Doctor samples come under the ambit of advertisement
The supreme court of India has declared that distribution of physician's sampl
e by pharmaceutical companies to the medical profession is in nature of advertisement expenditure falling within restrictive provisions of sub section (3A) of section 37 of Income Tax Act. The nature of the advertisement or publicity depends upon the nature and quality of the article in question. The p...
Screening Of Blood Samples For Viruses
Routine screening of blood sampl
es for viral RNA among organ and tissue donors who show no signs of sickness may reduce risk of disease // transmission among transplant recipients, say researchers according to a new study. Testing for the presence of blood antibodies to diseases such as HIV or hepatitis C is the usual method of screening. However, this method is limited. Some donors may b...
Mouth wash samples to predict bone marrow transplant results
Taking a sampl
e of the mouth rinse solution can be of help to decide how far the bone marrow// transplants are successful in patients. Oral mouth rinse of the patients of bone marrow transplant can be tested for neutrophils, which are the white blood cells that fight infection in the body. Patients of bone marrow transplant are routinely advised mouth washes to counteract the problem o...
China Unwilling To Share Bird Flu Samples, says WHO
The World Health Organization has issued a statement, highlighting the unwillingness of China to share bird flu sampl
es, collected from recent bird flu outbreaks.// This was stated following announcement of the third bird flu related human death, by Beijing. The deadly avian bird flu virus is said to have claimed the life of a 41-year-old factory worker, from the Southeastern province...
Youngsters Take Their Example From Older Siblings
The University of Washington and the University of Queensland’s researchers have revealed that the sisters and brothers of a child are stronger role models than parents or friends // as far as habits like smoking and drinking are concerned. The younger children in a family tend to follow the exampl
e of their older siblings in such matters. Dr Abby Fagan of the University of Washingto...
First Suspected Bird Flu Case In Serbia: Samples Sent For Analysis
The first suspected case of bird flu in Serbia has been reported, much to the concern of the health officials. Domestic poultry across the Bosnian border // has been suspected of carrying the deadly H5N1 virus. One rooster and one swan near Bajina Basta, in the eastern Serbian region have been found to show symptoms of bird flu. Sampl
es from the suspected animals have been sent to tes...
Veterinary Pathologist in the Indian Biosecurity Labs Work under Pressure to Efficiently Handle Bird Flu Samples
In India the only laboratory equipped to handle the avian influenza H5N1 virus is receiving sampl
es from across the country. Tiny vials of chicken blood and poultry tissue arrive each week, packed in ice boxes. // These sampl
es are sent by the farmers from places that experience unusual chicken deaths and from routine surveillance sites. Veterinary pathologist Hare Krishna Pradhan, who...
Cancer `Tumour Bank' With 7,000 Samples To Be Made Available For Research
The Canadian Tumour Repository Network is making available over 7,000 cancer tumour sampl
es for researchers all over the world in order to help them get started. // Cancer researchers the world over are hailing this step as a major one that will go a long way in making research truly international. "Cancer is not just one disease, it's a multitude of diseases in which a gene is misbehav...
Vital Facts of Short Term Diets - Catch The Vitamin Behind An Ample Waist!
If Vitamin C levels are low in the body and you are on a dieting course, there might be a tendency to get prosperous at the waist, say researchers. Nutrition scientists from// Arizona State University report that the amount of Vitamin C in the body has a direct relation with the lower body fat. If there is far too less vitamin C in the blood stream, it could cause increased body fat an...
Bird Flu Sample Tests Positive In Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal, April 4. One sampl
e out of 800 sampl
es sent to a lab from districts in Madhya Pradesh bordering Maharashtra has tested positive for bird flu, official sources say.// The sampl
es received by the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory included those sent till March 17 from Burhanpur, Barwani, Khargone, Jhabua, Balaghat, Chhindwara, Seoni, Indore, Khandwa and Dhar. <br...
Vet Dies Of Suspected Bird Flu, Samples Sent To NIV
Experts fear that the death of an Akola-based 50-year-old veterinary surgeon could be due to bird flu. Sampl
es of his organs have been sent// by the public health department to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) based at Pune to confirm the suspicion. The veterinary surgeon was deployed at Jalgaon to monitor the massive culling of birds, on the 29th of March, following bird flu...
Chicken Samples Test Negative For Bird Flu In Chattisgarh
Around 5,500 chicken sampl
es collected from various poultry farms across the state of Chattisgarh have tested negative for bird flu, authorities said //. "Chhattisgasrh has not a single bird flu case as the chicken sampl
es sent last month tested negative at the High Security Animal Disease Lab at Bhopal," said Amir Ali, director, animal husbandry department. An official sta...
Apollo’s about-Turn: Cocktail Of Drugs Found In Rahul Sample
New.Delhi. Making an about-turn, Delhi's Apollo Hospital today disclosed that traces of 'cocktail of drugs' have been found in the urine sampl
e of Rahul Mahajan//, a day after its doctors had stated that the late BJP leader Pramod Mahajan's son had tested negative for all known drugs. 'Traces of drugs have been found in the urine sampl
e of Rahul. Since its cocktail of drugs, we cannot...
Tamil Nadu Air Samples Among The Most Polluted In The Country
Chennai,Jun 5. Air sampl
es from Tamil Nadu are among the most polluted, a national study of 'toxic gases in ambient //air' conducted in various parts of the country has revealed. Two sampl
es from Tamil Nadu were found to be among the three most polluted sampl
es out of 21 air sampl
es collected from all over the country, the study titled 'Smoke Screen - Ambient Air Quality in India', c...
How to Hinder Gene Amplification? - Researchers Revealed
Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have discovered a process by which gene ampl
ification could be stopped in fatal-disease conditions //like tumour growth and cancer. Using yeast as a model organism, researchers have found that the location of a hairpin-capped break relative to the end of the chromosome will determine the fate of the ampl
ification process. Gene...
Chennai Set an Example in Implementing Animal Birth Control Successfully
Animal welfare groups in Tamil Nadu, leading a pilot project in sterilisation of street dogs, are now urging the central government to support their animal birth control (ABC) initiative across the country.// As many as 50 municipal corporations across Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states have decided to implement a programme that was successfully tried by the Chennai Corporation, bringi...
Orissa to Send Coke, Pepsi Samples for Testing
The Orissa government has ordered administrations of all 30 districts to collect Pepsi and Coca-Cola soft drink sampl
es within the next three days.// The officials were Thursday asked to send the sampl
es to the state capital Bhubaneswar, said a senior health department official. These would then be sent to a laboratory in Pune, Maharashtra, as the state government does not...
Free Drug Samples Influence Prescribing, Say One in Three Doctors
One in three doctors agree that free drug sampl
es influence prescribing, finds a small but representative US survey published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. // But they also think that other doctors are more likely to be influenced by incentives than they are, the data show. In March 2003, the research team surveyed 397 members of the American College of Obstetricians a...
Orissa Suspects Chikungunya, Sends Blood Samples for Test
Orissa has sent blood sampl
es of at least 24 people, suspected to be suffering from chikungunya, a viral fever caused by mosquitoes, to the National Institute of Virology in Pune.// "We have collected blood sampl
es from 10 people in the coastal district of Cuttack in the last fortnight. We also collected blood sampl
es from four people in Ganjam and 10 from Gajapati in the past two mont...
Canada dishes out ample funding for health care .
A report published by the Canadian Institute for Health Information, an independent organization in Canada appointed// by the federal and provincial governments to track health care expenditure incurred by the government reveals that the provincial and territorial governments of Canada continues to maintain lofty figures but shows signs of easing out to a steady sum in the near futur...
Probe into Pascal Norris’s death finds initial samples free of anthrax germ
The initial batch of sampl
es collected from the house of anthrax victim Pascal Norris has not tested positive for the disease, health officials report.// The results of the second batch of tests are yet to arrive, which will rest the queries about the source of infection that lent a fatal blow to Pascal Norris. It is believed that Mr. Norris had undertaken drumming lessons at Smailholm be...
BMC Rushes With Samples as Mystery Fever Rings Alarm Bell in Bombay
The civic authorities of Mumbai are keeping a watchful eye as mystery fever claims// two lives recently. The cases reported recently say that the patients were rushed to hospital with "flu with paralysis" symptoms. The civic authorities are sending the fluid sampl
es to competent laboratories in Pune to determine what this new virus is that apparently looks like encephaliti...
Cancer Risk Pronounced in Women With an Ample Waist
An international study has pointed out that women with a 34 inch waist carry twice the risk of ailing cancer of the womb, as compared// to women who boast of trimmer waists. Nearly 5500 women suffer endometrial cancer every year, a rate that has gone up by 19% as compared to the figures in 1990. Women fifty years ago were much trimmer and therefore did not suffer the grave risks encou...
Tasmanian Car Smoking Ban Sets Good Example For Other Governments
AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, today welcomed the decision by the Tasmanian Government to ban smoking in cars carrying anyone under 18 years of age and to not allow the// sale of fruit-flavoured cigarettes in the State. Dr Haikerwal said both decisions set a good exampl
e to the other States and Territories. “The car smoking ban is sensible and responsible,” Dr Haikerw...
China Agrees to Share Bird Flu Samples
China has agreed to share human bird flu sampl
es, the World Health Organisation said on Friday, following complaints that its reluctance //to send the sampl
es could frustrate global efforts to fight the virus. China last shared human sampl
es of the H5N1 virus with WHO collaborating laboratories a year ago, but it has since reported five more human infections and the WHO has repeatedly...
APEC Agree to Share Bird Flu Samples
APEC health ministers agreed Friday to share sampl
es of the bird flu virus to help develop effective vaccines, setting aside disputes over who "owns" the disease. The 21-nation group wrapped up a meeting in Australia by signing a declaration committing them to share sampl
es of the H5N1 virus, which the World Health Organisation says has killed 188 people worldwide since 2003. Indon...
Now Fingerprints can Be Used to Detect Drugs and Diseases Instead of Blood Samples
A team from the University of East Anglia in Norwich and Kings College in London, has revealed that specific antibodies in fingerprints could soon be used to find out not only the kind of drugs that people, especially criminals, could be on, but also identify diseases. Lead researcher, David A. Russell, and his team expect that this could soon help people gain information about the...
DNA Sample Suggests Greenland was Much Warmer During Last Ice Age
Ancient DNA sampl
es recovered from the bottom of a two-kilometre thick ice sheet in Greenland has shown that the island was much warmer at some point during the last Ice Age than previously believed . The DNA came from the trees, plants and insects of a boreal forest estimated to be between 450,000 and 900,000 years old. Previously, the youngest evidence of a boreal forest in Greenl...
Influenza Virus Samples of 1918
The effort to find preserved sampl
es of the 1918 influenza virus has been a pursuit of both historical and medical importance . The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most devastating single disease outbreak in modern history, and examining the virus that caused it may help prepare for, and possibly prevent, future pandemics. When the complete sequence of the 1918 virus was published...