet the patients miss their regular appointments. Why? Bidisha Das from the WHO country office investigates.

Circular RNAs as Colorectal Cancer Biomarkers

Rajabrata Bhuyan from the Banasthali Vidyapith and Angshuman Bagchi from the University of Kalyani have identified circular non-coding RNAs involved in colorectal cancers. This type of RNAs may one day become a part of cancer diagnostics and perhaps will even play a role in therapeutics.

Alzheimer’s Disease: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors from plants

Angamba Potshangbam and team from Manipur University queried their database of medicinal plants to search for alternatives to donezepil, used for Alzheimer’s. Using molecular docking and in vitro studies they identified two plants with potential for ameliorating Alzheimer’s disease.

Wound Healing Dynamics: Cell density and migration

In wound healing, the epithelial cells migrate to close the wound. Researchers from TIFR Hyderabad find that the leader cells in this mass migration emerge depending on density, and the leadership positions shift dynamically, depending on the contours of the wound.

Photonic Crystal to Diagnose Malaria

Diagnosing malaria is difficult because there are different Plasmodium species producing wide variations in symptoms. And blood smear test often gives false negatives. Researchers from three colleges in Bikaner have now come up with a new faster and more accurate, diagnostic tool.

Epidemiology of TB: Mathematics of transmission

Tuberculosis occurrence rates seem to pulsate in time, according to a stochastic model of TB transmission. Researchers from JNU, New Delhi inquire to seek solutions. Read on.

Elemental Carbon: Air quality indicator?

Aerosols of two and half and ten micrometres are considered as measures of air pollution.  The proportion of elemental carbon in the aerosols that gets deposited in lungs may also need to be included, argue scientists.

Sensing Hydrogen Sulphide

Hydrogen sulphide, toxic at high concentrations, is an important part of out physiology at very low concentrations. A sensor that is sensitive enough to detect the changes in its concentrations are important in the diagnosis of many diseases. Indian researchers have now found a way, using the chromophore of a fluorescent protein.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Stevioside supplement therapy

Researchers from CSIR-IICT, CCMB and A U college of Pharmaceutical have something sweet to tell people suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Steviol glycoside from Stevia rebaudiana is a good supplement therapy.

Cash from Cashew

Cashew nut factories in India now have more capacity than the nuts they can churn out. Farmers are not happy with the returns on investment. Here is a mini-review on recent discoveries that may change the situation.

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