Blood test able to detect 8 forms of cancer could be available soon

The trial vaccine has been tried on 1,000 cancer patients by researchers
One of the biggest revolutions in medicine may just have begun. Scientists and researchers have took the step forward in introducing a vaccine that can detect more than 8 common forms of cancer.
The UK experts at John Hopkins University have reportedly said that this news is “enormously exciting.” According to the team this is just the beginning. The vaccine also needs to be researched well on its effectiveness in detecting early stages of cancer.
A trial was conducted on over 1,000 cancer patients and the vaccine detected various forms of cancer in ovary, liver, stomach, esophagus, breast, lung, colon or pancreas. This covered close to 70% of the kind of cancers. “I think this can have an enormous impact on cancer immortality,” said Dr. Cristian Tomasetti from John Hopkins University of Medicine. The test is meant to be sensitive to mutated DNA that floats in blood and also to cancer related proteins.
“This is of massive potential,” says the highly motivated team leader Dr. Gerd Attard at Center of Evolution and Cancer at the institute of Cancer Research at London.
Sources: abc, bbc

Baby weighing 400 grams at Birth survives after six-month struggle

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A premature baby girl born weighing 400 grams survived and gained weight, thanks to efforts of doctors at Jivanta Children’s Hospital in Udaipur and determination of her parents.

Jaipur, January 12: After struggling for six months, a baby girl who weighed just 400 grams at birth, and was 8.6 inches long at birth has returned to normalcy and discharged from hospital at Jaipur.

Dr. Sunil Janged, the neonatologist who led the team overseeing the baby girl at the neonatal intensive care unit claimed that referred baby was the smallest to survive in India as well as Asia as per medical records. Named Manushi by the staff of the Jivanta Children’s Hospital, the baby was delivered through a cesarean section as the blood flow to the fetus was found to be absent after ultrasonography of the pregnant mother.

The baby was put on ventilator to expand her immature, small lungs and was given parental nutrition initially. Gradually, she could digest milk and drink from spoon. Dr.Janged also stated that it was a challenge to ensure that there was no infection to the baby during course of the blood transfusion for her respiratory support.

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The baby after six months of clinical course.

At the time of her discharge, Manushi weighed 2400 grams and had been developing her body organs normally. She had spent 210 in intensive care unit, beating the odds of 0.5% chance of survival, as stated by medical experts in such cases.

Source: The Hindu, The Times of India