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Veneno de Escorpion cubano anticancer se vendera en Jamaica.

16 marzo, 2012

 

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Cuba makes cancer drug from venom of scorpions

…wants to sell product here

By HG HELPS Editor-at-Large helpsh@jamaicaobserver.com

Friday, March 16, 2012

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CUBA is trying to get a drug developed from the venom of scorpions to fight various cancers, on the shelves of Jamaican pharmacies by the end of the year.

Two Cuban officials are in Jamaica to help promote the drug, called Vidatox, an extract from the Rhopalrus Junceus scorpion, which is indigenous to the Socialist country, and already they have held talks with government officials as well as a major distributor.

 

GUEVARA GARCIA… we are working very hard to have the drug on Jamaican shelves (Photos: Bryan Cummings)
Inarvis Martinez Monte De Oca (left) and Dr Mariela Guevara Garcia have been promoting the cancer drug made from scorpions’ venom.
The cancer treatment drug Vidatox

 
GUEVARA GARCIA… we are working very hard to have the drug on Jamaican shelves (Photos: Bryan Cummings)

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Yesterday, an official from Jamaica’s Ministry of Health confirmed that negotiations were well advanced for the distribution of the drug to begin here by mid-year, but said that Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson would say more on the matter in coming weeks. Messages were left for Dr Ferguson but calls were not returned.

“We are working very hard to have the drug on Jamaican shelves,” said pharmacologist Dr Mariela Guevara Garcia, senior researcher and director of Cuba’s Department of Clinical Studies.

The Havana resident and former lecturer in pharmacology at the Medical University of Havana told the Observer in an interview Wednesday that the drug, taken orally, was a safe product, with almost no side-effects and is being used by thousands of people worldwide to help in the treatment of many cancers, including prostate, lung, breast, colon, brain, cervix and pancreas.

The success rate so far, according to Dr Guevara Garcia, has been good, and in several cases, people suffering from cancer have been living longer, following usage of the drug.

It would be distributed as an over the counter product, thus not requiring a prescription, due to the natural products involved in its production, Dr Guevara Garcia said.

The Labiofam Entreprenurial Group, the medical & biological research arm of the Cuban Government, is responsible for the commercial development of the drug.

“We have been treating a lot of patients with this drug, mainly from Europe, as well as the United States, Asia, Mexico, Central America and South America. More than 25,000 patients from Italy alone come to Cuba for treatment,” she said.

The drug took 15 years to develop in a Cuban laboratory after scientists began research on the properties of the scorpion. It was registered in Cuba in May of last year as Vidatox 30 CH as a cancer fighting drug that prolonged the life of cancer patients by boosting the immune system, reducing pain, and destroying cancerous tumours in some cases.

Natives in the North Caribbean island have used the venom to treat ailments for over 200 years, Guevara Garcia said, pushing the Cuban Government to find out whether or not there was merit in what the people had been saying all along that there was miracle in the sting.

“It took us 15 years to prove that the anti-inflammatory and anti-analgesic properties were true,” Guevara Garcia added. “We did many pre-clinical studies that showed that all tests and everything that the population said about the venom were true,” she said.

Now, the Cuban Government has moved to commercialise the project by starting scorpion-rearing farms across all provinces on the island, following a growing demand for Vidatox.

“We have many scorpion rearing farms in all counties. All their conditions for living are provided. We have to do the calculation of when we can extract the venom. The scorpion is not friendly, it is aggressive, but if it stings you, it won’t kill you.

“When we take the scorpion from the farm to extract the venom, it is never killed but returned to the environment to guarantee ecological balance in the country and so that it can reproduce, providing that certain factors are in place, like climate, temperature, etc,” Guevara Garcia said.

The scorpion grows to an average of four inches in length and the venom may be extracted from it every 21 days.

The most pressing action now is to register the product in various countries, a process that could involve a lot of bureaucracy. Requests have been made for the drug to be distributed in over 70 countries and the Cubans are prepared to wait.

“We are selling the product now in countries where registration is not a requirement,” said Inarvis Martinez Monte de Oca, a senior official of the marketing and export division of Labiofam.

“We are trying to register the product in all countries. We have completed the registration in Guatemala and in a section of Italy, but in many other countries where it is being registered, the process takes months. But we are hoping for positive results from those countries, including Jamaica soon.

“Here we met with officials of the Ministry of Health to ensure that the requirements requested are met. After that, it’s on to commercialisation. We are ready to send documents to the Jamaican authorities,” she said.

Cuba is highly rated and well respected for its health care system. The island of over 12 million inhabitants trains other medical personnel from various countries of the world, including Jamaica.

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Medicos de corea del sur hacen transplante multiple en nina con muerte cerebral.

3 marzo, 2012

Nina con muerte cerebral recibe siete organos en una sola operacion en Corea del Sur.Médicos surcoreanos completan con éxito un trasplante múltiple de 7 órganos
Write : 2012-02-17 12:12:16 Update : 2012-02-17 13:11:41

El Centro Médico Asan de Seúl anunció el jueves 16 de febrero que uno de sus equipos médicos completó con éxito un trasplante múltiple de 7 órganos.

La operación se llevó a cabo en octubre de 2011 y la paciente fue la niña de siete años de edad, Cho Eun Seo, quien nació con una enfermedad rara e incurable. El equipo fue dirigido por el doctor Kim Dae Yeon, profesor asociado del Departamento de Cirugía Pediátrica del centro médico.

Debido a su condición, Cho tenía limitada la función digestiva, y después de cada comida no podía evitar devolver los alimentos. Los especialistas que la trataban le estimaron una esperanza de vida máxima de 10 años.

Finalmente, Cho recibió el hígado, estómago, duodeno, páncreas, intestino grueso, intestino delgado y bazo de un paciente con muerte cerebral, mediante una operación que duró nueve horas.

Las operaciones de trasplante de órganos en niños son más delicadas que en adultos, dado que no sólo debe haber una coincidencia en los grupos sanguíneos, sino también en el tamaño de los órganos del donante y el receptor.

Este éxito del Centro Médico Asan ha marcado un importante hito en la historia de trasplantes de órganos de Corea del Sur.

La reunificacion de las dos coreas depende de que cese la doble moral en la comunidad internacional.

3 marzo, 2012

Para todos los patriotas coreanos, tanto del norte como del sur, la reunificacion bajo el lema: “un pais, dos sistemas” es el objetivo fundamental de cualquier tipo de conversacion sobre aspectos economicos, sociales y militares. Tanto los lideres historicos de Corea del Sur, como los lideres historicos de Corea del Norte a partir del conflicto que dividio a la peninsula coreana han puesto sobre el tapete en la mesa de conversaciones que para ellos la cultura coreana es una sola e indivisible, un tema no negociable por ninguna de las potencias extranjeras que deciden el paso del largo camino hacia la reunificacion. Para nadie escapa que los dos factores que deciden en este terreno son Rusia y Estados Unidos, las unicas potencias nucleares con capacidad para destuir la tierra si se lo propusieran. La comunidad internacional debe estar clara que no depende de la buena voluntad de los lideres coreanos, sean del sur o del norte, el camino hacia la reunificacion y la paz si estos factores externos, Rusia y Estados Unidos, no se ponen de acuerdo, si en la comunidad internacional no cesa la doble moral sobre el tema de la reunificacion de los coreanos que no depende unica y exclusivamente de la posicion de Corea del Norte. Gualterio Nunez Estrada, Sarasota, Florida 34232.

Delegado norcoreano viajará a Nueva York tras Beijing

Write : 2012-03-03 14:51:37 Update : 2012-03-03 15:21:28

El vice ministro de Exteriores y delegado de Corea del Norte ante la mesa sixpartita, Ri Yong Ho, llegó a Beijing el sábado.

El vice ministro norcoreano permancerá en la Embajada de Corea del Norte en Beijing, y luego viajará a Nueva York, donde planea participar en un seminario sobre la península coreana programado para los días 8 y 9, en la Universidad de Siracusa.

A dicho seminario, también asistirá el delegado surcoreano para la mesa sixpartita, Lim Sung Nam, en calidad de observador, lo que aumenta las expectativas de un encuentro paralelo al simposio, entre ambos líderes de las dos Coreas.


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