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Metformin : A wonder drug

In a significant finding scientists have now proved that Metformin, the most commonly used drug for Type 2 Diabetes, can be effective in curing cardiovascular diseases and increasing good cholesterol levels.

Scientists also say that Metformin like compounds evenly kill cancer cells and is also thought to work against diseases like Alzheimer`s. In the past, it has also been shown that the drug slows ageing and increases life span.

Metformin is most commonly prescribed for  Type 2 Diabetes by doctors to control blood glucose levels. Scientists from Indian Institute of Chemical Technology and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad tested the potency of the drug against the vascular disease Atherosclerosis.

Metforminis the drug commonly prescribed for  Type 2 Diabetes by doctors to control blood glucose levels, proved effective against vascular diseases Atherosclerosis, a disease that cause the constriction of passageway for blood in blood vessels due to deposition of fat and plaque and can lead to cardiac arrest. Scientists’ research work was published in a Dibetes Journal.

Correspondent of Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad adds : This means Diabetes patients on Metformin prescription would be less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases. But  scientists say Metformin’scapabilities are not just limited to controlling glucose level and inhibiting cardiovascular disease. It is now being thought of as a wonder drug that can check cancer and neuro-generative diseases. IICT Scientists say Metformin like compounds have effectively killed cancer cells of all varieties.” It has anti-cancer properties. In our lab, we have seen that metformin actually kills cancer cells. so it could be that patients who are on the drug could be less prone to developing cancer. It is being seen as a wonder drug now, ” Dr. Srigiridhar said.

Scientists’ research work was published in a Dibetes Journal.

(Source : Deccan Chronicle dated 18 Jan 2015)

 
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Posted by on 02/10/2015 in News

 

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SC upholds freedom of speech on Net, strikes down draconian law

`SECTION 66A OF IT ACT IS AMBIGUOUS & PRONE TO MISUSE’

In a landmark verdict, the Supreme Court on Tuesday fortified the right to freedom of speech and liberty by striking down as `unconstitutional’ Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, which police had used indiscriminately to arrest persons for posting criticism of government and political leaders.

“Section 66A is so widely cast that virtually any opinion on any subject would be covered by it, as any serious opinion dissenting with the mores of the day would be caught within its net. Such is the reach of the Section and if it is to withstand the test of constitutionality, the chilling effect on free speech would be total,“ the court said.

Justices J Chelameswar and R F Nariman said the law was ambiguously worded, prone to misuse and, therefore, stretches far beyond the “reasonable restrictions“ criterion laid down under Article 19( 2) of the Constitution. They brushed aside the government’s promise not to misuse the law saying that what is unconstitutional should not be on the statute book at all.

However, despite the SC judgment, citizens still need to be careful while posting comments on websites and social network sites as provisions similar to Section 66A exist in IPC’s Sections 153 and 505. But the verdict from a bench of justices Chelameswar and Nariman could act as a deterrent against arrest. Heralding a red-letter day for internet users and social network site frequenters, the bench said Section 66A was vaguely worded, making it prone to misuse by police.

Referring to as many as 20 judgments of the US supreme court, the bench also said re striction on free speech by Section 66A, brought into force by the UPA government in 2009 by amending the IT Act and defended in the apex court by the NDA government, far exceeded“ reasonable restrictions “provided under Article 19(2) of the Constitution.

Writing the 123-page judgment, Justice Nariman said: “Section 66A purports to authorize the imposition of restrictions on the fundamental right contained in Article 19(1)(a) [guaranteeing right to freedom of speech and expression] in language wide enough to cover restriction both within and without limits of constitutionally permissible legislative action.“ The court also struck down Section 118 of the Kerala Police Act, which was similar to Section 66A.

Justice R F Nariman said: “It cannot be over-emphasized that when it comes to democracy, liberty of thought and expression is a cardinal value…of paramount significance under our constitutional scheme.“

The SC refused to buy the NDA government’s assurance that it would exercise restraint in invoking Section 66A. The bench said when the provision was unconstitutional, it could not be allowed to stay on the statute book. “If Section 66A is otherwise invalid, it cannot be saved by an assurance from the additional solicitor general that it will be administered in a reasonable manner. Governments may come and governments may go, but Section 66A goes on forever. An assurance from the present government, even if carried out faithfully , would not bind any successor government,“ the court said.

Law student Shreya Singhal had moved the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of Section 66A after two girls in Maharashtra were arrested in the dead of the night for their posts on a social network site criticizing the Maharashtra bandh called by Shiva Sena the day Bal Thackeray was cremated.imggallery

Source : Times of India

 
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Posted by on 25/03/2015 in News

 

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Malala Yousafzai meets Obamas at White House

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Malia Obama, left, joined her parents at the Oval Office to meet Malala

US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have met Pakistani schoolgirl campaigner Malala Yousafzai in the Oval Office.

The Obamas thanked Malala, 16, who was shot in the head last year by the Taliban, for her “inspiring and passionate work” for girls’ education.

The Obama’s 15-year-old daughter Malia also attended the meeting.

The White House said the US celebrated Malala’s courage and determination to promote girls’ right to attend school.

“As the First Lady has said, ‘Investing in girls’ education is the very best thing we can do, not just for our daughters and granddaughters, but for their families, their communities, and their countries’,” the White House said in a statement.

On Thursday, Malala was awarded the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize. Although she had been tipped for the Nobel Peace Prize, on Friday that went to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the body overseeing the destruction of Syria’s chemical arsenal.

A native of Pakistan’s mountainous Swat Valley, Malala rose to prominence in 2009 after writing an anonymous blog for the BBC Urdu service about her life under Taliban rule and the lack of education for girls.

Her name became internationally known after the Pakistan army pushed the Taliban out of the area in 2009.

The Taliban’s Islamist doctrine puts harsh restrictions on women’s rights and one of the militants shot her last year as she was riding in a bus with school friends.

After the attack, she was flown to the UK for medical treatment and now lives in Birmingham, where she is going to school.

Photo & News Source : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada

 
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Posted by on 16/04/2014 in News

 

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Malala Leaves British Hospital

The Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls’ education has been discharged from a British hospital after doctors said she was well enough to spend time recovering with her family.

By handout ReutersMalala reading a book at Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Photo Credit : Handout/Reuters

Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban in October and brought to Britain for treatment, was discharged on Thursday but is due to be re-admitted in late January or early February for reconstructive surgery to her skull, doctors said.

Yousufzai’s father said in October he was sure she would “rise again” to pursue her dreams after medical treatment.

Courtesy : Yahoo News

 
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Posted by on 04/01/2013 in News

 

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Facebook coming to India

Social networking site Facebook is all set to launch its India operations from Hyderabad in less than two months.  The company’s proposal to set up a unit in one of the IT SEZ in Hyderabad was approved by the Union Government.

Facebook’s new operations centre in Hyderabad will supplement operations supported out of Palo Alto, California, Dublin, Ireland, and a recently-announced location in Austin, Texas. The Hyderabad office will be Facebook’s first office in the Asian region.

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Posted by on 28/06/2010 in News

 

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