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Medical Science, Iran


By Umid Niayesh - Trend: Iran will manufacture at least seven important vaccines during the next four years, Iranian Health Minister, Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi said, IRNA news agency reported.

He went on to note that, the country faces a shortage in supplying some needed vaccines, without unveiling any exact details.

Iran was a main vaccine producer and was able to supply all vaccine needs of the region, Qazizadeh Hashemi said, adding that at the present, unfortunately the county has to import its needed vaccine.


Three hundred people have been afflicted with cancer in Iran's central Markazi province due to Shazand power plant pollutions, ISNA quoted MP Mohammad-Hassan Asafari as saying.

Air in the city of Arak, which is the capital city of Markazi province, is polluted 250 days in a year.

"This is just due to the operation of the Shazand power plant, but and there is no commitment to remove the pollution in the city," he added.


Iranian health minister Marziyeh Vahid Dastjerdi has been dismissed from her post, ILNA reported.

Dastjerdi was the first female government minister in Iran since the Islamic Revolution. She is the third female government minister in Iranian history, after Farrokhroo Parsa and Mahnaz Afkhami.

Dastjerdi has been dismissed from her post, upon the order of the president.

Temporarily, Mohammadhasan Tariqat Monfared has been assigned as the head of the Health ministry.


Iran has spent some $2.5 billion at official rate of 12,260 rials in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 20-December 20) for the purpose of importing medicine, the Fars News Agency quoted the Iranian Forex Center spokesman Samad Karimi as saying.

The figure was $100 million more than the total sum which was paid in the past year, he noted.

The Central Bank has set the official rate of the dollar at 12,260 rials, while the street rate is currently at 31,900 rials and the Forex Center of Iran offers the dollar at 24,600 rials.


There are approximately some 7 million of diabetics living in Iran, which is about 10 percent of the whole population in the country, President of Iran's Society for Support of diabetics Shakur Omidi said, IRNA reported.

He made the remarks In Iran, at today's meeting of the International Congress on occasion of marking the World Diabetes Day.

Omidi said however that those numbers are the official ones, and the actual number of diabetics in the country might be bigger, as some do not even suspect they have diabetes.


Iran has implemented a quite unique, air taxi service in the country, Mehr reported.

Thus far, the helicopter taxis only work via the Tabriz - Aras Economic zone, and in the future it is planned to implement the service in Iran's capital as well.

The Tabriz - Aras route is of 138 kilometers, and the air taxis can take passengers from one destination to another in some 40 minutes.

In May of 2007, it has been planned to launch air taxi service via "East-West" and "South-North" routes across Tehran.


Iranian Associate Medical Professor and Chemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology Coordinator at the City College of New York Khosrow Kashfi developed gas-filled aspirin drug which can boost its cancer-fighting ability, isna reported.

The new aspirin is dubbed "NOSH" which stands for Nitric Oxide and Hydrogen Sulphide.

Loading aspirin with gas boosts its cancer-fighting ability and might even reduce the harmful side effects of taking aspirin every day.


Iran's second bio-implant production unit will come on stream by the end of the current Iranian calendar year (March 2013) in the city of Shiraz, the IRIB reported.

The factory's output can be used by 100,000 patients per year.

Iran now is one of the few countries in the world which has access to the bio-implant production technology. The private sector has invested 100 billion rials (some $8.2 million) in the project.

The first bio-implant production unit in Iran was launched last year at Kish Island. Its output is exported to more than 40 countries.


Today, roughly 300,000 people suffer from diabetes in Iran, but the figure is expected to reach 2-3 million, the İRNA news agency has quoted Chief of Iran's Health Ministry's Diabetes Department Mohammed Alevinia as saying on Wednesday.

According to Alevinia, number of diabetic patients is growing in Iran, as in other countries.

The older generation primarily suffers from diabetes, he said, adding that this is due to unhealthy lifestyle.


As part of a 5 year economic development plan, Iran plans to purchase 49 rescue helicopters, country Health Ministry's director of emergency medical care Gholamreza Masumi said, Mehr reported.

Masumi noted that additional vehicles will help to improve overall emergency services in Iran.

So far, according to Masumi, Iran has purchased three rescue helicopters this year.