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Filariasis affects kidney?

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November 8, 2018

Filariasis brings images of swollen legs or hands. But it can affect kidneys too. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi reports two such cases. Diagnosing of the problem is difficult for doctors in endemic areas and call for innovations to tackle the problem, say the researchers.

Obsessions and Compulsions

Researchers in NIMHANS, Bengaluru point out that the earlier findings about decrease in hippocampal volume in OCD patients may not be accurate. In fact, the hippocampus of OCD patients are more than in controls. However, in severe cases of obsessive compulsive disorder, the posterior part of the hippocampus seem to reduce in size.

Date Palm Silver Nanoparticles

The root hairs of the date palm from Saudi Arabia goes to Korea where they extract the phytochemicals. The extract is used to produce silver nanoparticles that are effective against bacteria, fungi and cancerous growth.

Targeting Salmonella in the era of drug resistance

Pune University researchers identify six drug targets for treating antibiotic resistant salmonella

Arrest that Biofilm! Starring the Spider Lily

The beach spider lily, Hymenocallis littoralis, has medicinal benefits. It has anti-viral properties and is useful in tumour or cancer cases. It also inhibits biofilm formation – important in overcoming pathogens. Biofilms make cells impermeable to antimicrobials and can cause antibiotic resistance. However, we lack studies on the active compounds that inhibit biofilm formation. Last… Read More ›

Targeting Malaria: Nutrient nanoparticles carry the drug

Out of the four species of malarial parasites, Plasmodium falciparum, is most deadly. Nearly one million people die, every year, from P. falciparum infections. When the parasite enters red blood cells, it ingests their haemoglobin and deposits it in a digestive vacuole. Here, hemoglobin is broken down to heme and peptides. While peptides are useful to… Read More ›

Documenting  Discrimination: Perceptions of plant gender

Plants that bear either male or female flowers differ in their medicinal properties depending on the sex of the plant. Do Ayurveda practitioners and folk healers distinguish the distinct properties of male and female plants?

Lead Drugs from Brown Seaweed

Seaweeds are a predominant component of marine flora. There are several species of seaweed or macroalgae: red, brown and green. Seaweeds are a rich source of many bioactive secondary metabolites with extraordinary medicinal properties, ripe for industrial exploitation. Recently, Kajal Chakraborty and team from the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute, Cochin discovered sulphated polysaccharide in… Read More ›

Diagnosing Depression: Egged on by EEG

Electroencephalograms record brain activity non-invasively and have been used to study depression since the 1930s. Yet depression continues to strike celebrity and commoner alike. A timely diagnosis, could, perhaps, save lives. Generally, specialists rely on time consuming questionnaires and sessions. Now, with colleagues from Singapore, Malaysia and the US,  D P Subha from the NIT… Read More ›

Gold Nanozyme to Detect Glucose

A highly sensitive sensor kit that can detect glucose in serum, tears, saliva…

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