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Govt bans anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone, painkiller Analgin

The health ministry has suspended the sale of two drugs - painkiller Analgin and anti-diabetes drug Pioglitazone and all its combinations . While the ban on Analgin in India has come after almost 36 years after the drug was banned in the US (which banned it in 1977), Pioglitazone was pulled out of France in 2011 for an increased risk of bladder cancer.
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Illegal drug trafficking obstacle to development – UN

The UN Secretary-General, Mr. Ban ki-Moon says illegal drug trafficking is a clear obstacle to development and called for "a robust and coordinated law enforcement response within and among countries." Mr. Moon in a message to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking which falls today June 26, 2013 spoke of his visit to the Patrignano drug rehabilitation centre in northern Italy.
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Shuga greenlit for Nigeria

MTV Base and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, have joined forces with the Nigerian government's National Agency for the Control of AIDS and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to combat a lack of awareness and misinformation about HIV, sexual responsibility and teen pregnancy among Nigerian youth, using the medium of Shuga, MTV's award winning TV series and multimedia campaign.
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DOCTORS MAKE PROGRESS TOWARD 'ARTIFICIAL PANCREAS'

Doctors are reporting a major step toward an "artificial pancreas," a device that would constantly monitor blood sugar in people with diabetes and automatically supply insulin as needed.A key component of such a system — an insulin pump programmed to shut down if blood-sugar dips too low while people are sleeping — worked as intended in a three-month study of 247 patients.
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Soy Sauce Overdose Sends Teen Into Coma

A 19-year-old survived a dangerous sodium overdose after drinking more than a quart of soy sauce on a dare, according to a case study in the Journal of Emergency Medicine. After drinking a quart of the sodium-heavy condiment, the teenager slipped into coma with seizure-like activity. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined he was suffering from hypernatremia, a metabolic condition in which there is a salt imbalance in the bodily fluids.
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Ocimum gratissimum (scent leaf) extract protects diabetics from heart, testicular damage

DIABETES is an age long, serious metabolic disorder with complications that results in significant morbidity and mortality. Chronic hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) during diabetes has been shown to cause glycation of body protein, which in turn leads to secondary complications that affect the eyes, kidneys, nerves and arteries. These complications may be delayed, lessened or prevented by maintaining blood glucose levels close to normal.
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Painkillers increase heart risk -Study

HIGH doses of painkillers used by millions can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure, according to the largest study of its kind. It confirmed a 'small but significant' extra risk of dying from heart problems after prolonged use.
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How Africa Turned AIDS Around

An African proverb teaches us that "if you want to go fast, go alone -- but if you want to go far, go together." The AIDS epidemic threatened to overcome Africa -- but instead, Africa and the world have united to overcome AIDS, going farther than most ever thought possible.
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African leaders rally support for Global Fund to fight diseases

Leaders of several African countries have called on partners around the world to support the fundraising efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The appeal has been made at a summit meeting of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organization.
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