Infectious Diseases

Swine Flu (H1N1) 2015 India Outbreak - Interview with Dr. Subramanian Swaminathan

swine flu outbreak 2015
There is an ongoing outbreak of Swine flu (H1N1) in India. Government has devised a comprehensive strategy to contain the evolving epidemic. Individuals with symptoms suggestive of swine flu have been categorized based on the severity of symptoms and background previous illnesses. Testing and treatment guidelines have been advised accordingly. Please refer to the below links for Govt. guidelines for detailed information regarding evaluation, categorization, testing and treatment.  http://pib....

HIV in India - Interview with Dr. Ravikant Porwal

hiv in india
Dr. Ravikant Porwal is one of the few qualified infectious disease specialist in India with special interest in HIV management. He is currently Consultant in Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases and Chair of Infection control at Manipal  Hospitals, Jaipur, Rajasthan. His other interests include Infection control in healthcare facilities, Post-transplant infections and Multi drug resistant tuberculosis.   India has the third largest population of HIV infected people in the world....

Spread of pathogens is more with air dryer as compared to paper towels

hand air dryer
  We all know about the important role that germs present on hand play in the spread of diseases. However, little research has been done to find out which is the best method for drying the hands after washing so that air-borne spread of infection from the hands is minimal. There are three methods that are commonly used for drying hands, namely: ·         Use of jet dryer ·         Use of warm air dryer ·         Use of paper towels A recent study published in the Journal of Hospital Infection...

Vitamin C found to be highly effective against mycobacterium tuberculosis

tuberculosis
  A new research published online in the May 21 issue of the journal Nature Communications has found that vitamin C is highly effective against drug-sensitive, multidrug-resistant (MDR), and extensively-drug resistant (XDR) strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The research was carried out by Catherine Vilcheze, PhD, from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, along with her colleagues.   The...

Purified Mucins from Pig's Stomach can be used as Antiviral Agents

pig mucins antivirals
  Mucins, secreted from the mucus membrane lining our nose, alimentary tract and the vagina, act as our first line of defense against infectious agents. They are the first barrier of our body’s potent immune system and disease causing bacteria and viruses can gain entry into our body only when they breach this barrier. The slimy and sticky mucus secretions trap these disease causing organisms before they can cause infection and is then excreted out of our system. The mucins protect our body...

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