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Another injectable contraceptive Pill approved by FDA

Lunelle-a monthly injectable contraceptive pill has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in USA... ..It is more than 99 percent effective when women get the shot once every month according to the company release marketing the pill... ..Lunelle is an alternative to another injectable contraceptive called Depo-Provera that lasts three months. It works Like many other birth control pill...

Ductal lavage may detect early breast cancer

At times when the breast lumps are too small to be picked up by a mammogram, the patient may be unaware that she is a potential candidate for breast cancer. But to offset this problem, scientists at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore headed by Dr. Saraswathi Sukumar, have devised a new method of detecting early stages of breast cancer by using a new method called ductal la...

GlaxoSmithKline - Changes Lamictal(R) Label Appearance and Packaging

Lamictal, an antiepileptic drug, is one of the several prescription drugs that has encountered the problem of dispensing errors. ..Dispensing errors are often a result of miscommunication, which can include poor hand writing of the prescription and confusion between drugs with similar names.// ....It is important for patients with epilepsy not to have an interruption in treatment because it could...

Predictable genes

A team of UK scientists has found six genes which may play a role in breast cancer development. They hope that eventually, doctors will be able to gauge an individual woman's risk of developing cancer by looking closely at her genetic makeup.Only a small proportion of breast cancer cases are currently thought to be caused by inherited genetic factors. ....Two genes have already been firmly linke...

Unpredictable Premature Birth

Home monitors designed to measure the frequency of uterine contractions do not improve identification of women likely to give birth early. Alternative methods such as measuring the cervix or analysing// foetal fibronectin were also found to have little bearing on premature birth, suggesting that it is almost impossible to predict when this is likely to occur. ....Dr Jay Iams and colleagues from t...

The hazards of using disinfectant hand gel

According to researchers in Dallas, using disinfectant gels, rather than hand rubs, for hospital hand washing may lead to a decrease in hygiene. Getting doctors and nurses to wash their hands between each patient is thought to be a major advance in reducing hospital infections.// Soap and water is used in US, while in Europe, an alcohol-based rub is more common. Both have drawbacks soap and water...

Detecting Colorectal Cancer

An innovative test to detect colorectal cancer may be certain and more comfortable than current methods. Researchers in Boston, have developed a new technique that identifies a specific protein in a patient's stool that is only present in cancerous colorectal cells. Researchers say the screening method may prove more reliable// than the standard tests, colonoscopy and fecal-blood assessment, in d...

Boys reduced mother's life expectancy

According to researchers, scientists, having sons cut mothers' lives short, looking at families 250 years back. They felt that the pattern might still be seen in developing countries today. The team from Toronto looked at church records// for the Sanu people, who lived in Scandinavia between the 18th and 20th centuries. ....The Sanu depended on reindeer herding, fishing and hunting for their liv...

Colorectal Cancer Can Be Detected By a Simple Test

The immunochemical faecal occult blood test (FOBT) is a simpler way of identifying individuals who might have colorectal cancer, researchers claim in an article published online in The Lancet Oncology.// Conventionally, guaiac FOBT is used to screen individuals who might be having this cancer, but this new test "could decrease substantially the number of false positives in a screening programme f...

Miracle Baby Boy from a Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta, Mother

Calif : A woman who is just three feet tall and 37 pound in weight prior to pregnancy, has delivered a healthy baby boy. This baby is her first child. // ..Eloysa Vasquez, confined to a wheel chair because of Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta , a disorder that has rendered her bones soft and brittle . She has had two miscarriages as well. ..During the pregnancy, Vasquez gained 20 pounds . Her bab...

Rectal Cancer treated with radiation

According to new research, radiation alone may be enough to treat some patients with rectal cancer. Researchers from the Centre Antoine-Lacassagne in France studied 60 patients between 1985 and 1999.// Typical treatment for rectal cancer includes surgery, but for some patients surgery is not an option. ....In this study, all patients had rectal cancer, but were not eligible for surgery to remove...

Lamictal as add-on therapy for children with epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved GlaxoSmithKline's new drug Lamictal (lamotrigine) as an addition for children whose partial seizures are inadequately controlled on their existing therapy. This new indication is an expansion of the //already-approved indications for adjunctive use in adults with partial seizures, and for the generalized seizures of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome in chi...

Life expectancy lessened due to obesity

A recent study by researchers of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine published in the January issue of The Journal of The American Medical Association suggested that obesity has a marked effect on the life span of both men and women, and that the risk of increased years of life lost(YLL) was greatest at younger ages. The study was based on data from various National Health// and Nutrition...

Early detection of colorectal cancer may be hindered by coloured toilet disinfectants

A new study published in the British Medical Journal has argued that the cause of failure in detecting colorectal cancers at an early stage could be attributed to coloured toilet disinfectants. Researchers claimed that nine out of ten bowel and colon cancers detected early can be successfully treated and that once the cancer has spread cure rates drop dramatically. The National programme// for de...

How to Improve Life Expectancy

Eat better, exercise more, stop smoking -- they all sound simple, but can they really impact health? A new study shows removing some of these factors can significantly improve life expectancy worldwide. ..Researchers from several international centers combined efforts to determine the potential health gains of reducing risk factors for disease. They looked at 20 risk factors. Some of those inclu...

Changing Partners may put Expectant Mothers at Risk

New research finds that women who change partners between the births of their first two children are more likely to deliver pre-term babies with a low birth weight than women who have the same partner.// ..Researchers speculate that women who change partners between births may belong to a selected group with characteristics that increase risk or they may...

Preventing Colorectal Cancer

New research shows taking vitamin D and consuming a diet high in fiber may reduce the risk of polyps, or tumors, that can lead to colon cancer.// ....Researchers from 13 Veterans Affairs medical centers studied more than 3,100 patients between ages 50 and 75. Results of their study show men who consume more than four grams of cereal fiber per day and more than 645 international units of vitamin...

Screening Test For Early Diagnosis Of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States, partly because it is often detected at advanced stages. // Screening reduces death by detecting cancers earlier when they are more curable. ..A new study shows primary care providers do not screen all eligible patients for colorectal cancer. Researchers attribute the limited use of these tests to four factors --...

Milk Found To Lower Colorectal-Cancer Risk By 12 %

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer worldwide .New research shows milk does a body good by lowering the risk of colorectal cancer.//High milk consumption and calcium intake were found to be associated with a lower risk of colorectal cancer. ..Among all of the food sources of calcium, only milk consumption was linked to a decreased risk of colorectal cancer, particularly cancers of t...

New Treatment Option for Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer causes about 10 percent of cancer deaths each year.Researchers say that doctors may soon have one more option // for patients who have colorectal cancer that resists standard chemotherapy treatment. New research shows the drug cetuximab, also known as Erbitux, may be a promising new therapy. ..The standard treatment for colorectal cancer patients is the drug irinotecan (Camptosa...

Improving Life Expectancy

Researchers from several international centers combined efforts to determine the potential health gains of reducing risk factors for disease. They looked at 20 risk factors.// Some of those include unsafe sex, alcohol use, unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene, indoor smoke, childhood sexual abuse, and vitamin deficiencies. ..They found 47 percent of premature deaths and 39 percent of total diseas...

Delaying pregnancy may lessen life expectancy of the child

Spanish scientists have reported that delaying pregnancy may result in shortened life expectancy //for the children. ....With more and more women deciding to put off pregnancy for the sake of career have been resulting in delayed pregnancy for women across the globe. Delaying in getting pregnant leads to adverse effects on the offspring, like abnormal number of chromosomes, and other conditions....

Vitamin B linked to less risk of colorectal cancer in women

Women with high dietary intake of vitamin B may be at less risk from colorectal// cancer. And women who take moderate to high intake of alcohol along with vitamin B may have even reduced chance of having colorectal cancer. ....Cancer of the colorectal happens when there is growth of abnormal or malignant cells within the lining of colon or rectum. The study, which was done by Swedish and American...

Risk for colorectal cancer high with eating red meat

Eating red meat or processed meat can increase your chance of having colorectal cancer//, said a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. ....Colon and rectum together form the colorectal area. That is why often colon cancer is also called colorectal cancer. Cancer of the colorectal happens when there is growth of abnormal or malignant cells within the lining of colon or rectum....

Race an important links to the risk of advanced colorectal cancer

For the first time an interesting report looks at the relationship between racial subgroups and colorectal cancer // outcome. This report is to appear in the August 1, 2005 issue of CANCER. .. ..Colorectal cancer is a common cancer responsible for causing up to 11 percent of all cancer-related deaths in the United States . The Prognosis of the cancer is dependent on the stage of disease at the t...

Attitude Of Male Dominance May Affect Life Expectancy In Men

Socioeconomic factors like attitude of males to dominate women may be at the heart of their life expectancy. ..Systematic male dominance - patriarchy - explains half the discrepancy in life expectancy between the sexes // , suggests research spanning four continents in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. The researchers base their findings on a comparison of the rates of female murd...

Gene linked to colorectal cancer identified

Researchers from the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston have found a gene, which on mutation or damage leads to development of colorectal cancer. They have found that mutation or defect in this gene leads to // development of colorectal cancer. The researchers have found that the gene, 06-methylguanine-DNA methyltransferase (MGMT), is responsible for development of colorect...

Elderly Population’s Sedentary Lifestyle Is Dependant On Their Expectations From Lif

Elderly population of ages 65 years and above may have a sedentary lifestyle if they perceive that their life ahead to be less active//. ....It is known through earlier studies that fewer than 40 percent of adults aged 65 and above have a regular exercise routine, which can extend their years of independent life... ..A new UCLA study found that seniors with the lowest expectations for aging —that...

Alcohol Consumption A Threat To Colorectal Tumours

Alcohol is considered not good for health as it induces lot of alterations in the metabolism of the body. Drinking beer and alcohol increases the risk of colorectal tumours, while drinking in moderation lowers the risk, according to a study. // .. ..The study was conducted by Joseph C. Anderson, M.D. and colleagues at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York... ..2,291 patients were subjec...

Feelings Of Sympathy And Empathy Dictated by Personal Experience

It has now been demonstrated that our own experience is important to exhibit feelings of sympathy or empathy for others. Psychologists and neuroscientists have been working hard to understand what happens in our brain as soon as // we observe a person in action. The results of the observation show that the actions of the observer to a large extent are governed internally. .. ..The research points...

Mushroom found to be a source of a new antibiotic: Plectasin

Animals and higher plants are known to express endogenous peptide antibiotics called defensins, which are small cysteine-rich peptides found to be active against bacteria, fungi and viruses//. ..A recent research, published in the October issue of Nature, describes plectasin-the first defensin to be isolated from a fungus, the saprophytic ascomycete Pseudoplectania nigrella. Plectasin has primar...

HIIP- A Novel Inhaled Insulin Delivery System As An Alternative To Injectable Insulin Therapy

The disease burden of diabetes continues to grow and currently affects more that 18 million Americans and their families. These data emphasize a need for alternative diabetes therapies with earlier more physiologic use of insulin.// ..The delivery of insulin by the lung may provide an attractive alternative for many patients with diabetes. However, alternative insulin delivery systems must meet...

Alcohol Drinking Affects Risk Of Colorectal Tumours

Drinking beer and alcohol increases the risk of colorectal tumours, while drinking wine in moderation lowers the risk, according to a study. // ....The study, conducted by Joseph C. Anderson, M.D. and colleagues at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York, was meant to examine the impact of regular alcohol consumption on the detection of significant colorectal neoplasia in a screening popula...

Women More Prone To Risk of Colorectal Cancer from Tobacco

HONOLULU, A new study indicates that there maybe gender difference of the risk of tobacco for Colo-rectal cancer and women who smoke and drink maybe at higher risk of developing the cancer. //.. ..Researcher Anna L. Zisman, M.D. of Evanston Northwestern Health Care presented her findings at the 70th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology. It is known that smokin...

Scots Had The Lowest Life Expectancy In UK

The Scottish effect is said to contribute to the low life expectancy of Scottish people who have an average lifetime of 69.3 years which is the lowest in United Kingdom where the countries average life expectancy stands at 77 years for men and 81 years for women//. ....The low life expectancy of the working class of Scottish people is said to be due to increased smoking and lack of exercise which...

Patients More Willing To Use Self-Injectable HIV Therapy Than Anticipated

Recent study shows that HIV patients are more willing to consider and use self-injectable therapy than many physicians anticipate // . ..Initial results from the OpenMind study, the largest behavioural study to look at both patients' and physicians' perceptions of HIV care in treatment-experienced patients, were revealed today at EACS. ..The findings are anticipated to help physicians implemen...

Meta Analysis Links Diabetes And Colorectal Cancer

A new study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute conducted a meta-analysis of all the published data on the link between diabetes and the prevalence and associated mortality from colorectal cancer. //The analysis was conducted by Susanna C. Larsson, M.Sc., of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues. The researchers found that having diabetes meant that individua...

US life expectancy climbs to a new high

Deaths from heart disease, cancer, and stroke, three leading killers in the U.S., all dropped in 2003. They were down 2 percent to 5 percent.// ....Also, Americans' life expectancy increased again in 2003, up from 77.3 the year before. By comparison, it was 75.4 in 1990. ..Life expectancy in the U.S. has increased almost without interruption since 1900, because of several factors, including adv...

The Unpredictable Face Of Science

Medicine to common people is fascinating and altruistic. Something that is thought as a cure for a certain disease can be // detrimental for the others. ..Likewise skin cancers can be prevented by not exposing oneself in the sun on the other hand it is proved now that deficiency of Vitamin D (sun) is thought to be a causative agent of other cancers, heart diseases and illness resting due to red...

Comfortably Obese And Reluctant To Get Fit

A startling analysis from a Cancer Research UK Poll, conducted amongst 4000 people, of whom more than half of the people polled were overweight, has revealed that nearly 26% were obstinately holding on to their obesity, showing no inclination to shed the extra weight. //Worse still, almost 75% of the pollers, scoffed at the obvious link between over-weight and major health problems, like cancer....
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