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Talk of the Unknown- Chagas Disease: The Silent Killer

Chagas disease(CD) is a parasitic disease caused by Trypanosoma cruzi mainly transmitted by vectors like triatomines (ex. kissing bugs) ^13.  This disease is endemic to Latin America, affecting 8-10 million people with an average of 41,200 new cases every year^7. However, the disease now has spread worldwide, affecting 300000-400000 people annually in non-endemic countries^5.

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Targeted Drug Therapy: Curing Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours the Right Way

The development of target specific drugs for treatment for different kinds of cancers has opened an entirely new avenue for alternative treatments that are safer and more efficient. Targeted Drug Therapy (TDT) can contribute to the development of a more cell-specific and faster-acting method of PNET suppression. A treatment personalized to different stages of cancer is much more efficient in comparison to treatments that focus on using the same protocol to destroy tumours irrespective of its proliferative stage. TDT brings in the question of whether it is time to pave a new path for these target specific drugs or hold on to existing standardized treatments such as non-target specific chemotherapy (CC- Conventional Chemotherapy) and radiation for PNETs.

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A Look Into The Drought-Stricken Present: The Forgotten World of Millets

Malnutrition continues to plague a significant percentage of the population despite India achieving bumper crop harvests in recent years. A cheaper alternative could be to use a resource that serves a majority of daily recommended dietary requirement in one single component of the meal, thereby reducing the need for additional side-dishes. This would ensure that the children get their daily calorific value and probably even more at the same amount spent currently.  The idea of eliminating poverty and malnutrition should not only focus on providing calorie rich meals, but also to ensure that it covers basic macronutrient and micronutrient needs. Could millets be the answer?

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