India slams US report on counterfeit medicine, says it’s an attack on affordable generic drugs

India has outrightly rejected allegations in a US report about the country being a chief source of counterfeit medicines to the world and said it is an attack on low cost generic drugs - crucial to make healthcare affordable. The 'Special 301 Report' by United States Trade Representative (USTR) slammed India and China as leading sources of counterfeit medicines distributed globally with 20% of all pharmaceutical products sold in the Indian market estimated to be counterfeits. "We strongly disagree with the observations made by USTR. We do not know the genesis and methodology of their findings. Instead, we view this as opposition to low cost generics and the thriving Indian drug manufacturing industry which is the 'Pharmacy of the world'," health secretary Preeti Sudan told TOI. ...

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Eating at the right time may reduce adverse effects of shift work and jet lag

Knowing the right time of day to eat can help improve the health of people working on a shift or those suffering from jet lag. In a study featured in the journal Cell, researchers from the Medical Research Council and The University of Manchester have identified how insulin signals the proper timing of meals in line with the body's circadian rhythm. By understanding how the hormone works, scientists may be able to develop new ways to mitigate the effects of body clock disruptions on people's health. Some of these include eating at the right time or taking medicines designed to trigger insulin production. "We already know that modern society poses many challenges to our health and wellbeing - things that are viewed as commonplace, such as shift-work, sleep deprivation, and jet lag, disrupt our body clock," said Dr. David Bechtold,...

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Measles outbreak: Quarantines issued at UCLA, Cal State LA; hundreds of students, faculty under orders

Health officials issued quarantines at UCLA and Cal State, Los Angeles to prevent the spread of measles, with more than 100 students and faculty members at each university under quarantine orders. UCLA said 117 students and faculty are being held while they await medical records to determine whether they're immune to the illness. More than 500 students, faculty and staff who may have come into contact with a student who contracted measles were screened. The student with measles attended classes at Franz Hall and Boelter Hall on April 2, 4 and 9 while contagious, according to UCLA. "We expect that those notified will be quarantined for approximately 24-48 hours until their proof of immunity is established. A few may need to remain in quarantine for up to seven days. We have arranged for those who live on campus to be...

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Japan leads the way: No vaccine mandates and no MMR vaccine = Healthier children

In the United States, many legislators and public health officials are busy trying to make vaccines de facto compulsory - either by removing parental/personal choice given by existing vaccine exemptions or by imposing undue quarantines and fines on those who do not comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) vaccine edicts. Officials in California are seeking to override medical opinion about fitness for vaccination, while those in New York are mandating the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine for 6-12-month-old infants for whom its safety and effectiveness "have not been established." American children would be better served if these officials - before imposing questionable and draconian measures - studied child health outcomes in Japan. With a population of 127 million, Japan has the healthiest children and the very highest "healthy life expectancy" in the world - and the least vaccinated...

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Choline deficiency can trigger fatty liver disease

When most people think of liver disease, the first thing that pops into their heads is that a few too many alcoholic drinks is the culprit. But there are countless everyday habits that put stress on your liver function. Apart from drinking, eating processed foods like fructose, high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, and fried foods, not to mention taking certain supplements or prescriptions can all add up to an unhealthy liver. Luckily, you can do much to help support your liver health. Many nutrients such as vitamins C and E, selenium, magnesium, and zinc can contribute to maintaining proper liver function. But one nutrient that often goes unrecognized can play a major role in supporting a healthy liver. Not only does the evidence show it can help prevent fatty liver disease, it might play an important role in preventing...

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CDC scaremongering: US measles cases approaching record number for the decade

The number of measles cases in the U.S. so far this year is approaching the record for the decade - and in just four months time, according to new data. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there have been 626 confirmed cases of measles so far this year, an increase of 71 new cases since last week. Two new states - Iowa and Tennessee - join the list, bringing the total to 22. The only year when there were more cases reported in the United States since the disease was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000 was in 2014 - 667. "In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels," the CDC said in its update Monday. ...

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Researchers find nearly 1 out of 5 people are misdiagnosed with MS and receive potentially dangerous treatment for years

Researchers found that nearly 1 in 5 people who had received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis had other unrelated conditions. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a widespread disabling neurological condition in which the immune system attacks and destroys the fatty tissue that surrounds the nerves. This leads to nerve damage, which affects communication between the nerves and the brain. People with MS may experience symptoms, including numbness or weakness in the limbs, tremors, and lack of coordination. However, some of the symptoms have similarities to other debilitating conditions, including stroke and migraine. MS and stroke are very different conditions, but they both harm the brain. Some of the symptoms they share include attention issues, dizziness, numbness in the limbs, slurring, visual impairment, and difficulty in walking. MS and migraine attacks also have some symptoms in common, including dizziness and vision impairment....

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Nearly half of honey tested contains mostly rice syrup, wheat syrup or sugar beet syrup

Honey makers are secretly "watering" down their honey with cheap syrups that have been impossible to detect until now. A new testing method has revealed nearly half of the honey sold in Australia, one of the world's largest exporters of honey, is diluted with cheap sweeteners like rice syrup, wheat syrup and sugar beet syrup. 12 out of 28 honey samples taken from grocery stores around the country and tested in a reputable lab in Germany turned out to be mostly some form of cheap sugar syrup, not honey. The scary thing is, all of these honey brands had passed the official government purity tests. That's because honey manufacturers have become more skilled at flying under the testing radar, researchers explain. ...

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Let there be light: Low-level laser therapy

Science fiction medicine doesn't get much better than what's offered onboard Star Trek's USS Enterprise. Beamed up to the ship with a gaping phaser wound, the patient is sent to sickbay, where "Bones" McCoy directs a handheld device emitting a ray of light onto the injury. It shrinks and vanishes in seconds, leaving not even the trace of a scar. It may not work so fast or so perfectly, but the technology of light medicine is already with us. Called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), it has been used by some cutting-edge practitioners for decades, and the field is advancing at lightning speed. ...

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Brooklyn firmly in the grip of measles madness as four more schools are closed, judge refuses to lift vaccination order

A Brooklyn judge has sided with New York health officials to uphold a mandatory measles vaccinations order, dismissing a lawsuit from a group of parents who claimed the city had overstepped its authority. Judge Lawrence Knipel on Thursday refused parents' request to lift the vaccination order that was imposed last week to stem a severe measles outbreak. "A fireman need not obtain the informed consent of the owner before extinguishing a house fire," Knipel wrote in his ruling as quoted by Gothamist. "Vaccination is known to extinguish the fire of contagion." On the same day, the city announced that it was closing four more schools and issuing three civil summons for parents who had failed to comply with the mandate. As of Thursday, the New York Department of Health had recorded 359 cases of measles since the outbreak began in...

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