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Feeding channel created by malaria parasite - a new target for malaria treatments

Researchers have found pore-like holes in the membranes of red ..blood cells infected by the deadliest form of the malaria parasite. The parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, apparently uses these holes to supply itself with the nutrients it needs to grow and reproduce... .. ..The discovery may lead to the development of new treatments for ..malaria, a widespread and devastating disease. ..Malaria ki...

Check if your “Favourite medical web-site” is indulging in Quackey

Frauds has become an ever-growing menace on the Internet. Now a millennium project by like minded people have listed 500 health related web-sites that are such havens of quackery!.. ..This information should serve as a guideline for surfers to be weary of tall claims made out by such sites. The information can be accessed on http://www.ratbags.com/rsoles/categories.htm.. ..Statutary Warning: You...

White Cells Count Can Predict Heart Attack Death Risk

A simple blood test can give clue if the heart attack patients should get an immediate procedures to open clogged vessels and restore blood flow to their hearts. .. ..Cleveland Clinic cardiologist, Dr. Deepak Bhatt analyzed medical records of more than 12,000 heart disease patients and found that patients whose white blood cell count is in what is considered a "high normal range" have a much high...

Scientists plan human cloning clinic in the United States

An international group of reproductive scientists plan to launch a human cloning clinic, which will provide cloning services to infertile couples within 18 months, according to a US infertility specialist, Dr. Panayiotis Zavos. ..Dr. Zavos, a biologist at the Univeristy of Kentucky, is not medically qualified but holds a doctorate in reproductive physiology and is an owner and director of two USD...

Headache decreases appetite

Researchers have found that headache stimuli also affect the appetite centre of the brain...It is always been a mystery as to why loss of appetite often accompanies pain. People with migraine, for instance, cannot face food and it is often assumed this must be because one common linked symptom is nausea. ....Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Centre and Harvard Medical School now revea...

Humour inherited

Your sense of humour has nothing to do with your genes, and everything to do with your upbringing say UK biologists. Most personality traits such as being introverted or extroverted are believed to be at least partly genetically determined - so researchers presumed the same applied to our sense of humour. ....The team asked 71 pairs of identical twins and 56 pairs of fraternal twins, to go into s...

Frozen food invite food poisoning

According to British microbiologists, in the overseas travel, pre-packed sandwiches and cold meat raise the risk of poisoning with a common bacterium. Campylobacter is a major cause of food poisoning in the UK. It causes diarrhoea, vomiting and abdominal pain and even complications like arthritis and Guillain-Barre syndrome, a type of temporary paralysis. ....The Public Health Laboratory Service...

Inherited gene important in ovarian cancer

A gene causes significant complications in ovarian cancer. A gene implicated in inherited ovarian cancer is more significant in the disease than previously realised. Up to 10 per cent of cases of ovarian cancer arise from a mutation in a gene called BRCA1.// In these cases, the woman usually has a strong family history of the disease. We know that BRCA1 prevents tumours from developing, although...

Thumb Sucking in children Lead to Overbite

Thumb sucking in children should be stopped in order to prevent problems realted to the teeth. Kids who continue to suck their fingers or use a pacifier after the age of 2 may be more likely to end up// in the orthodontist's office by the time they reach adolescence, a team of dentists reports...Their study found that kids who used a pacifier or sucked their fingers or thumb by the age of 4 to 5...

Composite fillings to hasten work procedures

Amorphous calcium phosphate is showing great covenant in dental restorative work, say researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology at Ohio.//This ACP has new physical-chemical properties,” says Tyndall Don, Ph.D., a researcher at OSU. “It’s more soluble than other calcium phosphates and has a tendency to convert to the stable dental mineral hydroxyapatite, which is the main i...

Parasite infections linked to organ transplants

Three transplant patients contracted a dangerous parasitic disease from their new organs in the United States.Two of the three women died, but only one recovered after antibiotic treatment.// A second study also released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention turned up 26 bacterial infections traced to tissue grafts that had come from cadavers in the United States. ....This shows that...

Cancer patients pursue smoking inspite of risks

According to a new study, nearly one third of a group of patients with head and neck cancer continued to smoke, even though it was likely to worsen their condition. Smoking and drinking are both significant risk factors for head and neck cancer especially in combination.// According to researchers,at the Hopkins University, inspite of complications, some patients continued taking these risks. ....

Iron supplementation quite necessary

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 s...

Preventing 'white coat' hypertension

Researchers at the University of Southampton say that docotors are not the best people to assess blood pressure. White coat hypertension is a well-known problem - it means that your blood pressure //may go up when it's measured by a doctor (the 'white coat') but be lower if a practice nurse measures it, or if you measure it yourself. Researchers in, England, have been looking at the white coat e...

Morphine may excite cancerous tumors

According to a new study, morphine may be combined with tumor growth in mice. At present there is no scientific data that indicates morphine or similar pain medications will lead to increased cancer growth in humans.// However, researchers say their findings warrant further studies for managing cancer pain. ....Researchers from the University of Minnesota Cancer Center found doses of morphine, s...

Skin specialist advise on cellulite

Cellulite is the name commonly given to the dimpled, 'orange peel' skin on the thighs, buttocks, knees and lower abdomen. Massage, diet, exercise and creams may all have a beneficial effect on the appearance of cellulite - but there's no cure for the condition.// It's the body's natural way of storing fat in women and occurs even in very thin women. According to Dr Michael Goldman, a dermatologi...

Hormone restrains appetite in man

According to reasearchers, a hormone is released into the blood after a meal, restrain the appetite if given by injection and might be supportive in treating obesity. The reason for feeling full after a meal, that the intestines release a hormone called PYY3-36 //which acts on the brain to produce a feeling of satiety. Researchers at Imperial College, London, now report on the first human trial...

GlaxoSmithKline to Supply United States with 8 Million flu vaccine, Fluarix

GlaxoSmithKline will supply 8 million doses of its flu vaccine, Fluarix. This dosage is twice the amount GSK shipped to US last year. This amount of 8 million doses only represents about 10% of the demand from the US, due to increased need for vaccines against flu.// The immense need for vaccination increased due to large vaccination awareness programs organized in the US during recent years, due...

Suicide might be inherited

According to a new study, children of people with mood disorders who have attempted suicide are more likely to try to take their own lives as well. The link is especially strong among those who have been exposed// to sexual abuse and women who suffer from mood disorders themselves. ....Research has shown people with a family history of suicide are at increased risk of committing suicide, but few...

Mediterranean diet aids Asian masses

A diet rich in alpha-linoleic acid reduced cardiac events in Asian people at risk.Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major public health problem in South Asian people, especially if they move to the West. The high prevalence of CAD is not fully explained by conventional risk factors,// like diabetes and high blood pressure. ....Researchers in India and Israel have been experimenting with the eff...

Ways to whiter teeth!

People have been concerned, for many decades now, about having spotless white teeth and a gleaming white smile. But tooth discolouration is a persistent problem that is caused by aging and colored molecules in food and drink. Back in the Middle Ages, people used corrosive nitric acid, which bleached teeth white and kept it white for a while and then, destroyed them! However, dentists have now dis...

Baby with white blood!

A hospital in Kolkatta, India recently received a patient, a two-month-old baby with white blood! The baby was said to be suffering from a rare disease caused due to a deficiency of lipoprotein lipase. This disease occurs only in one out of 10 million children. Doctors said that the baby was brought to the hospital with complaints of blood in stool. On detection the baby, a boy child, was found t...

Scientists locate key hormone involved in appetite control

A key hormone involved in appetite control, called ghrelin, has been identified by researchers from the Oregon Health & Science University(OHSU). Scientists have demonstrated the effect of the hormone on the brain and have shown that the hormone activated the specialized neurons in the hypothalamus involved in weight regulation. Ghrelin is a hormone produced in the stomach with the ability to sti...

Electrocardiograms plays a limited role

A recent report indicates that Negative exercise electrocardiograph tests should be the first-line approach to risk stratification of hypertensive patients with chest pain. Even though negative findings identified those at low risk, positive findings could not distinguish levels of risk. The research also indicated that pharmacological stress echocardiography yielded diagnostic and prognostic inf...

When Man Bites Man

Treating people who are bitten by animals poses little problem for doctors, but what do they do when the biter is another human? ..That’s the question researchers set out to answer in a new study published in this month’s Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. Their review of 10 years worth of hospital records in Galveston, Texas, identified several key areas they believe can form a standard pr...

Extra hormone found to cut appetite by a third

Studies done previously have shown that the hormone could suppress the appetites of lean people. But researchers were worried it would not work in obese people because studies of another appetite-suppressing hormone,// leptin, had proved disappointing. .."We had to do a second trial to see if obese people were as sensitive" to the hormone, said researchers. The answer: "Yes, they are. They're ju...

Sudden Cardiac Death due to inherited Heart Disease

Unexplained sudden cardiac death is termed sudden arrhythmic death syndrome or SADS...Over 1,000 individuals die suddenly each day in the United States.// Most of these sudden deaths involve middle-aged or elderly individuals with heart problems. While sudden deaths in young people are rare, experts say they do have a tremendous impact on the medical community and the families. ..Previous resear...

Persistent Childhood Wheeze Probably Inherited

Childhood wheezing has been linked to many different causes, some of which are typical of childhood asthma and some // of which are not. Previous studies have suggested early onset wheezing is associated with high levels of allergies, impaired lung function, and bronchial hyper-responsiveness. Children with the longest duration of wheezing also appear to have more severe asthma. However, some chi...

The Reason For Loss Of Appetite After Gastric Bypass

Researchers now say they might have a partial explanation for the loss of hunger and rapid weight loss observed after gastric bypass surgery.// In the gastric bypass procedure, the stomach is divided to create a pouch out of the small proximal portion of the stomach, which is then attached to the small intestine, bypassing a large part of the stomach and all of the duodenum. ..It was found that...

Albendazole Effective In Reducing Seizures Caused By A Common Parasite

New research shows an antiparasitic drug appears to help people avoid seizures caused by a common parasite Taenia solium.// ..Researchers speculated treatment with the antiparasitic drug albendazole which they thought might help these patients reduce the number of seizures they experience. They randomized 120 patients with signs of the living parasite in their brains to receive either 800 millig...

Risk of preeclampsia in pregnant mothers may be inherited

Dutch scientists have found out that the condition of preeclampsia that may cause complications in giving birth may be passed on from mothers to their daughters.// ....Preeclampsia is a condition that is characterized by high blood pressure, protein in the urine and swelling of hands and feet. This is one of the pregnancy-induced conditions that may cause severe complications to the pregnant mot...

Top Ten Super Food Items That Can Help In Avoiding Cancer

It is believed that almost one-third of all cancers are preventable by changes in our life style and // food habits. Exercising regularly and loosing excess weight also helps. To lose weight one should also have fiber rich food. The National Cancer Institute in US recently approved the dietary guidance: "Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chr...

Gene mutation identified for inherited pain syndrome

Researchers have identified the single mutation of the gene involved in causing// the condition of inherited pain syndrome or primary erythromelalgia. ....Investigators from Yale School of Medicine have reported in their research findings that the single mutation of the gene for sodium channel Nav1.7 is responsible for people to suffer from the chronic condition of primary erythromelalgia. Resear...

Three Tropical Parasites Genetic Code Unravelled

Scientists have now cracked the genetic makeup three fatal diseases –sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis //and Chagas disease that are caused by Trypanosoma brucei, Leishmania major and Trypanosoma cruzi. The three diseases have mostly been to affect people in tropical countries. It is estimated that they affect about half a billion people worldwide and claim more than 150,000 lives annually. ....A...

Metabolism cycle of Kala-Azar parasite revealed

Researchers have found that Leishmania parasite utilizes mannose for their metabolism// and growth different from human metabolism which requires glucose. ....Associate Professor Malcolm McConville and his research team from Bio21 Institute at the University of Melbourne have found a break thorough to control the spread of the parasite Leishmania in the blood. Leishmania is found to utilize suga...

Prevention And Timely Medical Care Can Help With Bug Bites

It is a good sign if the bites of the insects are itchy and swollen, rather than being tender//. ....According to scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center, tenderness may be a sign the bug bite is becoming infected and deserves more medical attention. ....Other signs of possible infection are redness extending beyond the immediate bug bite, drainage of pus, or worsening, rather than improvem...

Breastfeeding Revisited thanks to WHO and UNICEF

‘Good Health begins with mother.There is no substitute to her milk’..// . ....Breast feeding has been revisited this week due to the efforts of WHO, UNICEF and breast feeding steering committees as a socially acceptable and respectable practice. ....As the ‘World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7)’ comes to an end of weeklong campaign, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has made some importan...

“Alcohol” To “Cancer”: I Hereby Invite You To Join Me At The Earlest

Research is underway to explore the link between alcohol and certain type of cancers, which will perhaps help understand genetic factors //that influence DNA repair pathways. ..The study examined the reaction of acetaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen (a substance that can induce cancer formation, found in alcohol) with polyamines - natural compounds essential for cell growth... ..Polyamines are usu...

Prohibited diet medicine found in Chinese herbs

According to researchers they have discovered fenfluramine, the diet medicine pulled from the market five years ago because it was linked to heart valve problems, in Chinese herbal remedies being sold to help people lose weight. According to reports of this study, there has been serious side effects, such as pulmonary hypertension, among a handful of patients led a group from Southend Hospital on...

Top Ten Super Food Items That Can Help In Avoiding Cancer

It is believed that almost one-third of all cancers are preventable by changes in our life style and // food habits. Exercising regularly and loosing excess weight also helps. To lose weight one should also have fiber rich food. The National Cancer Institute in US recently approved the dietary guidance: "Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other chr...
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