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Cinnamon May Help Diabetics

People with type 2 diabetes may improve their ability to regulate ..their blood sugar by adding a little spice to their life.In preliminary findings, cinnamon helped fat cells recognize and respond to insulin, the hormone that removes excess glucose from the blood and deposits it into cells. In a test tube and in animal studies, the spice appeared to increase glucose metabolism by about 20 times....

Alternative medicine more popular among HIV positive patients

Despite significant improvements in anti AIDS therapy, complimentary and alternative medicine seem to be more attractive to the AIDS positive patients, according to a new study. Among 191 HIV-positive outpatients surveyed about their use of complementary and alternative therapies, 67% said they had used alternative therapies at some point to control their HIV infection and 40% reported current us...

Chinese paracetamol may be slapped with dumping duty

The Directorate of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties, under the ministry of commerce and industry, has recommended provisional anti-dumping duties on paracetamol from China and Taiwan. This followed an investigation against imports of the commonly used drug on basis of a petition filed by three domestic companies - Hyderabad-based Triton Laboratories and Sri Krishna Pharmaceuticals; Solapur based Va...

Paracetamol May Cause Live Damage Warns Consumer Education and Research Centre

The Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) in Ahmedabad has alerted the Drug Control General of India against the excessive use of paracetamol. CERC says that the commonly use drug might cause potential liver damage and might lead on to liver failure. ..CERC Secretary Ashwini Kumar warns that consumers must be aware of the potential hazards of paracetamol more so because it is being marke...

Poor diet among smokers

People living with smokers have a relatively poor diet, which adds to the health risks of passive smoking. It has been estimated that second-hand smoke accounts for up to 24 per cent of lung cancer cases. Where people are exposed to passive smoking - usually because they live with a smoker or work in a smoky environment - a healthy diet might offset some of the negative effects.// ....Researcher...

'Disprin Plus' is now 'Disprin Paracetamol'

Reckitt Benckiser has deferred the launch of 'Disprin CV' (cardiovascular) following the confusion over the name of its new painkiller 'Disprin Plus', the company's Regional Director , Mr. Pranab Barua said. The company also announced a change in the brand-name 'Disprin Plus' to 'Disprin Paracetamol'. Subsequent to the launch of Disprin Plus, there were reports citing instances of concern from do...

Letrozole Beats Tamoxifen in Breast Cancer Therapy

Novartis' Femara (letrozole), one of a new class of breast cancer drugs, worked better than standard therapy with tamoxifen in treating breast cancer in women// with advanced disease. Femara is a member of a new class of drugs called aromatase inhibitors, which work differently to prevent certain kinds of breast cancer than does tamoxifen. ....This new drug, Letrozole shrank tumors better and hel...

Cinnamon combats Diabetes

Scientists report that an extract of cinnamon could offer some protection against adult-onset diabetes...An expert behind the trials has even issued the recommendation that people could benefit now by adding the spice to their food.// ....Adult-onset, or type II diabetes is far more prevalent than insulin-dependent diabetes, which normally begins earlier in life and requires a regimen of blood t...

Breast screening among diabetic women

Breast cancer should be detected in early stages in order to prevent it from advancing. Women who have diabetes should go for a mammogram as a routine check up, thereby enabling a thourough screening of breast cancer. //According to a new study there has been decreased detection of breast cancer and henceforth brest screening should be implemented. ..Researchers at the University of Texas surveye...

Tamoxifen does not adversely affect the brain

The breast cancer drug tamoxifen does not damage the brains of elderly women, alleviating fears of a neurotoxic effect of such treatment, recent study has revealed. According to researchers, tamoxifen has a similar effect on the brain to oestrogen, which has been linked with potentially neuroprotective action //against cognitive decline. ....The researchers used proton magnetic resonance spectros...

Moles Among The Older Generation May Be Dangerous

A research study has revealed that one third of the moles which are seen among elderly Australians who run the risk of contracting skin cancer are melanomas which are dangerous. // The country’s skin specialists believe that this is applicable to Australians who are aged over 50 years. As many as 309 patients were studied during the course of the research over a period of three years. The chances...

Losing that baby fat among women

Researchers often say that women who gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy and or fail to shed the excess pounds by the time their babies are 5 months old are mosr probably to revive those extra pounds 8 years later.// These findings come from researchers from University of Texas, who say their study is the first to examine how body weight during and shortly after preg...

Drinking adequate amounts of water

Drinking enough amounts of water is very essential for an individual. One probably does not need to drink eight glasses of water a day, says a leading physiologist. We've been led to believe that we should drink about two litres of water a day that's eight glasses// of volume eight ounces (the 8 by 8 rule). But, water balance expert Dr Heinz Valtin of Dartmouth Medical School, there is no real s...

Poor diet among smokers

People living with smokers have a relatively poor diet, which adds to the health risks of passive smoking. It has been estimated that second-hand smoke accounts for up to 24 per cent of lung cancer cases.// Where people are exposed to passive smoking - usually because they live with a smoker or work in a smoky environment - a healthy diet might offset some of the negative effects. ....Researcher...

Tamoxifen reduces breast cancer risk

In a new study, researchers from Cancer Research Insitiute, UK suggests that women on tamoxifen have a reduced breast cancer risk compared to those on placebo.// They report on a large scale trial of tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer. A group of 6050 women aged 36 to 65 years, from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe took either tamoxifen or placebo for five years. All the women were consi...

Physical activity less among black girls

For the past two to four decades, the existence of obesity has more than doubled in female children and adolescents with the greatest increase// among black girls. On an average, surveys show girls are not eating more. Instead, the problem appears to be physical activity level. New research shows the activity levels of white and black girls substantially declines through adolescence. ....The reas...

Tamoxifen reduces breast cancer risk

In a new study, researchers from Cancer Research Insitiute, UK suggests that women on tamoxifen have a reduced breast cancer risk compared to those on placebo. They report on a large scale trial of tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer. A group of 6050 women aged 36 to 65 years, from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Europe took either tamoxifen or placebo for five years.// All the women were consi...

Psychiatric disorders among juveniles

According to a latest research it has been observed that approximately two thirds of teenage boys and around three quarters of teenage girls in juvenile detention suffer from at least// one psychiatric disorder. In a recent study, 2023 juvenile teens were interviewed and evaluated by researchers before they were admitted to a temporary juvenile detention center in Cook County, Ill. Researchers i...

Abuse of prescription drugs among youths on the rise

New research suggests that, though illegal drug use is declining among children and young adults, they are abusing prescription drugs, especially pain relievers, at an increasing rate. Commonly abused prescription drugs include codeine, methadone, oxycodone, and Ritalin. The analysis of data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse found that almost// 3 million adolescents and about 7 mil...

Death Among the Homeless

A new study shows death risks among homeless people are dramatically different than those in the general population. ....Researchers in Denmark followed more than 750 homeless people for 10 years. Participants were divided into two groups: a registration group and an interview group. Researchers studied the information provided in annual reports for the registration group. Those in the interview...

Diabetes a cause for worry among the young

More and more young adults are being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and now research shows this diagnosis puts these young people at a greater risk for a heart attack and stroke. //Specifically, the research shows younger adults diagnosed with type 2 diabetes are 14-times more likely to suffer a heart attack and 30-times more likely to suffer a stroke than their peers without diabetes. .."This me...

Bullying – a Common Problem Among Childre

Several studies have shown about 20 percent to 30 percent of students are regularly involved in incidents of bullying, //either as bullies or as those attacked by bullies. In some cases, children are impacted both ways – they both bully others and are victims of bullies. In all cases, these children have more adjustment problems than their peers who aren’t involved in bullying. However, most stud...

The Benefits Of A Diet Consisting Of Moderate Amounts Of Fat

You may not want to opt for low-fat salad dressing anymore. New research shows fats actually help the body absorb nutrients found in vegetables.// ..Researchers studied men and women between ages 19 and 28. Participants consumed lettuce and other vegetables topped with salad dressing that contained zero, six or 28 grams of canola oil. Blood tests were taken every 11 hours following each meal. .....

Easing Fears Among Asthmatics

Researchers from Switzerland say they find no increase risk of bone fractures among kids who take inhaled steroids to control their asthma.// ..National asthma guidelines recommend inhaled steroids as the first line of defense for children with persistent forms of the disease. But doctors have long worried these drugs might be weakening the bones of youngsters who take them. The fear stems from r...

Creating A Greater Awareness Among Smokers

According to findings of a recent study , 70 percent of all cigarettes consumed are smoked by psychiatrically ill individuals.// Researchers studied nearly 43,000 psychiatric patients living in and out of group homes to explore the correlation between patients' mental disorders and their nicotine and drug use. ..Results showed 28 percent of patients used any tobacco product, 25 percent smoked cig...

Reducing The Rate Of Amputations Among Diabetics

About one half of all amputations are currently performed among the diabetic population. Researchers studied changes // in the tiny blood vessels in the retinas of about 900 diabetic patients who had been diagnosed with the disease before age 30. All were followed for 20 years to assess how these microvascular changes might relate to subsequent need for an amputation. ..The risk was significantly...

Epilepsy Drug Valproate and Lamotrigine Linked To Malformed Fetus

In a study in the March issue of Neurology, the epilepsy drug Valproate has been linked to malformation of fetus //when prescribed to pregnant ladies. ....For pregnant women with epileptic seizures, often the drug Valproate is prescribed. The new study shows that women who took the drug in their first trimester of pregnancy often gave birth to malformed babies. ....Data for the study was collec...

Peppermint or cinnamon smell can make drivers more alert

A new study had said that the scents of peppermint or cinnamon could make the drivers of motor vehicles more //alert and refreshed. ....Driving for long stretches of time makes the drivers of the vehicle angry, fatigued and physically exhausted. The study had monitored drivers who participated in the study under the conditions of three different types of odors of peppermint, cinnamon and non-odor...

Anti-tobacco Advertising Can Reduces smoking Among Teens

At last a study shows that anti-smoking advertisements in media can reduce cigarette smoking among the teenagers. //.. ....Researcher Sherry Emery examined the association between exposure to state anti-tobacco advertising and youth smoking-related beliefs and behaviors. They surveyed data from school-based samples of 51,085 students from 48 states. And used targeted ratings point (TRPs) to asses...

Incidence Of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Among Gay Men On The Rise

Syphilis - Sexually transmitted diseases, incidence is rising among gay men as the fear// of AIDS has become less among them. AIDS is now a chronic disease and not a fatal disease. There is some indication that the increased use of methamphetamines (that enhances sexual drive) and makes users less cautious. Another dimension of new social behaviour is the use of Internet chat rooms, this has...

Cancer risk among nuclear industry workers

A cohort multinational study was done involving 598 068 nuclear industry workers from 15 countries.// The study was done to estimate the risk of cancer after administrating low doses of radiation. ....This study is an international collaborative study to estimate the cancer risk among radiation workers in the nuclear industry to find out the risk of cancer occurrence after low dose exposure of ra...

Kidney Donors Health Can Cause Anxiety Among Kidney Recipients

Recipients of kidneys from living people are reluctant to accept kidney donors// unless they are sure that donation will nor cause any harm to donors a stusy form Cardiff University research has shown. ....Paul Gill, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies recruited 11 kidney donors and their recipients from a regional transplant centre. ....After interviewing them about their experien...

Exposure to Pesticides in Schools Produces Illnesses Among Employees, Students

The number of school children getting affected by illnesses due to exposure to //pesticides have increased significantly, from the figures of 1998 to 2002, reports a research in the recent issue of JAMA. ....“Exposure to pesticides in the school environment is a health risk facing children and school employees,” background information in the article states. Pesticides continue to be used both on...

Breast Cancer’s Does Not Discriminate – Rich and Famous Who have had Breast Cancer and Survivd

Breast cancer does not discriminate between rich and poor, if not diagnosed early it can kill anyone. Many celebrities have succumbed to it and some have fought it and survived. Medindia has listed all these famous// actresses and personalities who have suffered from breast cancer. ....Olivia Newton-John -Actress and Singer..Shirley Temple Black - Actress/singer/diplomat..Jill Eikenberry, Actres...

Aromatase Inhibitors drug Femara after Tamoxifen therapy protects from breast cancer recurrence

Aromatase Inhibitors drug, Femara given after 5 years of Tamoxifen therapy is found to give protection against occurrence of Breast cancer recurrence. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer// in women. Breast cancer mostly occurs in post menopausal women and various risk factors are attributed for the occurrence of breast cancer. ..Treatment of breast cancer initially involves remov...

Popularity Among Peers Increases Susceptibility To Smoking Habit Among School Children

Dealing with adolescence and teenage has always remained a problem for parents because of the vulnerability to habit formation, the curiosity to experiment and susceptibility to get easily influenced by peers // . A new study throws light on the fact that teenagers who enjoy popularity are more likely to smoke than less popular classmates. ....The study has been conducted among popular students...

Suicide Rate Amongst Male Prisoners Of UK Is Quite High

In a research letter published in the latest edition of The Lancet, researchers had pointed out that the rate of suicide amongst male prisoners of prisons in UK is much higher than the suicide rates in the general population // of the country, bringing to notice the existing conditions of the prisons in UK. ....There are around 70 000 men imprisoned in England and Wales, one of the highest propor...

Cataract incidence high among people on a high carbohydrate diet.

Cataract is a very common eye ailment generally associated with old age. Now-a-days it is easily treatable by a simple lens transplant and laser surgery.// But they are also a major cause of blindness worldwide is left untreated. ..According to a recent study at ARS Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre on Aging at Tufts University, Boston, women who ate an average of 200 to 268 grams...

Differences in brain pattern among liars and cheats in comparison to honest people

Neuroscientists have now identified different patterns of brain organization between normal people and people who cheat or lie constantly. Liars have been found to have less gray matter// and more white matter in their prefrontal cortex and certain abnormalities have been revealed in area that controls higher thinking. ..Gray matter consists of the cells that do the thinking (is also held to dete...

Dietary pattern of Soy consumption among women at risk for breast cancer

Recent advances in understanding the role of diet in the development and progression of cancer has increased the awareness// among the medical fraternity about the importance of a healthy diet to avert the same. ....Soy is being touted as the next wonder food that can perform miracles for health including preventing cancer. A new study published in the October 2005 issue of the Journal of the Am...
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