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Brazil issues first license for sale of a cannabis-based drug

Brazilian healthcare regulator Anvisa on Monday said it had issued the country’s first license for sale of a cannabis-based drug in the country after years of legal wrangling with patients. The multiple sclerosistreatment, an oral spray derived from marijuana and developed by Britain’s GW Pharmaceuticals PLC, is known as Sativex internationally and will be sold in Brazil under the brand name Mevatyl. The legal status of cannabis-based drugs has been a thorny issue in Brazil for years, with several patients fighting in the courts to circumvent prohibition. Anvisa has loosened…

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World’s first Chikungunya vaccine developed

US researchers have developed a vaccine for chikungunyafever made from an insect-specific virus that does not have any effect on people, making the vaccine safe and effective. The study indicated that the vaccine quickly produces a strong immune defense and completely protects mice and nonhuman primates from disease when exposed to the chikungunya virus. The findings were published in journal of Nature Medicine. “This vaccine offers efficient, safe and affordable protection against chikungunya and builds the foundation for using viruses that only infect insects to develop vaccines against other insect-borne…

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Malignant malaria claims first life, dengue rages on

At a time when the state is battling to tackle dengue menace, a teenager, who was diagnosed with malignant malaria, died in a private nursing home in Howrah on Monday. This is the first malignant malaria death reported from Kolkata’s suburbs this season. Dengue has already claimed 18 lives in and around Kolkata. The Howrah girl’s mother and brother, also suffering from malignant malaria, are still critical. Parveen Khatoon (16) died in a private nursing home at Howrah’s Baltikuri area. The area falls under Howrah Municipal Corporation’s ward No. 47….

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First next-gen test can detect drug-resistant HIV

First next-gen test can detect drug-resistant HIV (Getty Images) A first-of-its-kind next-generation sequencing test, which can detect HIV drug resistance mutations that conventional tests fail to identify, can be a weapon in the war against AIDS, suggests a new study. Developed by researchers led by Gerd Michel, Charlie Lee and Elian Rakhmanaliev from Vela Diagnostics in Singapore, this test could play a critical role in helping clinicians to optimize HIV treatment regimens, while also helping public health initiatives to minimize the development of global resistance to antiretroviral drugs. Testing for…

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Did You Know That Avocado Can Be Used as a First Food for Babies?

Feeding babies avocados, which has a neutral flavour, soft consistency and nutrient density, can help in boosting their growth and development, says a study, suggesting that the fruit can be used as a first food for infants. Babies’ ideal first foods should have a low to moderate sweet and salty flavour profile to avoid early preferences for sweet foods. The findings showed that avocados are unique among complementary and transitional foods and they provide an ideal source of calories to meet the increasing energy and growth demands of weaning infants…

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Heart failure after first heart attack may increase cancer risk

While cancer is usually considered a separate cause of death from heart disease, studies have been conducted to determine an association between heart disease and an increased cancer risk. According to the study, the non-cardiac causes of heart failure death, such as cancer, are becoming increasingly recognised as researchers learn more about their association with the disease. In this study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the researchers looked at cancer risk in patients who developed heart failure after their first heart attack. For the study,…

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