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Warning by FDA: Hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir is contraindicated with Amiodarone

Combination of Sofosbuvir with other Antiviral Drug had shown to have contraindication with an antiarrhythmic drug Amiodarone.  The anti viral drug treatment is indicated to t

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Benefits of Black Pepper

Black pepper acts both as a spice and also as a medicine. Monsoons are doing round the corners and so are diseases like common cold, cough, muscular pains and indigestion. They a

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by Leen B. Jesmas

The recent   international conference on Dementia has brought in some interesting findings. The major one is  that , contrary to popular belief, dementia is not a natural or inevitable consequence of ageing. The findings says that, it is a condition that impairs the cognitive brain functions of memory, language, perception and thought and which interferes significantly with the ability to maintain the activities of daily living. The most common types of dementia are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. According to reports, Dementia currently affects more than 47 million people worldwide, with more than 75 million people estimated to be living with dementia by 2030. The number is expected to triple by 2050. It is one of the major health challenges for our generation. Often hidden, misunderstood and under reported, dementia impacts individuals, families and communities and is a growing cause of disability.Considering the fact that Dementia is a growing global Health concern the conference has initiated for  steps like  promoting a better understanding of dementia, raising public awareness and engagement, including the respect for their human rights, reducing stigma and discrimination, and fostering greater participation, social inclusion and integration of people living with dementia; and   advancing prevention, risk reduction, diagnosis and treatment of dementia, consistent with current and emerging evidence.

Warning by FDA: Hepatitis C drug Sofosbuvir is contraindicated with Amiodarone

by Bose R C

Combination of Sofosbuvir with other Antiviral Drug had shown to have contraindication with an antiarrhythmic drug Amiodarone.  The anti viral drug treatment is indicated to treat Hepatitis C. FDA  has warned the health care professionals not to prescribe any antiarrhythmic drug with Sofosbuvir  in combination with another direct acting antiviral like, daclatasvir or simeprevir. A serious slowing of the heart rate had been noticed when this combination of drug is given.The decision was taken after reviewing the post marketing surveillance report submitted to FDA. Adverse event reports found that, the patients can develop a serious, life-threatening symptomatic bradycardia when sofobuvir combined with another direct-acting antiviral is taken together with amiodarone.The reports included, three patients requiring a pacemaker to regulate their heart pace, death of a patient due to cardiac arrest and some patients recovered after discontinuing either amiodarone or the hepatitis C, or both FDA has encouraged patients and all healthcare professionals to report the ADR with respect to the usage of this combination through MedWatch Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program

Benefits of Black Pepper

by Anagha mahesh

Black pepper acts both as a spice and also as a medicine. Monsoons are doing round the corners and so are diseases like common cold, cough, muscular pains and indigestion. They are easily available at home and consuming it, would save you from spending huge hospital bills for several diseases.
Fights seasonal flu
The anti-microbial properties in black pepper destroys all kind of cola-causing germs and microbes and helps in relieving chest congestion and suffocation.it contains high amount of Vitamin C which proves to be best for fighting cold and flu. It is very effective in working against all kind of signs and symptoms related to fever. 
Antioxidants
Pepper is a very rich anti-oxidant that alters or blocks the functioning of free radicals which might otherwise cause potential cell damage to the cells, which if not treated on to time would lead to major health ailments such as cancer and other similar diseases. 
Good for skin
Its medicinal properties can even fight skin disorders like Vitiligo. 
Good for Arthritis
Its anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation in the cartilage tissue of the knees.

Clarence Walton Lillehei

by Deepthi T N


A pioneer in open heart surgery, Clarence Walton Lillehei was an American cardiac surgeon who was part of the team that performed the world's first successful open-heart operation. Open heart surgery, as commonplace as it is today, was an unimaginable concept just six decades ago. Even up until the 1950s, certain cardiac defects which are fully treatable today were fatal. But thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Lillehei who designed medical devices that made it possible to support the patient’s blood circulation while the heart was opened and operated upon, many formerly untreatable heart conditions are now easily treatable. Even as a young boy, Clarence was very bright and talented. The son of a dentist, his first career choice was to follow in his father’s footsteps though he later changed his mind to become a medical doctor. He received his medical training from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency under the guidance of Dr Owen Wangensteen who had mentored many a great surgeons. Lillehei was on his way to becoming a brilliant cardiologist when he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and given a 10% survival rate. The brave man did not let the devastating news deter his spirit and courageously fought the disease to become one of the foremost cardiologists of all times. Lillehei led an active life and was immersed in research till the end of his life. He was diagnosed with cancer during his later years and breathed his last on 5 July 1999.


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FDA Launches Mobile App

by Shyam Mohan

                           The FDA released DrugShortages , an app designed to aid clinicians in keeping up to date on the latest drug shortages, resolved shortages, and discontinued drugs.
MobiHealth News reports people interacting with the app can use it to search both alphabetically and by therapeutic category. Users can also search for generic names or active ingredients and providers can also access instructions on how to report a drug shortage or supply issue.
mHealth News reports that in 2012, there were 117 new drug shortages and in 2013 there were 44 drug shortages. The FDA notes that it was able to prevent 282 shortages in 2012 and 170 in 2013.


Fruit Salad

by Gayathri Bhavana

One or two red apples
One sliced peach
2 stalks celery
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 pack of lemon yogurt

Put the red apples, sliced peach, celery, dried cranberries, and chopped walnuts together in a bowl.Add the lemon yogurt to it.Keep it in the refrigerator to get the cool effect.Your dish is ready to be served.

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