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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...

Individuals with sleep related breathing disorders more prone to heart disease

A good night’s sleep is a gift, exclusive to the blessed. The less fortunate are those with sleeping disorders, who may experience problems such as early morning headaches or serious daytime fatigue. Among the various sleep disorders, sleep apnea in its mild or moderate form is commonly experienced. Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. Most ind...

India takes on foot-and-mouth disease by vaccinating animals

While the foot and mouth disease is playing havoc with the economies of..developed countries like the UK, India has been adopting a more conservative..approach of vaccinating the animals for the past three decades. .."Vaccinating the domestic animals against FMD on a regular basis is the best..means of preventing the spread of the disease," says Dr S M Lal, the joint..director of the Bangalore-ba...

Apollo Hospitals to consider listing on US Bourses in 2003

Health care major Apollo Hospitals announced on Thursday that plans are afoot to consider listing on US bourses in 2003. "We would consider listing on the US bourses after 2002," Pratap C Reddy, chairman of the Apollo Hospitals group said, adding it was a part of the business plan for the post-2002 period. ..Though further details are not available at the moment, Dr. Reddy added that plans to rai...

Malaria strikes Munger tribals

People of Bihar were facing the worst forms of nightmare over the past 3 weeks , now the reason isn't the political scenario but the threat of malaria . ....Malaria , not a new disease to this tropical country , invaded the tribal areas of Munger, 200 km (125 miles) southeast of the state capital, Patna. ....Thirty-eight people have died of cerebral malaria in this eastern Indian state of Bihar o...

CDC reveals relationship between prepregnant weight and heart defects in infants

Keeping fit and in to be in shape is not only good for the individuals themselves but also for their siblings. Over weight, which is of course the predisposer of majority of the illness such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension etc., is now being studied in depth, the reason is to attain the destination of disease free environment, that are preventable.// ..Researchers from the US Centers for...

Dental exam reveals stroke risk

More than 60% of deaths from stroke in the US occur among postmenopausal women. Many of them have no warning symptoms. So how can women at risk be detected?// ....One way may be through having regular and thorough dental exams. A warning sign of stroke risk is atheroma - fatty deposits in the carotid arteries serving the brain. This can be picked up through a dental x-ray. Researchers in Califor...

New spray gel heals surgical wounds

A new spray has been developed to heal wounds made inside the body during surgery without scarring. The spray gel forms a bright blue "sticking plaster" and stops tissues sticking together to form painful scars. One of the advantages of the new dressing is that it can be used ..during keyhole surgery, which is now commonly preferred to open surgery techniques. // ....The spray, made from polyet...

Supply of Radiopharmaceuticals Hampered by Attacks

As a result of the September 11 terrorist acts in New York and Washington DC, air transportation in the United States was put on hold for several days, which severely affected the production and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals. ....Most radiopharmaceuticals are shipped via air due to their specific nature. These products are either radioactive themselves or they are pharmaceuticals with a ra...

Health Officials Recommend Flu Vaccine

In the past, they could be signs of flu. These days, people fear the symptoms could mean anthrax. That is one reason they are willing to wait in hours-long lines to get a shot of influenza vaccine this year: They want to avoid both the flu and anthrax panic. "We're getting a tremendous amount of calls and a tremendous response'' to flu vaccination clinics, said Cindy Schulte of the Schenectady Co...

Protein signals need for heart surgery

Elevated levels of a protein released by damaged heart tissue may be a helpful signal for doctors to treat heart symptoms aggressively with surgery. Performing heart bypass surgery or angioplasty on patients with elevated levels of the protein troponin reduced mortality rates by an estimated 40 percent. ..// ...."Any sign of heart damage by troponin, whether a small amount or a large amount, was...

How do patients benefit of clinical trials

Many patients undergoing trials of new cancer treatments do not realise that future patients are more likely to benefit than themselves...There can be no progress in treating cancer - or any other disease - unless there are clinical trials. Henceforth what do patients expect from a trial. Doctors in California gathered views from more than 200 patients involved in trials of new cancer treatments....

Frequent meals can reduce cholesterol

According to a new study eating frequently is linked to lower blood cholesterol concentrations...When people reflect upon a healthy diet, they are normally thinking about what more than how often they have a meal. Some people eat no breakfast, they may skip lunch and then eat everything they can lay their hands on for supper. Others 'graze' through the day, while some people stick to three meals...

TV drug commercials prompt prescriptions

Television commercials for drugs to treat everything from heartburn to impotence have prompted one in eight viewers to get a prescription. But many viewers fail to retain critical information about the drug and possible side effects. TV commercials for prescription drugs have become commonplace since the Food and Drug Administration set up rules and made them legal. // .. ..The pervasive drug a...

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...

Greater volume hospitals better for stroke

Researchers at the University of Texas, have looked at data for treatment of sub-arachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) in the state during the 1990s. People with a stroke caused by bleeding into the brain do best in hospitals dealing with many such cases.// In SAH, a blood vessel bursts within the blood supply surrounding the brain's exterior. It can cause brain damage, coma and death. ....Data on nearly...

Clinical trials need to be more frank

Doctors should keep their patients informed about being paid to enrol them in a clinical trial. Post-marketing surveillance or phase 4 clinical trials - are a signicnificant part of medical research. It involves giving patients a new drug// and the family doctor reporting any problems that might arise. The post-marketing phase will involve many more patients than those who can take part in previ...

Obese Kids Also Prone To Heart Attacks

Latest research shows that heart attacks don't just strike overweight adults. Overweight children are also at risk. According to a study from // The Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio, being overweight causes an increase in the wall thickness of the left ventricle, which is responsible for pumping blood.This change in heart size increases the risk of having a heart attack, no m...

New Insight To The Role Of Peptide Signals

New knowledge about the hormonal signals like peptide signals reveals that they play// an important role in information processing in the brain along with the conventional neurotransmitters... ..Investigations done by the scientists of University of Edinburgh report that hypothalamic neurons use the chemical signals of 60 types of peptides to communicate. These peptides when are released within...

Apollo Hospitals Collaborates With Histostem For Stem Cell Therapy

Apollo Hospital to set up Stem cell therapy centers through out India with collaboration from Histostem Inc.,// Histostem is an American Company Delaware Corporation. It has one of the largest public blood banks in the world with 55,000 umbilical cord blood stem cells, which is being used for various genetic treatments. ....The Apollo group of hospitals will train doctors and nurses with the hel...

BRAC2 mutations is also linked with cancers in men

Dutch researchers have published the results of their work linking mutations in BRAC2 gene leading to development of cancers in men, which was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. //Mutations in BRAC2 gene which was found to cause development of breast and ovarian cancer in women has now found to increase the risk of development of pancreatic and prostate cancers in men. The results of the...

Chinese Health Officials To Discuss Preparation Of Bird Flu

A four-day meeting is soon to be held between Chinese health officials, Government authorities and wildlife experts in Chicago regarding the management of a potential bird flu outbreak.// Response measures to be implemented in zoos would also be discussed in detail. This move has been decided following fears of outbreak of bird flu in the United States. .. ..The meeting would be coordinated by o...

Medical Journals should create awareness on Child survival

Lancet has urged the medical journals and news media to increase the awareness about child mortality rates and increase international funds// to increase child survival. The Lancet reports that the goals of the two millennium projects are achievable, Millennium Development Goal – 4 (MDG) asks for a reduction in mortality rates in children below the age of 5 and MDG-5 wants a reduction in maternal...

Asian Doctors Caught Issuing False Sick Notes

Disciplinary proceedings are taking place against five doctors, four of whom are Asians who were caught issuing false sick notes in a sting// operation in the UK. The operation was conducted by newspaper reporters who posed as sick patients, and the doctors may be struck of the medical register altogether. ....Anand, a general practitioner based in Gosforth in northeast England, is charged wit...

Regulators Object Drug Produced from Genetically Engineered Farm Animals

European regulators have not given the green signal to a drug produced in the milk of genetically engineered farm animals// . This is a step retrograde to a budding industry that sought to enable low cost pharmaceutical options from farm animals .. ..GTC Biotherapeutics, proponents of this drug, have decided to appeal the decision, expressing their opinion that the verdict came about only on the...

No connection between epidurals and backache

According to previous studies, an association between epidural during labor and lower back pain. However, a new study shows no evidence of a link.// Researchers in Staffordshire, England found no significant disparity in long-term backache, measurements of mobility or responses to questions about everyday tasks that may be more difficult in the presence of lower back pain. ....Researchers studied...

Cholesterol-lowering therapy benefits older people also

According to a new study it is observed that statins reduce the risk of heart attack in older people. Long-term treatment with statins lowers cholesterol// levels and so lowers the risk of heart disease. This has been shown to be the case in middle-aged people, but the benefits for the elderly have not been so clear. ....Researchers at the University of Glasgow have assessed the benefit of treat...

Sensitive to bright light? You may have sensitive teeth also

A new study which appeared in the General Dentistry journal suggests that people who are sensitive to bright light, loud noise, itchy clothes and strong perfumes are also likely to have sensitive teeth. This means// that such a person is likely to avoid very hot or very cold foods. ..The study confirmed that sensitive teeth had a direct relationship to sensitivities to special senses like sight,...

Stroke also in list of common childhood ailments

The most common diseases among children that were known until now were chickenpox, ear infections, colds, etc. However, very recently, researchers and neurologists have found that stroke is also among one of the most common ailments //in newborns that often go unnoticed. A National Hospital's database analysis by Dr. Donna Ferriero, Chief of Neurology at the University of California showed that f...

Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Degrees can now practice in India

A new policy by the Government of India will now enable Indians who have acquired medical degrees from abroad, to practice in India, through a screening test that will be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (An Autonomous Body of The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare). The purpose of the registration is only to qualify for registration with the Medical Council// of India or any St...

First head-to-head trials of once weekly Fosamax and Actonel therapies

The drug major Merck has launched the first two head-to-head clinical trials that compare the efficacy and tolerability of Fosamax (alendronate) once weekly 70mg and Actonel (risedronate) once-weekly 35mg. Fosamax and Actonel, both bisphosphonates indicated for the treatment of osteoporosis in post menopausal women are co-marketed by Aventis and Procter & Gamble through the Alliance for// Better...

Plastic surgery popular with men also!

A recent survey by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons(ASPS) has shown that men are as much concerned about their appearance, as women. They found that liposuction and laser hair removal are among the popular procedures preferred by men. More than two thousand men were surveyed, and when questioned about what they would like to change about their appearance, 45% of men wanted to change thei...

Platinum for the Eye: A new facial palsy implant

Patients suffering from facial palsy with affected eyelids now have a more aesthetic and less complicated upper eyelid implant called the platinum chain. Earlier options which included rigid gold implants had many complications like bulging, incomplete eyelid closure, corneal abnormalities, and loss of visual acuity associated with it. The new platinum chain is more flexible and adapts better to...

FDA approves Watson Pharmaceuticals' Oxytrol patch

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a new patch developed by Watson Pharmaceuticals Inc., for the treatment of an overactive bladder. The patch called Oxytrol (generic: oxybutynin transdermal system) reduces urinary urge incontinence, urinary urgency, and urinary frequency, according to the drug's maker. Oral forms of oxybutynin has been around for around 25 years but it has not been po...

Risk of hemorrhagic stroke increased in smoking individuals

New study by researchers from Harvard Medical School has shown that Men who smoke more than 20 cigarettes a day run over twice the risk of a stroke caused by bleeding into the brain. Researchers had already identified a link between ischemic stroke - caused by a clot in a blood vessel serving the brain - and smoking. The new study that covered 22,022 male US physicians followed for nearly 18 year...

Erectile dysfunction (ED) signals vascular disease

Erectile dysfunction, a problem few men discuss with their physicians, can be an early warning sign of cardiovascular disease. Risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and smoking are the same as those associated with impotence. It is estimated that Erectile dysfunction affects 40 million men, yet just 10 percent seek treatment, partly...

China tells officials not to hide SARS damage

China, still reeling from an official SARS cover-up, is trying to stop more deception, this time of the extent of economic damage the deadly flu-like virus has caused to the world's sixth-biggest economy. The State Statistical Bureau said the illness, which hit retail sales and foreign investment last month, was likely to cause more disruption in May and June and officials should come clean about...

Study reveals how stress can make you sick

It's no surprise that constant stress can make people sick, and now a team of researchers has figured out how. ....A study focused on 119 men and women who were taking care of spouses with dementia. The health of the caregivers was compared with that of 106 people of similar ages who were not living under the stress of constant care giving. Blood tests showed that a chemical called Interleukin-6...

Study reveals how stress can make you sick

It's no surprise that constant stress can make people sick, and now a team of researchers has figured out how. ....A study focused on 119 men and women who were taking care of spouses with dementia. The health of the caregivers was compared with that of 106 people of similar ages who were not living under the stress of constant care giving. Blood tests showed that a chemical called Interleukin-6...

SARS research confirms link to animals

Chinese scientists compared the genetic makeup of viral particles isolated from humans with SARS with a virus found in wild animals recently captured //and being held in a retail food market. ..The animals were found to have a corona virus that was 99.8 percent genetically identical to a virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS, in humans. ..Their findings suggest that the mar...
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