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Human waste contaminating urban water leads to ‘superbug’ spread – study

Contamination of urban lakes, rivers and surface water by human waste is creating pools of ‘superbugs’ in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC)  – but improving access to clean water, sanitation and sewerage infrastructure could help to protect people’s health, a new study reveals. Researchers studied bodies of water in urban and rural sites in three areas of Bangladesh – Mymensingh, Shariatpur …

SATAT initiative can do well with strong impetus given to Compressed Biogas: Mavcomm, SIMC study

In October 2018, the MoPNG (Ministry of petroleum & Natural Gas) launched SATAT (Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation) initiative. Under this, the Government plans to promote alternative transportation fuel through production of Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) from various waste and biomass sources in the country. With inclusion of forest waste, Agri-waste, animal husbandry waste and marine waste, SATAT involves a …

IISER Bhopal Scientists discover a new species of the African Violet plant from Mizoram

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Bhopal Researchers have recently discovered a new species of plant belonging to the African Violets family in Mizoram and adjacent areas in Myanmar. Along with other discoveries by the IISER Bhopal Research Team in the past few years, this discovery shows that the biodiversity of the Northeastern parts of India is understudied …

Shiv Nadar University develops a molecule with potential to cure COVID-19

A team of researchers led by Dr Subhabrata Sen from the Department of Chemistry, Shiv Nadar University, along with his collaborator Professor Ralf Jockers, Institut Cochin (INSERM, CNRS, Université de Paris, France), has discovered a set of New Chemical Entities (NCEs) with the ability to cure Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) or Acute Lung Injury (ALI) induced by COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) or other …

Scientists shed light on action of key tuberculosis drug

Called ethambutol, the drug against the tuberculosis (TB) has been a mainstay in the fight against TB since its discovery in 1961. Despite this, the drug’s ‘mode of action’ – the way it kills the bacterium – has not been fully confirmed by scientists. In a study, published in the journal Science, which sheds fresh light on how a key front-line …

Research finds that antibiotics are unnecessarily prescribed for conjunctivitis in children

New research from the University of Birmingham has found that a number of policies used by childcare providers for conjunctivitis are contrary to national guidance, and lead to unnecessary prescription of antibiotics and exclusion of children from nurseries. Though guidance states that children with acute infective conjunctivitis do not need to be excluded or necessarily treated with antibiotics, 86.7% of …

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