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Nobel Prize for Medicine shared by Three scientists

Arvid Carlsson, Paul Greengard and Eric Kandel won the Nobel Prize in medicine for their discoveries concerning "signal transduction in the nervous system." The three Nobel laureates will share the 9 million kronor ($915,000) prize for their pioneering discoveries "concerning one type of signal transduction between nerve cells, referred to as slow synaptic transmission," according to the award ci...

Startling Expose – Physicians Often Have No Regular Source Of Health Car

Startling! But true! ..In a censure of the doctors around the world, a study conducted by researchers at the prestigious Yale and Johns Hopkins Universities has revealed that more than a third of physicians have no regular source of healthcare Dr. Cary P Gross of Yale University is New Haven, Connecticut says, ‘ these physicians without a regular source of health care are less likely than others...

Prince Charles lends support to Alternative Medicine

In an open show of support to Alternative Medicine, Britain's Prince Charles has urged the government to allocate 10 million pounds ($14.21 million) to fund a five-year research program into the effects of alternative medicine. The world is now sitting up and taking notice of holistic medicine and Prince Charles’s support to fund research in this field has come as a shot in the arm for these crus...

Alternative medicine more popular among HIV positive patients

Despite significant improvements in anti AIDS therapy, complimentary and alternative medicine seem to be more attractive to the AIDS positive patients, according to a new study. Among 191 HIV-positive outpatients surveyed about their use of complementary and alternative therapies, 67% said they had used alternative therapies at some point to control their HIV infection and 40% reported current us...

Pesticide impairs male reproductive function

According to the May issue of the journal Epidemiology, high levels of DDT found in some Mexican workers suggest that pesticide can impair male reproductive function. The human body metabolises DDT to DDE. An international team of researchers took blood samples from 24 men aged 16 to 28 who had not been exposed to DDT in their work. ..In these men the high DDE levels correlated to low levels of t...

Patients often assume wrongly that they are allergic to penicillin

A team of researchers who reviewed medical literature on the accuracy of penicillin allergies has come out with a startling expose!!!! ..Nearly 80% of people who claim that they are allergic to penicillin actually are under the misconception that they are allergic to the drug. ..The researchers led by Dr. Alan R. Salkind, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas Cit...

IMA to create database on physicians

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is embarking on an exercise to grade hospital and medical institutions in the country, according to Dr. Sanjiv Malik, Honorary Secretary-General of the IMA. ..Meanwhile, IMA has also entered into an alliance with ORGMARG to create a database on all the medical practitioners in the country, be it allopathy or homeopathy, he said. The process of cataloging medi...

"Make AIDS Therapy affordable" - Physicians demand

AIDS in developing countries is a threeat to the globe as 95% of the AIDS victims dwell in here. In the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, physicians demanded to bring down the cost of anti retroviral therapy that would cater the AIDS victims in developing countries. ..Dr. Anne-Valerie Kaninda, medical advisor for Doctors without borders (commonly known as Medicines San...

The big brain in suicides

A study from England has found that people who commit sucide have heavier brains than most people. ..The human brain normally weighs about 1400g in men and 1300g in women, but can drop in weight with some diseases like Alzheimers, Schizophrenia, Parkinson’s and alcoholism.// ..Emad Salid from Liverpool University and George Tadros from the Northern Birmingham Mental Health Trust were the first t...

B Vitamin protects and lowers toxicity of Arthritis Drug

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that most often affects women in their 30s and 40s, especially women.The illness causes the immune system to attack the joints, which can cause pain, inflammation and joint destruction. .... Methotrexate is the standard drug used to treat the condition, but one third of the patients discontinue treatment early due to toxicity.// .. .. Patient...

Male infertility in relation to pesticide

Exposure to pesticides and solvents can further lower fertility among infertile men, a new report suggests.The study shows these chemicals may worsen the effect of pre-existing genetic or medical risk factors for infertility. ....The authors stress the findings should be treated with caution because they involved a selected population of infertile men, from a productive farming region in Austria....

Stress response increases suicide risk

Psychological responses to stress may cause significant problems including suicidal impulses. It is well-known that some people respond to major stressors - like war and natural calamities with a full-blown crisis known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) where there is emotional numbness, panic and anxiety. And even lesser stressful events, like having an operation, can precipitate PTSD in...

Complementary and Alternative medicine

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have looked at the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in over 2000 people. They find that the use of 20 therapies - from acupuncture to yoga - has increased in popularity since the 1960s. A new survey reveals that complementary and alternative medicine has always been popular, although the type of therapies used has changed over the years. /...

Medicis Pharmaceutical company enters pediatric market

Medicis is the leading independent pharmaceutical company in the United States focusing primarily on the treatment of dermatological conditions. Based in Wilmington, Mass., Ascent is a pharmaceutical company primarily dedicated to the specialty of pediatrics. Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation and Ascent Pediatrics, Inc. today announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement un...

Physicians Consider Self-Prescribing Ethical

Most physicians consider writing a prescription for themselves "ethical," but only about half see it as "healthy," and few consider it "necessary". Medical student Robert Wroblewski and others at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, surveyed 300 urban and rural physicians to determine general attitudes towards self-prescription. An earlier study had indicated that about half of all residents pres...

Emphysema surgery - unbeneficial

Lung reduction surgery for emphysema does not help the sickest patients, according to the latest report...In emphysema, the air sacs of the lungs - the alveoli - are progressively destroyed, leaving the patient so short of breath that they cannot do everyday activities like climbing stairs or carrying their shopping. In the mid-1990s, studies seemed to suggest that lung reduction surgery was bene...

Surgeons implant second artificial heart

Kentucky surgeons who implanted the world's first self-contained artificial heart in a 59-year-old man more than 2 months ago announced on Thursday that they have installed a second such device in a 70-year-old man. The latest patient, who was not identified, was recovering in intensive care at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, the hospital said in a statement. // ....The self-contained mechanical...

Suicide risk in panic disorder

Depression is not the only factor contributing to a heightened suicide risk among those with panic disorder. Several recent studies suggest that suicide is a real risk when people suffer from panic disorder. It's been assumed that depression is the link - people with panic disorder often suffer from depression. Moreover depression is a huge risk factor in suicide. ....However, a new study by doc...

Blood transfusions beneficial after heart attacks

Doctors can save the lives of many elderly heart attack victims by quickly giving blood transfusions to those who have even mild anemia, a U.S. study found. Researchers said this advice, if widely adopted, could save thousands of people each year. Taking care of anemia is probably as important as giving aspirin, beta blockers or clot-dissolving drugs, which are already standard care for heart att...

Health Officials Recommend Flu Vaccine

In the past, they could be signs of flu. These days, people fear the symptoms could mean anthrax. That is one reason they are willing to wait in hours-long lines to get a shot of influenza vaccine this year: They want to avoid both the flu and anthrax panic. "We're getting a tremendous amount of calls and a tremendous response'' to flu vaccination clinics, said Cindy Schulte of the Schenectady Co...

Fifth US Patient Receives Artificial Heart

A fifth man has received a self-contained artificial heart, but he is having problems with his lungs, surgeons at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said. The medical team said details about the patient would be released later. Surgeons have said previously that patients considered for the implant must be critically ill with fewer than 30 days to live. // ...."The opera...

Hormone Deficiency Results In Miscarriage

A deficiency in a protective hormone may be behind some early miscarriages, preliminary research suggests. The hormone, called corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH), is normally released by the mother and the embryo soon after it implants itself in the womb. Without it, the embryo may be left vulnerable to attack from the mother's immune system.// ....CRH triggers the production of a protein call...

First Artificial Heart patient has Major setback

The first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart suffered bleeding in his brain in the same area damaged by a stroke 10 days ago. The latest setback caused swelling and made the patient, Robert Tools, 59, of Franklin, Kentucky, less responsive, implant surgeon Laman Gray said. // ....Robert Tools received the AbioCor mechanical heart on July 2 at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. At the tim...

Pioneering artificial heart patient dies

Robert Tools, the recipient of the world’s first fully self-contained artificial heart, died at a hospital in Louisville, Ken., after suffering a series of setbacks. TOOLS, 59, died of complications after severe abdominal bleeding. He began bleeding and his organs began failing later, said Drs. Laman Gray Jr. and Robert Dowling, who implanted the experimental device on July 2 at Jewish Hospital....

Pharmacies in for a dose of bitter medicine

In a long-delayed move, the Foods and Drugs Department is beginning to bare its fangs at chemists and druggists operating without qualified pharmacists, an offence under the Indian Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. ....According to official sources, not only does this common practice jeopardise the health of the masses -- it allows untrained people to deal with high-risk drugs -- it also endangers...

Magnetic resonance angiography in clinical medicine

Cardiovascular, eurovascular and other vascular diseases are the leading causes of death. Imaging of blood vessels thus important in depiction of stenotic, occlusive, aneurismal, inflammatory or vascular malformations.Conventional x-ray angiography and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) are used to depict vascular lesions with high accuracy via intravascular administration of contrast (dye) ma...

Artificial lenses- Boon to cataract patients

A lens implant that can change focus like a natural lens promises to make cataract patients’ eyesight almost as good as it was when they were young.The device, which is being developed by Jin-Hui Shen, an ophthalmologist at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, contains six overlapping lenses.// ....As the muscles in the eye relax, the overlap increases, allowing pat...

Third artificial heart patient introduced

The third man to receive an experimental artificial heart made his first public appearance, three-and-a-half months after getting the device.// Bobby Harrison appeared at a news conference with members of his surgical team from the Texas Heart Institute, where he underwent surgery on September 26, 2001. ....The AbioCor heart is a battery-powered plastic-and-titanium device that's completely imp...

Acne Drug linked to suicide attempts

One year ago the FDA issued a statement about the potential for depression and suicide in teens taking the acne drug, Accutane. And now, reports say that the 15-year-old pilot who crashed his plane into a skyscraper was prescribed the drug. At this point, investigators don't know whether or not the teen, Charles J. Bishop, was actually taking Accutane at the time of his death. Blood tests should...

A Blood test for suicide risk?

How do you know when someone who talks about suicide will actually go through with it? Even experts have difficulty deciding which depressed patients need protection.Now American scientists believe that// they have found a way to assess risk: a blood test that checks glands controlling the stress hormone cortisol. ..Overactive glands may be a corollary to the mental turmoil that leads people to...

Healthy Medicine Or Harmful Intoxicant?

Is it a healthy, naturally occurring substance with many health benefits or a deadly intoxicant with no legitimate medical use? GHB -- gamma hydroxy butyric acid -- hailed as a wonder drug for the first 30 years// of its career, has been blamed as an illegal killer for the past 12 years. Many blame GHB for thousands of deaths and emergency room visits, while others claim its unrivaled uses as a p...

Nicholas buys ICI’s drug business for Rs 70 c

Pharmaceutical major Nicholas Piramal India Ltd. (NPIL) has acquired the pharmaceutical business of ICI (India) Ltd. For Rs 70 crore in an all-cash deal, on a going concern basis. The amount includes Rs 14 crore towards acquiring net current assets of ICI and Rs 1 crore to NPIL by ICI towards transaction costs. The deal includes ICI’s key brands and its manufacturing facility at Ennore, near Chen...

Attacking therapy with electricity

The holes in the cell membranes which is being punched by electrical pulses could give better delivery of drugs. The effectiveness of many potentially powerful treatments //including cancer therapy and gene therapy are limited by the difficulty of getting drug molecules in through cell membranes. Researchers in San Diego, California, have been developing a new way of delivering drugs called elec...

FDA fish warning criticized

The Food and Drug Administration recommends pregnant women to avoid swordfish, shark, king mackerel, tilefish, tuna steaks, sea bass, Gulf Coast oysters, marlin, halibut, pike, walleye, white croaker, and largemouth bass. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recommends pregnant women and young children to eat only small amounts of fresh-caught fish once a week. Under industry pressure, the Food...

Artificial silicon retina

In this era of transplants and implants ,a new annotation that is in research process happens to be the silicon implants.If these silicons are to used for the sake of blindness .....is there anyhting more to say. ....This is real and this is happening , the chip, called Artificial Silicon Retina (ASR), is being planned to be implanted in three people suffreing from retinal damage.This project is...

Down syndrome life anticipation doubles

According to a new study, people with Down syndrome live twice as long today as they did in the early 1980s'. These patients have a lower than average risk of developing many forms of cancer. ....The study by Quanhe Yang and colleagues published in this week's Lancet was based on data collected from death certificates between 1980 and 1995 in the US.// The researchers found that the average age a...

Surgery beneficial in Meniere's disease

According to a new research, surgery improves the quality of life for people with Meniere's disease. Meniere's disease is a disorder of the ear which leads to progressive deafness, dizziness, vomiting and tinnitus.The problem lies with a swelling of the endolymphatic duct in the ear// and this area can be the target of corrective surgery. ....Researchers at the Michigan Ear Institute in the US h...

Gestational Diabetes linked to Chromosomal defici

According to a new study, researchers, suggest that, some women who develop gestational diabetes during pregnancy may be prone to have children with certain chromosomal abnormalities However, researchers stress, gestational diabetes is not itself a risk factor for these types of defects since they form in the early stages of pregnancy--well before gestational diabetes typically develops.// ....Th...

Approaching through Telemedicine benefits patients

According to researchers, a new study shows that getting primary care physicians and their patients together with specialists through videoconferencing technology is an excellent way to extend the communication between doctors and patients.// ....Doctors from the Royal University College Medical School in London tested the "virtual outreach" method in a group of more than 2,000 patients seen at a...

Mental illness a key factor in suicide

According to a new study, at the University of Texas, mental illness appears to be the strongest risk factor for suicide in young people. This despite earlier studies that suggest socioeconomic// factors play a major role. ....Researchers in Denmark set out to determine the risk of suicide in young people based on family and individual psychiatric and socioeconomic factors. They identified 500 ca...
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