The last two hundred years have seen seven cholera pandemics and multiple regional outbreaks. Now, a new study from researchers at Vidyasagar University, West Bengal, explores how Vibrio cholerae, the comma-shaped bacterium which causes cholera, uses flagella and quorum sensing mechanisms to survive and form biofilms, which increase disease spread and enhance the potential for epidemics.
Nephrotic syndrome is one of the most common kidney disorders in children, and a large proportion of patients prove resistant to the classical mode of treatment - steroids. In a new collaborative study spanning across continents, researchers have identified six novel genes involved in the pathogenesis of this disorder.
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer, usually detected in the late stages and almost always fatal in consequence. Now, a new study suggests that fingolimod, a drug commonly used for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, can also be used to target pancreatic cancer cells and make them more sensitive to chemotherapy.
Sex-selection drugs are indigenous herbal concoctions sold to expectant mothers with the claim of favouring the birth of a male child. Research from the Indian Institute of Public Health (IIPH), Delhi - Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) reveals the presence of heavy metals and harmful chemicals in these preparations, which pose a severe risk to the health of both newborns and mothers.
Dengue is an ongoing major public health concern in India, with 1,88,401 new cases being reported in 2017 alone. New research from the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi, describes a novel strategy towards developing a vaccine for this disease that circumvents the risk of the deadly dengue shock syndrome.
The International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) collaborated with Delhi Dance Theater and PULSE to raise awareness about HIV vaccine development and highlight the struggles of HIV-positive individuals.
Scientists show vitamin C can improve efficacy of TB medication and reduce the time needed for recovery.