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Phytopharma as an add-on to treat COVID-19

The Drug Controller General of India (DGCI) has recently given its approval to the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) for conducting clinical trials on medicinal plant Cocculus hirsutus and antiviral drug favipiravir to treat coronavirus patients.

Dr D B Anantha narayana
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ACE2 comes centre-stage

In December 2019, cases of pneumonia of an unknown aetiology were detected in Wuhan City in the Hubei Province of China.

Sameer Phalke, Sangeetha Mohan & Aju Anthony

COVID-19’s interaction with co-morbidities poses a major threat

The crosstalk between communicable diseases (CDs) and noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is not completely understood, but with COVID-19, NCDs have emerged as major comorbidities.

Dr Rajani Kanth Vangala

Combined exams a wrong move: Medics

Even as the central government presses ahead with its decision to conduct a common final MBBS examination, National Exit Test (NEXT), opposition has been growing against the move.

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New phage from ‘viral dark matter’

An international team based in Austria has unearthed a previously unknown type of virus in samples of human bodily fluids.

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3-months’ compulsory service for PGs in district hospitals mooted

The MCI Board of Governors (BoG) has proposed a compulsory three-month service in district hospitals for all postgraduate medical students as a pre-condition to be eligible to appear in the final exam. Presently, a three-months’ rotating internship in primary health centres or urban health centres is compulsory for students pursuing undergraduate medical courses. The BOG […]

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AMR research in India: In need of collaboration

Research is the most important need to improve the quality of healthcare in any country. This can be verified by measuring the number of peer-reviewed articles published in the country. The search term “antibiotic resistance, India” in PubMed with restriction to “human” studies for the past 10 years yielded a result of 2,633 research articles. […]

Dr Rajani Kanth Vangala