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Multi billion-dollar suit filed against cell phone firm for causing brain tumours

In the United States of America, a lawyer- Peter Angelos, who won millions of dollars as compensation from the tobacco industry in Maryland, has announced that he is dragging Vodafone to court in a billion dollar suit. He is claiming compensation to cell phone users who are said to have developed brain tumours after using the instruments made by Verizon wireless. This case has raised eyebrows not...

Man against HIV – new vaccine ready for human trials

A new vaccine called the TAT vaccine has been developed in Italy as the latest and most exciting HIV vaccine to date. And more importantly it has had a 71% success rate when tested on monkeys. This vaccine is now ready for human testing and this may be the brightest hope for mankind against the destructive HIV. ..Dr.Barbara Ensoli, Head of the Department of Virology at Italy’s National Health Ins...

Antibiotics losing their power against acne

Acne has always been a major problem with teenagers. Pimples have been described by teens as an embarrassing and nagging problem. With beauty business becoming a multi billion-dollar industry, every one wants a blemish less skin and a spotless complexion. Every year a new Indian girl wins an international beauty pageant and the focus now is on looking your best. ....Pimples (acne) spoil the be...

South Africa Wins landmark case against pharmaceutical giants

South Africa has scored a landmark legal victory over pharmaceutical giants wanting to stop South Africa from importing cheap AIDS drugs. The country with largest number of AIDS patients in the world now wants to secure affordable drugs from around the world to tackle its AIDS epidemic. ..The Health Ministry of South Africa, published 70 pages of draft legislation that would allow it to shop aro...

Vitamin E, the latest warrior against diabetes

Scientists are assessing research that suggests high doses of vitamin E may help fight diabetes. Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the world with many ravaging complications, affecting millions of people. Complications can lead to heart disease, eye damage, kidney failure, non healing ulcers all over the body and can also cause complications of the nervous system. ..Diabetes is c...

Tracing oesophagal cancer

A new technique for checking the spread of cancer of the oesophagus may improve the outcome of the disease. Cancer of the oesophagus - the tube leading from the throat to the stomach - affects 5000 people a year in the UK, making it the eighth most common cancer. The main problem is spread of the cancer through the lymph glands. But it is hard for doctors to know which gland close to the oesophag...

Uncovering a gene for oesophagal cancer

Scientists are close to uncovering a gene that may influence the risk of oesophagal cancer. ..A family in Liverpool, England, is helping Cancer Research Campaign scientists learn more of the genetic basis of cancer of the oesophagus. Twenty one members of this family have died of this cancer over five generations. The disease affects those who also have a mild skin disorder called tylosis. .. //...

Acne may protect against infections

Acne may simply be the price we pay for a natural defence mechanism. The bacteria that cause acne may protect sufferers from other infections and cancer in later life. Says a research published in the journal of microbiology. ....Scientists believe that the presence of the bacteria, known as propionibacteria (P. acnes), may help to crank up the immune system so that is more effective at tackling...

Fight against E.coli

Scientists may have found a way to combat the potentially deadly E. coli 0157 bacteria - by attacking it with cinnamon. Microbiologists at Kansas State University found that adding small amounts of the spice to samples of apple juice contaminated with// the E. colibug killed off almost all the bacteria. ....Just one teaspoon of cinnamon killed 99.5% of the bacteria after three days at room tempe...

Defence against free radicals

UK scientists say they have discovered molecules in the body that can protect against the harmful action of free radicals.With further research, the research could potentially lead to the prevention of certain degenerative diseases.// Oxidative damage has been linked with ailments such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, autoimmune diseases like arthritis and diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s dise...

Progestin protects against ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the most common cancer among women. It accounts for about 4 percent of all cancers in women, with more than 23,000 new cases diagnosed in 2001. Progestin is the ingredient in oral contraceptive pills that provides the highest// level of protection against ovarian cancer. Analysis by the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center of a 20-year-old study showed that the pill can help prevent...

Beverage protect against bladder cancer

According to a study in the Community Health, coffee may protect against the development of bladder cancer, especially in smokers..Researchers analysed data from all new and already diagnosed cases of bladder cancer over a 1 year period from 10 general hospitals.// All patients and over 500 cases supplied details of their employment history, tobacco use, including exposure to environmental tobacc...

Moderate alcohol consumption protects against dementia

Daily moderate consumption of alcohol, which has already been shown to help prevent heart disease and strokes, may also ward off Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia.// The study also found that it doesn't seem to matter what people drink - the effect is the same. Researchers say moderate alcohol consumption between one and three drinks a day may protect against dementia. ....The adver...

Broccoli's role against cancer

A cancer preventing compound in broccoli, first isolated a decade ago at Johns Hopkins, may protect against a much broader spectrum of diseases.A new study shows that the compound, sulphoraphane, helps cells defend themselves for two or three days against highly reactive and toxic molecules called oxidants.// .... Unlike standard anti-oxidants that use the molecular equivalent of hand to hand com...

Leukemia pill shows promise against stomach cancer

Gleevec, which was just approved for treating leukemia, also shows promise against a type of stomach cancer . The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a promising anti-leukemia drug for treatment of a relatively rare form of abdominal cancer. The drug, Gleevec, administered as a pill once a day, is effective in treating both forms of cancer because of its ability to target and kill ca...

AAI Pharma Files Lawsuit Against Dr. Reddy's Laboratories

Dr. Reddy's Laboratories (DRL) has been slapped with a lawsuit for patent infringement by the US based AAI Pharma Inc for the generic version of the anti-depressant drug Prozac. DRL has a 180 days exclusivity to sell the drug's 40 mg dosage form along with Barr Laboratories that holds the exclusivity for the 10 and 20 mg dosage forms. DRL expects this to be a routine move as the para IV filing af...

Fluoride proves effective against fractures

Sustained-release sodium fluoride in combination with calcium citrate and vitamin D can safely reduce the risk of fractures and increase spinal bone mass in older women with osteoporosis,// a recent study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center concluded. ....Our study showed that this combination of therapy safely reduces the risk for fractures by stimulating new bone formation...

Beer guards against Colon Cancer

Researchers at the University of Japan, drinking a glass of beer daily appears to protect against colon cancer -- at least in laboratory rats. They found that it is the ingredients in beer, not the alcohol content, that offers protection against colon cancer. // ....Hajime Nozawa, a researcher with the Kirin Brewery Co. in Yokohama, Japan, said that researchers fed rats a diet that contained eit...

Guard against heart attacks

According to researchers, a new study shows the anti-inflammatory drug naproxen may protect people against heart attacks. Naproxen is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) commonly prescribed for the management of inflammatory and arthritic conditions. Researchers in Quebec studied the effects of naproxen versus other NSAIDs //in the prevention of acute myocardial infarctions (AMI), or h...

Tennis gives protection against heart disease lifelong

Researchers at the University of Hopkins University, men who keep up playing tennis throughout life are less prone to have a heart attack than those who are less active. They have been following a group of medical students at college during 1950 and 1960. //They asked them about participation in tennis, golf, football, baseball and basketball. Those who reported the greatest skill in tennis were...

Vaccine guards against shingles

A slight variation of a chicken pox vaccine gave good protection to those at high risk of shingles. The elder population, and those with impaired immunity because of cancer, have a high rate of shingles a viral infection caused by the same virus that gives rise to chicken pox. //Most people recover from chicken pox, a common childhood infection, without incident. But the virus lingers in nerve ce...

New Supplement Found To Be Effective Against Sunburn

A new study presented at the Annual Congress for Dermatological Research in Brest has //indicated that GliSODin a superoxide dismutase supplement marketed by Paris-based IsoCell Nutra, significantly increased the levels of exposure to UV rays required to burn skin. ..Researchers claim that SOD has a different mode of action to vitamins. Also known as ‘the enzyme of life’ when first discovered in...

Northeast Governments Warn Against Andhra Fish

The Indian State Governments of Assam and Tripura have warned people against eating fish// brought in from the Southern state of Andhra Pradesh, saying the long time taken in transit rendered the fish stale and rotten posing serious health hazards. ....The warning follows a report by the Central Health Research Institute that fish packed with rice husks gets contaminated during the eight to 10...

Countries Step up Battle Against Bird Flu

Rich nations have promised to step up the cash flow for fighting bird flu on Friday, and the World Bank estimated that $1.5 billion is needed to fight the pandemic on a global scale.// ..Most of the funds would be needed in East Asia and the Pacific region, followed by Europe and Central Asia, and then Africa. Latin America is considered low risk and if the disease were to spread to the region it...

New device aids esophagal cancer

According to new type of study it was observed that the valve helps patients with advanced esophagal cancer swallow without complications. The main symptom of esophagal cancer is difficulty in swallowing. Unfortunately, the cancer is often well advanced by the time this symptom// becomes obvious. According to survival rates it is generally poor and quite often all that can be done is to make th...

Hormones do not guard against heart failure

The previous research evidence that HRT could reduce risk of heart attack in post menopausal women has been reversed by a recent study of 1000 women of ages 50 to 69 conducted by the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.The aim of the study was to determine whether a combination// of oestrogen and progesterone reduced the risk of future heart attack in post menopausal women who had alre...

Machines take over the battle against hospital bugs

Hospital acquired infection is one of the most common reason which results in fatal complications among hospital patients. One of the most common and potentially dangerous bug which causes this type of infection is the bacterium// called acinetobacter. This bacterium is found naturally in the environment and survives drying and thrives in dust and on inanimate surfaces for long periods. This bac...

Combination regime may work against prostate cancer

A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology suggests that men with advanced Prostate Cancer respond better to a combination of Vitamin D with the chemotherapy drug// Taxotere. ....A phase II clinical trial of 35 men treated with a combination of Taxotere and Calcitriol found that this combination regime was more effective than treatment with Taxotere alone. This was measured by t...

Likely reason which makes analgesics work against Alzheimer's

Pain killers like ibuprofen or naproxen have long been known to help people protect themselves against Alzheimer's disease. Now, researchers from the University of California have found a possible reason as to why this might be so. These scientists had previously developed a marker molecule called FDDNP that was used to detect the presence of plaque. Plaque is a protein deposit in the brain that...

New genital gel could empower women against the AIDS epidemic

John Moore of Cornell University in New York and his colleagues are enthused by their finding of a new viral blocker that prevents the virus from burying into human cells. This blocker, in its initial testing in monkeys was found to curb sexual transmission of HIV between monkeys. The new study has backed the belief that microbicides - chemicals that hobble viruses - could act as shields against...

Diabetics Need to Guard Against Nail Fungus

Many people with diabetes have nail fungus, which can have a serious impact on their health and quality of life. The American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) says about a third of the estimated Americans who have diabetes develop onychomycosis, the most common type of nail fungus. Because of poor circulation in the extremities and a reduced ability to fight infection, people with diabete...

Spinal Cord Patients Walk Again

Paralysis clearly means learning to give up many of the activities to which you are accustomed to doing. In many cases, that can mean not being able to go places that aren’t wheelchair accessible or even standing to get something off a shelf. Now, new research in Philadelphia brings paralyzed people a little closer to a normal life. ....With the push of a button, something amazing happens to Les...

Painkillers may protect against Alzheimer's disease

Common painkillers may lower the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, and the longer they are taken the greater the benefit, scientists said on Friday. They reviewed 15 studies that examined the effect of painkillers, known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and found people who take them are less likely to develop the illness, which is the leading cause of dementia in the elde...

New Weapon Against Germs

A protein that combats viruses and bacteria has been cloned by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute. This protein, called Trif, associates with different "receptors" that detect viruses or bacteria on the surfaces of human cells. Trif helps turn these detections of viruses and bacteria into immune system responses that fight the invaders. ....The study, published in the July 20 issue of N...

Key enzyme protects against Alzheimer's

An enzyme that helps brain cells function normally also protects against Alzheimer's, scientists said Wednesday in a finding that could lead to better treatments for the illness. ....Brain cells need the enzyme called Pin1 to stay healthy but researchers in the United States, who identified it in 1995, have discovered it can also prevent tangles of protein in the brain which are a characteristic...

Defending against Tuberculosis

The deadliest bacterial pathogen may soon be fighting a losing battle. Scientists from Rockefeller University in New York say they have successfully stopped the tuberculosis pathogen's ability to operate from the immune system.// It typically hides out in the immune system in a cell called a macrophage. ....The researchers say they have identified a new pathway (LRG-47) triggered by a host protei...

Estrogen Found To Protect the Colon Against Cancer

Colon cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the United States. According to a recent study researchers say // estrogen may provide protection against colon cancer. In addition, soy protein may help minimize the number and size of tumors that develop. ..Investigators fed five different diets to female mice and followed their progress for one year. The diets were designed to compare the...

Diet Found To Offer Protection Against Leukemia

The incidence of leukemia in children under age 5 in Britain has increased by more than 50 percent over the last 50 years. Modern lifestyle // factors, such as exposure to radiation, benzene, and environmental pollutants, are thought to play a major role in the rising incidence. ..Research conducted shows that the low incidence of leukemia in Asia is due in part to the protective effect of the s...

Olive Oil Found To Offer A Protective Effect Against Breast Cancer

After running a series of laboratory experiments, researchers say they have now discovered why a high intake of oleic acid-rich olive oil fights cancer.// ..Oleic acid dramatically cut the levels of a gene called Her-2/neu. High levels of Her-2/neu are associated with aggressive tumors in many breast cancer patients. Researchers also found that oleic acid boosts the effectiveness of the antibody...

WHO Issues Caution Against Bird Flu Epidemic

WHO had urged the people to be prepared for any outbreak of Avian Influenza, commonly called bird flu. Although the //disease mainly spreads from birds to other animal species, even to humans, WHO is skeptical that the strain of virus that causes bird flu may soon mutate itself to a form that may spread the disease human to human, and cause an influenza outbreak that human immunity will be unable...
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