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Link Police to Online System for Post-Mortem Reports, Forensic Doctors

Forensic Medicine doctors have welcomed the idea of an online system to track post-mortem examination (PME) reports. At present, doctors jot down their findings manually after conducting a post-mortem or other medico-legal examinations such as estimation of age.

At a meeting between DGP M Mahendar Reddy and chief secretary SK Joshi, participants felt the online system would help in avoiding delays in releasing PME reports.

New Anti-obesity Drug Shows Promise in Animal Trials

A novel drug based on capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn, caused long-term weight loss and improved metabolic health in mice eating a high-fat diet, in new studies from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy. The drug, Metabocin, was designed to slowly release capsaicin throughout the day so it can exert its anti-obesity effect without producing inflammation or adverse side effects.

Antivirals Against Herpes linked to Alzheimer's

A new commentary on a study by epidemiologists supports the viability of a potential way to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. When the authors looked at subjects who suffered severe herpes infection and who were treated aggressively with antiviral drugs, the relative risk of dementia was reduced by a factor of 10.

PRRS: Gene-Edited pigs are Resistant to the Virus

Scientists have produced pigs that can resist one of the world's most costly animal diseases, by changing their genetic code. Tests with the virus — called Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome, or PRRS — found the pigs do not become infected at all. The animals show no signs that the change in their DNA has had any other impact on their health or wellbeing.

Bacterial Armor: New Target for Antibiotics

Boosting efforts to fight antibiotic resistance, researchers have found that a thin membrane, thought to be just a shrink wrap around some bacterial cell walls, has structural properties critical for survival. Drugs that destroy the membrane could be a new approach to treating the infection.

Poor State of Cancer Treatment in Bangladesh, Minister Admits

State minister for health Zahid Maleque said that the state of cancer treatment in Bangladesh was ‘poor’, which led the government to decide setting up cancer hospitals in eight divisions across the country.  He said that at least 5,000 beds were needed for cancer patients in the country but there were currently only 500 beds for cancer treatment.

Fatty Liver Disease Pandemic, New Gold Standard Developed

New study calls for human-based tools to unravel the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). The contribution of in silico, in vitro and pathways-based systems biology approaches to unraveling the pathogenesis of this disease are described, and how this human-relevant research can be used for anti-NASH drug development.

Soccer Might Cause Dangerous Injuries

With the final World Cup showdown, frenzied fans have seen the best soccer has to offer. While chasing down a ball during a game a player knocked heads with a rival so violently he awoke hours later in a hospital with a concussion – and no memory of the match he just played. But it's not just elite players who are susceptible to dangerous injuries from soccer, which has come under scrutiny in recent years for concussion management.