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Integrate TB services with primary health system: Lancet

Integrate TB services with primary health system: Lancet

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Updates from :  the Hindu : 8 million lives could be saved with subsidised tests, support Of the 10 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases reported globally in 2017 by the World Health Organisation, 2.74 million were from India, showing a marginal reduction from 2.79 million in 2016. Despite TB incidence in the country being 204 cases per 1,00,000 in 2017, the government has set a highly ambitious target of “eliminating TB by 2025”, five years ahead of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) target. But according to The Lancet Global Health article based on modelling for three high-burden countries, including India, compared with 2015 data, 57% reduction in incidence and 72% reduction in mortality will been seen only by 2035. Strengthening the care cascade could reduce cumulative
HIV remission achieved through stem cell transplantation

HIV remission achieved through stem cell transplantation

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Updates from :  the Hindu : At present, this is possible only if people living with HIV also have some form of cancer In a significant development, a person with HIV infection has been reported to be experiencing remission for the last 18 months after antiretroviral therapy (ART) was stopped following stem-cell transplantation in London. Remission is when HIV RNA (ribonucleic acid) is undetectable in blood. ART is used for treating HIV. The person with HIV was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer, in 2012. To treat the cancer, stem cells which give rise to blood cells were transplanted from a donor who had two mutant copies of a co-receptor for HIV infection. This exercise was carried out in London. The co-receptor (CCR5) is used by the HIV virus to gain
A market in Assam where rat earns top price

A market in Assam where rat earns top price

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Updates from :  The Hindu : A kg sells for about ₹200, as much as chicken and pork Freshly-caught rat is at the top of the holiday menu for crowds flocking to a market in Assam that specialises in rodents from local fields. Destined to be boiled, skinned and then cooked in a spicy gravy, rat is more popular than chicken and pork with customers at the Sunday market in Kumarikata village, along the Indo-Bhutan border, some 90 km from Guwahati. Rat has become a valuable source of income for the poor Adivasi tribal people who struggle to make ends meet working in Assam’s famed tea gardens. In the winter months when tea picking slumbers, the Adivasis go to rice paddies to trap rats for the market. A kg of rat meat, which is considered a delicacy, sells for about ₹200 rupees — a
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