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Detecting Ovarian Cancer

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January 13, 2022

Researchers from IIT Hyderabad and IIT Bombay collaborated to come up with a method to detect ovarian cancer. They attached antibodies against fibronectin, a protein, to porous carbon derived from sweet corn husk to make the biosensor.

Spontaneous Abortions: Chlamydia and microRNAs 

Infection by Chlamydia trachomatis, a bacteria, can cause recurrent spontaneous abortions. Sangita Rastogi and team, ICMR-NIP, New Delhi recently identified two biomarkers in urine that signal the possibility of spontaneous abortion. Read on for details.

Spousal Violence Affects Reproductive Health

Violence against wives is very high in some Indian states. Researchers from the International Institute for Population Sciences, Mumbai find that it has serious consequences for maternal health and pregnancy outcomes. Read more for details.

Speech Signals: biomarkers for heart failure

Madhu Keerthana from IIT Kharagpur and collaborators from Finland have come up with an automated system to identify heart problems from speech signals of patients. A medical technology in the making.

Snacks with Resveratrol: Fortifying by encapsulation 

Resveratrol, found in the skin of red grapes, is found to be useful to reduce stress and risk of metabolic disorders such as diabetes type 2 and cardiovascular diseases. Is it possible to use it to fortify foods? Researchers from Kashmir University investigate.

Anti-Alzheimer’s Compounds Found in Red Cedar Leaves

Medicines used for treating Alzheimer’s tend to damage liver. Researchers from the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University have now found five compounds in the red cedar leaf extract that could be used to treat Alzheimer’s.

Controlling Blood Pressure: Essential oil from Hrivera root

Researchers from Tamil Nadu delve into the secrets of the Siddha medicine used for treating high blood pressure. The essential oil from the root of Hrivera is indeed effective and acts on the calcium channels as most other antihypertensives do, they find.

Tobacco Smoking: Death and disease burden

Cigarette smoking is injurious to health. But how many people actually die due to smoking related diseases? What is the magnitude of disability caused by smoking? Researchers from India collaborate with researchers worldwide to inquire.

Fucoidan: A Natural Polysaccharide for Cervical Cancer

The drug, SAHA, used for treating cervical cancer has too many side effects. Ilora Ghosh and team from JNU has now suggests a nontoxic alternative, fucoidan, a sulphated polysaccharide from brown seaweed.

Nanoparticles for Pain Relief

Injections are painful. But what if drugs and vaccines that can’t be taken orally are administered nasally? Especially those that need to be delivered to the brain? How do we make such nanocapsules for nasal spray?

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