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South Africa Wins landmark case against pharmaceutical giants

South Africa has scored a landmark legal victory over pharmaceutical giants wanting to stop South Africa from importing cheap AIDS drugs. The country with largest number of AIDS patients in the world now wants to secure affordable drugs from around the world to tackle its AIDS epidemic. ..The Health Ministry of South Africa, published 70 pages of draft legislation that would allow it to shop aro...

New HIV cases resist drugs

About 40,000 people are infected with HIV every year in the US, with half the cases in people under 25. More than three-quarters of all U.S. patients with the AIDS virus have an infection that resists one or more of the drugs used to treat it. // Drug-resistant HIV had spread faster and the lifesaving cocktails of drugs that help many patients lead normal lives were becoming increasingly limited...

Metastasis of Neuroblastoma linked to Loss Of Caspase-8 gene

The caspase-8 gene prevents the metastasis of the neuroblastoma. This research was conducted at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the University of California// at San Diego (UCSD). ..Cancer cells that have broken itself from the main primary tumor have lost the function of this gene. Hence it is clear that caspase-8 gene is responsible for inhibiting metastasis. ..Neuroblastoma is addr...

Gujarat Records Fall In AIDS Cases

The Indian State of Gujarat has registered a fall in the number of AIDS patients. The decline has been to 3.6% in 2004 from 4.48% in 2003.// Where the low risk group is concerned, it declined to 0.13% in 2004 from 0.38% in 2003. The 2005 figures are expected to be even lower. ....Says Laxman Malodia of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation-run AIDS Control Society: "We have 5,636 HIV positive cas...

Sepsis treatment functions best in difficult cases

According to a new analysis suggests that anti-inflammatory agents work best in cases of sepsis which are life-threatening. Sepsis is a condition of overwhelming infection, in which bacteria invade the blood stream.// It is potentially fatal, because it carries the risk of multiple organ failure. In fact, sepsis claims many lives in the intensive care unit, because patients here are very vulnera...

China reports declining number of SARS Cases

China reported eight new SARS cases Monday, the smallest number of new cases since the Beijing government began publishing daily reports on the spread of the SARS epidemic last month. Two additional deaths also were recorded today in Beijing and Inner Mongolia, bringing China's death toll from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome to 317. China's total of confirmed SARS cases now stands at 5,316. .....

Probable cases of SARS- A Countrywise breakdown

The number of cases of a new form of deadly pneumonia is on the rise especially in China, Hong Kong and Canada, The SARS virus was first detected in South China Asia and is now spreading across the world. As per reports from the World Health Organization the follwing cases of SARS that have led to fatality.These are the most up-to-date details as of May 23:// .. ..Total number of probable cases:...

Russia Reports First SARS Case

Russia reported its first case of SARS on its border with hard-hit China. ....The first confirmed case of SARS in Russia, a man living in Blagoveshchensk on the Amur river, which forms the frontier with China, came as Chinese President Hu Jintao tried to persuade the world his country could contain the disease...Hu told students in Moscow, at the start of a four-nation tour, that China had introd...

Study casts doubt on keyboard ills

Using a computer does not appear to pose a severe occupational hazard for developing the wrist and hand ailment known as carpal tunnel syndrome, according to a Danish study published Tuesday...The finding was based on a survey of nearly 7,000 workers at 3,500 locations who were questioned initially on symptoms and 5,568 of the group who were assessed a year later. .. This study found a prev...

Diabetes cases could double in developing countries in next 30 years

The number of cases of diabetes in developing countries is likely to increase more than two-fold in the next 30 years, from 115 million in 2000 to 284 //million in 2030. WHO has marked World Diabetes Day, 14 November, 2003, with a commitment to increase its efforts to reduce the impact of diabetes and its complications, particularly among low- and middle-income communities, in collaboration with...

The Human Mad Cow Case

The disease ,linked to eating infected beef was first reported in the United Kingdom in 1996 and since there is no known cure for the degenerative, fatal brain disorder.// ..Charlene is the only person living in the United States with the human form of mad cow disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors at the CDC said they are sure Charlene caught the disease w...

Doubts Cast On Benefits Of Vitamin E

Studies on vitamin E seemed to suggest that supplementing the diet with vitamin E helps in preventing cancer and heart problems. //Recently, a study published In Journal Of American Medical association, says the reality of taking vitamin E supplements may be something very different. ..The researchers had studied patients with cardiovascular diseases through Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation...

A case for euthanasia

My daughter 'Terri Schiavo, is in the building behind me, starving to death, " Mark Schindler said. " We laugh // together, we cry together, we smile together, and we talk together. She is my life..................” said the mother of Terri in the court. ....Members of the US Congress said on Saturday that they have agreed on a compromise, bi partisan bill aimed at saving the life of Terri Schia...

Case for dietary pattern and pancreatic cancer

In a study trying to find out the relationship between dietary pattern and pancreatic cancer, scientists// had conducted observations of 585 confirmed cases of pancreatic cancer and 4779 healthy people in Canada. ....The cancer that starts in the pancreas is pancreatic cancer and it spreads through the lymphatic system of the body. Till date only certain factors like smoking etc had been known t...

Scientists reveal the secrets of sarcasm

In a research findings reported in the journal Neuropsychology// researchers have explained how the brain works at being able to understand sarcasm. ....The study made by scientists from Israel, had experimented with the ability to understand sarcasm by giving their study participants stories dealing with sarcasm and normal dialogues. The study participation consisted of 25 participants with pref...

Jharkhand reports 13,000 Malaria cases

Jharkhand has recorded a sudden increase in malaria cases with the onset of the monsoons, with a survey// detecting 13,000 people affected by the disease. ....A drive launched by the state health department to ascertain the number of malaria cases detected 13,000 people suffering from the disease after testing 100,000 blood samples. ....According to a health department official, the blood sampl...

Ayurvedic Therapies Cashing In On Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is a growing business in Asia. Foreigners often come to this side of the content //to get therapies and treatment, which would be extremely expensive in their own countries. ..More and more Globetrotters are making a beeline for the state of Kerala in India during the monsoons. Why you may ask? Well it’s believed strongly that the best time to undergo natural Ayurveda healing ther...

Dengue in Delhi – 26 Cases reported and 3 dea

Delhi, Aug 26 Dengue after affecting Calcutta has arrived in Delhi and three deaths have been reported with 26 people affected in the last two weeks. //.. ..In 2003 there were more than 30 people who died and around 1,000 cases of dengue were reported. .. ..N.K. Yadav, deputy health officer, Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), claims that the situation is under control. They have hired 1,055 m...

Dengue Epidemic in West Bengal: Over 1000 New Cases and 15 dead

Kolkata (6th Sept 2005): In an alarming announcement the Health Minister of West Bengal Mr.Surya Kanta Mishra officially declared that West Bengal was facing a Dengue epidemic and the numbers of cases detected were increasing in comparison to last year.// ....Mishra also said that other than dengue, malaria, typhoid, viral fever and encephalitis were also afflicting the people, especially in K...

Nurse wins her case over use of Herceptin for her Breast cancer

Barbara Clark, a former nurse who has been denied Herceptin earlier has won her case so that she can have Herceptin drug for her breast cancer treatment. .. ..Herceptin is a drug mostly used for resistant tumors, // patients who are positive for Her-2/neu genes are prescribed the drug, as Barbara Clark only had a early stage cancer which was diagnosed at the start of this year, the doctors denied...

First Bird flu case reported in Turkey

The Turkish Farm Minister reported the CNN that first case of bird flu has been reported in Turkey. The first case of bird flu in Europe has been reported from farm in Balikesir province near the Aegean Sea in Western Turkey//. Following the news of bird flu all farm animals and birds are being slaughtered in order to prevent the spread of the disease and possible transmission to humans. Though,...

Lesions in the eyes may forecast a stroke

The eyes are, since ages, regarded as a mirror of the inner self. However, according to a new study, eyes may now predict the likelihood of a stroke and stroke-related death. // ....The study, published in the October issue of Neurology, describes a novel simple, non-invasive diagnostic tool using the eyes to determine whether people have a higher risk of suffering from a stroke. According to th...

HIV Cases Steadily Increasing In China With The Toll Over 1.26 Lakh

The spread of the deadly HIV/AIDS is accelerating in China with 126,808 people infected with the virus, including 28,789 confirmed AIDS patients, according to latest health reports//. Experts estimate that China now has 840,000 people infected with HIV including 80,000 AIDS patients. ..This is considerably higher than the figures reported last year with the figures rising to over a margin of 19,8...

Plump Infants Getting Obese Later In Life In More Cases

..Large infants, and those who grow rapidly during the first two years of life, are at increased risk of obesity in childhood and adulthood, a study reveals. ..There is an urgent need to tackle rising levels of obesity in the population. However it is not clear how early in life prevention could begin. This study examines the relation between infant size and growth and later obesity. ..Researche...

India Has No Case Of Avian Flu Says Health Minister

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss reassured the nation that at present there was no threat of avian flu// in the country. He also admitted that India lacked the drug Tamiflu to battle the disease. ..'We have been reviewing the situation over the last 15 months every fortnight and there are no cases of bird flu in the country,' Ramadoss said. ..'There is no case of human to human transmission o...

Only 30 Polio Cases Reported In India

The Country will soon be free of polio. Only 30 cases have been reported till mid September this year according to a press release by government of India.// ....In the whole of 2004, there were only 134 cases. The Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss is expected to announce by the end of this year or early next year that India is polio free. ......Among the 30 cases, 16...

Human Bird Flu Cases Total 130: WHO

With laboratory confirmations of new bird flu cases in China and Indonesia, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that on November 17, 130 humans had been stricken with the H5N1 // avian influenza virus that has resulted in the death or destruction of more than 150 million birds. ..More than half the people infected – 67 – have died from the disease. ..WHO affirms the announcement from Bei...

Three More Bird Flu Cases Reported By China

China has reported three more cases of bird flu, even as the government has given approval to clinical trials of a human vaccine against the virus.// ..The latest outbreaks of the deadly H5N1 strain of the flu were in the far-western region of Xinjiang, the southwestern province of Yunnan and the northwestern region of Ningxia, the agriculture ministry said on its website... ..About 2,500 birds d...

AIDS Cases On The Rise In West Bengal

There is an alarming increase in the HIV/AIDS cases in India’s West Bengal State with 0.5% of its population belonging to the age group// of 15 years and 49 years carrying the virus, according to sources from the West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (WBSACS). This figure is considered to be extremely high. ..The 2001 census figure put the total population of West Bengal at 80 mil...

WBSACS Says Number Of AIDS Cases On The Rise

The State of West Bengal in India is witnessing an alarming increase in the number of HIV/AIDS cases. The State has a total of 3,500 AIDS //cases, while the number of HIV cases has gone beyond 8,500. The percentage of increase registered in HIV cases in 2004 was at 0.5%, in the State, while it was only at 0.39% in 2003, according to West Bengal State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (WBSACS) s...

Man Acquitted In Rape Case Due To Parasomnia (sleep disorder)

Canadian Men acquitted of a rape charge as he was suffering from Parasomnia, but the victim is not happy with the victim and is going to have her case against him in Canadian Supreme court. Jan Luedecke was said to have sex // with a woman after a party when they were both in a drunken state in the same sofa. ..Jan Luedecke argued that he was not aware or could remember of the act. Parasomnia is...

Breast cancer patient lost her case

Deborah Carney a breast cancer patient has to pay thousands of dollars as a compensation to her doctor as the jury rejected her case against the doctor//. Doctor Robert Newton is the family doctor of Deborah Carney against whom she had put a case for negligent treatment as they feel that the doctor missed an early breast cancer diagnosis. Carney had put a case against Dr. Newton for a compensatio...

Another Bird Flu Case Confirmed In China

A fourth human case of bird flu infection has been confirmed by the Ministry of Health of China in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region’s Ziyuan County//. The Ministry revealed that the patient is a 10-year-old girl student surnamed Tang, who has been ill with fever and pneumonia since 23 November 2005. ....The girl has tested positive for the H5N1 virus by the China Disease Prevention and Contro...

Fifth case of bird flu in China confirmed

A 31-year-old Chinese woman farmer has been diagnosed with the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, the ministry of health said Thursday night//. ..This case, from the north-eastern Liaoning province, is China’s fifth confirmed case of bird flu in the last two months. ..She tested negative for laboratory tests before December 5 but on that day, experts from the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and...

Romania suspects 5 new bird flu cases

Romania has detected on Sunday five new suspected cases of avian flu in domestic birds in Buzau county west of the Danube delta, where the deadly virus was first isolated in October.// ....Romanian officials said tests on samples taken from dead poultry in a village of Padina showed presence of bird flu. ....Four outbreaks have been confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. ....Avian fl...

Pakistan On Alert After Cases Of Fatal Fever

Islamabad and Rawalpindi in Pakistan are on high alert following two suspected cases of the deadly Crimean Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF).// ....While a woman died of suspected CCHF at the Rawalpindi General Hospital (RGH) Sunday evening, another suspected case was admitted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) here. ....Health authorities early Monday put all the hospitals in the...

New device to help spinal cord injury cases walk

A new device developed at the University of Toronto stimulates the muscles of patients with spinal cord injuries, helping to increase the walking function in those with no hope of walking.// ..The university researchers have found that functional electrical stimulation (FES), a process that sends controlled bursts of electricity through the skin and into muscles, can help patients enhance their...

Number Of Dementia Cases To Rise Drastically

The number of people afflicted with the Alzheimer's disease is expected to rise due to changing lifestyles, greater longevity and the population explosion in developing nations. //As of 2005, 24 million people suffer from dementia which is connected to cardiovascular disease, and old age, and by the year 2020, this figure is expected to rise to 42 million, and to 81 million by the year 2040. .....

China Reports Yet Another Bird Flu Case

A sixth case of human bird flu has been confirmed by China's Ministry of Health amid confirmation of a new outbreak of flu among poultry. The patient, a 35-year-old in Jiangxi Province, east China, //fell ill on 4 December 2005 with fever and symptoms of pneumonia. ..The China Disease Prevention and Control Center tested samples to determine the presence of the virulent H5N1 bird flu virus. The...

Community hospitals inundated with Psychiatric care cases (12%)

Public health hospitals are flooded with patients with psychiatric disorders. The number of patients attending the public hospitals has increased by 12% in the past 4 years. ..This shows us that people are in need of psychiatric // health facilities. ..According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare statistics the number of patients attending to specialized psychiatric hospitals de...
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