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Homeopathic preparation better than placebo in perennial allergic

A homeopathic preparation for perennial allergic rhinitis appears to be more effective than placebo. A multicenter team studied 50 patients with perennial allergic rhinitis. The subjects were randomized to receive either 30cc of a homeopathic preparation of principal inhalent allergen or placebo. In the third and fourth week after the start of treatment, the group compared changes in nasal inspir...

Tattoos may significantly increase risk of hepatitis C infection

It is a fad these days to sport tattoos. Kids often show off their sticker tattoos. But adults go a step further. Permanent tattoos, which are permanent reminders throughout life, in different designs and shapes, are very popular. However there is a darker side to the whole affair. The study in the United States of America says that tattoos significantly increase the risk of hepatitis C infe...

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...

Chemists prepare for face-off with manufacturers

There is new war brewing! Neither in the devastated NewYork of America nor in the Afghanistan! It is right here in the commercial capital of India --- Mumbai. And who are the warring parties? They are the pharmaceutical industry of the country and the RDCA or the Retail & Dispensing Chemists Association. The latter is a member body of over 5,000 retail druggists & chemists spread across the count...

Vitamin B for Hepatitis

A study has found a cheap and non toxic method of treating Hepatitis, by administering vitaminB to the Ptients..... Hepatitis B virus infects the liver, and in severe cases can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. It is spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. ....A researcher decided to test thiamine for HBV after a very bright and aware patient...

Hepatitis G May Boost HIV Survival

A form of hepatitis virus not believed to cause illness may improve survival in people who have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In two new studies, HIV-positive people who were also infected with the hepatitis G virus tended to live longer than other people infected with HIV. Researchers suspect that hepatitis G, which is also known as GB virus C, improves survival by keeping HIV from replicatin...

Cure for Hepatitis B

An Indian medicinal plant may be one of the most effective ways of treating disorders caused by the Hepatitis B virus, according to new research. Clinical trials using a drug based on the Keezhanali plant were conducted at the University of Madras in South India and the Scottish Centre// for Infection in Glasgow. ....The results are believed to be better than any drug so far used to treat Hepatit...

Morepan to file new drug applications with the USFDA

Domestic pharma major Morepen Labs is planning to file its nine abbreviated new drug applications (ANDA) with the US FDA by the year 2003. The company would file its first two ANDAs - Loratadine (anthistatminic drug) and Atorvastain Calcium (anti-cholesterol) - by the end of 2002. Loratadine is the third-largest selling drug in the world. ....Currently, Morepen’s ANDAs pipeline has Loratadine, Fe...

Drugs control and industry departments to share a common e-platform

The drugs control, health and industry departments in Andhra Pradesh are to have a common e-platform which is both informative and interactive at the same time with the inauguration of www.aponline.gov.in, the state government's latest initiative to integrate all the activities of all its departments under one umbrella. The portal is being developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as part of a...

Ethnic discrepancy in ovarian cancer

Researchers at the University of Texas in US have found that African American women with ovarian cancer have a worse outcome than Caucasian women.// Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive organs. It is now obvious that ethnicity is an independent risk factor in prognosis. US researchers have studied the fate of 10,003 Caucasian women and 600 African Am...

Hepatitis E virus made impotent

A ribozyme, an enzyme that can be used to kill the deadly Hepatitis E virus has been designed by Indian scientists. The ribozyme had been designed using the viral clones and would kill the virus by cutting RNA.// .. .. The efficacy of the ribozyme was being tested on animals. The cloned virus could also be used for diagnostic purposes to detect the presence of Hepatitis E virus. .. .. F...

Sharing injection equipment spreads Hepatitis C

According to findings of a new report, the risks injection drug users face for infection with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) from sharing commonly used drug paraphernalia other than syringes, such as drug "cookers" and cotton filters.// ....While many anti-drug campaigns have warned of the hazards of sharing hypodermic needles, the new study found that injection drug users who shared cookers--contai...

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...

Heart may pull Cells from Body to Self-repair

According to researchers, after analysis of cells in men with transplanted hearts from female donors, the proof is the piling up that the heart may be able toregenerate itself at least somewhat by recruiting cells from elsewhere in the body.// Traditionally, it was thought that once cells were damaged or dead, they could not be replaced or repaired by the heart. ....By looking at the Y chromosome...

Lymphoma's Link to Hepatitis C

Researchers at the University of Hopkins found a new study shows some cancer patients who also have the hepatitis C virus may benefit from treatment with the drug, interferon...Past research has suggested a connection between the hepatitis C virus and some B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma's. //A patient with both of these diseases was treated with the antiviral treatment interferon. The patient resp...

Safe Driving Is Possible For Older People If They Are Prepared

In spite of health problems afflicting the older population its possible to drive safely if they take the correct precautions and preparations.// ....According to the latest edition of Harvard Men's Health Watch, chronic illnesses and the use of various medications increase the risk for auto accidents. Even normal, healthy aging can take a toll on a man’s reflexes, reaction time, and sensory abil...

Hepatitis B Vaccine To Be Included In National Immunization Programme

India's Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss Monday said that the government would include Hepatitis B vaccination under its national immunisation programme// as it has been emerging as a "problem greater than AIDS." ..Addressing the valedictory function of an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)-World Health Organisation (WHO) organised training workshop on laboratory diagnosis of leptospirosi...

Chinese Health Officials To Discuss Preparation Of Bird Flu

A four-day meeting is soon to be held between Chinese health officials, Government authorities and wildlife experts in Chicago regarding the management of a potential bird flu outbreak.// Response measures to be implemented in zoos would also be discussed in detail. This move has been decided following fears of outbreak of bird flu in the United States. .. ..The meeting would be coordinated by o...

Hepatitis shots is promising

Researchers observe that an experimental new combination of drugs for Hepatitis -C Cures more patients with fewer side effects than the standard treatment for the potentially deadly,liver destroying infection.// ..The new Treatment could give doctors a more potent weapon against the virus at a time experts are forecasting a surge in cases of Hepatitis- C liver damage over the next few years.The...

Bone marrow stem cells may help repair cardiac tissues

Two new studies, though small, have boosted confidence in a method used to repair cardiac tissues damaged by a heart attack. Researchers have found that stem cells derived from bone marrow which is much less controversial than embryo cells// helps patients who have had a heart attack and had undergone conventional bypass therapy. ....Doctors in eastern Germany found that when patients who had a h...

Bones repair themselves with bone marrow cells

A research project carried out by Juliette van den Dolder at the University of Nijmegen has shown that new bone cells can be grown into bone fractures with the help of specially prepared titanium mesh and bone marrow cells. Researchers inserted a titanium mesh scaffold into a bone fracture in a rat. They allowed bone marrow cells to grow on this. This resulted in new bone growth being stimulated...

Melanoma caused by low DNA repair capacity

Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer and it has been shown through previous research studies that the risk is increased by exposure to sunlight, whose UV rays cause damage to DNA that triggers cancer. However, it has not been clear why some people are more prone than others to melanoma. Researchers have now found out through a study involving a group of 312 people with melanoma that thos...

Y chromosome uses trick to repair its own genes

Scientists have discovered that the Y chromosome uses a neat trick to repair its most crucial genes, a strategy that apparently helps keep it from rotting away over evolutionary time. ....The Y chromosome, of course, is best known for supplying the biological signal that makes males rather than females. ....Some scientists have suggested it might disappear millions of years from now because it c...

Need for Hepatitis Booster Questioned

British researchers suggest booster vaccinations for hepatitis A may not really be necessary. Studies done indicate people who receive the HAV vaccine develop immune memory of the virus long after// detectable levels of antibodies to the virus can been measured. ..Hepatitis A is common around the world, with about 1.4 million new cases identified each year. The incidence of the disease is lowest...

3 die, 500 sickened in nation's largest hepatitis A outbreak Associated Press

A third person died Friday and nearly 500 others who ate at a Chi-Chi's Mexican restaurant have fallen ill in the biggest known outbreak of hepatitis A in U.S.// history, making people so scared they are lining up by the thousands for vaccinations and no longer eating out. ....Health investigators are focusing on whether contaminated produce - perhaps scallions - caused the outbreak at the resta...

Most Women Unprepared for Operative Deliveries

For most women, the birth of their child is a joyous experience. But if the experience does not go as planned, it can have a detrimental impact on the woman. Researchers conducted a study to obtain the views of women on the impact of an //operative delivery in the second stage of labor. ..A new study shows pregnant women need better preparation and understanding about how the delivery of their c...

Good News for HIV Patients Also Suffering From Hepatitis C Virus

Researchers conducting a large clinical trial of people infected with both HIV and hepatitis C have some positive news to report. // According to their study, patients who are treated with a newer combination of drugs are significantly more likely to rid their bodies of HCV than those who receive standard therapy. ..The finding is important because as many as 300,000 of the estimated 1 million Am...

The Link Between Hepatitis B Vaccine And Multiple Sclerosis Questioned

A recent study by Harvard researchers suggests a link between the hepatitis B vaccination and multiple sclerosis. In their study, people who received the vaccine were three-times more likely to develop MS // over the next three years than those who were not vaccinated. ..While this finding is disturbing, the investigators emphasize the overall effect of the vaccine on the development of MS was sm...

The Effectiveness Of Hepatitis B Vaccine Questioned

The hepatitis B virus causes inflammation of the liver and can cause complications such as liver scarring or cancer //. In most countries, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for infants. Previous research has suggested the vaccine for hepatitis B protects against infection for up to 10 years. However, a recent study has shown the vaccine protection continues past 10 years. ..Researchers follo...

Treat depression and pain separately

Pain and depression may be two separate conditions that frequently co-exist. A new research in the journal// Arthritis & Rheumatism say that it is essential to treat depression and pain separately, even if they are present simultaneously. ....The researchers had studied 33 women and 20 men with fibromyalgia. This is the condition where patient feels extensive tenderness to touch along with intens...

New Treatment for Chronic Hepatitis B

The Food and Drug Administration (USA) had approved Baraclude (entecavir) tablets and oral solution for treating patient with chronic hepatitis B in adults.// ....The new medication Baraclude slows down the progress of the disease by interfering with the reproduction of the virus. The drug was approved on the basis of three studies that were conducted to see the effect of the new medication vers...

Biomarker for prostate cancer may be separated for treatment

Scientists at UCLA had been able to isolate a biomarker for prostate cancer cells do// that it will become easier to treat the disease. ....The biomarker protein, which was hidden inside the cells, can now be moved to a different location from where it can go into the blood. This will make it possible for the medical professionals to treat the prostate cancer disease with both chemotherapy and im...

Adverse Effects Associated with Unauthorised Hepatitis A Vaccine in China

More than 200 Chinese children became sick and one death was reported after being given an unauthorized Hepatitis A vaccine.// According to reports about 2,500 children in the eastern province of Anhui were administered the Hepatitis A vaccine on the 16 and 17 of June without official permission. ..Li Wei a six-year-old child suffered an unspecified infection and breathing problem the day after...

Molecule responsible for muscle repair identified

Skeletal muscles repair by themselves from injuries. However at times due to age or disease these muscles are not able to heal itself.// Researchers have identified a molecule that when is deficient, is actually helpful to muscle regeneration. ....Researchers from University of Illinois-Chicago had reported in their findings that deficient plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) promotes muscl...

Doctors Warned by IMA Against Treating Maoist from Nepal

The Bihar unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has today warned its members// all over the state to be extremely careful while treating or dealing with patients who suffer from bullet, knife or other injuries as a result of some of the Maoist violence taking place in the neighboring country Nepal. ....Dr Ajay Kumar Sinha of Muzaffarpur district was arrested in May for treating eight Nepa...

Heart can repair itself after heart attack

Contrary to popular belief, the heart can actually repair itself by growing new cells after a heart attack. This surprising discovery was uncovered by researchers in New York and Italy. Dr. Piero Anversa and colleagues of the New York Medical College in Valhalla detected signs that heart muscle cells called myocytes continued to divide after a heart attack. .... Anversa's team examine...

Brain Cell Repair Loss disclosed

According to researchers at the University of Stanford, have discovered the point of no return stage at which adult brain cells lose the ability to repair themselves. The investigators said their work should help find new opportunities to reverse this regeneration loss and speed nerve cell growth. ....Researcher Ben Barres, a Stanford neurobiologist, felt that they can study any disease that cau...

New Four- in- one Vaccine For DTP & Hepatitis To Hit The Indian Market

Shantetra, the first indigenously developed combination vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and hepatitis-B has been launched to protect children against the four life threatening diseases. // .. ..Shantha Biotechnics Limited, a pioneer in health care industry has manufactured and marketed the product keeping in line with the worldwide trend of switching to combination vaccines... ..The ne...

Encephalitis Spreads to Nepal

Japanese encephalitis has claimed at least 20 lives in the past two weeks in the west Nepal district of Kailali,. The disease is already present in the neighboring Indian state of UP // . .. ..According to Kathmandu radio - encephalitis caused 10 deaths each in the townships of Tikapur and Dhangadi until Friday evening... ..The report also said that over 80 patients were undergoing treatment in...

Complications In Kidney Failure Patients Linked To Heparin

Researchers from Mayo clinic had attributed the rising rates of mortality in kidney failure patients undergoing hemodialysis to increased levels of heparin antibodies in their bodies. .. ..Their study in the August issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings // is a preliminary look at one aspect affecting the health of patients who undergo hemodialysis. In the study, they found patients who had a higher le...
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