The Federer Phenomenon

Federer at the Stuttgart Open 2018.

While India was gaping at Sachin’s straight drive break apart the likes of Glenn Macgrath and Shoaib Akthar, a sport distant from the way cricket was played had started to rejuvenate itself from the grave. Tennis, a game known for its finesse and elegance had begun to lose its public appeal in the early 2000s primarily owing to its reliance on games filled with forceful aggression, baseline power strokes and modern racquets that had made the game all about heavy topspins and never-ending stamina. In contrast to the likes of the previous millennium such as John Mcenroe and Bjorn Borg who made men’s tennis look beautiful with intensive volleying, picturesque backhands and fine-tuned placements, players that came much later relied heavily on blasting serves and tiring the opponent out. Men’s tennis had suddenly become about “The Last Man Standing” which had started leading to its downfall. Men’s cricket, on the other hand, had players in every era to keep you hooked to the television. Sachin, Kohli, Vivian Richards, Don Bradman – Men’s cricket has had no shortage of demigods that always changed the way the game was perceived.

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A Look Into The Drought-Stricken Present: The Forgotten World of Millets

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Introduction:

Millets comprise a family of warm-weather, annual cereals that have been grown for centuries worldwide, owing to their minimal soil requirements and high nutritious value. They are grainy and small in appearance; a trademark of many cereals showing little or no dependency on weather.  This, combined with a relatively short growing season makes them an ideal drought crop. The pearl millet, commonly known as Bajra in many parts of India has been a staple dish for centuries whereas the finger millet, a sub family of millets called Ragi is extremely popular in South India. Continue reading “A Look Into The Drought-Stricken Present: The Forgotten World of Millets”

Targeted Drug Therapy: Curing Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumours the Right Way

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Recent Advances:
The development of target specific drugs for treatment for different kinds of cancers has opened an entirely new avenue for alternative treatments that are safer and more efficient. Multiple clinical studies have revealed that in the case of fast-growing tumours like pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours (PNETs), target specific drugs such as Everolimus and Sunitinib have shown significantly positive results with maximum tumour shrinkage and minimal side-effects in comparison to existing conventional treatments.

The Purpose of Opinion:

Targeted Drug Therapy (TDT) can contribute to the development of a more cell-specific and faster-acting method of PNET suppression. A treatment personalized to different stages of cancer is much more efficient in comparison to treatments that focus on using the same protocol to destroy tumours irrespective of its proliferative stage. TDT brings in the question of whether it is time to pave a new path for these target specific drugs or hold on to existing standardized treatments such as non-target specific chemotherapy (CC- Conventional Chemotherapy) and radiation for PNETs.

Summary:

PNETs are rare tumours that occur due to the rapid proliferation of certain hormone-making cells(islet cells) and stem cells of the pancreas. These tumours are a diverse cluster with varying clinical manifestations, tumour biology, and prognosis.

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