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New Way to "See" Genes, Evaluate Effectiveness of Gene Therapies Discovered

This technology essentially renders the body transparent and will allow physicians to determine whether gene therapies reach targeted cells and work as they should. .. .."The technology is expected to help patients with cancer and other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The discovery is outlined in the August 2000, issue of the journal Nature Medicine. UCLA researchers plan to test the t...

Inhaled Steroids Safe & Effective for Children with Asthma

A 5-year, 8-center study by "Childhood Asthma Management Program" (CAMP) has indicated that inhaled steroids are safe and effective for the long-term treatment of children with mild to moderate asthma. "Although asthma experts around the world have recognized the effectiveness of inhaled corticosteroids in treating asthma, their long term effects in children were not clear, and questions have bee...

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...

Morning after pill effective up to five days after having unprotected sex

Canadian researchers say, that the morning after pill, which rescues many women from unwanted pregnancies can be effective up to five days after having unprotected sex. These findings were released after a study conducted by Dr. Isabel Rodrigues, a professor of family medicine at the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, and colleagues. ..The study is published in the March issue of the Amer...

Distraction therapy found very effective in postoperative patients

Controlling pain in patients following surgeries has been effectively taken care of by a new therapy called distraction therapy. Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in the US have distracted patients with images and sounds from nature and have successfully controlled pain in patients following a painful procedure called bronchoscopy, which involves inserting the tube into the nose...

Just spice it up!!!!! Anti bacterial effects of spices unraveled in the West

The West is now sitting up and taking in the aroma of Indian cuisine. The inseparable part of Indian kitchens, the spices are now the subjects of research by scientists at the Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. Daniel Y. C. Fung and colleagues who conducted the study opine that cinnamon, apart from filling the air with its spicy aroma can also double up as an anti bacterial agent....

ZD1839 Proves Effective - A Breakthrough in fighting Lung Cancer

Lung cancer, the header among all forms of cancer, is avenged now by the new proven effective ZD1839. ..It has been shown that ZD1839, an epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has confirmed, durable responses and safety in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as monotherapy and in combination with standard chemotherapy agents after segmental scrutinizati...

TELITHROMYCIN - the proven effective new drug for cap

Community acquired pneumonia other wise known as CAP has been a therapeutic challenge to most of the practising physicians. This is mainly due to the growing resistance of the bacteria causing them to the available antibiotics. ..Telithromycin (Ketek), a new ketolide antibiotic, is highly effective in treating patients with pneumococcal bacteraemia associated with community-acquired pneumonia (CA...

Protective effects of tomatoes in prostate cancer

Diets rich in tomato products, such as tomato sauce and ketchup, have long been associated with a reduced risk of various cancers, especially prostate cancer, but the reason for such an action is yet to be found. ....Clinical trials have suggested that lycopene, which is found in tomato products and other natural plant nutrients may be effective in preventing prostate cancer and treating the dise...

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...

Digital mammography proves effective

A new trial will compare digital mammography with the standard technique to confirm if it can detect breast cancer earlier and with more accuracy. Standard film mammography has been around for nearly 40 years now, and radiographers are familiar with the scope and limitations of the technology.// ....Digital mammography might be able to detect cancers in women with dense breast tissue, because it...

The effect of heart rate in middle aged men

Now, it is the era where one fights battle towards eternity and hence the researches over the same.Number of mortality and morbidity indicators preclude the existance of newer solutions to fight for the same. ....As a result of such on going research , Dr. Simona Giampaoli, from the Istituto Superiore di Sanita, Rome, and colleagues from the MATISS Project have come out with a view that Heart rat...

Treatment for pre-menstrual syndrome is ineffective

The most commonly prescribed pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS) drugs are ineffective, research suggests. The majority of the 1.5 million women who suffer from PMS in the UK are prescribed progesterone or its synthetic equivalent, progestogens. ....But a team of researchers from the University of Keele have found that taking progesterone no more effective than taking a placebo. The report said previou...

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...

Cost-effective antibiotics for sinusitis treatment

here is little benefit in replacing older and cheaper antibiotics by the latest and most expensive drugs when treating acute, uncomplicated sinusitis, according to US researchers. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine set out to determine whether the symptoms could be treated with older and less expensive (first-line) antibiotics or newer and more expensive (second-line) ant...

Fluoride Found Effective in Osteoporosis

Fluoride, in combination with calcium and vitamin D, increases bone mass and lowers the risk of backbone fractures associated with osteoporosis, researchers report. Fluoride is known to stimulate new bone formation, but concerns about its safety have limited its use in the elderly, according to Dr. Craig D. Rubin from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and others who contr...

Contraceptives have dual effects

Women using the oral contraceptive pill could be up to 30% less likely to develop bowel cancer, research suggests. ..Researchers believe that over the last 20 years, mortality rates for bowel cancer have dropped more in women than in men because of hormones found in the Pill. ....Researchers believe the protective benefits of the Pill are due to the way oestrogen - a female sex hormone - works in...

Aspirin and Warfarin Are Equally Effective for Stroke Prevention

A study aimed at settling a long-standing question among doctors has found that aspirin works just as well as Warfarin, in helping most patients avoid recurrent strokes. Many doctors suspected that Warfarin was more effective but that aspirin was safer. This study challenges both views, showing the two drugs are equals in both respects. ....Both drugs slow clotting of the blood, and blood clots...

An effective way to treat angina

A new way of relieving pain of angina- pulse waves are delivered through thigh and leg cuffs trigger the growth of new blood vessels. People who have angina, experience episodes of chest pain on exertion or during stress because the blood supply to their heart cannot cope with the oxygen demand being made on it. They can be treated by angioplasty, to open up a blocked artery to the heart, or byp...

Implantable Contact Lens Found Safe and Effective

A contact lens that is implanted permanently in the eye is safe and effective for treating nearsightedness. The device is intended to be an alternative for laser operations that correct nearsightedness by reshaping the cornea, the clear outer covering of the eyeball, Dr. John Allan Vukich of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison told. // ....Vukich and colleagues analyzed the...

Ibuprofen weakens aspirin's effect

Many heart patients regularly take aspirin because it thins the blood and prevents the clots that cause heart attacks. Ibuprofen belongs to a widely used class of pain relievers known as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.// Ibuprofen is widely used for arthritis and other aches and pains. The popular pain reliever ibuprofen blocks the heart-protecting effects of aspirin, according to a study t...

Cooling decreases heart attack effects

Reducing body temperature by just a few degrees minimises brain damage resulting from a cardiac arrest.When the heart suddenly stops - cardiac arrest - there's a great danger that the brain will be starved of oxygen. //Even if the person survives, they run the risk of permanent brain damage. It's been suggested that perhaps cooling the body can reduce the brain's demand for oxygen and this may pr...

Fluoride proves effective against fractures

Sustained-release sodium fluoride in combination with calcium citrate and vitamin D can safely reduce the risk of fractures and increase spinal bone mass in older women with osteoporosis,// a recent study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center concluded. ....Our study showed that this combination of therapy safely reduces the risk for fractures by stimulating new bone formation...

Heart Drug has grave side effects

According to researchers, a drug commonly used for short-term treatment of worsening heart failure in hospitalized patients may cause dangerously low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythms. //The findings suggest that the drug, milrinone, should be reserved for patients who do not respond to other medication, said Dr. Mihai Gheorghiade of Northwestern University. ....According to Gheorghiade,...

Effective And Economical Agent For Anthrax

As anthrax and other biological weapons continue to be worrisome threats, common pest control agent called methyl bromide is more effective and cheaper// than current treatments in eradicating deadly bacterial spores from buildings. Tests indicate that the methylbromide - used for more than 50 years to control insect pests in buildings, grain elevators and fresh fruit - is a better option than cu...

Meningitis C vaccine a cost-effective success

Researchers say the introduction of meningitis C vaccine into the UK has not only reduced the incidence of the disease in children and young people, but has done so cost-effectively.// Researchers assessed the cost-effectiveness of the meningitis C campaign in young people up to the age of 19. ....Before the immunisation programme’s introduction in December 1998, meningitis C affected approximat...

Stem Cell Transplants May Be Effective For MS Patients

There’s a potential new treatment for people with severe cases of multiple sclerosis, according to a new research. The new treatment involves removing stem cells// from the patients’ blood, killing the cells that are working against the body’s immune system and then returning the healthy cells back to the body. The hope is that these stem cells will eventually reconstitute into healthy immune sys...

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. .....

Treatment of antibiotics ineffectual in bronchitis

Researchers at the Country University of Chicago, have been assessing the effectiveness of an an expensive, broad-spectrum antibiotic, Azithromycin, which is commonly prescribed for treatment of bronchitis, does not have any benefit.// ....They arbitrarily allocated 150 adults with acute bronchitis to either azithromycin or low-dose vitamin C. All patients got cough syrup (liquid dextromorphan)...

Effect of Osteosarcoma predicted by scans

Researchers have been studying about the outcome of the hitech scanning technologies recently. A scan that looks at glucose uptake in a tumour shows who has a poor prognosis. Osteosarcoma is a bone tumour which affects mainly younger people. //It's an unusual cancer and one where the outcome tends to be rather unpredictable. ..Researchers at the University of Germany have used a technique called...

Effective therapy for Huntington's disease

An acid found naturally in the body can block the death of brain cells in mice who have Huntington's disease. There is no cure for Huntington's disease (HD), which is a rare degenerative brain disorder //caused by a faulty gene. But researchers at the University of Texas may be one step closer to a treatment, according to experiments on mice with HD. ....The mice were treated with a bile acid kn...

The Use Of Antioxidants To Diminish Effects of Alcohol During Pregnancy Questioned

Researchers say taking antioxidants during pregnancy may prevent birth defects in babies born to women who abuse alcohol. When pregnant mice // were exposed to ethanol and also given an antioxidant, researchers saw a 36-percent reduction in limb malformations in the offspring. Ethanol is the intoxicating agent in liquor. ..Researcher say the nutritional status of alcoholics isn’t the best, people...

Analyzing The Side Effects Of Sirolimus Stents

Based on findings of a recent study researchers from Sweden say they have found that implantation //of a sirolimus-eluting stent is associated with coronary vasoconstriction in areas adjacent to the treated vessel that is not seen with bare metal stents. ....Sirolimus-eluting stents are widely used for percutaneous coronary interventions because of their excellent long-term clinical and angiogra...

New Supplement Found To Be Effective Against Sunburn

A new study presented at the Annual Congress for Dermatological Research in Brest has //indicated that GliSODin a superoxide dismutase supplement marketed by Paris-based IsoCell Nutra, significantly increased the levels of exposure to UV rays required to burn skin. ..Researchers claim that SOD has a different mode of action to vitamins. Also known as ‘the enzyme of life’ when first discovered in...

Drug Used To Arrest Bleeding Disorder Linked To Fatal Side Effects

There is a bad side to the WinRho drug, used for treating bleeding disorders. According to Baxter International Inc. and Cangene Corp, the drug has a tendency to trigger fatal side effects, albeit rarely.// ....The Winrho drug has been in use in the United States since 1995, and is used to treat a bleeding disorder called Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura, where the blood is deficient with requis...

Kryptiq Care Manager Diabetes Module Effective In Managing Diabetes

The medical group presented the results of Kryptiq's Care Manager Diabetes Module at the annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) conference. // ..This module showed a 58 % increase in number of diabetic patients who benefited. The one year study showed that the patients achieved control of their cholesterol and blood pressure levels. Providence Medical Group docume...

Effect of drug on Renal Cancer

According to the researchers of University of Houston, a new study shows thalidomide at higher doses in kidney cancer patients is associated with manageable side effects.// The study also shows long-term use may lead to neuropathy.They examined the effects of escalating thalidomide doses in kidney cancer patients. Patients received oral thalidomide starting at 200 mg per day. Researchers increase...

An effective drug for lung cancer

According to a new study, a drug combination has the potential to double the life expectancy of patients with asbestos-related lung cancer called Mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells that make up the lining// around the outside of the lungs and inside of the ribs or around the abdominal organs. It differs from other types of lung cancers in that it is caused by exposure to asbestos...

Naltrexone effective for drinking problems

According to a new study, researchers found that the treatment naltrexone is effective among those with a 'Mediterranean' pattern of alcohol abuse. Researchers of alcohol often distinguish two patterns of drinking// - the Anglo-Saxon/Scandinavian pattern, where heavy bouts of drinking are saved up for the weekend and holidays, and the Mediterranean pattern, where alcohol is consumed more regularl...

Exercise has a undeniable effect on cholesterol

According to a new study, doing exercise improves your cholesterol profile, even in the absence of weight loss. Researchers from Duke University have shown how exercise affects the level of 'good' and 'bad' cholesterol in the body.// Cholesterol is transported throughout the body attached to protein molecules, the combination being known as lipoprotein. High levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL...
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