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PCR emerging as a promising technique for Diagnosing Urinary Tuberculosis

Urinary Tuberculosis is often difficult to diagnose and many a times the diagnosis is made by exclusion. Urine polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is emerging as a promising technique for early diagnosis of Urinary Tuberculosis. The technique involves detection of bacteria by facilitating rapid amplification of small amounts of a genome sequence, Dr Narmada P Gupta told the Millennium International...

Gay capital reeling with rising HIV infection

The gay capital? of the world, San Francisco is now reeling under the shock waves of a rebound epidemic of HIV infection. In the past one-year the rate of infection has actually doubled in most areas and in some select high-risk pockets of gay men, who are also intra venous drug users, the rates are even higher. And what is the cause for this sudden spurt? ..Hold your breath! The successful contr...

Experimental treatment for Ebola Virus Shows promising results in mice

Scientists at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, have said that an experimental treatment for the deadly Ebola virus has shown promising results in mice. ..In the study, researchers led by Dr. Manish Gupta took antibodies from the immune systems of mice that had survived infection with the deadly Ebola virus and injected them into other Ebola-free mice. Later...

Decision making made easier

Audio-visual communication has always been an effective utility tool to the field of medicine. An interactive video disc is helping patients make important decisions about their treatment. The days when doctors told you what treatment to have are long gone. Patients today expect to participate in the decision-making process.// But sometimes this is difficult, when the clinical evidence gives conf...

Role of fats and oils in vision care

The balance of fats and oils in your diet can affect your vision, according to a new study. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a currently untreatable disease of the eye causing fuzziness, shadows and severe visual impairment. As the name suggests, it gets worse with age and diet has been implicated in its development. // ....Researchers at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary carried...

Ranbaxy gets US FDA approval for Lisinopril

Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc (RPI) has received a tentative approval from the US FDA for Lisinopril tablets. Lisinopril is recommended for hypertension, either alone for initial therapy or with other classes of anti-hypertenive agents. It is also used as adjunctive therapy in the management of heart failure and patients who do not respond to diuretics. // ....However it expects to launch the pr...

Genes for Vision discovered

Harvard Medical School researchers have discovered nearly all the genes responsible for vision, which could help in diagnosing and treating blinding diseases.Macular degeneration affects 20 per cent of people over age 75. Discovery of the full set of photoreceptor genes expressed int he retinal cells, which was made in mice, could also lead to new methods for preserving and restoring the vision o...

Watching television for long hours could lead to agressiveness

Researchers claim that children who watch television for long hours are more likely to be agitated.The research was carried out by Jeffrey Johnson, of Columbia University// and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His team tracked more than 700 children through adolescence to adulthood. ....They found that those who had watched one or more hours of television a day appeared much more likely...

The hazards of using disinfectant hand gel

According to researchers in Dallas, using disinfectant gels, rather than hand rubs, for hospital hand washing may lead to a decrease in hygiene. Getting doctors and nurses to wash their hands between each patient is thought to be a major advance in reducing hospital infections.// Soap and water is used in US, while in Europe, an alcohol-based rub is more common. Both have drawbacks soap and water...

A promising treatment for wart removal

Depending upon the body's own ability to get rid of warts, a researchers at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences are analysing and testing the needs. In a previous trial, they showed how a single injection got rid of warts in 70 per cent of participants.// The new treatment is a form of immunotherapy - that is, it stimulates the body to fight and destroy warts using its own defences....

Body mass index guide needs revision

Based on a research on aborigines in solitary parts of Australia suggest that the healthy limit on body mass index might be lower than previously thought. The body mass index (BMI) is calculated by dividing your mass in kilograms by your height in metres, squared.// Till now a BMI between 20-25 was considered to be the healthy range, while 25 to 30 is overweight, and over 30, obese. Health risks...

Putting cancer risk with a vision

Researchers at the University of Dartmouth studied the risk of getting cancer. A set of simple risk charts could help people put in perspective their risk of dying from cancer, smoking, and other diseases and conditions. The four charts track separate categories:// Women who have never smoked, women who are current smokers, men who have never smoked, and men who are current smokers. ....Each char...

Risk Factors for vision problems in Diabetes

Diabetic retinopathy is the most common disorder seen in diabetics. New research shows several factors that may contribute to whether a person with diabetes develops diabetic retinopathy,// a major cause of blindness for people with diabetes. In the United States, diabetes is responsible for 7 percent of legal blindness, making it the leading cause of new cases of blindness in adults 22 to 70 yea...

Surprising Cystic Fibrosis Finding That Could Be A Helpful Treatment Option

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease where the patient has frequent respiratory infections, breathing difficulties and eventually permanent lung damage. // It’s believed that patients with CF have too much mucus in their airways. But new research shows patients actually have too little mucus. ..Researchers say that may studies have been done in the past , but it has never proven, that CF causes...

A revision in iron and folic acid guidelines for children: Doctors urge

According to doctors it is imperative that global guidelines for giving iron and folic acid supplements to young children should be revised. The reason is// that since they might be dangerous for some youngsters. ..This important aspect was brought forth by researchers from the United States and Tanzania. They called for the rethink after discovering that the supplements can cause severe illness...

High Demand For Circumcision In AIDS-Hit Swaziland

Circumcision makes it comeback in Swaziland, years after it was banned by a king who reigned during the 19th century// The religious practice was apparently banned as the king (King Mswati II) felt that men recovering from the surgical procedure were diverted from waging war. ....This situation has however, changed now. Thanks to the AIDS research that showed that the ritual may help restrict th...

Watching television linked to smoking

In the United States smoking is the leading preventable cause of death. Turning off the television could prevent young people from smoking. A new study finds the more an adolescent watches television, the more likely they are to start smoking. //The risk of disease increases the earlier in life one starts to smoke. About 5 million adolescents smoke and that number has been increasing since 1990....

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...

Misinterpretation living wills

According to a study of patients, doctors and family members suggests there is widespread confusion over living wills. When someone has a terminal illness, they may have previously //expressed their desires over medical procedures in a 'living will'. For example they may not wish to have cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if they don't have a realistic chance of recovery. But other people, even...

Decision making made easier

Audio-visual communication has always been an effective utility tool to the field of medicine. An interactive video disc is helping patients make important decisions about their treatment. The days when doctors told you what treatment //to have are long gone. Patients today expect to participate in the decision-making process. But sometimes this is difficult, when the clinical evidence gives conf...

Vision loss could result due to MSG

A recent study which was published in the Experimental Eye Research journal cautioned that Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), which is used in flavouring oriental and processed foods could result in vision loss due to retina// injury. Glutamate is an amino acid which acts as a neurotransmitter, a chemical that sends signals between nerve cells. ....The findings were published following a study which in...

A new and surprising insight on AIDS

Dr. Roberto Giraldo, an American physician who addressed a Southern African Development Community (SADC) claimed that malnutrition was one of the key factors that was at the centre of the AIDS menace. His website (www.robertogiraldo.com) says, "Aids is neither an infectious disease nor// is sexually transmitted. It is a toxic-nutritional syndrome caused by the alarming worldwide increment of immu...

Televisions ruling baby's world!

A new research by psychologists at the Tufts University in Boston has revealed that children as young as 12 months old are influenced by emotions displayed on television. They also use emotional information picked up from adults around them to make decisions. ....Donna Mumme, assistant professor of psychology at Tufts University, and her team tested //babies, showing actors reacting on a videotap...

AEterna's acquisition of Zentaris being followed up with its new product pipeline and clinical development strategy

AEterna Laboratories Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic treatments in oncology and endocrinology recently acquired the new German based biopharmaceutical company, Zentaris AG. Following this acquisition// the new entity has in the pipeline six clinical stage products and two preclinical stage products, in oncology and one product already approved and...

Early detection of colorectal cancer may be hindered by coloured toilet disinfectants

A new study published in the British Medical Journal has argued that the cause of failure in detecting colorectal cancers at an early stage could be attributed to coloured toilet disinfectants. Researchers claimed that nine out of ten bowel and colon cancers detected early can be successfully treated and that once the cancer has spread cure rates drop dramatically. The National programme// for de...

World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking

The 192 members of WHO unanimously adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) aimed at curbing tobacco-related deaths and disease on 22nd May 2003. The Convention requires countries to impose restrictions on tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, establish new labelling and clean indoor air controls and strengthen legislation to clamp down on tobacco smuggling.//.. ..“Tod...

World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking

The 192 members of WHO unanimously adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) aimed at curbing tobacco-related deaths and disease on 22nd May 2003. The Convention requires countries to impose restrictions on tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, establish new labelling and clean indoor air controls and strengthen legislation to clamp down on tobacco smuggling.//.. ..“Tod...

World Health Organisation Takes a Historic Decision and Approves Treaty to Discourage Smoking

The 192 members of WHO unanimously adopted the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) aimed at curbing tobacco-related deaths and disease on 22nd May 2003. The Convention requires countries to impose restrictions on tobacco advertising, sponsorship and promotion, establish new labelling and clean indoor air controls and strengthen legislation to clamp down on tobacco smuggling.// ....“Tod...

HRT: A Difficult Decision

Women taking hormone replacement therapy may want to talk to their doctors about whether to stay on the drugs. A new study involving over a million women// provides strong evidence that the use of HRT is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer. The study found combination HRT puts women at a great risk. The study also reports an increase risk of death from breast cancer in women who used...

Promising Treatment for Diabetes

Researchers appear to be on the road to a new and possibly better treatment for type 2 diabetes...// ..Doctors typically treat type 2 diabetics with oral medications to control blood sugar. They’ll sometimes also use insulin if the condition worsens. These medications are effective, but they also carry increased risk for low blood sugar, or hypoglycemia, particularly as people age. This study, pu...

Preventing Vision Loss

A simple vitamin supplement could significantly reduce the number of people with vision loss from age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, finds a new study.// ....AMD, which is caused by a deterioration of the retina, is the number one cause of blindness among older people. A couple of years ago, researchers conducted a large study to see if a combination of the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and b...

Preventing Vision Loss

A simple vitamin supplement could significantly reduce the number of people with vision loss from age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, finds a new study.// ....AMD, which is caused by a deterioration of the retina, is the number one cause of blindness among older people. A couple of years ago, researchers conducted a large study to see if a combination of the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and b...

Prevention of Vision Loss

AMD, which is caused by a deterioration of the retina, is the number one cause of blindness among older people. ..A simple vitamin supplement could significantly // reduce the number of people with vision loss from age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, finds a new study. ..A couple of years ago, researchers conducted a large study to see if a combination of the antioxidant vitamins C, E, and...

Life after Bypass not so Promising for Women.

Women fare significantly worse than men after bypass surgery, according to a new study done by researchers . However, researchers are not able to say whether the //results are due to medical or psychosocial factors. ..Doctors have long known women have worse outcomes after bypass surgery than men. Most have attributed this to the fact that women who need the surgery are generally older, sicker,...

Exposure To Tobacco Smoke Can Lead To Sickle Cell Crisis

A recent study finds children with sickle cell disease are more likely to end up in the hospital with a sickle cell crisis if they live in households where people smoke.// ..Study after study has confirmed exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke can harm the health of nonsmokers. It is found that exposure to smoke affects the way the blood handles oxygen, leading to a vast array of problems. ..In s...

Circumcision Found To Prevent HIV Spread

HIV is a virus that infects and destroys T-cells in the immune system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are between 800,000 and 900,000 people living with HIV.// ..Previous research has shown circumcised men are less likely to be infected with HIV, and a new study helps explain why. ..Researchers examined tissue samples from nine specimens of human foreskin. The...

Vision Loss Due To Diabetic Retinopathy a Major Cause Of Concern

..Diabetic retinopathy is a major cause of vision loss among adults. About 22 percent to 36 percent of all diabetics // in the United States and Australia suffer from the condition. Vision impairment caused by the disease often leads to dependency in activities of daily living, social isolation, and reduced physical activity.When the visual acuity in the better eye drops below 20/40, many patien...

Circumcision More Effective In Reducing The Risk Of HIV Protection

Latest research from India shows circumcised men could be more than six times less likely than uncircumcised men to acquire HIV infection. // The research also shows how the explanation for this decreased risk in circumcised men is likely to be biological rather than behavioral. ..Previous studies show circumcised men have a lower risk of HIV-1 infection than uncircumcised men. New laboratory fin...

Exercising To Music Found To Boost Brain Power

Evidence suggests that exercise improves the cognitive performance of people with coronary artery disease say researchers // based on findings from their recent study. ..Researchers studied 33 men and women taking part in a cardiac rehabilitation program after having bypass surgery, angioplasty or other procedures to treat clogged arteries. The volunteers said they felt better emotionally and me...

Exercising Good For Stroke Survivors

Each year, about 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke. About one-third of those strokes are recurrent. Strokes can // reduce the ability to perform daily functions that consume lots of energy, such as dressing, bathing, walking and doing household chores. ..Recent research shows , stroke survivors should be urged to exercise more at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, three to se...
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