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Controlling Blood Pressure: Essential oil from Hrivera root

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July 29, 2021

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?

Malaria-Parasite Hijacks Mosquito Gut Microbiota and Immunity

Mosquitoes suffer because of Plasmodium, the malarial parasite. The parasite undermines the normal gut microbiota and weakens its immune system, makes it ill. Probiotics for mosquitoes may reduce malarial transmission, say researchers

Vacillating between vaccines: the continuing COVID conundrum

Why are people getting reinfected after CO||VID-19? Will the vaccine protect you from infection? A review by scientists in JNCASR Bengaluru will soon answer such questions.

Ashwagandha: Wait for winter or grow in lab?

Ashwagandha sown in winter produces more active ingredients, say scientists from CIMAP Lucknow. Why waste time, produce more active ingredients by hairy root culture, say researchers from Tamilnadu.

Hypertension: Reasons for missed appointments

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.

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