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White Cells Count Can Predict Heart Attack Death Risk

A simple blood test can give clue if the heart attack patients should get an immediate procedures to open clogged vessels and restore blood flow to their hearts. .. ..Cleveland Clinic cardiologist, Dr. Deepak Bhatt analyzed medical records of more than 12,000 heart disease patients and found that patients whose white blood cell count is in what is considered a "high normal range" have a much high...

Controversial deal on public access of the human genome map

While it is customary to...

Brain death – How to cope with it

It is always traumatic to see a loved one die. More tragic is when the decision on his or her life and death hangs on a thin thread. Most patients of road traffic accidents, severe stokes, head injuries or cerebral hemorrhage are all confined to a situation where they live technically only on life support systems. The most difficult decision for the relatives of these victims is to give consent t...

New hope for cancer victims – will vaccine cure the deadly bug

One very deadly form of cancer is pancreatic cancer, though it isn’t very common. Globally it kills lakhs of people every year. And now there is some hope for the unfortunate victims. A new vaccine has been successfully tested on the pancreatic cancer victims and it has increased the survival rates in many. ..Vaccines are typically thought of as a way of preventing disease. In cancer, however, th...

Fireworks can spell death for asthmatic children

With many festivals round the corner its boom time for fireworks. We can never imagine diwali without fireworks. Pongal or karthigai also have their share of fireworks. Then of course the usual rigmarole of India – Pakistan cricket matches where even cricket stadia aren’t exempted from fireworks. Last but not the least, private functions like marriages, birthdays and other occasions call for a cl...

Nearly all asthma deaths preventable

A new survey says nearly all deaths due to asthma can be prevented if the patients and their doctors had better understanding of the disease. According to WHO, around 150 million people suffer from asthma worldwide and nearly 2 lakh people die due to the disease every year. Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease, often linked with allergies, that is characterized by sudden recurring attacks of l...

Avoid sudden death by quick cooling

An emergency medicine expert said in New York on Thursday, at an American Medical Association press briefing on heart disease, that rapidly cooling people whose hearts have suddenly stopped, could provide a way to bring them back to life without organ damage. ..Dr. Lance B. Becker, Director of the Emergency Resuscitation Center at the University of Chicago said that thousands of people die every...

Negligent doctors asked to cough up 3 lakhs for death of patient

In a judgement that might stir up another controversy, pitting the doctors against the consumer activists, negligent doctors in Kerala have been asked to pay three lakh rupees as compensation to the family of a pregnant woman who died due to aftershock of spinal anesthesia...The issue of doctors coming under the umbrella of consumer protection act has been a very controversial one with legal lumi...

Bayer Voluntarily Withdraws BAYCOL - A Drug Associated With 50 Deaths

Baycol is a prescription drug manufactured by Bayer Pharmaceuticals. Baycol, which was initially approved by the FDA, belongs to a statin group of drugs that lowers cholesterol by blocking enzymes that are essential in the synthesis of cholesterol in the body. ....Bayer Pharmaceuticals has voluntarily recalled its cholesterol drug Baycol( cerivastatin ) because // it has been linked to approximat...

Increase in tobacco deaths

Around one third of men in China will die from smoking, unless they give up now.A survey of deaths occurring in Hong Kong in 1998 may foreshadow what is likely to happen on the mainland in the future. ....Doctors at the University of Beijing find that tobacco was the cause of 33% of all male deaths and 5% of female deaths in the 30 to 65 age group. When male smokers only are considered, tobacco c...

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...

Aspirin reduces deaths

People with heart disease can expect to live longer if they take aspirin, according to a new study. The benefits of aspirin for people with a high risk of stroke or heart attack are now well known. For aspirin thins the blood - preventing clotting - and also reduces inflammation. A new study from doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the US now reveals that aspirin reduces deaths from all...

Almost a death experience

According to French researchers there is no obvious medical explanation for the near death experience reported by some patients during cardiac arrest. The near death experience (NDE) has received quite a lot of attention in recent years.// It involves a feeling of disconnection from the body during a life-threatening medical crisis - typically a cardiac arrest - and often progress down a tunnel...

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...

Immunisation to prevent cot deaths

A scientific study has suggested that immunisation can protect against cot deaths in babies.Sudden infant death syndrome is still the leading cause of death in children over one month old,//even though advice given to mothers about babies'sleeping position has dramatically reduced the numbers of deaths. ....Scientists from Bristol University looked at more than 470,000 cot death cases from betwe...

Lower surgical volume linked to higher death rate

Paediatric heart units that carry out a high number of operations have lower deaths rates than those with a low volume of cases. David Spiegelhalter, a scientist at the Institute of Public Health in Cambridge, analysed voluntary surgical returns and hospital episode statistics relating to 12 hospitals carrying// out heart surgery on children from 1991 to 1995. ....Dr Spiegelhalter found that a h...

AIDS toll set to exceed Black Death

AIDS will surpass the Black Death as the world's worst pandemic if the 40 million people living with HIV or AIDS do not get life prolonging drugs. The illness has killed 25 million people since the early 1980s. An estimated 14,000 people are infected each day with HIV, which destroys the immune system. ....Without antiretroviral drugs, most people living with AIDS will die, pushing the death tol...

Delirium linked to death

Researchers said that older hospital patients with delirium run a much higher risk of death than those without the condition. Researchers suggested there's a need for research to identify what changes// in treatment can be made and to investigate interventions that can be made after discharge to reduce the risk of death. ....The study covered 361 patients aged 65 or older, of whom 243 had preval...

Gastrointestinal Complaint to be dealt Psychologically

According to researchers in Norway should not lookout the psychological side when patients present with gastrointestinal complaints. Nausea is a tricky symptom to investigate.// It is unpleasant for the patient and physical exams which can be invasive often reveal no apparent problem. Before packing the patient off to the gastroenterologist's office, doctors might consider whether anxiety and dep...

Fish Oil Fights Arrhythmias, Sudden Death

Daily supplements of a fatty acid found in fish oil halves the risk of sudden death in heart attack survivors. Previous research has found that eating oily fish such as tuna and salmon can reduce the risk// of sudden cardiac death caused by a particular type of irregular heartbeat. This study suggests fish-oil supplements, rather than dietary fish oil, could be a therapy without side effects for...

Painkiller Linked to Deaths

OxyContin is a controlled substance in the United States and is prescribed as a long-term painkiller for cancer patients and others. The pill is designed to slowly release its active ingredient, oxycodone, to control the dosage of the powerful narcotic.// But if the pill is chewed or crushed and sniffed, it gives a stronger dose--providing a high that can be addictive and dangerous. ....The contr...

Sleepy drivers increase road death toll

Researchers say that driving when sleepy increases the risk of a car crash resulting in serious injury or death by eight times.A team at the University of Auckland studied 500 drivers and passengers admitted to hospital, or who had died, between 1999 and 2000.// A furthe r400 drivers using the region's roads in the same period were used as a control group. ....Drivers reporting sleepiness were e...

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...

Migraine relieved by deadly toxin

A new way suggested by researchers to relieve chronic headaches. Botox injections help people whose migraine or chronic daily headache is not relieved by conventional medication. Botox is shorthand for botulinum toxin one of the most deadly poisons known to man. However, it does have some benign uses for instance,// botox injections are often used to smooth out wrinkles in cosmetic surgery. Now r...

Reduction in melanoma death rate

In the last 25 years, in New York, there has been a declining trend in mortality from malignant melanoma, although its frequency has increased. Researchers at the University of Texas, have analysed data on malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, between 1981 and 1999.// They find there has been a 200 per cent increase in cases among men - from 2.0 cases per 150,000 population to 12...

Counting Calories Might Be The Ideal Way To Stay Healthy

Burning calories is the means to maintaining a healthy weight. According to a recent Harvard study of 17,000 people, burning an extra 700 to 2,000 calories // a week by walking, playing sports, or doing some other form of exercise increases life span. The health benefits seem to level off at about 2,000 calories a week, which is equivalent to walking three miles a day. ..Because the amount of cal...

Heart test may detect death risk

Researchers from the University of Cleveland, observed in a recent study, that a test commonly used to diagnose heart attacks may also identify patients at increased risk of death after balloon angioplasty, a new study shows.// Blood levels of the enzyme creatine kinase-MB rise after a heart attack. The rise indicates injury to the heart muscle. Measuring CK-MB is a standard diagnostic test for...

Ideal therapy for warts

Based on 40 previous clinical trials researchers observed that the standard treatment for viral warts to be the best option.// They say that topical treatments containing salicylic acid remain the treatment of choice for this common medical condition. ....Viral warts are benign lesions of the skin that will usually clear up eventually on their own. Anyhow, warts that appear on hands or feet can...

Dealing heart disease risk in ethnic minorities

According to a latest study researchers have observed that doctors should use lower thresholds when treating high blood pressure and other cardiac risk factors in ethnic minorities.// Researchers at St George's Hospital, Georgia have carried out a population survey involving 1250 men and women of various ethnic origins, looking at their heart disease and stroke risk factors. They find that people...

Dealing with personality disorders

The drug fluvoxamine has been found by researchers to be more effective than placebos in treating rapid mood shifts in women with borderline personality disorder. This study , which included 38 non-schizophrenic, non-bipolar women with borderline// personality disorder between the ages of 19 and 51 was conducted by researchers from various universities in Netherlands. They were evaluated for diff...

Risk of early neonatal death high in infants born in the night

Recent research has shown that infants born during night time have a higher risk of early infant death as compared to those born during day time. Previous studies have also shown that infants born at night and during weekends and holidays have an increased risk of death at birth, urging the need for additional skilled and experienced staff for better obstetric and neonatal care during the night....

Death due to premature heartbeat after exercise

Frequent ventricular ectopy, another name for premature heart beat, during recovery after exercise has been found by researchers to be a better predictor of an increased risk of death and one that occurs during exercise. Doctors from Cleveland Clinic Foundation observed 29,244 patients with no history of heart failure, valve disease or arrhythmia. They were referred to an exercise test to see if...

Obesity linked to cancer death

According to a study that aimed to identify the link between obesity and cancer, excess body ..weight may contribute to about 20% of all cancer deaths in women and 14% of all cancer deaths in men. The American Cancer Society researchers conducted a study on 900,000 adults who were ..initially cancer free. By the end of the study, researchers had identified more than 57,000 ..cancer deaths. They l...

Drop in global deaths from measles

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported a global fall in the worldwide death toll from measles. Measeles is a contagious disease and is the fifth leading cause of death for children under the age of five.This has largely been possible due to improved vaccination programs in Latin America and southern Africa. Measles has been virtually wiped out in the industrialized count...

Hope for 11 million children facing death from illnesses

The World Health Assembly has given a powerful endorsement to new strategic directions for child and adolescent health. The strategy brings together crucial elements to reduce childhood deaths and long term disability. It also aims to reduce the 1.4 million adolescent deaths each year. ....Last year, the number of children and adolescents who died was double the total number of adult deaths from...

Preventing Childhood Deaths

According to investigators more than 10 million children worldwide die every year, most of them in poor nations and many of them preventable with existing medical treatments. While the childhood mortality rate in these nations has dropped over the past half century, the rate of decline peaked in 1980. About half of the deaths in children under 5 take place in six countries (India, Nigeria, China,...

Death Risk Higher in Obese Women with Colon Cancer

In women with colon cancer that has advanced beyond the early stage, obesity is associated with a poorer long-term outcome, according to a recent study. In addition to an increased risk of developing colon cancer, obese patients may have an increased risk of cancer recurrence, at least women. However, the influence of body weight on long-term outcomes and treatment-related side effects in colon c...

Death Among the Homeless

A new study shows death risks among homeless people are dramatically different than those in the general population. ....Researchers in Denmark followed more than 750 homeless people for 10 years. Participants were divided into two groups: a registration group and an interview group. Researchers studied the information provided in annual reports for the registration group. Those in the interview...

S. Africa AIDS in 'death phase'

The AIDS epidemic in South Africa is entering the "death" phase as mortality outstrips new infections, say scientists..."South Africa is experiencing a devastating epidemic -- the world's worst -- and this is just the beginning,'' said researchers . ..South African President Thabo Mbeki's government has been criticized for its lackluster approach to tackling the disease, //which has already infec...

Diabetes on the Increase but Death Rate Falling

Diabetes is rising in the rich world but the death rate from it is falling due to early detection and better treatment.//..Researchers from the University of Southern Denmark carried out an analysis of diabetes in a community of 470,000 people between 1993 and 1999. ....While the proportion of people with diabetes increased by around three percent annually during the six-year study, the associate...
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