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Anti-depressant drug responsible for Indrani Mukerjea’s condition: JJ Hospital Dean

JJ Hospital Dean Dr T P Lahane said Indrani, the wife of media baron Peter Mukerjea, said she is in a “deep sleep” right now.

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The mystery over whether Indrani Mukerjea, prime accused in the murder of her daughter Sheena Bora, attempted suicide deepened on Saturday amid conflicting findings on suspected drug overdose even as she remained critical with next 48 hours being crucial for her survival.43-year-old Indrani, the prime accused in the sensational murder of 24-year-old Sheena, was rushed from the Arthur Road jail and admitted to the state-run J J Hospital in Mumbai after she collapsed on Friday leading to speculation that she might have attempted suicide in a suspected drug overdose.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Principal Home Secretary (Prisons) Vijay Satbir Singh said the probe would cover all aspects, including whether the medicines or any other thing she consumed were prescribed by doctors and if there was an overdose and how it happened. The probe will also ascertain if there was any negligence or foul play, he said.JJ Hospital Dean Dr T P Lahane said Indrani, the wife of media baron Peter Mukerjea, said she is in a “deep sleep” right now.Briefing reporters on her condition, Lahane said, “We cannot say that Indrani is out of danger before the next 48 hours. 72 hours are very critical out of which 24 hours have already passed. We will be able to say only after 48 hours whether her condition has improved or not.”He said “she is in a deep sleep right now but her blood pressure and pulse levels are normal. She is not on ventilator support but we are providing her with oxygen because she is not able to breath automatically,” he said.Dr Lahane said a report on Indrani’s urine samples from Hinduja hospital laboratory confirmed that level of benzodiazepine–an anti depressant–was found raised.Related read: Drug overdose ruled out in Indrani Mukerjea’s forensic reports”Normally if a patient is on antidepressant drug the level of benzodiazepine in urine is 200. But the level of benzodiazepine is 2088 as per the Hinduja report. The report is positive for drug overdose. Anti-epileptic drugs has already been ruled out. The (test) has come negative. It is only the anti-depressant that has caused the collapse,” Lahane told PTI.Lahane also said that cholinesterase level was found to be normal which ruled out opium poisoning. He had said yesterday that Indrani was on epilepsy medication. “We suspect that she got her epilepsy medicine and probably consumed all of it,” he added.Jail authorities said she has been on anti-epileptic pills since September 11 after she started suffering convulsions. Dr Lahane and Singh at the same time said reports of her stomach wash were found “negative”The JJ Hospital report said no drug trace was found in the gastric test conducted there after Indrani was admitted in an unconscious state.”We did not find the drug in the gastric test. If the drug must have dissolved in the body we will come to know when we get the urine and blood sample report by tomorrow evening,” Dr Lahane said. Blood and urine samples were also sent to Kalina Forensic Laboratory.Asked if any report has emerged that she had attempted suicide in the prison yesterday where she was lodged under judicial remand, he said “we cannot say anything about that for now.”

Brainchild of a 14-year-old, this breakthrough app is helping avert dengue crisis in India

The app VDonor helps you search for platelet donors in your nearby area. You can also sign up to become a donor and help patients in need.

Shreya Nagpal mooted the idea that an online community of voluntary blood donors be formed so as to expedite the blood transfusion process.

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India is experiencing its worst dengue outbreak in 5 years with more than 27,000 people affected by the disease and over 60 reported* deaths till September 20. Worried about the rising number of dengue cases in India, Shreya Nagpal, 14-year-old Indian girl living in California with her parents and sister, shared an idea with her dad that could help deal with the severity of the vector-borne disease.Since the prime requirement for a dengue patient with depleting platelet count is to find a blood and platelet donor, Shreya mooted an idea that an online community of voluntary blood donors be formed so as to expedite the blood transfusion process.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>This thoughtful idea, tossed over in a dinner conversation, struck a chord with Shreya’s dad Deepak. Being in the technology industry for over 15 years, he devised an idea to make an app that could connect area-wise blood donors and needy patients could reach out to the already signed up platelet donors in their locality.For Deepak, the best person to approach for this task was his old friend Sapan Babbar who runs a tech start-up in Noida. Sapan has faced the dengue fright himself when his pregnant wife was combating the disease 8 years ago. Without batting an eyelid, he took upon the daunting task and agreed to make the app free of cost. A week of labour and sleepless nights from his tech team gave birth to a breakthrough app – VDonor.
Sapan shares, “SOS messages for blood requirement keep floating around on Facebook, Whatsapp, Mails and are scattered all around, the app will help consolidate the gap and connect the blood donors and receivers on the same platform and at one’s fingertips.”Excited upon seeing the app, Shreya says, “Even if we are able to save one life through this tool, all the hard work would pay off.”Going ahead, Sapan plans a lot of improvements in the app, to make it an app that could help connect not just the blood donors but all kinds of organ donors.Here’s why you should sign up for the app and do your bit to avert dengue crisis:- It takes a minute to sign up and makes you a voluntary donor in your area.- If you or your family member is suffering from dengue, you can search for blood donors around your area in no time and call/SMS them through the app.- The app connects you with a list of verified hospitals where blood transfusion takes place.- It is truly hyperlocal and helps connect area-wise blood donors and receivers.- The app also lists symptoms, precautions and guidelines to be studied for a thorough check and prevention of dengue.- It’s simple to use and can be your go-to app at the time of need.You can download the app from Google Play Store- VDonor by Blue Cepheid (Supported by Android versions)Want to become a platelet donor? Keep these points in mind:
*Statistics based on National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme’s report, updated till September 20.
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Sheena Bora Murder case: Forensic Science Laboratory staffers scan vehicle

The investigators will look for evidence of blood – visible or invisible to the naked eye – on car seats.

A team of five investigators from the state-run Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) went to the Khar police station on Friday evening to examine the vehicle allegedly used to dispose off Sheena Bora’s body. “Field investigators from Toxicology, Biology and Physics divisions are examining the Opel Astra allegedly used by the accused,” said a senior FSL official.The investigators will look for evidence of blood – visible or invisible to the naked eye – on car seats. “The foam on the car seats has deep absorbing capacity. Tests will be conducted on the collected samples to ascertain the presence of blood. Also, the entire car will be scanned by Ultraviolet light, which can throw up any stains otherwise invisible to the naked eye,” added the official.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Investigators from the Physics department will scan the car for the presence of soil samples. Soil samples differ based on geographical location. Also, imprints of tyre marks will be taken and the car will be scanned for physical evidence such as hair, nails, fabric, among others,” said the official. The car belongs to Worli-based AM Motors and had been hired from the firm. It has been sold twice over since 2012, and was retrieved from a Vashi-based person.

Bengal govt to come up with 14 new blood banks for rural areas

Kolkata: West Bengal government will come up with 14 new blood banks to meet the requirement in rural areas, a senior official in the Health Department said.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

“In the districts, there are not many blood banks to meet the requirement in the rural areas. For this reason, the state government has decided to come up with 14 new blood banks in those areas,” the official said.

The districts of Bankura, Jalpaiguri, West and East Midnapore, Murshidabad, Coochbehar and South 24 Parganas have been identified where the blood banks would be set up, he said.

Three blood banks would be set up in Bankura’s Chatna, Onda and Barjara block primary health centres, while one would be set up at Jalpaiguri’s Falakata block primary health centre, the official said.

West Midnapore would get four blood banks at Salboni, Debra, Nayagram, Gopiballabhpur Grameen Hospital, while East Midnapore would have two at Nandigram zilla hospital and Pashkura block primary school, he said.

Besides, one each at Murshidabad’s Sagardighi Grameen Hospital and South 24 Parganas’ Metiaburuz Hospital there would be two blood banks at Coochbehar in Dinhata and Mathabhanga mahakuma hospitals, the official said.

The Central Blood Bank and the five other blood banks in the city have been serving people of Kolkata and the surrounding districts of North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly all these years, he said.

A total of 210 vacancies have been created for the new blood banks and the proposal has got the state government’s nod.

For each blood bank, there would be three officers and four technicians to run the operations initially, another source at the Health Department said while stressing on several posts at blood banks lying vacant for a long time.

Asked when the blood banks would be ready, the official said, “We are working on the preliminary requirements for these banks and if everything goes according to our plans, we hope to finish this by 2017.”

Meanwhile, sources at the health department said the state government also has plans to upgrade 40 of its hospitals to multi-specialty hospitals.

Apart from Bangur Hospital in the city, several primary block hospitals have been identified for upgradation, the official added.

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