Competitive Exams: Current Affairs 2011: Medical Technology

Medical Technology

GRNOPC1 Therapy

It is a human embryonic stem cell (hESC) -based therapy by Geron Corp. To treat spinal cord injury. First trial with human embryonic stem cells began in USA recently as the Obama administration has lifted the ban on embryonic stem cell research.

Adulterations

  • Pulses/Besan-KhesariDal

  • Ghee-Mashed potato, sweet potato

  • Wheat flour-sand and dirt

AQUAMAT-African Quinine v. Artesunate Malaria Trial

  • This landmark study conducted in 11 study sites in nine African countries, enrolled 5, 425 children with severe malaria. The results demonstrate that compared with quinine, artesunate reduced the mortality rate

  • Artesunate is derived from a Chinese herb called qinghao (Artemisia annua).

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India