Free lab tests soon: India drafting essential diagnostics list, will cap pricing

Medisense Team
Editorial Team
Mar 16

India is drawing up an essential diagnostic list (EDL) to guide the government’s policy on providing basic and life-saving tests free at primary healthcare centres and public hospitals.

The list, expected to be ready next year, will also cap the prices of essential tests for private hospitals and labs, much like the national list of essential medicines does for drugs.

“The list will have a price ceiling for the essential tests for private players,” said Dr Kamini Walia, scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), who participated in the firs...

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Multi-country trial ups hope of recovering from TB in 6 months

Medisense Team
Editorial Team
Mar 13

In the light of India’s ambitious goals to eliminate tuberculosis by 2025, patients cured from clinical trials of combination therapy including crucial drugs Bedaquiline and Delamanid holds promise. Majority of the drug-resistant patients subjected to this combination regimen became negative for TB within six months, a study published in The Lancet stated.

Multi-national trials were conducted by Medecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in three countries - South Africa, India and Armenia. While 14 patients were enrolled in SA, seven each hailed from Mumbai in ...

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Common knee surgery doesn’t help older adults

Medisense Team
Editorial Team
Mar 12

Many older adults are getting surgery to remove damaged cartilage in the knee even though these operations may not help ease pain or improve mobility in people over 65, a U.S. study suggests.

Researchers focused on a procedure known as arthroscopic partial meniscectomy, which involves shaving or cutting out damaged or torn tissue. Some previous research suggests younger patients with severely damaged cartilage may benefit from this operation, but it may not work any better than physical therapy for most people, especially when they’re over 65, researchers note in JAMA Surgery....

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A life-saving device in singapore help end-stage heart failure patients stay fit for a transplant until healthy organ is available

Medisense Team
Editorial Team
Mar 10

Left Ventricular Assiste Device (LVAD) in singapore help end-stage heart failure patients stay fit for a transplant until healthy organ is available.
It is an implanted mechanical-pump that can mean the difference between life and death for a person whose heart is too weak to effectively pump on its own.
"When there's a failure in the heart's left ventricular chamber, the device aims to assist its main function to pump the blood through out the body without any obstruction" said 67- Views


Be careful: Use of off-label drugs to treat retinal diseases can lead to vision loss

Medisense Team
Editorial Team
Mar 07

‘Off-label’ drug use is defined as use of a drug that has not cleared the necessary regulatory approval for specific diseases/ conditions and is therefore not an approved drug for the same.

There have been concerns about off-label drug use causing vision loss in the patients. Owing to multiple reports of vision loss and similar adverse events, experts have called out the heightened need for stringent patient safety guidelines to be formalised with immediate effect in India. Most of these adverse effects are being experienced by the patients with retinal diseases across t...

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