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Ductal lavage may detect early breast cancer

At times when the breast lumps are too small to be picked up by a mammogram, the patient may be unaware that she is a potential candidate for breast cancer. But to offset this problem, scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore headed by Dr. Saraswathi Sukumar, have devised a new method of detecting early stages of breast cancer by using a new method called ductal la...

Avacado a day

Avocado may help to protect the liver from damage, according to new research from Japan. Researchers fed avocado and 22 other fruits to laboratory rats. The rats were then given D-galactosamine, a substance that causes liver damage by interfering with cell synthesis and results in cell death. The rats fed the avocado obtained the least amount of liver damage.// ....The Researchers discovered thr...

Herbs With Estrogen Action Aggravate Cancer Risk

Some commonly used herbal treatments may further increase the risk of breast and uterine cancer for women already predisposed to those diseases. //Researchers offer new evidence that herbs such as red clover and motherwort - traditionally used for gynecological complaints - as well as saw palmetto and rhodiola rosea root can have such a strong estrogenic effect they could increase the risk of est...

Avacado protects from liver damage

Avocado may help to protect the liver from damage, according to new research from Japan. Researchers fed avocado and 22 other fruits to laboratory rats. //The rats were then given D-galactosamine, a substance that causes liver damage by interfering with cell synthesis and results in cell death. The rats fed the avocado obtained the least amount of liver damage. ....The Researchers discovered thr...

Enduring anti-clotting treatment avails heart patients

According to a new study, researchers have observed that patients who took aspirin and anti-clotting drugs for a year after angioplasty had a decreased risk of problems. Angioplasty involves inserting a balloon and then a device called a stent into a blocked coronary artery.// It's often life-saving, for it opens up the artery again. However, one complication that often occurs when such percutane...

Artificial discs available as replacements for damaged discs

Patients with damaged discs have traditionally been treated by removing a disc or placing a bone graft in the spine to fuse two bones together. Now, an artificial disc which is being studied as a replacement is in the second phase of trials. The phase one study that was recently completed compared the prosthesis to traditional fusion. While in the first phase of trials patients// were randomized,...

Tumour marker for detecting early Recurrence of Thyroid cancer may be soon available

Early recurrence of thyroid cancer may be detectable using a blood test to detect// a protein called ‘Thyroglobin”(Tg) according to a study published by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The findings were published June 21 online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolis...

CoQ10 bioavailability increased by Nanotechnology

The results of two human clinical trials support the enhanced bioavailability// of CoQ10 delivered into beverages using its novel technology which will interest manufacturers of CoQ10 products. ....Increasing its bioavailability, or the body's absorption of the ingredient, allows supplement and food makers to use lower dosages, therefore saving on costs. ....The patented technology uses common...

Amputation may depend on availability of vascular surgeons

Patients suffering from peripheral arterial disease may lose their limb to amputation if there are //no vascular surgeons to attend to them. Research findings report that areas of the country where there are more vascular surgeons, report less number of cases where patients of peripheral arterial disease have suffered through an amputation. ....Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is often not diagn...

The growing availability of Fake drugs in the market

With a wide range of medications available , one must also be wary of the fake drugs available in the market //. According to the Drug Control Department, 63 batches of spurious drugs, mainly comprising antibiotics, painkillers and cardiac medicines, are being sold in Bangalore. ....Most of the drugs were found to have a very small percentage of medicine and in some no medicine at all. Karnatak...

Drugs Banned worldwide still available in India

A drug banned in most parts of the world due to its side effects is still available in India,// despite reports of serious adverse events observed among several children who had been taking it in the Sub-continent. ..The drug Nimesulide, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which has been reported as causing liver toxicity is still widely used in India commonly for pain relief and fever althou...

Estimates For Number Of HIV/AIDS Deaths In India Still Not Available

While India and US jointly trying to develop defense against the growing menace of HIV/AIDS,// UN officials are aware that there are yet no firm estimates of number of people suffering from the disease are available from the Indian officials... ..According to Peter Piot, executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), one of the statistics about the disease not availa...

Medical Management Now Available For Miscarriage

Until recently, if a woman had a miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a surgery was often necessary to remove any remaining fetal tissue. A new drug misoprostol may now be an option after pregnancy loss... ..Miscarriage occurs in at least 10 percent // of pregnancies, often between seven and 12 weeks of gestation. Symptoms include abdominal or back pain, cramping and vaginal bleeding... ..A surgic...

Asthma aggravated by thought processes

The mere mention of a stressful word like "wheeze" can activate two brain regions in asthmatics during an attack, and this brain activity may be associated with more severe asthma symptoms, according to a new study by researchers. // The study reveals a functional link between emotion processing centers in the brain and certain physiological processes relevant to disease. ..Previous studies and...

Pigs Population A Major Threat To Encephalitis Ravaged UP

The death toll from Japanese encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh crossed 800 Saturday. But the administration still seems unwilling to take on pigs - believed to be at the root of the virtual epidemic. ..The proliferation of pigs has made matters // worse as the animal is known to be the biggest host for the encephalitis virus, carried across to human beings by mosquitoes. ....Uttar Pradesh officials...

Rich countries stock piling anti flu drugs with no stocks available for poor countries

Global concerns of bird flu outbreak is high but critics are more concerned with the availability of the drug is more in rich countries with no drug available to the developing and under developed countries//. ....Global concerns prevail possible bird flu outbreak that may occur anytime, due to current global conditions, as there are serious concerns over spread of the flu virus. As global fears...

FDA Approved Nerve-Stimulation Therapy Now Available In New York

Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy is a FDA approved long-term treatment regime for patients with treatment resistant depression (TRD). // This form of therapy is now being offered to patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. ..The treatment is now the first treatment specifically approved for TRD in patients over 18 years of age in whom antidepressant therapy ha...

AIDS Threat Aggravated Due To Sale of Blood by Drug Addicts in Cambodia

Drug users in Cambodia have adopted a new way of marketing their blood to hospitals to pay for their habits. Health experts warn that if this practice is not curbed in time, it would serve as a severe threat to the country's gains in fighting HIV/AIDS.// ........So far, there has been no report of spread of the deadly infection by blood transfusions. It is however predicted that if the infection...

Relief for HIV/AIDS patients: ART therapy now available in India

While experts have reacted with skepticism to a British man's claims that he has been cured of HIV/AIDS, patients from India are in for some relief. // .. ..In what is assumed as a social relief for HIV/AIDS patients, Anti-Retro Virus Treatment (ART) drugs are now available in India. .. ..This medicine is provided in India by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and it is hoped that it would...

First Face Transplant On A Women Savaged By A Dog

In a historical but controversial transplant surgeons have transplanted almost half of face taken from a brain dead donor in France. // ..A brain dead woman’s skin and tissue from the lips, nose and chin was taken and transplanted to a woman whose own face had been savaged by a dog. ..Doctors have clarified that the face the woman is going to have finally will be a 'hybrid' face and not resembl...

New AIDS drugs not available in Africa

New AIDS drugs produced by Pharmaceutical companies which are proved to be better than older drugs are still not available in Africa, where the actual benefit of these drugs could be realized reports//, Medicine Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Border). MSF (Medicine sans Frontiers) have accused the pharmaceutical companies that they are not selling their new drugs in Africa. MSF is providing AID...

Excavations Reveal Clues Of Early Warfare

The Department of Antiquities of Syria and the University of Chicago have announced findings of archeological evidence that a battle was fought in upper Mesopotamia// in 3500 B.C., leading to the destruction of a city. Clemens Reichel, a Research Associate asserts that the entire area where the excavation was conducted was a war zone. Artifacts from daily life have been recovered by the archeolog...

Smoking Aggravates Psoriasis

Those people who suffer from the psoriasis condition are more likely to smoke, and smoking contributes to worsening the skin condition. Psoriasis results in inflammation and scaling of the skin, and affect places like legs, scalp, // lower back, elbows, knees, palms, face, and the soles of the feet. The chances of people with psoriasis suffering from obesity are also quite high, according to a re...

Breast Cancer Drug Should Be Made Widely Available

Debra Orr, a Canadian woman who has survived breast cancer twice, says that all women deserve access to the new drug Herceptin. //Orr says that the life-saving and life-improving drug should be made available widely so that women suffering from this deadly cancer have a chance of successfully fighting it. ..Currently, there is no uniform policy and the drug is federally funded in some provinces...

Inhaled Insulin To Be Made Available in India

The world's largest drug maker, Pfizer has announced that it intends to fast track its inhaled insulin Exubera in India. Exubera received regulatory approvals from the US Food and Drug Administration // and the European Commission last week. The drug has been developed in collaboration with Sanofi-Aventis and Nektar Therapeutics. ..It is a relatively harmless form of insulin in that no needles...

Safe Drinking Water To Be Made Available

India's Prime Minister has promised his countrymen safe drinking water within a matter of four years. Comprehensive reforms in governance are being given priority // to make this possible. Most people living in rural India do not have access to safe drinking water. ......Inaugurating a conference of ministers in charge of rural drinking water supply and rural sanitation in states and union terr...

Quality Platelets and Improved Blood Availability No Longer a Pipe Dream

Canada: There is good news for patients afflicted by cancer, open heart surgeries, and victims of disaster, bone marrow donees and several others who are in need of blood platelet transfusions. A device, invented by a researcher // at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Blood Research (CBR), is capable of scaling down the loss of transferred platelets, and enhancing the platelet supp...

Girl Foetus Aggravates Asthma Symptoms

Pregnant women who suffer from asthmatic symptoms, carrying a girl foetus are more likely to go through severe asthma symptoms than those carrying a male foetus, // according to a recent study. Michael B. Bracken and other researchers at Yale School of Medicine studied 702 pregnant women throughout southern New England who were trained to assess their lung function for 10-day intervals at selecte...

HIV combater available at home: yogurt!

If scientists at Brown University in the Northeastern United States are to be believed they have discovered that bacteria from // yogurt can be made into a substance that helps fight HIV. .... Professor Bharat Ramratnam, led the research and modified the bacteria to create cyanovirin -- a protein that protects the body from infection by micro organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi... .."...

Avastin under trial to test efficacy for pancreatic tumours!

Northwestern Memorial Hospital along with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is conducting a Phase II clinical trial to determine if avastin is effective in pancreatic tumours.// ..The drug also known as bevacizumab is an anti-angiogenesis drug that is designed to inhibit the growth of blood vessels in tumours. ..The test is being done to see that it in combination with abdominal...

Healthy heart oats available: so indulge.

Oats are very important constituents of foods in the cereal category as they provide fibre beta glucan to the diet. ..It is an integral part of health-conscious consumers. So there is news to cheer now as they can now// get more of the soluble oat fiber called beta-glucan in their diets...This variety of oats has been developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and North Dakota State Univers...

Avastin, anti-Cancer Drug leads to Blindness and Other Complications

Researchers at the Genentech Inc.'s said that Avastin, a cancer drug may cause trigger a rare brain condition, reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome//. This was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. ..It was found that two female cancer patients in their 50s treated with Avastin developed reversible posterior leukoencephalopathy syndrome (RPLS). This condition leads to bl...

Singapore's AVA Advocates "Bio-Segregation" To Combat Bird Flu

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority in Singapore has announced that it will be shortly implementing a "bio-segregation" system so that areas affected with bird flu can be immediately isolated. //The agency also said that it would undertake an emergency vaccination program should the threat of bird flu be imminent. ..Measures like disinfecting facilities and restricted entry are already in pla...

Cancer `Tumour Bank' With 7,000 Samples To Be Made Available For Research

The Canadian Tumour Repository Network is making available over 7,000 cancer tumour samples for researchers all over the world in order to help them get started. // Cancer researchers the world over are hailing this step as a major one that will go a long way in making research truly international. .."Cancer is not just one disease, it's a multitude of diseases in which a gene is misbehaving. Si...

Extravagant Pay For Emergency Department Head Of Caboolture Hospital

It has been proposed by Caboolture Hospital management to offer a pay of nearly $500,000 to the head of its emergency department //. In response to the above proposal, the Queensland Opposition has described it as being extravagant and unconscionable. ..The popular Aspen Medical Group had advertised for the post of a new director for the emergency medicine department, with an attractive a remun...

Bridging People’s lives, Post Upheava

Bridges, a centre at St John Madder market in Norwich is a non-referral drop-in-center aimed at people, who need to pick up the pieces of their life, after its fallen apart. // Founded in 1994, the centre is aided by the Norfolk social services and administered by mental health charity Rethink. The centre will be launching an initiative in Norwich that will strive to remove the stigma, and shallo...

Life-Saving Cancer Drug, Herceptin Will be Available Free for Breast Cancer Patients in Wales

Royal Shrewsbury hospital, which enables care for people in North Shropshire and Wales and funded by the local health board, will now offer the cancer// drug Herceptin, free to the Welsh breast cancer patients. .. ..The costs for this medicine estimated at £47,000, will have to be borne by the other cancer sufferers who are not from Wales. With effect from February, all Welsh local Health boards...

Misplaced Bravado: A Career In Surgery Eludes Women?

There seems to be a subtle gender bias prevailing against women, especially when they are required to make career choices in the field of medical surgery that inhibits free-flowing analysis of pros // , while accentuating the cons, that invariably steers them to opt out of surgery. There has always been an overriding influence of surgery as a career choice among men, nicknamed as "old boys' club"...

Viswanathan Anand Is To Be Avahan’s HIV-AIDS Ambassador in Indi

Avahan, India a foundation set up by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on Thursday announced Grandmaster Viswanathan Anand as its HIV-AIDS ambassador in India. // The officials said that Anand, in his new role, would raise awareness of the disease in the country.....The official release said that Anand's desire to raise the visibility of India's HIV disease is a welcomed step in reducing the...

Chess Champion Anand to Champion HIV/AIDS for Avahan

Chess champion and grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand will now champion the cause of HIV/AIDS for 'Avahan', the Indian chapter of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. // ....Anand will work towards increasing the awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India for Avahan's public education campaigns. He is already well known and respected among the youth in India and this new role is likely t...
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