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Free chemo in Maharashtra
The State Government of Maharashtra has announced that cancer patients would be provided with free chemotherapy treatment at district hospitals. The first phase of the plan would start in June 2018. The plan will start with hospitals in Nagpur, Gadchiroli, Pune, Amravati, Jalgaon, Nashik, Wardha, Satara, Bhandara and Akola districts. The move aims to ease the travelling and lodging problems of cancer patients who come to Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital in Parel, which is one of the country’s premier cancer treatment facilities, for six-week chemotherapy course as a part of their treatment. Under the new plan, a physician and nurse from each of the selected district hospitals would be given training for three weeks starting from May by the Medical Oncology department of Tata Memorial Hospital. The initiative is expected to help the patients save their lodging and travelling expenses. The list of medicines required for this has already been obtained from the Tata Memorial.
Blood test to fight tb better
Scientists have found a new blood test that could predict the onset of Tuberculosis (TB) up to two years in advance. A blood test that predicts the development of TB without putting large numbers of lower-risk people through unnecessary preventative treatment is not currently available. Researchers from an international research consortium reported that they developed and validated a blood test that measures the expression levels of four genes that can more accurately predict the development of TB in high-risk patients in Sub-Saharan Africa. “Prediction up to two years before the onset is possible through measurements of a combination of a four-gene signature in the blood,” said lead author Gerhard Walzl.
Brain death protocol in kerala
The Kerala government has issued protocols to be followed to confirm brain death cases with an aim to make organ transplantation more transparent in the state. “It is for the first time that a state in the country is putting in place the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to confirm brain death cases,” Health Minister K.K Shylaja has said. The guidelines, issued on Saturday, were drawn up based on the directive of the Kerala High Court to put an end to the concerns and doubts of the public related to the procedures of deceased donor organ donations and transplantation. “The objective of the guideline is to ensure that a patient is declared brain-dead only after scientifically confirming that there is no chance for him/ her to come back to life,” she said, adding that the norms had been drawn up adhering to all international guidelines.
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16 Jul 2018 | Amitabh Shukla
Branching off the main Delhi-Chandigarh-Shimla highway on National Highway 22, which some still call by its earlier name of Hindustan-Tibet Road, are three quaint hill stations—Kasauli, Dagshai and Subathu—all military cantonments, which you cannot miss if you are a travel enthusiast. The charm of long leisurely walks, chirping of all varieties of colorful birds, smell of wild and exotic flowers, the fresh coat of green on leaves when it rains, the...