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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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GP the future metal is ready

A composite material based on paper thin graphite and 10 times stronger than steel is set to revolutionise the automotive, aviation, electrical and optical industries, experts predict.

Graphene paper or GP, developed by Guoxiu Wang’s research team from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), can be processed, reshaped and reformed from its original raw material state.

Compared to steel, the prepared GP is six times lighter, five to six times lower in density, two times harder with 10 times higher tensile strength and 13 times higher bending rigidity, the Journal of Applied Physics reports.

Researchers have successfully milled the raw graphite by purifying and filtering it with chemicals to reshape and reform it into nano-structured configurations which are then processed into sheets as thin as paper, according to a university statement.

Lead researcher Ali Reza Ranjbartoreh said: ‘Not only is it lighter, stronger, harder and more flexible than steel, it is also a recyclable and sustainably manufacturable product that is eco-friendly and cost effective in its use.’

Ranjbartoreh said the results would allow the development of lighter and stronger cars and planes that use less fuel, generate less pollution, are cheaper to run and ecologically sustainable.

He said large aerospace companies such as Boeing have already started to replace metals with carbon fibres and carbon-based materials, and graphene paper with its incomparable mechanical properties would be the next material for them to explore.

Source : Indo Asian News Service through Yahoo news

 
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