Remdesivir an antiviral drug might be effective against SARS-COV-2

Remdesivir against SARS-COV-2… will it work?

COVID-19 latest (30-April-2020) situation report by World Health Organization (WHO); Confirmed cases: 3,181,642 Confirmed deaths: 224,301 Areas / country/territories affected: 215 COVID-19 continues its killing spree across the globe. At the same time, the researchers and medicine companies are working tirelessly to develop a vaccine or some treatment against SARS-COV-2 virus. A pharmaceutical company, Gilead …

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SARS-COV-2 or novel coronavirus and genetic variants have been identified by Chinese researchers

SARS-CoV-2 has 30 mutated variants – Study

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) originated from Wuhan Province, China. In short time, the regional outbreak took a grave turn and became pandemic.  According to the latest (23rd April, 2020) reports by World Health Organization (WHO), there are 2,591,015 Confirmed cases of COVID-19,178,686 Confirmed deaths globally. The virus has affected 213 countries, areas or territories across …

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Investigational vaccine for covid 19 treatment

Clinical trials for investigational vaccine for COVID-19

National Institute of Health NIH has started the phase 1 trials for yet an investigational vaccine for treatment of coronavirus disease. This is in fact a significant breakthrough in research and development of vaccine against COVID-19. Researchers at National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease NIAID’s  Vaccine Research Center, in collaboration with Biotechnological company Mederna, …

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coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus pandemic

Coronaviruses cause severe respiratory and intestinal infections in animals and humans. The viruses were not believed to be highly pathogenic to humans until the year 2002 and 2003 when first outbreak of novel coronavirus strain, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome SARS was reported in Guangdong province, China. Again, ten years after SARS, another highly pathogenic coronavirus …

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seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal affective disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is characterized as recurrent depressive episodes as the seasonal pattern change each year. Mostly this is more prominent in winter months, although some may experience it as summer arrives. The Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders (DSM) characterizes this disorder as recurrent depression episodes which begins and ends during a …

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Why marijuana should be legal?

Marijuana is herb obtained from a dried flower, Cannabis sativa as a greenish-gray powdery mixture. You may be aware of a number of slang terms used for this herb such as pot, weed, grass, Mary Jane and ganja etc. This is because the herb has narcotic or drug-like uses as well. People smoke it in …

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staphylococcus aureus an emerging multidrug resistant organism

Staphylococcus aureus- A multidrug resistant organism

Staphylococcus are spherical, gram positive bacteria that belongs to family styphylococcaceae and genus staphylococcus. This family consists of more than twenty species out of which two are common, namely staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis or S. albus and S.saprophyticus. General characteristics Staphylococci are round cells of 1 µm diameter that grow in grape-like clusters and the …

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Heat stroke symptoms and prevention

Heat stroke

Heat stroke is a condition when the body temperature rises more than what it can endure. Overheating usually happens when you have prolonged exposure to sun or doing a strenuous physical activity. To be exact, body temperature more than 104 F which is 40 degree Celsius causes heatstroke. The hypothalamus in our brain can feel …

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Global statistics of HIV/AIDS

Top ten countries with HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS is a deadly contagious disease in humans.  HIV refers to Human Immune Deficiency Virus. This HIV virus causes Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome AIDS in humans which is in fact the last stage of viral infection. The patients’ immune system gets weak and unable to fight the infections and pathogens. Consequently, the person dies due …

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Medical malpractice

Every profession comes with certain degree of sincerity and responsibility. But the medical profession is something which demands even more care, responsibility and sincerity. Medical malpractice is becoming a global threat and menace. It happens due to negligence and irresponsible behavior of health care providers. Their negligence can bring someone a lifetime of misery and …

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Genome editing by CRISPR technique

CRISPR/Cas9

CRISPR technique is powerful tool for genome editing. It serves the purpose of genome alteration or modification. Cas9 protein is an enzyme which acts a molecular scissor for cutting and editing the genome sequence. The potential applications of CRISPR technique include correcting and modifying gene defects, treatment and prevention of disease to pass on to …

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