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Recommendations for Treatment of Blood Pressue

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the National High Blood Pressure Education Program (NHBPEP),USA, have come out with recommendations to treat Hypertension.....Control of systolic blood pressure is as important as control of Diastolic blood pressure. This is a crucial message for health care providers, patients, and their families. For many years, the importance of lowerin...

Developmental, neurologic problems common in extremely preterm infants

Extremely preterm infants born before 25 weeks' gestation often ..have severe neurologic and developmental disabilities, researchers report in the August 10th issue of The New England..Journal of Medicine.The EPICure Study Group identified 308 ..children born at the gestational age of 25 weeks or earlier in the UK and Ireland. Of these, 283 were assessed for neurologic function ..Based on their l...

Consensus on "Combination Therapy" for Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is the commonest cancer among women in the world. There has been some on going controversy on certain aspects of treatment modalities of this cancer. Besides surgery there are other options to treat the cancer including radiation, chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. Now at a three-day conference at the National Institutes of Health doctors have agreed to a consensus on the combinati...

Kissing can cause Kaposi’s Sarcoma in AID

Kisssing may be responsible for a form of the herpes virus that causes an AIDS-related skin cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma... ..Kaposi’s sarcoma causes purple skin blotches and can also attack the internal organs. The virus rarely causes sickness among people with normal disease defenses but attacks those with weakened immune system as in AIDS. .. ..The virus known as herpes virus 8 was discovere...

International community warns India on HIV situation

The International Community has warned India that it is time to treat the HIV situation as a national emergency. Experts attending the Peoples Health Assembly at Dhaka, Bangladesh , have cautioned India not to be complacent about the looming HIV crisis in the country. Rebuffing the optimistic statement of Union Health Minister, Dr.C.P.Takhur, the experts said if corrective measures are not taken...

And now live birth on the internet.com?

A hospital in Singapore has given birth to a new idea. Anxious parents and relatives can actually see their little ones at the hospital on the net. And this comes with live audio and video feed. Imagine being busy at your office and still being able to see your kid at the hospital bed at the same time! Sounds cool? ..Singapore’s Thomson medical center website gives parents passwords that can be e...

Now AIDS treatment comes dirt-cheap

.. This development brings to a head a series of developments in a year that has seen people all over the w...

India to benefit from pharma companies' move

The decision by 39 pharmaceutical companies to drop a historic case in South Africa has far-reaching consequences for India and other developing countries, according to leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). ..The 39 companies had challenged a South African government order that legalized use and import of generic medicines free from patents. The pharmaceutical companies, which include so...

Antidepressants come in handy for patients on treatment for hepatitis, cancers and multiple sclerosis

The sad part in the treatment of certain cancers, hepatitis and multiple sclerosis with interferon therapy is that while the treatment can extent life, it can seriously spoil its quality. Alpha interferon a drug used to fight these diseases can cause crippling depression. ..A new research now shows that the use of an antidepressant before starting the treatment can avoid this problem. Almost 50...

Exclusive breast-feeding advised for six months in infants recommends World Health Organization

A resolution put forward by Brazil, at the annual assembly of the world health organization is to be accepted advising exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months in all infants. The resolution was passed at the committee stage on Wednesday after 2 hours of debate where many national delegates and members of charitable organizations argued vehemently for breast-feeding. ..Nestle, a maker o...

Virus Combats Brain Tumour

Malignant glioma is an aggressive kind of brain tumour that does respond to treatment. Reseachers have now come out with a partial solution and answer for such a catastrophe. It was found that Reo virus, a common inhabitant of gastrointestinal tract and respiratory tract, not known to cause any harmholds promise as a treatment for this deadly form of brain cancer. ..Dr.Peter A Forsyth, of the Tom...

Antifever drug betters stroke outcome

Over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer Paracetamol, whose active ingredient is Acetaminophen is found effective in the prognosis of the stroke. The fever-reducer acetaminophen lowers body temperature in people who have had a stroke, according to a new study conducted in The Netherlands. ..Rise in the body temperature during the first few days, though small enough that they hardly manife...

Iron supplementation for a common side effect

Hypertensive drugs in general have a common side effect- cough. Iron supplementation cures the annoying cough that often plagues people on a widely-used blood pressure medication. .... The angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are often used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and other cardiac conditions. But up to 40% of people on ACE inhibitors are troubled by a cough. The sid...

Doctor samples come under the ambit of advertisement

The supreme court of India has declared that distribution of physician's sample by pharmaceutical companies to the medical profession is in nature of advertisement expenditure falling within restrictive provisions of sub section (3A) of section 37 of Income Tax Act. .. The nature of the advertisement or publicity depends upon the nature and quality of the article in question. The public w...

Coronary stent leads to complications

It is believed that the rate of clot formation inside a coronary stent is three times higher than the previous procedures. Now a days, the majority of angioplasties involve placement of a stent - a tiny metal device, inside the coronary artery to keep it open. But the very act of placing a stent in the artery irritates the vessel walls and may promote formation of a clot - ironically, the actual...

Babies of the deaf communicate

Healthy, hearing babies born to deaf parents and exposed mainly to sign language use their hands to silently ``babble,'' indicating that babbling serves as an important precursor to learning a language. .... Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, a professor in the departments of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Education at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire believes, that this must be the key that l...

Doctors not to accept gifts from drug companies

The American Medical Association(AMA) is spending a lot of drug-company money to tell doctors not to accept large gifts from drug companies. The AMA says it makes sense to involve the industry in a campaign that's also designed to inform drug makers about what is considered unethical behavior. // ....At issue are the myriad freebies, ranging from pens and notepads to free dinners and trips, tha...

A rare complication of bowel disease

An unusual link between ulcerative colitis and upper airway inflammation have been found by researchers.Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease - often known together as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) - involves inflammation of the lower gastrointestinal tract. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have now revealed a hitherto unexpected complication of IBD.// ....Two patients with ulcerative colitis...

The bad combination

People who drink and smoke have to drink more to feel drunk than non-smoking drinkers – placing them at greater risk of damage to their brains, livers and hearts, a new study suggests. ....The study shows nicotine substantially reduces blood alcohol levels in rats, which are considered a good model for humans.Since alcohol abusers generally "drink to effect", they will end up drinking more alcoh...

Lemon tea combats cancer

Drinking hot tea with lemon peel could protect the body against skin cancer, US scientists say. ..The researchers studied 470 people, half of whom had suffered a particular type of skin cancer, and querried them about their tea-drinking habits.// ....They found that those who developed skin cancer drank significantly less hot tea.Lemon peel in the tea was found to have more than a 70% reduced ri...

Mammography aided by computer

American doctors are using a computer to do a double check on mammograms.Women are encouraged to have regular mammogram tests to check for early breast cancer, the decision on diagnosis should be accurate. Researchers at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Centre are now using computer-aided detection (CAD) to help analyse lesions that a first exam cannot diagnose.// ....The radiologist makes th...

Complementary and Alternative medicine

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have looked at the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in over 2000 people. They find that the use of 20 therapies - from acupuncture to yoga - has increased in popularity since the 1960s. A new survey reveals that complementary and alternative medicine has always been popular, although the type of therapies used has changed over the years. /...

Medicis Pharmaceutical company enters pediatric market

Medicis is the leading independent pharmaceutical company in the United States focusing primarily on the treatment of dermatological conditions. Based in Wilmington, Mass., Ascent is a pharmaceutical company primarily dedicated to the specialty of pediatrics. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation and Ascent Pediatrics, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement un...

E. coli strains resistant to a common antibiotic

Food contaminated with a strain of drug-resistant E. coli has emerged as a possible new source of urinary tract infections. E. coli is a normal inhabitant of the digestive tract that can cause both intestinal upsets and urinary infections. But while E. coli from bad food is a frequent cause of diarrhoea and other digestive miseries, urinary tract infections were thought until now to result mostly...

Gastrointestinal ills more common in diabetics

People with diabetes often have gastrointestinal symptoms such as incontinence and nausea, according to a report. But the frequent stomach and intestinal troubles may be a result of poor control of blood sugar rather than a side effect of diabetes medications, researchers suggest. Gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation have been thought...

Toxic effects common with AIDS treatments

High levels of toxic effects associated with antiretroviral treatment for HIV have been recorded and quantified by a group of Swiss researchers in a study published this week in The Lancet. If efficacy levels of drug combinations are similar, treatment choice will depend on the toxic effects of the drugs. Therefore, the data may be useful as a reference for future analyses of adverse effects of d...

Health Officials Recommend Flu Vaccine

In the past, they could be signs of flu. These days, people fear the symptoms could mean anthrax. That is one reason they are willing to wait in hours-long lines to get a shot of influenza vaccine this year: They want to avoid both the flu and anthrax panic. "We're getting a tremendous amount of calls and a tremendous response'' to flu vaccination clinics, said Cindy Schulte of the Schenectady Co...

Common contraception

A unique protein that only occurs in sperm could be the key to a new contraceptive for both men and women.The protein, named CatSper, is an ion channel protein that controls the flow of calcium into sperm tails. Calcium is crucial in enabling sperm to swim, so a drug designed to block the channel would immobilise sperm and prevent fertilisation. ....The discovery is reported in this week's Nature...

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...

Comparison between warfarin and aspirin

According to a new study, it shows that warfarin and aspirin are equally effective in stroke prevention in the majority of patients at risk. Aspirin prevents blood clotting by stopping platelets from clumping together, while warfarin acts on the levels of blood clotting proteins. So both are known to help prevent blood clots in the brain that lead to strokes. Till date, it has been thought that w...

Overweight children Don't Necessarily Become overweight adults

The idea that children who are overweight will grow up to be overweight adults isn't especially accurate. Many studies have found that body mass index in childhood is very often reflected in body mass index in adulthood. People who were thinnest as children and fattest as adults tended to have the highest adult risk of disease. ....The study looked at the health records of 1,142 children. Two-th...

TV drug commercials prompt prescriptions

Television commercials for drugs to treat everything from heartburn to impotence have prompted one in eight viewers to get a prescription. But many viewers fail to retain critical information about the drug and possible side effects. TV commercials for prescription drugs have become commonplace since the Food and Drug Administration set up rules and made them legal. // .. ..The pervasive drug a...

Drooping eyelids more common in men

Men are more likely than women to suffer eyelid droop as they age, scientists have discovered. ..The researchers, from the Rotterdam Eye Hospital, took side and front view photographs// of the eyes of 256 people between the ages of 12 and 88. ....They found that after the age of 35, the lower eyelid started to sag, the effect of which was twice as great in men as women. Sagging is caused by the...

Cinnamon combats Diabetes

Scientists report that an extract of cinnamon could offer some protection against adult-onset diabetes...An expert behind the trials has even issued the recommendation that people could benefit now by adding the spice to their food.// ....Adult-onset, or type II diabetes is far more prevalent than insulin-dependent diabetes, which normally begins earlier in life and requires a regimen of blood t...

Unnatural death common in mentally ill

Mental illness has an increased risk of death by homicide, suicide or accident. On an average mental health problems like depression or schizophrenia are related to higher rates of suicide.// What's not been clear is whether mental illness also increases the risk of other causes of unnatural death. ..Researchers at the University of Texas along with other colleagues in Italy did a comparative s...

New Drug, Pleconaril speeds recovery from common cold

Colds are the single most frequent reason why people go to the doctor. Antibiotics are worthless against colds, though doctors often prescribe them anyway. Researchers have developed a drug that speeds recovery from the common cold -- a significant breakthrough for scientists who have been in pursuit of a cure for decades. The new drug, Pleconaril -- which is still months away from drugstores --...

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...

Relief from common back pain

A NEW study conducted by the American Physical Therapy Association claims to put an end to the common low back and neck pain. A procedure called nucleoplasty performed by Dr. Chen MD directorof the Stanford Interventional Centre// and an assitant professor of functional restoration, stanford promises to provide relief./Nucleoplasty was designed to treat herniated disk, a condition in which the so...

Combination therapy to treat breast cancer

The combination of two targeted drug therapies results in dramatic reduction in breast cancer cell growth in vitro, indicating a potentially powerful new approach to treating the condition.// The two drug agents – trastuzumab and ZD1839 were found to work synergistically to inhibit the action of two different growth factors receptors, HER2 and epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). ....Previous...

Computers may become surgeons

Brain surgery, endoscopies and other complicated medical procedures could be made safer and faster in the future by using computers. Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles are examining the way people use vision// to interact with their environment and are attempting to design computer systems based on their findings. ....Currently, surgeons routinely use technology that is ca...
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