Summerside police arrest assault suspect in Walmart parking lot

Summerside police arrested a suspect in an assault investigation in the Walmartparking lot Thursday afternoon. Police say they received a complaint about an alleged assault late Thursday morning. During the investigation police say they got additional information that a male at an Elm Street residence had a sawed-off shotgun. The suspect and two acquaintances were arrested outside WalmartThursday afternoon, then police executed a search warrant at the residence where they found and seized the weapon, according to a police news release. The suspect is in custody and is facing charges of assault, uttering threats and various firearms offences, the release said.


IAF’s MiG-21 crashes in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district, pilot ejects safely


: A MiG-21 fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday crashed in Rajasthan’s Bikaner district. As per the initial reports, the pilot of the MiG-21 ejected safely.  The aircraft was on a routine mission and crashed after getting airborne from the Nal airbase near Bikaner.

Defence spokesperson said that a court of inquiry would investigate the cause of the accident. Initial inputs indicate the likely cause as the bird hit after take off.

Bikaner SP Pradeep Mohan Sharma said the MIG aircraft crashed in Shobhasar ki Dhani, 12 km from Bikaner city. He said police teams have rushed the spot to cordon off the area. No loss of life has been reported.

Bikaner: IAF Fighter Jet MiG-21 Crashes, Pilot Marked Safe

An Indian Air Force fighter jet MiG-21 on Friday afternoon crashed near Bikanerdistrict in Rajasthan but the pilot ejected safely, the Defence Ministry said.

Spokesperson Colonel Sombit Ghosh said the MiG was on a routine mission and it crashed after getting airborne from Nal, near Bikaner.

Bikaner SP Pradeep Mohan Sharma told news agency PTI that the pilot ejected safely before the MiG-21 aircraft, which was on a routine mission, crashed in Shoba Sar ki Dhani area.

According to media reports, the initial inputs suggest bird hit be the likely cause, a court of inquiry (CoI) will probe the cause of the incident.

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The Bikaner SP said the MIG aircraft crashed in Shobhasar ki Dhani, 12 km from Bikaner city. He added that following the incident, police teams rushed the spot to cordon off the area. No loss of life was reported.

This comes a week after a Mi-17 chopper crashed in an open field near Garend Kalan village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Budgam. One civilian and six IAF personnel were killed in the incident.

According to experts, the MiG-21 was used to counter Pakistan’s F-16 offensive because it has a delta wing, similar to the Mirage 2000 and LCA Tejas, which makes it highly manoeuvrable in dogfights.

Second HIV remission patient rekindles hope of cure

PARIS, France (AFP)— For just the second time ever an HIV patient is in sustained remission from the virus in what was hailed by experts Tuesday as proof that the AIDS-causing condition could one day be curable.

Ten years almost to the day since the first confirmed case of an HIV-infected person being rid of the deadly disease, a man known only as the “London patient” has shown no sign of the virus for nearly 19 months, doctors reported in the journal Nature.

Both patients underwent bone marrow transplants to treat blood cancers, receiving stem cells from donors with a genetic mutation present in less than one per cent of Europeans that prevents HIV from taking hold.

“It is a landmark. After 10 years of not being able to replicate (the first case), people were wondering if this was a fluke,” said lead author Ravindra Gupta, a professor at the University of Cambridge.

“I think it is important to reaffirm that this is real and it can be done,” Gupta told AFP.

However, he was very careful at a press conference in Seattle, Washington, to avoid using the word “cure,” noting instead that “in another six months or two years, things will be clearer.”

Millions of people infected with HIV around the globe keep the disease in check with so-called antiretroviral therapy (ARV), but the treatment does not rid patients of the virus.

Close to 37 million people are living with HIV worldwide, but only 59 per cent are receiving ARV. Nearly one million people die every year from HIV-related causes.

A new drug-resistant form of HIV is also a growing concern.

The first sustained remission survivor, announced in 2009 as “the Berlin patient” and later named as American Timothy Brown, was given two transplants and underwent total body irradiation to treat leukaemia — a process that nearly killed him.

Gupta said that although a second successful transplant did not constitute a generalised cure, it showed that even milder forms of treatment can achieve full remission.

“There are a number of learning points here,” he said. “Radiation has a lot of side-effects and leads to a delayed recovery of the bone marrow, so it’s really good that we’ve shown you don’t need radiation.

“The Berlin patient also had two rounds of chemotherapy because the first one didn’t work. We’ve done ours just once, and it was also a milder form, which is important,” he added.

Both patients received stem cell transplants from donors carrying a genetic mutation that prevents expression of an HIV receptor, known as CCR5.

The London patient was diagnosed with HIV infection in 2003 and had been on antiretroviral therapy since 2012.

Later that year, he was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a deadly cancer.

He underwent a stem cell transplant in 2016 from a donor with two copies of a CCR5 gene variant, which is resistant to most HIV-1 virus strains.

“CCR5 is something essential for the virus to complete its life-cycle and we can’t knock out many other things without causing harm to the patient,” said Gupta.

“We know that CCR5 can be knocked out without any serious consequences because people are walking around without that gene.”

CCR5 was the target in the genome of the controversial gene-edited twins born last year in China, whose father is HIV-positive.

Experts cautiously welcomed Tuesday’s announcement.

The International AIDS Society said in a statement Tuesday that results from the second patient “reaffirm our belief that there exists a proof of concept that HIV is curable”.

Sharon Lewin, director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, told AFP that the second case showed a cure was “feasible”.

After the bone marrow transplant, the London patient remained on ARV for 16 months, at which point treatment was stopped.

Regular testing has confirmed that the patient’s viral load remained undetectable since then.

But scientists were keen to stress that the technique is likely only viable among a tiny percentage of sufferers.

“Due to the rarity of suitable donors, this precise approach will not be available to all HIV patients,” said Aine McKnight, professor of Viral Pathology at Queen MaryUniversity, London.

“However, this work has the potential to stimulate research into more generally applicable therapies.”

Gupta said he hoped to expand research on the stem-cell transplant technique to focus on communities in Africa, where the HIV-beating mutation does not naturally occur.

“Expanding remission to populations that are affected disproportionately is quite important,” he told AFP.

Second HIV patient in remission following bone marrow transplant as researchers say they are closing in on a cure

BSIP/UIG | Getty Images Scientists have discovered an antibody in people living longer with the HIV virus, which has reinvigorated the pursuit to find a cure. Above, an image of the HIV virus, taken with transmission electron microscopy.

Researchers in London are giving hope to finding a cure for the AIDS virus after a second HIV-positive man appears to have shaken the disease following a bone-marrow transplant, according to research published Tuesday by his doctors.

Tests confirmed the man’s virus to be undetectable even though he’s and been off antiretroviral therapy for 18 months, doctors said in a research paper published in the science journal Nature. The man received a bone-marrow transplant from an HIV-resistant donor almost three years ago, the same procedure that appears to have eradicated the virus in a Berlin patient more than a decade ago.

While it’s too early to say the man has been cured of HIV, researchers are optimistic.

“By achieving remission in a second patient using a similar approach, we have shown that the Berlin Patient was not an anomaly, and that it really was the treatment approaches that eliminated HIV in these two people,” the study’s lead author Ravindra Gupta said in a statement.

About 36.9 million people worldwide are living with HIV, according to CDC data. Since the pandemic began in the 1980s, nearly 35 million people have been killed due to complications from the virus.

The man, who is referred to as the “London patient” was diagnosed with HIV infection in 2003 and began antiretroviral therapy in 2012. Later that year, he was diagnosed with advanced Hodgkin’s Lymphoma – leading to chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

His case comes nearly 10 years after Timothy Brown, known as the “Berlinpatient,” was announced the first person to be cured of the HIV virus.

Both of the men were undergoing cancer treatments with stem cell transplants from HIV-resistant donors, researchers said. They both experienced graft-versus-host disease, which occurs when the donor’s immune cells attack the recipient’s, and that may have played a roll in the treatment.

However, Brown was given two transplants while being treated for leukemia. He also underwent radiation treatment.

“Continuing our research, we need to understand if we could knock out this receptor in people with HIV, which may be possible with gene therapy,” Gupta said.

These methods aren’t appropriate as a standard HIV treatment, since there are medication combinations to help regulate the disease, doctors said.

But Graham Cooke, NIHR research professor and professor in Infectious Diseases at Imperial College London, said this should encourage HIV patients who need transplants to consider an HIV-resistant donor.

Other researchers said this study may stimulate research into more accessible therapies for those who don’t have access to the current medications needed to keep HIV at bay.

“While this type of treatment is clearly not practical to treat the millions of people around the world living with HIV, reports such as these may help in the ultimate development of a cure for HIV,” Andrew Freedman, a specialist in infectious diseases and head of the school of medicine at Cardiff University in Wales, said in a prepared statement. “This is likely to be many years away and until then, the emphasis needs to remain on prompt diagnosis of HIV and initiation of life-long combination antiretroviral therapy.”

Doctors leave cotton inside stomach after surgery in Siddipet

 A woman was readmitted in the government hospital in Siddipet a few days after being discharged from the same hospital.
The woman who is learned to have fallen ill approached a doctor in a government hospital who advised her to undergo surgery. After undergoing the surgery and returning home, the woman health condition deteriorated and was again admitted to the hospital.
After performing a scan, the doctors noticed a piece of cotton in her stomach which was left inside during the surgery. The kin of the woman staged a protest at the hospital demanding action against the doctors on Monday.
Last month, a woman was readmitted at NIMS in Hyderabad after a pair of surgical scissors found in her abdomen.

ESIC hospital fire: 3 months after, family’s wait for compensation continues

The hospital after the blaze. (File)

AROUND THREE months after a fire at Marol’s Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital in the MIDC area claimed 13 lives, the family of a Sakinaka-based senior citizen continues to wait for compensation, despite multiple visits to the ESIC office.

Idna Khatoon Majid (65) had died due to complications arising out of a kidney ailment and brain haemorrhage on January 5, 19 days after the blaze erupted at the 325-bed hospital, where she was admitted. She was among the 13 people who had died as a result of the fire on December 17, 2018, which also injured 176 people.

Idna’s family and treating doctors have claimed that her condition worsened allegedly due to the fire as she inhaled smoke during rescue operations. The family has alleged that officials have been turning them away while asking them to revisit a few weeks later since January. “We were initially told that injured patients will be offered compensation. My mother died in January, a few days after the fire. Officials had then assured us a higher compensation. But the file has not moved since,” said Idna’s son Abdul Majid.

Idna was admitted in the intensive care unit (ICU) on the fourth floor of the ESIC hospital on December 10. On December 14, she underwent a CT scan and a surgery was planned for December 17. On the evening of December 17, fire erupted after sparks from a welding machine fell on a pile of rubber sheets kept near the electrical room of the hospital. Several emergency exits at the hospital, which was undergoing renovation work, were shut. Most patients succumbed to inhalation of smoke from rubber piles that spread through air conditioning ducts.Explained

Why the delay

The ESIC authorities have said that Idna Khatoon Majid died 20 days after the fire and by then, compensation had already been handed over to the other families of the deceased and injured. The fresh application, hence, will take longer, as her name would have to be transferred from the list of the injured to the deceased. The hospital’s glass facade has always been a death trap with minor fires frequently reported by staff. Two days after the blaze, a small fire had again erupted in the hospital. The incident has further slowed the hospital’s long due renovation.

The hospital staff and Idna’s family shifted her from the fourth floor to an ambulance but it had no ambubag to facilitate breathing. Abdul claimed that she suffered from breathlessness during the rescue operation. Idna was first admitted in Seven Hills hospital’s ICU from where she was transferred to Riddhi Vinayak hospital at Kandivali on January 4. According to a medical official at Riddhi Vinayak, she required ventilator support. Her medical reports show that her blood pressure was low, her breathing was irregular and she remained in a critical condition. She died a day later.

“The smoke may have impacted her breathing because she was a senior citizen and already weak,” an official from the hospital said. Abdul, who works at the operation section of online portal Flipkart, gets a monthly salary of Rs 14,000. He has five mouths to feed in his slum dwelling. “In MIDC, the superintendent asked me to submit all documents. They already have all the documents. But they are making me run from one official to another,” Abdul said.

Nutan Kamble, the ESIC official attached with Riddhi Vinayak hospital, said she has already submitted all documents related to Idna’s treatment to the headquarters. “Such procedures take time,” she said. The family also waits for compensation of Rs 4 lakh promised by the collector’s office.

Dr BB Gupta, the superintendent of ESIC hospital in Marol, said the families of 12 deceased patients have been paid compensation of Rs 10 lakh each. In addition, 27 patients, who were seriously injured, have been offered Rs 2 lakh each as compensation and 92 other victims with minor injuries have been given Rs 1 lakh compensation each.
At least four employees attached with the hospital have been arrested. They are assistant general managers Bhimrao Kamble and Mohammed Ahmed and two employees — Nitin Kamble and Nilesh Mehta — of Supreme Infrastructure Private Limited, the contractor which was executing the renovation work at the hospital.

Kashmiri medical student dies in Jammu, family allege medical negligence

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SRINAGAR: Family of a Kashmiri dentist Thursday alleged that she died due to medical negligence of doctors at Government Medical CollegeJammu who failed to treat her for respiratory illness.
The deceased Meezab Fatima, 25, resident of Delina Baramulla, was an intern at Government Dental College, Jammu. Family sources said she complained of breathlessness and fever last Wednesday.
She was taken to Government Medical College (GMC) Hospital Jammu for treatment, where her condition deteriorated.
Meezab later expired on March 1 at a private hospital in Jalandhar Punjab allegedly due to “medical negligence at a GMC Jammu”.
“Doctors at the hospital turned us away for want of a ventilator. They also couldn’t diagnose her disease despite being admitted there for many days,” her maternal uncle told Kashmir Reader.
He said the doctors at the government hospital told them to go to Amandeep Hospital, Panthakot, a private trauma hospital, instead of treating her.
“Her condition was going from bad to worse and doctors at Amandeep Hospital also expressed helplessness to manage her critical condition. Then we shifted her to Shriman Hospital, Jalandhar on March 1 where she died immediately,” the relative said.
An official at the GMC Jammu told Kashmir Reader that she was a suspected case of H1N1 flu. However, the hospital didn’t test her for final diagnosis.
“Doctors failed to take care of her even as she was a suspected case of H1N1. No tests were done on her for H1N1 and she was not admitted to the isolation ward which left her in respiratory shock. After her critical doctors sent her to private hospital in Pathankot rather than putting her on ventilator,” he said, wishing anonymity.
The family also alleged that her lungs were not responding due to shock she received due to delay in treatment.
“She was not terminally ill but was complaining of breathlessness. But negligence on part of the hospital left her in respiratory shock and her untimely death,” her uncle said.
Meanwhile, sources also linked the death of an NHM official, Athar Ali, of Shalimar area in Srinagar to medical negligence.
“He was admitted to Government Gandhi Nagar Hospital on March 3. After staying there for two days he died on the evening of March 5 because doctors were callous about her treatment,” said an NHM employee.
He said that Athar, who was working as Associate Programme Manager in NHM J&K, was diagnosed with pneumonia on March 4. However, he didn’t receive the requisite treatment, he said.
“It’s shocking for us because he was doing well just a few days ago. He attended office on March 2 also because his condition was not critical,” one of his colleagues said.
No official from GMC Jammu and Gandhi Nagar hospital attended the repeated calls from Kashmir Reader office.

Dog bite cases on the rise in city

Hyderabad: With the mercury levels rising, dog bite cases too are in the city. In the past week there have been three instances of canine attacks in Neredmet, Bogulkunta and in Kompally, a 66- year-old succumbed to the rabies. 
People have been visiting the Institute of Preventive Medicine (IPM) at Narayanguda and Fever Hospital at Korrenti. Dr K Shankar, Superintendent, Fever Hospital said, “If one looks at the data of the past three years, there are 34,000 cases registered per year at IPM and about 10,000 plus at Fever Hospital. The number of dog bite cases increases during summer.” 
Doctors say that in summer, dogs suffer dehydration and, as a result, become aggressive. Citing the main reasons for increasing dog bite cases, Dr Kavitha, medical officer at IPM, says, “despite awareness programmes people feed stray dogs, which should be avoided at all costs. She also blames the garbage problem. Sometimes these dogs eat animal waste and become ferocious, so their feeding on garbage is also something that needs to be looked into.” 
Last year, there were 34,563 dog bite cases recorded in IPM (Institute of Preventive Medicine) and 15,474 in fever hospital. Nearly 300-400 cases are recorded every day in IPM and 30-40 cases in Fever Hospital, officials mentioned and also added that people are lacking awareness about first aid measures. People from all over Telangana come to these two hospitals to get treatment for canine attacks as Hyderabad is the centre to treat rabies. First, the dog bite is treated in Fever Hospital with anti rabies serum and then the patient is sent to IPM for further treatment.
Even though officials are trying to educate the public about the dangers of dog bites and rabies disease, there is still rise in cases. According to the data shared by the officials from their respective hospitals, in 2016 IPM registered 36,851 cases and in Fever Hospital 11,775. In 2017 IPM has registered 36,095 cases, whereas Fever Hospital 12,692. In 2018 IPM has registered 34,563 while Fever Hospital has registered 15,474. 
As the treatment is free of cost, people are coming and taking treatment without any worries. The drugs used for the treatment are very costly, so upper middle-class people also come to government hospitals as the private hospitals charge a lot of money for the treatment.
Doctors said they use 0.2 ml of the drug for each person and they preserve it under 2-6 centigrade safely as it is very costly. They stated that there would be no shortage of drugs in either of the hospitals. Dr Kavitha says, “Not only street dogs, there are cases of pet dogs attacking, so every dog should be vaccinated twice a year.” She also added that first aid should be immediately done after a dog bite then only we can slightly reduce the risk of rabies.”

1 killed, 30 injured in Jammu blast, attacker arrested

Jammu, March 7 : At least one person was killed and 30 others were injured on Thursday when a grenade flung under a parked bus by a militant exploded at Jammu’s main bus stand. The attacker was arrested within hours.

Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police Dilbag Singh told reporters that police had arrested Yasir alias Arhaan of Kulgam district in the Kashmir Valley who had thrown the grenade.

“He was caught while trying to flee from the explosion site,” he said.

The thunderous explosion occurred around 11.30 a.m. when the General Bus Stand, as it is known, was teeming with people.

Inspector General of Police Manish Kumar Sinha said the grenade rolled under the parked bus that was headed to Uttarakhand.

The explosion also injured passengers in a nearby parked bus which was set to leave for Amritsar in Punjab.

One of the badly wounded civilians succumbed to his injuries in a hospital, Sinha said. He has been identified as a 20-year-old man from Uttarakhand.

“Four others have suffered critical injuries,” a police officer said.

Some witnesses said they initially thought the sound had been caused by a tyre burst.

“At first, we thought it was a tyre burst. But when we approached the site, we saw people lying injured and in critical condition,” said Sunil Kumar, 26.

Thursday’s is the third such attack at the Jammu General Bus Stand by militants in the last nine months.