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Acupuncture May Help Chemotherapy Side Effects

Oriental medical practice of Acupuncture along with commonly used medications may help ease the distressing and disabling side effects of chemotherapy for breast cancer patients, if researchers at National Institute of Health (NIH) are to be believed. .. .. ..According to Dr. Joannieshen MD, MPH, research associate at NIH, electro-acupuncture was more effective in controlling vomiting than just m...

Chemists prepare for face-off with manufacturers

There is new war brewing! Neither in the devastated NewYork of America nor in the Afghanistan! It is right here in the commercial capital of India --- Mumbai. And who are the warring parties? They are the pharmaceutical industry of the country and the RDCA or the Retail & Dispensing Chemists Association. The latter is a member body of over 5,000 retail druggists & chemists spread across the count...

Nobel laureates in chemistry

Three scientists share this year's(2001) Nobel Prize in Chemistry: William S. Knowles, previously at Monsanto Company, St. Louis, Missouri, USA; Ryoji Noyori, Nagoya University, Chikusa, Nagoya, Japan and K. Barry Sharpless, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California, USA. They were awarded the Prize for their development of catalytic asymmetric synthesis. The Laureates have developed c...

Chemical in Gila monster's saliva yields Alzheimer drug

Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disease that usually begins gradually, causing a person to forget recent events or familiar tasks. The disease eventually leads// to confusion, personality and behavior changes and impaired judgment. Communication becomes more difficult as the disease progresses, leaving those affected struggling to find words, finish thoughts or follow directions. Eventually,...

Chemotherapy Pill Has Fewer Side Effects Than IV

A chemotherapy pill is as effective for treating advanced colorectal cancer as intravenous treatment with a similar drug...Patients taking the pill capecitabine survived just as long as those on standard chemotherapy, but the pill caused fewer side effects.// Capecitabine is the oral form of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), the chemotherapy regimen most commonly used to treat advanced colorectal cancer. .....

Chemists Discover Cation Considered Too Unstable To Exist

Organic chemistry textbooks will need to be revised to recognize a chemical species that chemists have discovered. The species - pentamethylcyclopentadienyl cation (a positively charged ion) - was thought not to exist for long because theory said it was unstable. // ...."I’ve said this molecule is unstable and doesn’t exist dozens of times in organic chemistry class, but, as it turns out, the mol...

Gossypol helps in chemotherapy of neck and head cancer.

Gossypol, a compound present in cottonseed has been found be increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy// for neck and head cancer patients. This could prove beneficial in cancer treatment and help patients worldwide... ..Shaomeng Wang, Ph.D., co-director of the Molecular Therapeutics Program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Centre, discovered gossypol, a compound derived from a component of Chine...

President Bush proposes HSAs scheme for the benefit of both the workers and the country

President Bush in his State of the Union address encouraged Americans to open health savings accounts (HSAs). He said that it would help to fight the nation's out-of-control medical costs. It was // well received by many lawmakers. But the local employers say that HSAs are the means by which the doctors cure the country's health finance ills. ..Gary Laugharn, regional client leader in Houston...

Fewer teeth & Increased Ischemic Stroke risk

A study reveals that people who have periodontal disease and lose a lot of teeth are more likely to have a stroke, but researchers aren't sure about the relationship between fewer teeth and higher// risk of stroke. ..The study which used data on 41,376 men found that men with fewer teeth generally consumed large amounts of alcohol, were physically less active, were older and were more likely to...

Survival rates in breast cancer patients improved with "Dose Dense Chemotherapy"

A study conducted by the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) and presented at the 25th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium assessed the effectiveness of reducing the interval between successive doses of a commonly used chemotherapy regimen to improve survival rates in breast cancer// women. This study was conducted as follow-up of a mathematical model which was developed in the 1980s that...

Response to chemotherapy could be measured by Prostate-Specific Antigen Doubling Time

Researchers from the department of urology in a hospital in Switzerland who investigated whether chemotherapeutic response to hormone-refractory prostate cancer could be measured via changes in prostate-specific antigen (PSA) found that prostate cancer doubling time may be an auxiliary marker of response to chemotherapy// in patients with hormone refractory prostate cancer. ....The study was car...

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...

Chemotherapy Effective for Bladder Cancer

A combination treatment helps patients with bladder cancer live longer, according to a new study. The research shows patients who receive chemotherapy plus surgery //survive longer than patients who only have surgery. Doctors call this an important advance in the treatment of this deadly disease. ....Bladder cancer is the fourth most common cancer in men and the eighth most common cancer in women...

Hope for Chemo-Resistant Leukemia Patients

For patients with chemo-resistant leukemia, a new drug is showing promising results.For the past decade, researchers // have been experimenting with bacteria-based recombinant immunotoxins. An immunotoxin is bioengineered and consists of only the most essential and functional part of the antibodies that are commonly used to fight leukemia. One of those immunotoxins, BL-22, is showing encouraging...

Biochemical Markers Might Help Predict Heart Problems

Damage to the heart is one of the most worrisome long-term side effects of high-dose chemotherapy, say specialists. Hence they feel the // need to identify biochemical markers that might indicate which patients are at greatest risk and how severe their heart disease might be. ..Troponin I is a protein present only in heart cells. TNI blood concentration is a well-established marker of heart musc...

New Method Of Delivering Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy often leaves cancer patients feeling sick and with a number of other side effects. For some people with advanced cancer, the treatment // and all they go through with it may not even get rid of their cancer. Now, doctors are taking a new, more targeted approach to delivering chemotherapy. ..Perfusion therapy is the most aggressive way available to deliver chemotherapy right to the tu...

Drug That Is Found To Reduce Heart Damage from Chemo

A potent chemotherapy that is highly effective in treating the most common form of childhood leukemia can significantly harm the heart. However, new research shows // that adding an experimental drug to the therapy can reduce or even prevent the heart damage without lessening the effect of the chemotherapy. ..Researchers say if long term studies confirm their results, this would be the first stra...

The Benefits Of Chemotherapy For Women With Ovarian Cancer

Researchers have found that chemotherapy improves survival and reduces the risk of recurrence in women with stage I ovarian cancer // (cancer that has not spread beyond the ovary). ..About one quarter of all ovarian cancers are caught while confined to the ovaries, when five-year survival is 85 percent. Most doctors may prefer not to offer chemotherapy for their patients, since eight in 10 patien...

New Compound Could Strengthen The Effect Of Chemotherapy

Researchers say their discovery of a new compound known as SP-4-84 could improve chemotherapy when use in conjunction with // chemotherapy drugs such as cisplatin and camptothecin . ..Study results showed over 48 hours, small amounts of SP-4-84 made camptothecin 75-times more effective. The compound sensitizes cancer cells to chemotherapeutics by blocking the cancer cell's ability to survive the...

Chemical found in plants may be the treatment for leukemia

Research has found out that a chemical called parthenolide is successful in destroying stem cell leukemia. The chemical is found// in a widely available plant of North America, called feverfew. This plant has been used for centuries to treat migraine and rheumatoid arthritis, but this is the first time this is being linked to blood cancer research. ..Past studies have found that malignant stem...

Older Breast Cancer Patients Can Be Effectively Treated With Chemotherapy

A new study suggests older women with breast cancer, who are otherwise in good health, may be dismissed as candidates for treatment // with chemotherapy. Studies in the past have shown that secondary treatment chemotherapy in women with early stage breast cancer significantly improves survival for women in their 50s and 60s, but there is little data among women ages 70 and older. Thus researchers...

Chemicals in clear plastics can cause learning difficulties

In a recent study that came out in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives had brought out the// detrimental effects of clear plastics on human beings. ....Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a chemical founding the clear plastics that are used as food grade materials for making air tight containers, drinking water bottles, even feeding bottles for infants. The scientists from Yale School of Medicine did...

Using herbal remedies with chemotherapy may not be a good idea

Black cohosh, an herb, is often used for treatment of menopausal symptoms. However if this is used in// conjunction with the chemotherapy taken for breast cancer the results may be altered. ....Scientists of Yale School of Medicine in a research report have said that alternative medication or self medication taken by breast cancer patients may alter the way cells respond to chemotherapy. Most of...

Low doses of chemotherapy good for children

Researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, US, have found that low doses of chemotherapy// works equally well for children with cancer, and thus limits the side effects of the therapy as well. ....The researchers had looked into the chemotherapy given to children suffering from Acute Lymphblastic Leukemia (ALL). Patients suffering from for this type of childhood cancer were a...

Harmful chemicals change the genetic response to hormone estrogen

The drug diethylstilbestrol (DES) may lead to different genetic response// to the female hormone estrogen, when exposed to it early in life. ....The drug DES was prescribed to women for prevention of miscarriages, from the year 1938 to 1971. Research says that daughters of women who had used the drug are at increased risk from reproductive tract abnormalities, ectopic pregnancy, pre-term delivery...

Treatment for chemobrain may be possible

Cancer patients may rejoice as researchers have developed a treatment to treat// the condition called “chemobrain” in cancer survivors. ....People who suffer from cancer and had to undergo chemotherapy often find the process of treatment affecting their mental functions and cognitive abilities. This condition is called chemobrain and some common symptoms are inability to concentrate, inability to...

Treating Testicular Cancer With A Single Dose Of Chemotherapy

Researchers now say that a one-day treatment with the anticancer drug carboplatin is as effective// and less toxic than three weeks radiation therapy for a type of testicular cancer, according to results of a recent study... ..For the last 50 years standard care for stage 1 seminoma—a cancer of the testes—has been surgical removal of the cancerous testicle (hemi-castration) followed by three week...

Ginger Found To Reduce Nausea Associated With Chemotherapy

Ginger has been used for thousands of years to prevent or treat nausea, leading researchers// to believe that the plant could also help people with cancer avoid the nausea induced by chemotherapy. ....At present chemotherapy patients take anti-nausea drugs that help them avoid this unpleasant side effect. But for most people, two to five days after receiving chemotherapy, a second wave of nausea...

Chemo may not assist in fighting cancer

According to a study, for post-menopausal women with breast cancer that is affected by estrogen, chemotherapy may offer no benefit and a five-year course after surgery of tamoxifen, which obstructs the hormone, may be the only therapy needed. This finding could mean that some of the thousands of American women// diagnosed each year with breast cancer could avoid the debilitating side effects of t...

AIDS Drug Found To Help Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy

Researchers say they discovered an anti-viral drug that helps reduce the risk of reactivating the hepatitis B virus in women who are being treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer.An estimated 12 percent // of breast cancer patients carry the hepatitis B virus and these patients are at risk of developing HBV reactivation during chemotherapy, which is a well-known complication resulting in vary...

Quitting Smoking Made Easy By Track Of New Chemical

A new study has been designed to help researchers track a tracer chemical, monamine oxidase (MAO), which will help those struggling to quit smoking. This enzyme has been found to play a crucial role in blood pressure and mood regulation // has two subtypes MAO A and B. ....The study showed that levels of MAO B in smokers' peripheral organs - the heart, kidneys, spleen and lungs - were reduced by...

Nanocells cancer combination therapy acts as chemotherapy as well as anti-angiogenic drug

Cancer chemotherapy is not effective in treating cancer efficiently due to its non-specificity and inability to target the cancer cells alone. Due to this non-specificity there is increased // development of drug resistance shown by these cancer cells. ..Normal cells and cancer cells depend on blood supply for sustenance and oxygen. Cutting off blood supply could be one way to kill the cancer ce...

Brain Chemical Identified For Drug Dependent Behavior

Researchers from University of Pennsylvania had identified a brain chemical responsible for some drug seeking behaviors associated with substance abuse. The chemical called orexin is also involved in feeding, arousal and sleep behaviors in human beings. // ..Research showed that the activation of orexin-secreting brain cells in the hypothalamus, a brain region that controls many vital functions...

Toxic chemicals found in domestic products poisoning newborn babies

Recent research study has found that baby in the womb of pregnant women can be damaged by chemicals found in perfumes and household cleaning products. It was also found that these chemicals reach the baby from// the mother through the umbilical cord. The study was conducted in 27 newborn babies and 42 new mothers. The samples were tested for 8 groups of chemicals. All the tested samples were posi...

Block Immune System Chemical For Treating Asthma

It may be possible to treat severe asthma now by blocking a chemical in the immune system. This chemical is present in huge quantity in the immune system of the patients with severe asthma. The study appears in the online edition // of the journal Thorax. ....Around one in 10 asthmatics have the severe form of the disease, which frequently requires progressively higher doses of steroids in a bid...

Chest Pain Can Be Identified By New Tracer Chemical 30 Hours After Pain Relief

Nuclear medicine combines computers, detectors and radioactive substances called radioisotopes to produce images of blood flow and biochemical functions in the heart and other organs//. What makes the procedure so valuable is that it is possible to obtain the required information without disturbing the normal bodily functions. ..Ever since the introduction of nuclear medicine in diagnosis, it ha...

Calls to combat deafness after chemotherapy

The Royal National Institute for Deaf people (RNID) has asked drug companies to find ways of reducing the occurrence of deafness among cancer patients who survive chemotherapy. // ..The Institute is looking mainly at the effects of the anti-tumor agent cisplatin, which has been successfully used to combat a variety of cancers in adults as well as children. Cisplatin is a platinum-based chemothe...

Air pollution found to increase risk of ischemic stroke

It has been established from a study that exposure to polluted air is associated with a significant increase in the incidence// of ischemic stroke that occurs when a blood clot travels to the brain. ..Researchers examined the air quality on a total of 37,000 days in nine separate cities, and found that risk of hospitalization for ischemic stroke was one percent higher on days with relatively high...

Pomegranate Juice Consumption May Improve Myocardial Ischemia

Researchers from California have discovered that daily consumption of pomegranate juice may improve stress-induced myocardial ischemia in patients who have coronary heart disease (CHD). // ..Pomegranate juice is known to contain antioxidants such as soluble polyphenols, tannins, and anthocyanins. ..The researchers, writing in the September issue of The American Journal of Cardiology, investigate...

Cancer Causing Proteins Trigger Abnormal Biochemical Reactions In Cells

These findings were published by chemists at Harvard University, who say that these proteins and the biochemical reactions that they trigger could hold the key to oncogenesis,// the process of formation of cancer in the body. Cancer arises when an oncoprotien, a protein known to cause cancer, is activated and becomes the trigger for the development of cancer, 'We present the hypothesis that an im...
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