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Novel "CYCLOSPORINE CAPSULE FORMULATION" to be launched

Cyclosporine has revolutionised the transplantation scene in the last 20 years by helping with immunosuppresion. Novartis have so far had the patent for the drug and enjoyed the profits. The cost of the medicine is prohibitively expensive.However in the past few years other pharma companies have been allowed to manufacture the drug giving Novartis a competetion. The current tablet size are big an...

Endangered species may be successfully cloned in another animal's womb

Scientists for the first time have found a way for the survival of endangered animal species of the world. ..In a major breakthrough a Massachusetts scientists who engineered the feat has managed to clone cells from an endangered animal (Asian Gaur) and successfully impregnated an Iowa cow with the clone. .. ..The scientific journal Cloning has reported in its upcoming edition that the Iowa cow...

Scientists plan human cloning clinic in the United States

An international group of reproductive scientists plan to launch a human cloning clinic, which will provide cloning services to infertile couples within 18 months, according to a US infertility specialist, Dr. Panayiotis Zavos. ..Dr. Zavos, a biologist at the Univeristy of Kentucky, is not medically qualified but holds a doctorate in reproductive physiology and is an owner and director of two USD...

Half of world's children are passive smokers - damning disclosure from WHO

The world health organisation has come out with a damning disclosure that half the world's children are passive smoke. In a message on "No Tobacco Day 2001," World Health Organization chief Gro Harlem Brundtland said 700 million children were exposed to the health hazard because most governments still allowed smoking in public places. She added that scientists around the world agreed that there w...

Blood clots likely in long travel

A new study has found that the risk of developing a blood clot in the lung - called a pulmonary embolism - increased with the duration of air travel.Like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), pulmonary embolisms are blood clots that are believed to be associated with long-distance travel. ....Frederic Lapostolle and colleagues, from Avicenne Hospital in Bobigny near Paris, studied all cases of pulmonary e...

First human clone is near

Human cloning could effectively create a replica of another living or dead person. Scientists could create the first cloned human before the end of the year. Dr. Panayiotis Zavos, who along with his Italian colleague Dr. Severino Antinori has triggered worldwide alarm with plans to create tailor-made offspring. ....Countries like France and Germany have appealed to the United Nations to get human...

Cyclosporin A Treats Leukemia Complications

Some leukemia patients with common complications of their disease may have a new way to overcome them. New research finds that chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients with anemia or thrombocytopenia can be treated effectively with the drug, cyclosporin A. Anemia is a decrease in red cells in the blood and thrombocytopenia is when the number of platelets in reduced. The latter is the most comm...

The alarm clock in you

Human beings have their own natural alarm clocks which can be set subconsciously just by anticipating the time we want to wake up. Research conducted by scientists at the University of Lubeck in Germany has found that people release hormones before waking which help them to anticipate the "stress" of getting up at different hours. ....Their work has also revealed the importance of the power of...

Organs made from cloned embryos

Using building material from cloned cow embryos, scientists say they have constructed miniature kidneys that appear to function similar to genuine organs. Embryos contain master cells called stem cells that have the potential to grow into any tissue in the body.// In this case, they grew the embryos to the stage where they could identify cells destined to become kidney cells. While it is still un...

FDA Approves New Anti-Clotting Drug

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the approval of Arixtra (fondaparinux sodium) Injection for reducing the risk of blood clots after orthopedic surgery for hip fracture, hip replacement, and knee replacement. Arixtra is the first synthetic anticoagulant indicated for use in these types of surgeries.// ....The formation of clots in the deep veins of the legs is common after these su...

Cloud of smoke over Zyban

Can an anti-smoking drug be injurious to health? Pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), under fire regarding its smoking cessation drug, Zyban, has risen in defence of its non-nicotine oral drug - in the wake of unproven reports in the UK, linking the drug to adverse reactions and deaths. // .. ..Touted to be the world’s most successful smoking cessation drug, Zyban received a high decibel launch i...

Aspirin surpasses Modern Anti-clotting Drugs

Aspirin has been a pain-reliever for more than 100 years. And while most of the popular remedies used in the 19th century have been abandoned, the use of aspirin has increased. This powerful pill will //reduce pain, fever, inflammation, prevent blood clots, and even reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke. ....In the more than 35 years since aspirin's potent anti-clotting effects were first...

Pig cloning for organs

Researchers say they've taken a major step toward cloning pigs whose hearts, lungs and kidneys could be safely transplanted into humans. Such organs would save the lives of thousands of critically ill people who cannot get transplants because of the shortage of human organs.// ....Using the same cloning technique that created the sheep Dolly, scientists say they produced four piglets without one...

Leptin connected to obesity blood clots

According to researchers, increased levels of the hormone leptin may explain why obese people seem to be more at risk of blood clotting// that causes heart attack and strokes.It is well known that being overweight or obese increases the risk of cardiovascular problems.Now researchers at the University of Michigan are one step closer to understanding why. They have turned the spotlight on the role...

Leptin linked to Blood Clots

According to a new research, high levels of a hormone called Leptin, produced by fat cells, could increase the risk for potentially lethal blood clots. Researchers at the University of Hopkins said obese people have a tendency to develop dangerous blood clots, but the relationship between obesity and clotting risk is not well understood.// ....To find the reason, scientists led by Dr. Daniel T. E...

Clotting Protein plays a role in nerve repair

According to a new study, fibrin, a protein that helps form blood clots, may also be involved in regulating the repair of nerve damage. The discovery could lead to new strategies for repairing diseases of the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis, although the research is still on the basic science level.// ....In multiple sclerosis, the slow destruction of myelin--the thin, protective coat...

A closer look at Vitamins

New research shows vitamins may not play a role in preventing death from cardiovascular disease. Past research has led investigators to believe vitamin intake could prevent cardiovascular disease, but results of these trials have not been conclusive.// Researchers from University Hospital in Switzerland and University of Miami School of Medicine in Florida conducted a study to determine if vitami...

Monoclonal Anti-Body To Revolutionize Brain Cancer Treatment

The use of monoclonal anti-body (mAb) L2G7 could revolutionize treatment of Glioma, the most common type of primary brain tumor. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the only available treatment options for this type of cancer. // However, there is a significant risk of physical inability and cognitive impairment associated with these treatment forms. The results of the study can be found in...

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...

Treatment over a longer period for blood clotting

Venous thromboembolism is a condition which causes clotting in the veins. Typical therapy for venous thromboembolism includes a five- to 10-day course of heparin followed by three to 12 months of the oral drug warfarin. However, the problem with this treatment is that once the patient goes off warfarin, venous thromboembolism recurs. While recurrence rates of this problem are reduced if the patie...

Breaking up Dangerous Clots

Dangerous blood clots that often develop after hip surgery can be reduced by 96 percent when patients receive about a month’s worth of treatment with a new type of blood thinner. ..That’s the major finding from a new study published in this month’s Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers from Sweden studied about 650 patients who were undergoing surgery for a hip fracture. About half received...

Drug Reduces Risk of Clogged Arteries, Veins

The blood-thinning drug fondaparinux (Arixta) nearly halves the risk of potentially deadly deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism in people hospitalized with congestive heart failure, chronic respiratory disease and other conditions that increase the risk of these conditions, claims a new study. ....People treated with the drug were 47 percent less likely to suffer venous thromboembolism (a...

Oncologists Overlook Clot Risk

Cancer patients who receive treatment have a greater risk of developing blood clots, but a new study shows many doctors are not taking the necessary steps to prevent the clots from forming.// ..Researchers in England, surveyed more than 100 oncologists to determine if the doctors were aware of the risk of blood clots and to evaluate preventative measures used by the physicians. About 40 percent...

Rat joins list of cloned animals

Cloning will aid in the development of genetically modified rat models of greater predictability and quality. ..Scientific results obtained from these models will contribute to the development of innovative therapeutics for major pathologies such as cardiovascular diseases, //cancers, obesity, diabetes and neurological disorders. ..Rats and mice used in labs are inbred or genetically engineered...

Easier Treatment for Blood Clot

A pulmonary embolism is a fairly common condition that can be fatal. It is defined as an obstruction of a blood vessel in the lungs, usually due to a blood clot, //which blocks a coronary artery. While treatment is not always successful for a pulmonary embolism, a new study shows a new treatment is just as effective and easier to administer to patients than the current treatment. ....According to...

Extended Therapy for Blood Clots

An oral drug given after a standard six-month treatment could help prevent future blood clots in patients, according to new research.// ....Venous thromboembolism (VTE) affects approximately 2 million Americans each year. VTE includes deep vein thrombosis (blood clots common in the thigh and back) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots common in the lung). Despite progress in diagnosis and treatment...

Blood Clots Could Be Very Fatal

Deep vein thrombosis( DVT ) is a blood clot that develops deep in the vein. It can be fatal when the clot moves to the lung. // ..People who require prolonged bed rest are vulnerable because of their lack of movement and blood circulation ,especially patients in intensive care and patient on catheters are at a serious risk for DVT. Recent studies have shown that in critically ill patients , a sm...

Cancer Patients At A Greater Risk Of Developing Blood Clots

According to a recent study researchers say cancer patients who receive treatment have a greater risk of developing blood clots, // but a new study shows many doctors are not taking the necessary steps to prevent the clots from forming. ..Researchers surveyed more than 100 oncologists to determine if the doctors were aware of the risk of blood clots and to evaluate preventative measures used by t...

Cancer Patients Prone To Developing Blood Clots

Cancer patients who receive treatment might have a greater risk of developing blood clots say researchers, // however a new study shows many doctors are not taking the necessary steps to prevent the clots from forming. ..Researchers surveyed more than 100 oncologists to determine if the doctors were aware of the risk of blood clots and to evaluate preventative measures used by the physicians. Abo...

Clothes may provide better protection against sun-related skin problems in children

In a study done by German researchers, it was found that children who were adequately covered in clothing// while [playing in the beach or outdoors suffer less chance of having melanocytic nevi or skin moles. The number of melanocytic nevi a person has determines the risk factor for developing cutaneous melanoma or skin cancer. ....In the study that covered 1812 children in the age of 7 to 12 yrs...

Combination of Clopidogrel-aspirin is better for preventing stroke than only aspirin

In reducing blood clots, the combination of Clopidogrel and aspirin is more effective than only aspirin//... ....The results were declared after 107 participants across four countries of the Europe were given the combination medication or only aspirin. Each of the participants of the study had had a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). All the patients have at least 50% narrower carotid art...

Cloning of human embryos for stem cells made possible

Korean scientists have been able to clone human embryos for creating stem cells that may be used to help //patients with diseases or injury. The newly created stem cell lines are an exact match with the patients’ DNA and immune systems. ... ....This research have provided new insight into using stem cells cloned from the persons to use it on them as a treatemnt. This is for the first time human e...

Asthma risk increases for children living close to busy roads

It may not be good news for parents of children who live beside busy roads. Scientists of University //of Southern California have found a link between increased risks of asthma with children living off busy roads. ..The researchers have studied over 5000 children between 5 and 6 years who reside near the major roads in cities. Over 50% of the children who lived with 75 meters of a busy roads hav...

Metabolic problems related to clogged arteries

Researchers have established the first direct association of faulty metabolism with clogged arteries// and blood pressure, drawing parallels from an animal study. ....Atherosclerosis or clogged arteries happens in the process where fatty substances, cholesterol, cellular waste products, calcium etc are deposited on the inner lining of the arteries. This build up is called plaque. Plaques can redu...

Childhood leukemia linked to residence close to high voltage power lines

In a research done by researchers of University of Oxford, UK, incidence// of childhood leukemia had been linked to proximity of residence to high voltage power lines. ....Researchers had looked into the cases of 29081 children with cancer, of which 9700 children had leukemia. These medical records were matched for age, sex and place of residence for controls. ....The results of the study indicat...

Differing reactions to anti clotting drugs may be due to genetic variation.

People who take anti clotting drugs like warfarin may react differently to the drug because of their genetic makeup.// ....A sizable population of the world takes anti clotting medications in the event of heart attacks, stroke or major surgery to check harmful clotting of blood. However the difference in the reactions to the drugs have foxed the physicians for long and made it difficult to standa...

High-Dosage of Epirubicin and Cyclophosphamide may cause AML

Adjuvant chemotherapy with epirubicin and cyclophosphamide for early breast cancer// patients increased the risk of Acute myeloid leukemia or Myelodysplastic syndrome. ....Recent study published in Journal of clinical oncology reports that early breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy with higher than standard cumulative doses of epirubicin and cyclophosphamide have an increased risk of de...

The Benefits of abciximab with clopidogrel for percutaneous coronary intervention Questioned

Primary findings from the Intracoronary Stenting and Antithrombotic Regimen-Rapid// Early Action for Coronary Treatment Trial (ISAR-REACT) has indicated that abciximab use in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) after pretreatment with 600 mg clopidogrel for less than 2 hours offered no clinically measurable benefit at 30 days. .. ..The trial included 2159 patients undergo...

Gum disease may be caused by blood clotting gene

Researchers at the State University of New York at the Buffalo School of Dental Medicine have found out that variation in the gene for fibrinogen, a protein useful in blood clotting may increase the risk of severe gum disease. ..Compared to people with healthy gums, those with gum disease carry certain gene variations linked to high levels of fibrinogen, according to the study. .......

DNA and clones

American researchers have revealed the first clues to the high failure rate of cloning and gene therapy - the concentration of genes at the core of the nucleus.The discovery, announced at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, shows that DNA has an internal structure that scientists were previously unaware existed. It also provides clues to ho...
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