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Litchi toxin causes AES, says Vellore doc’s study

PATNA: Even as consensus has eluded researchers for years on the cause of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) which has claimed several children’s lives in Muzaffapur district of Bihar, Vellore-based paediatrician and epidemiologist Dr T Jacob John has now said a toxin in litchi causes the disease. The study by Dr John was commissioned by the Bihar government.

Earlier, US-based Centre for Disease Control (CDC) had said that Jamaican Ackee – a fruit resembling litchi – is known to have a toxin that causes AES-type disease in African nations.

Even though Dr John is yet to submit his report to the Bihar government, the findings have been published in the recent edition of Current Science, a journal of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. The paper is jointly authored by Dr John and Arun Shah of Indian Institute of Toxicology Research-Lucknow…

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/patna/Litchi-toxin-causes-AES-says-Vellore-docs-study/articleshow/50481811.cms

Written by csirindia

January 8, 2016 at 9:02 am

Posted in IITR, Uncategorized

IITR refutes Lucknow ‘most polluted’ report

13 December 2015

LUCKNOW: Raising doubts over the air quality index of Lucknow in report released.. recently by the Central Pollution Control Board, the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research on Saturday said calculating it on the basis of data of merely three locations and then attributing it to the entire city was not right. Speaking to TOI, IITR director Alok Dhawan said the data must be put in the right perspective, and only then be interpreted. He added, the median method of calculation is preferred as it takes into account the geographical and environmental factors, while the mean method simply takes out the mathematical average.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/IITR-refutes-Lucknow-most-polluted-report/articleshow/50155543.cms

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December 13, 2015 at 10:33 am

Posted in IITR, Uncategorized

CSIR celebrates 73 yrs of scientific environment

26 September 2015

LUCKNOW: The 73rd foundation day of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in the city on Saturday was special for both, the scientist community and commoners.

About 5,000 students, researchers and people from other walks of life visited various laboratories and facilities at the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI), Central Drug Research Institute (CDRI), Central Institute of medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP) and Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR). Their labs were open for public during the day. Visitors, particularly students, were seen inquiring about various equipment and learning about drugs, plants and their medicinal value, gardening and tips on how to tackle pollution…


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September 27, 2015 at 7:38 am


Scientists pick samples from Carbide factory

08 November 2012

BHOPAL: A team of scientists from Lucknow based Indian Institute of Toxicological Research (IITR), collected about 24 soil and water samples from the premises of the abandoned Union Carbide factory. The IITR has been directed by the Supreme Court to check the contamination of underground water at the abandoned factory….

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-11-08/bhopal/34993715_1_water-samples-union-carbide-factory-toxicological-research

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November 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

Posted in IITR

Groundwater around Carbide factory toxic, says report

26 September 2012

NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR) has informed the Supreme Court that groundwater around the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal is contaminated.

In an interim report submitted before the Bench of Justices Altamas Kabir and J. Chelameswar, the IITR said 30 samples were collected from the disaster site. Nitrate level in nine samples exceeded the permissible limit prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards for drinking water and lead beyond the limit was found in 24……..

Read more: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/groundwater-around-carbide-factory-toxic-says-report/article3936087.ece

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September 27, 2012 at 11:43 am

Posted in IITR

The nanoform can radically alter polyphenol effects

05 September 2012

A study, published online today [04 September 2012] in Nanomedicine, compared the properties of polyphenols in different forms on white blood cells taken from patients with colorectal cancer and from healthy volunteers. It found that the known antioxidant properties of these substances can be reversed when they are used in their nanoparticle form. Antioxidants prevent damage to DNA and other molecules which can be caused by free radicals.

Led by Professor Diana Anderson from Bradford’s School of Life Sciences, the research compared the antioxidant responses of two polyphenols, called ECGC and theaflavins. These were provided by Dr Gupta, Director of the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR).The findings showed that when used in bulk form, these polyphenols exhibited their anticipated antioxidant responses, but the nanoform at higher concentrations had the reverse effect and exhibited statistically significant pro-oxidant effects, which can cause increased DNA damage…..

Read more: http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=45901

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September 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

Posted in IITR

Help sought to check Yamuna e-way crashes

06 September 2012

GREATER NOIDA: Stung by a spate of fatal crashes on the newly opened Yamuna Expressway, officials of the Greater Noida authority, Noida police and Jaypee on Wednesday decided to ask the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) to suggest ways to avoid accidents and check if there was any need for a change in design…..


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September 10, 2012 at 10:12 am

Posted in IITR

Expert explains ways to keep cancer at bay

25 February 2012

If you are one of those who tend to avoid garlic, broccoli, ginger, pomegranate or carrots, then you may have to do a rethink.

For the chemicals that give these fruit and vegetables their character —  phytochemicals — are the ones that save you from many types of cancer. These various compounds give foods their color, taste and smell.

This was revealed to a large number of people who attended a cancer awareness symposium organized by the Riyadh-based Association of Indian Researchers & Scientists (AIRS) Thursday night. The topic of the symposium was “Cancer: A major health issue worldwide.

The symposium was addressed by renowned Indian cancer specialist Dr. Yogeshwar Shukla, deputy director and head of Proteomics Laboratory at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Toxicology Research…..

Read more: http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article579276.ece

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February 25, 2012 at 1:15 pm

Posted in IITR

Study will help dispel myths about skin disease

05 November 2011

LUCKNOW: On the occasion of the 46th Foundation Day of the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), on Friday, Prof. SH Zaidi oration was delivered by Dr Rajesh S Gokhale, director, CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi. The title of his talk was ‘black and white facts of vitiligo and skin pigmentation’…..

Read more: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-11-05/lucknow/30363580_1_vitiligo-skin-pigmentation

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November 6, 2011 at 7:54 pm

Posted in IITR

Candy, orange bar red-flagged

24 June 2011

LUCKNOW: Enjoying a stick of candy floss in attractive shades of red and pink bought at a neighbourhood store or school canteen.

Sucking at an orange bar in the summers. Enjoying jam spread on a slice of bread. All are activities bound to be a joy for kids, and even adults. But, chances are these food items are toxic and harmful for your health. A scientific study has found toxic colours being used in confectionery samples taken from across the country. What’s more, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal had maximum number of samples with banned colours. The Indian Institute of Toxicology Research collected the samples of bakery products, candy floss, sugar toys, ice-candies, ice-creams, beverages, jams, jellies and other confectionary items, which children and teens (in the age group of 4-18 years) consume. The samples were a mix of branded and loose stuff……

Read more: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Candy-orange-bar-red-flagged/articleshow/8971072.cms

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June 24, 2011 at 8:48 am

Posted in IITR