Jakarta, June 9 (IANS) Critically ill Covid-19 patients treated with non-altered stem cells from umbilical cord connective tissue were more than twice as likely to survive as those who did not have the treatment, according to a small study.The clinical trial, carried out at four hospitals in Jakarta, Indonesia, also showed that administering the treatment to Covid-19 patients with an added chronic health condition such as diabetes, hypertension or kidney disease increased their survival more than fourfold.The findings were published in the STEM CELLS Translational Medicine. All 40 patients who took part in the double-blind, controlled, randomised study were adults in intensive care who had been intubated due to Covid-19-induced pneumonia.Half were given intravenous infusions containing umbilical mesenchymal stromal cells, or stem cells derived from the connective tissue of a human birth cord, and half were given infusions without them."The survival rate of those receiving the stem cells was 2.5 times higher and climbed even more -- 4.5 times -- in the Covid-19 patients who had other chronic health conditions," said Ismail Hadisoebroto Dilogo, Professor at Cipto Mangunkusumo Central Hospital-Universitas in Indonesia.The stem cell infusion also was found to be safe and well-tolerated with no life-threatening complications or acute allergic reactions in seven days of post-infusion monitoring, he said.Previous clinical trials have shown that treating Covid-19 pneumonia patients with stem cells from umbilical cord connective tissue may help them survive and recover more quickly, but the Indonesian study is the first to treat intubated, critically ill Covid-19 pneumonia patients with a naive, or non-genetically manipulated, form of the stem cells."Unlike other studies, our trial used stem cells obtained through explants from actual umbilical cord tissue and we did not manipulate them to exclude ACE2, a cellular protein thought to be an entry point for Covid-19," Dilogo said.Some research suggests that one of the main causes of acute respiratory distress in Covid-19 patients is "cytokine storm," a condition in which infection prompts the body's immune system to flood the bloodstream with inflammatory proteins."Although our study focused on a small number of patients, we think this experimental treatment could potentially lead to an effective adjuvant therapy for Covid-19 patients in intensive care who do not respond to conventional supportive treatment," Dilogo said.--IANSrvt/in
Panaji, May 13 (IANS) The Indian Air Force ferried 323 oxygen concentrators and other medical equipment to Goa, which has been facing oxygen shortage over the last few weeks, which has caused the death of 26 patients on Tuesday alone.A statement issued by Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik's office said that the oxygen concentrators and medical equipment were flown to Goa at the request of the state government."In view of the growing corona infestation in Goa and the growing stress on the medical system, the Goa government on Wednesday evening called on Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik and asked for help. Naik took immediate steps in that direction and today Air Force aircraft arrived in Goa with 323 oxygen concentrators and other medical equipments," the statement said."All the states, including Goa, are facing this major epidemic. Oxygen scarcity has been a headache for the government. The need for oxygen is increasing day by day. The Union government is making every effort to meet the demands of the states," the statement quoted Naik as saying. Naik is a Lok Sabha MP from the North Goa parliamentary constituency.--IANSmaya/ash
पणजी| कर्नाटक में सड़क दुर्घटना में गंभीर रूप से घायल होने के एक महीने बाद, केंद्रीय रक्षा राज्य मंत्री श्रीपद नाइक को बुधवार को यहां के एक सरकारी अस्पताल से छुट्टी दे दी गई। राज्य के सर्वोच्च स्वास्थ्य सुविधा, गोवा मेडिकल कॉलेज के डीन डॉ. शिवानंद बंडोदकर ने पत्रकारों से कहा कि नाइक के घाव अच्छे से ठीक हो गए हैं और वह संसद के बजट सत्र में भाग लेने की स्थिति में हो सकते हैं, जोकि एक ब्रेक के बाद मार्च में आयोजित किया जाएगा।
बंडोदकर ने केंद्रीय मंत्री के छुट्टी के समय संवाददाताओं से कहा, "वह अच्छी तरह से ठीक हो गए हैं। उनकी जांघ की हड्डी का फ्रैक्च र भी ठीक हो गया है। उन्हें आराम की जरूरत है, जिसे वह घर पर कर सकते हैं।"
शीर्ष स्वास्थ्य अधिकारी ने कहा, "हम एक बार एक्स-रे करेंगे और उसकी स्थिति की जांच करने के बाद, हम उन्हें (संसद में भाग लेने के लिए) अनुमति देने पर विचार करेंगे। उनके स्वास्थ्य को ध्यान में रखते हुए, वह इसमें शामिल हो सकते हैं, लेकिन हम केवल एक्स-रे जांच के बाद ही कुछ कह पाएंगे।"
नाइक अपनी पत्नी और एक सहयोगी के साथ 12 जनवरी को कार से उत्तर कन्नड़ जिले में एक प्राइवेट विजिट पर जा रहे थे। इस दौरान उनकी कार यल्लापुरा के पास पलट गई। दुर्घटना में उनकी पत्नी और एक सहयोगी की मौत हो गई।
नाइक को अस्पताल से बाहर निकालते समय पत्रकारों से बात करते हुए, केंद्रीय मंत्री के बेटे सिद्धेश ने प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी, रक्षा मंत्री राजनाथ सिंह, मुख्यमंत्री प्रमोद सावंत को उनकी सहायता के लिए धन्यवाद दिया। (एजेंसी)
यह अंग्रेज़ी में भी पढ़ें► Union MoS Defence Shripad Naik Discharged a Month After a Road Accident
More than a month after he was hospitalized with serious injuries following a road accident in Karnataka, Union Minister of State for Defence Shripad Naik on Wednesday was discharged from a top government hospital.
Speaking to reporters, Dr. Shivanand Bandodkar, dean of the Goa Medical College, the state's apex health facility, said that Naik's wounds had healed well and he may be in a position to attend the budget session of Parliament, which is scheduled to reconvene after the ongoing break, in March.
"He has healed well. His thigh bone fracture is also healing. He needs rest, which he can take at home," Bandodkar told reporters at the time of the Union Minister's discharge.
"We will conduct an x-ray sitting again and after examining his condition, we will consider permitting him (to attend Parliament). Considering his health, he may be able to attend it, but we will be able to say only after examination of his x-ray then," the top medical official said.
Naik was traveling by car along with his wife and an aide in the north Kannada district as part of a private visit when his car overturned near Yallapura on January 12. His wife and an aide died from injuries received during the accident.
Speaking to reporters while escorting Naik out of the hospital, the Union Minister's son Siddesh thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for their assistance.
"Everyone has helped us a lot. I want to thank the Prime Minister and Defence Minister, other Union Ministers and party officials, Chief Minister and Health Minister and all party workers, because of whose support and blessings we were able to overcome this phase," Siddhesh Naik said.
Also, Read in Hindi► श्रीपद नाइक को सड़क दुर्घटना के एक महीने बाद अस्पताल से मिली छुट्टी
पणजी- केन्द्रीय आयुष और रक्षा राज्यमंत्री श्रीपद नाइक तेजी से स्वस्थ्य हो रहे हैं और उनके स्वास्थ्य में ऐसे ही सुधार होता रहा तो 10 दिनों में अस्पताल से उन्हें छुट्टी मिल सकती है. एक शीर्ष स्वास्थ्य अधिकारी ने गुरूवार को ये जानकारी दी.
गोवा मेडिकल कॉलेज के डीन डॉ. शिवानंद बांदेकर ने संवाददाताओं से बातचीत में कहा, "इस समय वह स्थिर हैं, बहुत अच्छा कर रहे हैं और उनकी रिकवरी बहुत तेज हो गई है."
बांदेकर ने कहा कि नाइक के घाव ठीक हो गए हैं और वह बेडसाइड फिजियोथेरेपी से गुजर रहे हैं.
गौरतलब है कि कुछ दिन पूर्व श्रीपद नाइक दुर्घटनाग्रस्त हो गए थे जिसमें उनकी पत्नी और उनके एक सहयोगी की मृत्यु भी हो गयी थी.
उनके स्वास्थ्य को देखते हुए आयुष मंत्रालय का अतिरिक्त प्रभार अस्थायी रूप से केंद्रीय मंत्री किरण रिजीजू को दिया गया है.
संबंधित खबर ► केंद्रीय आयुष मंत्री श्रीपद नाइक सड़के हादसे में घायल, पत्नी ने अस्पताल में दम तोड़ा
Panaji- Union Minister of State for Defence, Shripad Naik, is recovering well and may be discharged from hospital in 10 days, a top health official said on Thursday.
"At present he is stable, doing very well and his recovery has been very fast," Goa Medical College Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar told reporters at the Assembly complex here.
Bandekar said that Naik's wounds had healed and he was going through bedside physiotherapy.
An MPV in which Naik was travelling in along with his wife and an aide had overturned near Yallapura in Ankola in Karnataka on January 12. He was seriously injured as the vehicle hit a tree. His wife Vijaya and a close aide were killed in the accident.
Asked when Naik would be discharged, Bandekar said: "We will take a call only when he is able to do day-to-day activities like eating on his own, take care of his personal hygiene etc. It will take at least another 10 days." (IANS)