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What happens when Medications go wrong?

...proportions if the unwitting error happens to be a fatal one. Two types of products — insulin and the anticoagulants heparin and warfarin — were most often linked to medication errors during the study period. During the tenure of a former U.S. president in recent h...

“Don’t fear long haul flights!” Vascular surgeon tells travelrs

...ed off this sudden debate that long flights can be fatal to many people. Dr. Scurr says this fear is unfou...n get detached and become mobile and can result in fatal complications. This condition is called thrombo embolism. But this need not occur only in passenge...

Tattoos may significantly increase risk of hepatitis C infection

...r, which can cause liver damage and may lead on to fatal liver disease. It is considered a major public health risk because it is a silent disease but can kill millions. Although there is no cure, antiviral drugs combined with interferon therapy can be useful. The treatment is very long and can extend u...

Smoking spreads Cancer

...elp explain why breast cancer is more likely to be fatal among smokers as it is common for breast cancer to metastasize to the lung. Smoking also causes changes in the lungs that increase the risk of tumors spreading from other sites. Inspite of the fact that it is not completely clear whether smoking pro...

Bayer Voluntarily Withdraws BAYCOL - A Drug Associated With 50 Deaths

...on can also lead to kidney failure. The FDA said fatal reports with Baycol had been reported most frequently when the drug was used at higher doses, in elderly patients, and especially when taken in combination with another cholesterol-lowering drug called gemfibrozil. It said patients taking Baycol shou...

Ovarian cancer in relationship with Hormone therapy

...years or more are at substantially greater risk of fatal ovarian cancer. The risk persists for many years after therapy is discontinued, researchers from the American Cancer Society report// in the Journal of the American Medical Association.The study followed 201,681 postmenopausal women from 1982 to 199...

Right drugs drastically cut stroke risk

... 50 per cent. There was a 38 per cent reduction in fatal strokes in patients using the Perindopril-based therapy. The study shows that even patients with normal blood pressure would benefit from this therapy. With the finding that normal patients can be benefited, people can greatly cut their exposure t...

Sequencing of the Plague

...ricas. But it occasionally spreads to humans, with fatal effect.It does so by infecting both insects and ma...eople may catch "pneumonic" plague. This is always fatal without treatment. Pneumonic plague is the form feared as a latent biological weapon, as it can be ...

Vitamins reduce pre-eclampsia

...say that pregnant women at risk of the potentially fatal condition pre-eclampsia appear to benefit from doses of vitamins C and E. The study, published in the Lancet, found that taking the supplements halved the chance of developing pre-eclampsia. The condition involves the pregnant mother with a high-blo...

Pharmacies in for a dose of bitter medicine

...edicines which seem to be common stuff, but can be fatal if a wrong spelling or wrong formula enters the picture, especially if they're being bought without a prescription. While this practice endangers patients' health, it also dulls job prospects of pharma graduates....

FDA issues warning for Droperidol

...drug commonly used by anesthesiologists can cause fatal irregular heartbeats at lower doses than expected,...eart doesn't recover, it can go into a potentially fatal irregular beat. While apparently rare, the side effect is serious enough that anesthesiologists shou...

Early puberty more resistance

...were over the age of 35 also had a lower risk of a fatal hip fracture. The researchers, led by Dr Bjarne Jacobsen of the University of Tromso, said that women with more reproductive years are exposed to oestrogens for longer and this maintains bone strength.However, they added that it might be possible t...

Gene Therapy For Cystic Fibrosis

...n cells to levels that should ease symptoms of the fatal disease. Still, it's too early to know whether the same technique will work in people. In this study, scientists at the University of Iowa used a harmless virus to carry a corrected genetic information into the gene associated with cystic fibrosis. T...

Depression linked to mortality

...milar mental illness were much more likely to have fatal strokes, while the men who did not die from their ...ed by standardized tests, the higher the risk of a fatal stroke. Depressed people often don't take medicines as prescribed, so some of the men may not be ta...

Target for obesity treatment

...ght. Being fat raises the risk of many potentially fatal health conditions//, including heart disease and diabetes, it's believed that obesity is linked to at least 300,000 deaths in the US annually. Researchers have pinpointed a gene( PPARgamma) that puts the finishing touch on turning cells into fat. R...

FDA approves drug for rare liver disease

...ten infants die undiagnosed. This is an absolutely fatal disease until now. Children born with such a very rare but very lethal liver disease have won the first drug that promises to help them live years longer. The drug, named Orfadin, amazingly is a failed weed killer that Swedish scientists discovered ...

OxyContin Abuse Continues To Rise

...rformed in 2000 and 2001. Of those people, 23 took fatal doses of the drug....

Reduced POD linked to fatal asthma attacks

...re emergency department visits, hospitalisations, fatal asthma attacks and deaths during a 2 year study pe...ients with low POD were more likely to suffer from fatal and near-fatal asthma attacks than those with high or normal POD.The researchers said that patients ...

FDA Approves New Anti-Clotting Drug

... surgeries and can lead to serious and potentially fatal consequences, such as when the clots break off and travel to the lungs. The drug works by inhibiting Factor Xa, a key component involved in blood clotting. The major side effect of Arixtra is serious bleeding. Arixtra is not to be used in patients w...

Scientists found ancient Human Germ Killer

...y of defensins, the fact that HIV is almost always fatal suggests that none exists for that virus. Although it is not known if the monkey defensin is the reason these animals can be infected with AIDS-like viruses without becoming ill, the UCLA group became interested in the fact that there appeared to be...

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