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Spirulina may be the next immune boost on the block

News is out that Spirulina may be the wonder drug we are all looking out for. According to Journal of Medicinal Food, Spirulina , significantly increases the cytokine production in cultured immune system cells. To evaluate the effects of spirulina on the immune system, immunologists at UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center collected blood samples from 12 healthy volunteers and incubated...

New drug helps boost cancer treatment

Researchers at the Sloane Kettering Cancer Center, New York have achieved a breakthrough of sorts in cancer treatment, by designing a new drug, which attaches itself to a key position on cancer cells and gives new potency to failing chemotherapy drugs thereby extending survival of advanced colorectal cancer patients. ..IMC-C225, the new drug which is actually a monoclonal antibody, is designed to...

Soluble IL-4 Receptor - A new boon for asthmatics

Bronchial asthma, the disease which is never an easy combat for any practising physician, is now being avenged by a new drug. A soluble interleukin-4 receptor (IL-4R), which acts as an IL-4 antagonist, appears to be safe and effective in preventing a decline in lung function and in preventing asthma symptoms. ..In their study, Dr. Larry C. Borish, from the University of Virginia Health Sciences C...

Chaste plant a boon

The British Medical Journal last week published a study on the agnus castus fruit, also known as “Chaste tree”, showing that more than half the women who took it had a 50 per cent or greater improvement in the symptoms of premenstrual symptoms. ....Agnus castus (Vitex agnus castus) is a small tree native to southern Europe and western Asia. It has been used for ailments including haemorrhage, fe...

A boost to quit smoking

Smoking is injurious to health, especially to the heart.Improvements in heart disease risk factors are measurable within weeks of quitting smoking. It's known that smoking increases the risk of heart disease. The main culprit is carbon monoxide in cigarette smoke,// which raises cholesterol levels, white blood cell counts and creates other heart disease risk factors. Each 1% increase in carbon m...

Hepatitis G May Boost HIV Survival

A form of hepatitis virus not believed to cause illness may improve survival in people who have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In two new studies, HIV-positive people who were also infected with the hepatitis G virus tended to live longer than other people infected with HIV. Researchers suspect that hepatitis G, which is also known as GB virus C, improves survival by keeping HIV from replicatin...

A boon to epileptics

Stimulating the brain with a dose of low-frequency magnetism reduces the number of seizures suffered by severe epileptics, a study has found. Researchers at Gottingen in Germany used a coil which was placed on the side of the head to direct// the magnetic pulses to the brain. ....The use of high-frequency pulses has been blamed for triggering epileptic seizures, and this is some of the first wor...

Artificial lenses- Boon to cataract patients

A lens implant that can change focus like a natural lens promises to make cataract patients’ eyesight almost as good as it was when they were young.The device, which is being developed by Jin-Hui Shen, an ophthalmologist at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, contains six overlapping lenses.// ....As the muscles in the eye relax, the overlap increases, allowing pat...

Drug Combinations May Boost Stroke Risk

People who combine different types of serotonin-enhancing medications, such as certain antidepressants and migraine medications, may be increasing their risk of stroke. //The study reports on three patients who developed ischemic strokes related to the use of serotonin-enhancing medications, which include certain antidepressants, anti-migraine drugs, decongestants and diet pills. Ischemic strokes...

Handbook cum diary on regulatory information

The Drug Inspectors' Association of Andhra Pradesh has brought out a handbook cum diary for the benefit of all chemists, drug manufacturers and the Association members in the state. The Association has managed to put together all necessary information with regard to the regulatory requirement in an easy-to-locate format in the diary. The information is to be extremely useful to the drug trade and...

A boon for smokers to quit

In a study conducted recently, researchers have found out that the wonder drug Bromocriptine, initially used in the treatment of tumours and Parkinson's disease can go a long way in helping smokers quit the dreadful habit.//The drug produces a similar kind of pleasure which is offered by nicotine in the cigar. ....It has also been found out that stimulation or blockage of a chemical called DOPAM...

Myth of 'female impotence' created to boost sales

A recent article in the British Medical Journal has suggested that pharmaceutical companies have created a disease out of female sexual disorders and are defining the condition in order to unleash new markets for their products. ..Drug companies are trying to recreate// the kind of market that Viagra, the drug used to treat male impotence, created during its launch in 1998. ..Doctors however clai...

Scientists open the book of life

A scientific achievement once thought impossible has been achieved. The human genetic instruction is complete to an accuracy of 99.99 percent. However it is now considered the foundation for a new era of medical advances. With the entire sequence in hand experts predicted it would lead to new drugs, better forecasts of people's health and new ways of treating or preventing many of the most devast...

Reduced Fatigue Boosts Mental Health

An improvement in fatigue may reduce anxiety and depression in cancer patients. For patients with anemia, investigators say fatigue may be improved or reversed with the drug Aranesp. ....Participants in the international study were anemic patients undergoing chemotherapy to treat lung cancer. They either received Aranesp at a starting dose of 2.25 micrograms or a placebo once a week for 12 weeks....

Therapy Boosts Chemotherapy Effects

Adding a treatment that makes leukemia cells more sensitive to chemotherapy may increase disease-free survival for those with acute myeloid leukemia (AML).// ....People with AML often suffer relapses of the disease due to small numbers of cancer cells that escape the toxic effects of initial treatment with chemotherapy. Studies conducted in the laboratory show growth factors can increase the sens...

Girls Hit Tanning Booths More Than Boys

White American teenage girls are more likely to use indoor tanning booths than boys and to use them more frequently, says a Case Western Reserve University study.// ....The study found nearly 37 percent of white teenage girls have used an indoor tanning facility at least once, and nearly 30 percent of them reported using a tanning booth three or more times. ....The percentage of girls using tanni...

Need for Hepatitis Booster Questioned

British researchers suggest booster vaccinations for hepatitis A may not really be necessary. Studies done indicate people who receive the HAV vaccine develop immune memory of the virus long after// detectable levels of antibodies to the virus can been measured. ..Hepatitis A is common around the world, with about 1.4 million new cases identified each year. The incidence of the disease is lowest...

Vasopressin Found To Boost Survival In Sudden Cardiac arrest

Each year, more than 600,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest in North America and Europe, usually because of // a heart attack or a heart rhythm disturbance. ..When medical personnel arrive, nearly 70 percent of victims have ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart's main pumping chambers flutter wildly and pump little blood. Less than 20 percent of these patients survive to go home. .....

Exercising To Music Found To Boost Brain Power

Evidence suggests that exercise improves the cognitive performance of people with coronary artery disease say researchers // based on findings from their recent study. ..Researchers studied 33 men and women taking part in a cardiac rehabilitation program after having bypass surgery, angioplasty or other procedures to treat clogged arteries. The volunteers said they felt better emotionally and me...

The Bio-probe –“ Boon to women ?

With the new device called the Bio probe being developed, screening women for cervical cancer could be made lot easier.” // The Bio-probe has to be inserted into the vagina, and the woman herself can do it. The probe remains inserted for 10 seconds while it measures electrical resistance. ..It is so small that women would feel more comfortable using the device than with than taking up the routin...

Fibre Rich Food A Boon For Lowering Cholesterol

A study has revealed that consumption of fruits, vegetables and foods high in fibre can significantly// lower cholesterol levels and eventually lowering the risk of heart disease. ..Western cuisines are not so high in fibre and so the study recommends including more plant foods in the diet. ..10 healthy individuals were taken as the experimental group. Three different diets were administered to e...

Consuming Fish During Pregnancy Boosts Child’s I

Harvard University has revealed that children whose mothers during pregnancy consumed// low-mercury fish couple of times a week were more intelligent than children of those mothers who did not. ....Conversely it also stated that consumption of fish with high mercury content lowered the intelligence score. ....The study tested 135 children and took into account the fish intake of their mothers d...

Vitamin C – Supplementation A Boon For Asthmatics

Increasing vitamin C intake could help people with severe asthma according to a recent study.// This is in support of the relationship between decreased intake of antioxidants such as vitamin C and incidence of asthma. ....A study was conducted to examine the intakes and blood concentrations of antioxidants, including vitamin C, in patients with severe asthma, mild asthma and subjects without ast...

Vitamin Supplements During Pregnancy to Boost Fetal Development

Low birth weight babies are likely to be born to mothers who have low levels of foliate// in their blood according to the reports of a recent study... ..Folate is essential for fetal growth and gene expression. It plays an integral role in helping produce and maintain new cells. It is a B vitamin and found abundant in green leafy vegetables, cereals and liver. .. ..Women are usually prescribed...

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...

Perfect babies boon or a bane?

The manipulation of inheritable genes to enable people to produce more ‘perfect’ children could radically change our attitudes to family relationships and on being human, warns a leading US science organisation. ....Many aspiring parents with inheritable diseases hold out great hope for IGM technology, which offers them the possibility of avoiding passing diseases such as Huntington’s Disease and...

Immune Boost With LHRH To Help Cancer And Transplant Patients

A simple technique to rejuvenate the immune system, to increase its output and enhance response of the T cells has been developed by Australian scientists. This could help cancer and HIV patients fight their disease// better. ..It is also hoped to reduce the risk of rejection in transplant patients. Materialization of the above concept would mean that the donated organ will be better tolerated by...

Researchers Relate Arthritis And Obesity With Baby-Boomers

Researchers had linked the generation of baby boomers (people born between the years 1926 and 1945) with obesity and increased incidence of obesity-related arthritis, than the people from the generation before. //.. ..The study was done by the researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and published in the September issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Researchers for the stu...

BCG vaccine to be boosted to effectively prevent tuberculosis

Tuberculosis remains a major global health threat. One method of reducing the incidence of the disease is to vaccinate the person with the so called BCG vaccine. //....Although more than 3 billion doses of the BCG vaccine have been administered to fight tuberculosis, the ability of the BCG vaccine to protect adults is very limited. This has led us to ponder over the effectiveness of the vaccine i...

Booster dose not required for Hepatitis B Vaccination

Alessandro Remo Zanetti and his colleagues from Institute of Virology, Italy has found that Initial vaccination with Hepatitis B produces the required concentrations of circulating antibodies in the blood of the patients for long periods//. The researchers have found that the circulating antibodies against Hepatitis B vaccination are present in the blood for at least 10 years after vaccination. R...

Strategies To Boost Living Donor Kidney Transplants

There is an insufficient supply of deceased donor kidneys for transplantation. One solution is to increase the number of living donor kidney transplants.// ..A recent paper in the November issue of the journal Urology focuses on the insufficient supply of transplantable kidneys, strategies that have been developed to increase the number of living donor renal transplants, and the results of the a...

A Boon For Gastritis Patients In The Form Of Broccoli

A new study finds that regularly eating broccoli sprouts may help prevent gastric cancer by reducing Helicobacteri pylori (H. pylori) infection, which is known to cause gastritis and is believed to be a major factor in peptic ulcer and stomach cancer. // ....The study, conducted by a Japanese team, found that taking a diet with 100 grams of broccoli sprouts per day resulted in patients with H. py...

Embryonic Genetic Testing Is Boosting IVF Pregnancies

Embryonic genetic testing is boosting the success rate of IVF pregnancies. However, the capacity to screen for non-life threatening illnesses and to create babies with specific tissue types or physical attributes also raises difficult ethical issues//. ..Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, has been available for several years for couples who want to avoid passing on genetic conditions to...

Trauma Research has to be boosted

Trauma doctors feel that research in the field of trauma care are very few compared to other medical research and feels that research in trauma care would help in improving emergency treatments and safety measures which would reduce the amount of deaths caused by accidents//. ..More than 10,000 people die every day, world-wide, and 300,000 people are severely injured daily – mostly from road tr...

Tea Found To Boost Insulin Production And Prevent Cataract

Diabetes is a multifactorial disorder that can lead to a multitude of complications if left untreated. A new research conducted on animal models suggests the possibility of using tea as a form of treatment for the chronic disorder. More specifically, //it has been found to prevent the incidence of cataracts, a significant health problem faced by majority of the diabetics worldwide. .. ..Researche...

Breastfeeding: A Boon For Cealiac Disease

Breast fed infants are better nourished and healthier than those that are not. A new study says that breastfeeding may protect children against gluten intolerance, known as celiac disease”// ....CD, also known as celiac sprue, gluten-sensitive enteropathy, non-tropical sprue, among others, is believed to result from the activation of both a cell-mediated (T-cell) and humoural (B-cell) immune resp...

Khushboo Should ‘Talk about Safe Sex’ and not ‘ Premarital Sex’ Says Miniter

NEW DELHI: The PMK, Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss party was the first to raise the moral objection to actress Khusboo’s comment on premarital sex. // Now he is trying to do a balancing act to diffuse the controversy .. ..Ramadoss told an Indian newspaper: ‘‘We need many more Khushboos to talk about safe sex to the country’s youth. But you cannot propagate sex outside or prior to marriag...

Bio-engineered rice fortified with iron boost women health

A study done at the University of Cornell states that Bio-engineered rice fortified with iron boost women health. It is the first time such a study has been conducted // . ....According to Dr.Haas the Nancy Schlegel Meinig Professor of Maternal and Child Nutrition at Cornell University and the lead author of the study,"Although this sounds like a modest increase, it means that instead of 50 perce...

Caffeine Boosts Memory, Improves Attention Span

New findings presented by Austrian researchers at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago on Friday say that caffeine has the ability to boost short-term memory// since it stimulates the areas in the brain that control this activity. ..Caffeine is normally found in acceptable quantities in coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate. The researchers tested 15 subjec...

Besides keeping you awake for exams coffee boosts memory as well!

There is another feather in the coffee cap proposed by a study by Florian Koppelstatter, University Hospital Innsbruck & colleagues which says that drinking a cup of coffee with 100 mg caffeine can boost short-term memory.// ..The sample and procedure for the study involved 15 healthy men aged 26 to 47. Participants were tested when they consumed 100 mg caffeine and then when they consumed a plac...
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