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Satish Mahana, UP Cabinet Minister Among Ayushman Bharat Beneficiaries

In a mockery of Centre's biggest health insurance scheme — Ayushman Bharat- National Health Protection Scheme (AB-NHPS) — for BPL families, the names of UP's senior cabinet minister Satish Mahana, his family members, and a former BJP MLA Salil Vishnoi were found listed among its beneficiaries from Kanpur district. Besides several other prominent city builders also figured in the list of beneficiaries of the scheme.

Latent Reservoir of HIV Targeted With a Combination Therapy

Medical researchers demonstrate that administering broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAb) designed to target HIV in combination with agents that stimulate the innate immune system delayed viral rebound following discontinuation of ART in monkeys. The findings suggest that this two-pronged approach represents a potential strategy for targeting the viral reservoir.

Industry-funded Clinical Trials: Funder Involved in all Aspects

In most industry-funded trials reported in high impact medical journals, all aspects of the trial involved the industry funder, finds a study published by The BMJ. The results show that, although both funder and academic authors were involved in the design, conduct, and reporting of most trials, few industry-funded trials were completely independently conducted by academics, and sometimes industry involvement was downplayed or omitted.

Infectious Bacteria at High Rates, Vampire Bats Found to be Carriers

Bartonella are bacteria that cause endocarditis, a potentially life-threatening illness in humans and domestic animals. In Latin America, common vampire bats (Desmodus rotundus) are frequently infected by Bartonella, and their subsistence on blood creates a risk for bacterial transmission from bats to humans and livestock.

A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases by Daniel Becker at Montana State University in Bozemandistributed found Bartonella infections in vampire bats are highly prevalent in Peru and Belize, and that Bartonella genotypes are distributed widely, rather than clustered geographically.