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New Way to "See" Genes, Evaluate Effectiveness of Gene Therapies Discovered

This technology essentially renders the body transparent and will allow physicians to determine whether gene therapies reach targeted cells and work as they should. .. .."The technology is expected to help patients with cancer and other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The discovery is outlined in the August 2000, issue of the journal Nature Medicine. UCLA researchers plan to test the t...

Shapely sperm-a valuable indicator of fertility

According to a study, shapely sperm is the best indicator of a man's fertility, that rewrites the standards for analyzing semen samples. According to Dr. Dav Guzhik, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Cleavland, every treatment for infertility depends upon first establishing what's normal and abnormal. The World Health Organization's widely used standards to classify seme...

Autopsy reports could be valuable and informative

The Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality recently conducted an analysis of 50 autopsy studies going back forty years to show the importance of autopsies in revealing discrepancies in diagnosis that could be clinically// informative. The study indicated that the correct cause of death escapes clinical detection in about 8 to 23 per cent of cases. Out of this, in about 4 to 8 per cent of cases,...

Hyaluronan supplementation therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis, a common problem in the knees, is a form of arthritis where one or more joints undergo tissue change. A key problem involved in in these type of joint problems is the loss of a special salt called hyaluronan within the fluid that moisturizes the area. This fluid is called synovial fluid. Hyaluronan supplementation injections are being given to humans since 1987, after the therapy...

Evaluating The Risk Factors Of Osteoporosis

Latest research may help doctors identify which postmenopausal women are at an increased risk for a future fracture. Researchers say the most important// predictor of bone fracture in postmenopausal women without a previous fracture is bone mineral density. Bone mineral density is measured by a T-score. As the T-score decreases, the risk for fracture increases. The question has been what level of...

The Dangers Of Herb-Drugs Evaluated

St. Johns wort is a popular herb taken by many Americans. While some research suggests St. John’s wort interacts with certain drugs and that it can be dangerous,// none of the research has been conclusive. Investigators reviewed 22 research trials that examined drug interactions with St. John’s wort. The studies included around 12 participants each. Researchers reviewed how the studies were condu...

Evaluating The Risks and Benefits of Hormone Therapy

In a study done on the risks and benefits of short-term use of hormone therapy in menopausal women it was found that women can // increase their quality of life, but they may also shorten their life expectancy if they use hormone therapy. ..Deciding whether or not to use hormone therapy can be a difficult decision. Hormone therapy can be an effective treatment for menopausal symptoms, but are th...

The Effectiveness Of NSAIDs Evaluated

Consuming over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pills, will not do much to relieve knee pain associated with osteoarthritis, // say researchers who analyzed the results of 23 studies comparing the drugs to placebos. ..The study involved nearly 10,900 patients. About 7,800 received NSAIDs, and around 3,000 received placebos. The average age of people in the studies was 62 and most had...

Evaluating The Benefits Of A Low – carb Diet

Low-carb diets do a better job of keeping metabolism on track when people are trying to lose weight, // and that might be helping people keep the pounds off for good, shows a new study. ..Researchers say carbohydrates such as white bread, refined breakfast cereals, and white sugar are rapidly digested, causing a quick rise in blood sugar and insulin. This in turn leads the body to slow the metab...

A New Evaluation Tool That Could Predict Death Risk in Heart Patients

A new evaluation tool can predict the mortality risk in patients hospitalized with heart failure say researchers based on findings // of a recent study. According to researchers the new bedside tool is a first of its kind for the treatment of acute heart failure and offers a simple, quick way for clinicians to assess mortality risk upon hospital admission and quickly decide on a treatment strateg...

Hyaluronic Acid – A Boon To The Problem Of Premature Infant

The complexity of the brain and its function has always left man dazzled for generations. In a key to solving this puzzle, some key factors// have been identified that could answer the question regarding what prevents brain damage repair in premature babies and hence help treat prematurity. ..Identification of some of the key factors that also prevent brain damage repair in neurological diseases...

Dietary supplementation of Folic Acid Requires Critical Evaluation

Neural tube defects are congenital deformities that arise in the closure of the nervous system. Spina bifida and anencephaly are the two most common forms of neural tube defects seen. // The defect causes paralysis in spina bifida and fatal brain deformation in anencephaly. ..Although the defect can be diagnosed by antenatal ultrasound, nothing much can be done to correct the defect. The conditio...

Weight-Loss Medication Evaluated By Nutrition Expert

A 60 mg low-dose version of the prescription weight-loss medication orlistat (marketed by GlaxoSmithKline as Xenical? 120 mg) was found to be safe, effective and tolerable in overweight individuals,// according to new data presented today at the 2005 Annual Meeting of NAASO, The Obesity Society in Vancouver, British Columbia. ..The study, which compared orlistat 60 mg plus diet to placebo plus d...

Measuring disseminated cancer cells in bone marrow - valuable tool for detecting early breast cancer metastasis

Stephan Braun and colleagues have reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, that the detection of disseminated tumor cells in bone marrow samples is a more reliable determinant of metastasis and patient survival. ..// ..The disease progression is measured by taking biopsy samples from breast cancer patients and the level of lymph node metastases is measured to determine the disease prognos...

Reflecting On Personal Values Can Lower Stress Responses

Recent research findings suggest that reflecting on personal values can keep neuroendocrine and psychological responses to stress at low levels. ..Stress is implicated in the development //and progression of a broad array of mental and physical health disorders. ..Theory and research on the self suggest that self-affirming activities may buffer these adverse effects. ..A recent study, published...

Reindeer Provide Valuable Insights Into Sleep Disorders

It is a well-known fact that nearly 1/3rd of our lifetime is spent for sleep. The quality of the sleep is equally important as the quantity. People who have odd working hours such as drivers, shift workers and astronauts // suffer from chronic sleep deprivation that is responsible for fatigue and other health disorders. ....Studies conducted on reindeer in the North Polar Region have for the fir...

Poverty Claims Valuable Lives Of Children In Orissa

The infant mortality rate in Orissa would continue to soar if steps are not taken to improve the poverty level. Suni Naik’s family is still trying to recover after losing their third child, which died within a few hours following delivery. // ....Speaking at Talchampei village in tribal-dominated Keonjhar district, Naik said: "Two of my kids died last year. They suffered from fever. I took Rs.1,0...

Re-evaluation of the soy protein’s effects to reduce cholestero

Soya bean is very rich in proteins and it is considered as an important factor to reduce cholesterol. The soy protein reduced the bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein-LDL) and other risks of developing a heart problem. // .... But after the new study conducted by Dr. Frank M. Sacks, a professor of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, all the claims about soy was disproved. He sa...

Yoga The Stress Buster For Lalu and Rabri

Lalu Prasad and his wife Rabri Devi, both former chief ministers of Bihar, have found a new way to beat stress - yoga lessons conducted by a disciple// of popular guru Ramdev... ..Sources in Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Party (RJD) said he was suffering from stress after the loss in the Bihar assembly elections in November. ....Senior RJD leader Anwar Ahmad, a close associate of Lalu Prasad, co...

Foods produced organically have better health value

Latest research shows that foods grown organically have better health value. Besides being zero in the harmful chemicals of pesticides and insecticides they increase the nutritional value of food.// ..The study is in the infancy. Around the globe research is being done in this field. ..Pesticides and insecticides leave harmful chemicals over food surface and cause health problems to humans. ....

Aluminium and Iron Could Play a Vital Role in Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease. Immune cells destroy the myelin sheath that surrounds nerve fibers in the brain and spinal cord. // ....The myelin is very essential in transmitting the impulses across the body. Scientists at Keele University, Staffordshire, compared the levels of the metals aluminium and iron in the urine of people with MS and others without the condition. ......

Aluminum in Deodorants Could Increase Breast Cancer Risk

Cancer researcher Philippa Darbre, PhD, of the University of Reading in England, has said that a strong link exists between the use of deodorants or antiperspirants and breast cancer. She says that he aluminum-based active ingredient used in these products mimics estrogen in the body.// .."Lifetime exposure to estrogen is the risk factor which is tied most strongly to breast cancer," Darbre said...

Aluminum Salts In Underarm Deodorants Increase Risk Of Breast Cancer

A new study has now raised the possibility of an association between aluminum salts contained in deodorants and increased risk of breast cancer//. Salts of metals like cadmium and aluminum are believed to exert estrogen-like efforts on breast cancer cells, leading to malignant transformation. ....Under laboratory conditions, these salts have even been found to accelerate the growth of breast can...

Scientists To Re-Evaluate Bird Flu Threat

Scientific community members are worried about whether sporadic outbreaks of bird flu could indicate the nearing of global bird flu pandemic//. Although the impact of the H5N1 bird flu infection has been minimal compared to AIDS/HIV and malaria, bird flu pandemic could claim a million lives, worldwide. ....The bird flu virus is one of the lethal viruses to infect birds. However, it has not inher...

Sodium Hyaluronate Shows Promise In Treatment Of Shoulder Pain

A novel study conducted by Columbia University Medical Center has shown that sodium hyaluronate, originally intended for use in osteoarthritis, could be effective// in the treatment of chronic shoulder pain as well. Until now, drug treatment with Cox-2 inhibitors or surgery was the only treatment options left for patients with chronic shoulder pain. ....Approximately 1.5 million patients visit o...

The Face Of Indian Health Care: A World Health Day Evaluation

Jan 2006, India: A 7-day old baby was charred to death due to a short circuit in a neonatal unit in Niloufer Hospital, robbing parents// of their joy and hopes. The incubator in which the baby was kept caught fire. The parents blamed the doctors stating that the incident had happened due to negligence of the hospital staff while the health workers argued that four other babies in the unit were sa...

Exposure To High Aluminum Levels In Tap Water Lead To Rare Form Of Alzheimers

A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry highlights a case where a woman had a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease after being exposed to high levels of aluminum courtesy the tap water. // Carole Cross was 58 when she died in 2004. ..Chris Exley, of Keele University, published the results of her post-mortem. The incident has been directly linked to the 20 tonnes of...

Decision-Making Enabled By Neurons: Value Assigned To Available Choices.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have been able to pinpoint the neurons that are capable of deciphering the value that people attach// to different items. The activity of these neurons predicts the nature of decision making, when a person needs to choose from an array of items available. ..To quote the words of Camillo Padoa-Schioppa, PhD, HMS research fellow in neurobiology and lead author...

Salutations For The Selfless Heroes On World Red Cross Day

It's a day to be remembered of the 90 million odd volunteers belonging to the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, who are the back bone of the movement//, and whose helping hand is very much essential for providing assistance and support for the needy all over the world. .. ..These unsung heroes are richly deserved for the personal sacrifices they make, even risking their lives at...

Students to Evaluate the Performance of Teachers

Students of Delhi University will soon be evaluating the performance of their teachers as part of academic reform measures being introduced. // ....According to a notification issued by the vice chancellor earlier this year, the academic reform committee of the university is busy preparing draft guidelines to make the teachers more accountable. ....'The teachers evaluation reform is among the t...

New Study Conducted To Evaluate The Success Of The Federal governments Funds For HIV/AIDS

The U.S. federal government plans to spend in this financial year $21 billion for HIV/AIDS research, treatment, prevention, and related activities//. Among doubts on whether this enormous expenditure is paying off, a new study was conducted which seemingly indicated that the expenditure is paying off and is more successful than of what was previously thought. The study that is now available on li...

Ohio Tobacco Research and Evaluation Center To Be Developed By Case

The Case Western Reserve University's Center for Health Promotion Research, which is a research and evaluation centre at the School of Medicine's Department// of Epidemiology and Bio statistics, had recently been awarded a $450,000 contract from the Ohio Tobacco Use Prevention and Control Foundation (TUPCF) to develop the Ohio Tobacco Research and Evaluation Center (OTREC). It was explained that...

Learning the Value of Prevention and Treatment in Oral Clefting

The burden of oral clefting leaves some with psychological problems into adulthood. A new study evaluating the impact of oral clefting on quality of life can be used to learn about the psychological //benefits and cost effectiveness of prevention and treatment. ....Oral clefting is one of the most common birth defects. The impact of oral clefting can be substantial and can vary by age and type...

HIV Treatment Needs Re-Evaluation

A study published by scientists from California University in the Journal of Virology has showed that HIV treatment needs re-evaluation//. Scientist have discovered that the virus evaded the action of antiretroviral therapy (ARV) by hiding in intestinal tissue of patients, where it continued to replicate and suppress the immune system, even though blood samples showed that the antiretrovirals we...

Warm Watermelon Scores Over Cold In Nutritive Value

Washington: Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have indicated the enhanced nutritive benefits of watermelon at normal temperature as against cold Watermelon. // ....According to scientists, watermelons are a production house of nutrients even after they are severed from the parent plant, which slows down once the melon is cooled. Further, researchers said that watermelons kept a...

"Tarakeswar Alu"- buy potatoes online !!

Potato is India’s largely grown and most liked tuber. For the benefit of farmers who usually take to distress sales, potato trading will go online in West Bengal.// ..According to state agriculture minister, Naren De, the Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX), an independent multi-commodity exchange recognised by the central government for facilitating online trading, will conduct the...

Incorporate Sleep Evaluation into Routine Medical Care

CHICAGO - Sleep is an integral part of health, and assessment of sleep habits should be a standard part of medical care//, according to an editorial in the September 18 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The issue is devoted to studies of sleep and health. ...."The theme that emerges throughout this issue is that sleep serves as an indicator of health an...

HIV RNA Level Seen As Little Value In Predicting Treatment

A study in the September 27 issue of JAMA says that initial research indicates that the HIV RNA level in untreated HIV positive patients has little or no effect on CD4 cell count decrease. //This finding may lead to conflicts in opinion as to when antiretroviral therapy must begin... ..Depletion of CD4 cells is a characteristic of progressive human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease and a power...

Mental Health Package Regrettably Undervalues the Role of the GP

AMA President, Dr Mukesh Haikerwal, said today the Government must make changes to its mental health package// if it is to be truly effective in meeting the needs of people with mental illness. ....Details of the package were announced today by the Prime Minister, and the AMA welcomes the Government’s financial commitment to mental health care. ....While the AMA is generally pleased with the pac...

Gene Tests to Identify Ovarian Cancer Have Little Clinical Value

Many genomic tests that are currently used to diagnose and guide treatment of ovarian cancer are not shown to decrease the number of women who die from the disease or improve their quality of life, //according to a new evidence report supported by a partnership of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Con...
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