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Global medical research neglects aam aadmi's diseases, finds new study - The Times of India

Global medical research neglects aam aadmi's diseases, finds new study - The Times of India | Personal Investment | Scoop.it
A new analysis of nearly 4 million scientific articles has found that global research is focused more on diseases that primarily afflict wealthy countries and less on diseases of the developing world.
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The cause of various diseases and their treatment can vary vastly depending upon our genes. It is commonly known that different races on the globe have different genetic pools. Medical research has been funded by Big Pharma. To recover the investments in research, the studies are carried out on populations which have the ability to pay i.e. the Western World.

As a corollary, there is hardly any Big Money pouring into cure for diseases which plague the poor in the developing and under developed nations. Efforts to contain and cure Malaria, Kala Azar, Dengue, Chikungunya, etc. are all locally funded.

By the same argument the treatments prescribed for the Western population may not be the right one for other population groups because of genetic diversity.

 

To extend the argument further, it is ‘accepted’ that the ideal Blood Pressure should be 120 / 80 mmHg. But again these norms and test limits are for the Western world. There hasn’t been sufficient studies to establish these limits for other groups. Who knows that the range could be 110/70 for some and even 140 / 90 could be safe for others!

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Asia shopping malls: The 'must-have' investment? Is it true for India as well?

Asia shopping malls: The 'must-have' investment? Is it true for India as well? | Personal Investment | Scoop.it
Shopping centers in Asia have become the latest essential item on retail investors' shopping list, according to Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).
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The report has no mention of India, which is Asia's third largest economy with booming markets and micro-markets. Yet a closer look at the malls and shopping complexes over a period of time shows unoccupied spaces and a constant churn in the occupants. Despite good foot-falls, the conversion to actual sales volume is simply not enough to sustain the high rental and the maintenance that the occupants have to pay to the owners.

 

The retail investors will do well to do a thorough due diligence before making an investment decision.

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Drinking coffee linked to decreased liver cirrhosis death risk

Drinking coffee linked to decreased liver cirrhosis death risk | Personal Investment | Scoop.it
Consuming two or more cups of coffee each day has been linked with a reduced risk of death from liver cirrhosis in a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.
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I am always skeptical about research findings because they are invariably funded by vested interests. In this case it is clear who has backed the research and this makes the finding of the research more credible.

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