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Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients' Lives

According to some British researhers increasing doses of painkillers to ease the agony of terminally ill patients does not shorten their lives.Some health professionals have criticized the practice, comparing it to euthanasia, but doctors at St Christopher's Hospice in London claim patients receiving higher doses of drugs such as morphine live just as long as those who do not. .. .. ..In research...

Ebola Virus - 'Outbreak' Claims More Lives In Uganda.

The curse of Uganda – the deadly Ebola virus in its latest outbreak has claimed around 156 lives by December 5th according to Health Ministry officials in Kampala. More shocking is the fact that the dead include many health workers including doctors & nurses. But what shocked the nation was the death of Dr. Mathew Zukeviya, who was a prominent doctor spearheading the fight against Ebola in Gulu...

Contraceptives via Internet

In an alarming revelation it is now possible for anyone to buy contraceptives via Internet. Sometimes these contraceptives have major contraindications and side effects and in most cases these are not available over the counter but surprisingly these are now available through the Internet. However it takes up to two weeks for the delivery of these contraceptives after placing an order through the...

Infant receives first bloodless liver transplant

.. To avoid complications during the surgery doctors recycled the blood lost from the infant’s body back to his circulation. Also the infant was given drugs to stimul...

B Vitamin Supplementatoin Saves Money and Lives

People with high blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine experience more heart attacks and death from heart disease.And giving patients inexpensive and safe therapy with the B vitamins folic acid and cyanocobalamin can lower homocysteine levels. ....Fortifying foods with B vitamins and giving additional supplements to people with heart disease could save lives and money.// ....Dr. Jeffrey A....

Hormone contraceptives lead to bone problems

New research confirms that the main ingredient in the -- depo medroxyprogesterone acetate or DMPA -- can cause significant bone loss when used long term. The younger you are when you begin using this contraceptive, the greater your risk of bone-related problems later in life. // ....From the time we are born, well into middle age, our bone mass is constantly breaking down and re-building, usua...

Contraceptives decreases Libido

Women taking the contraceptive pill may find themselves less responsive to the very smells which attract them to men, say researchers. The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, measured the ability of women to detect distinctive smells such as musk - while taking and not taking the Pill. ....They found that women who were not taking the Pill experienced rises and falls in their abi...

Contraceptives have dual effects

Women using the oral contraceptive pill could be up to 30% less likely to develop bowel cancer, research suggests. ..Researchers believe that over the last 20 years, mortality rates for bowel cancer have dropped more in women than in men because of hormones found in the Pill. ....Researchers believe the protective benefits of the Pill are due to the way oestrogen - a female sex hormone - works in...

Drugs For Anthrax May Interfere With Oral Contraceptives

Women taking birth control pills should be mindful of the possible interaction between oral contraceptives and the medications recommended by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to treat anthrax. The CDC recently recommended that antibiotic and anti-infective medications, such as Cipro, doxycycline, and penicillin, be used to treat those believed to have been exposed to a...

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...

Hydroxyurea derivatives kill colon cancer cells

A new class of drugs based on a widely used anticancer drug, hydroxyurea, shows potent colon cancer-killing effects in the laboratory and in mice, according to researchers. The new compounds seem to be very interesting for the treatment of these tumors. // ....Previous drugs derived from hydroxyurea were extremely active in blocking the same cell targets as hydroxyurea, but had serious side effe...

Microchip gives blind a chance of sight

A computer chip implanted near the eye’s retina is well on its way to offering some restored vision. People blinded by eye diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa and age-related degeneration of the eye will be benefitted by the new development. ....The implant works for eye diseases in which healthy retinal neurons remain intact after they lose use of the eye’s photoreceptors.// These receptors co...

Beehives to curb caries

Now scientists are confirming in laboratory studies that one of the substance-propolis, a resinous product collected from beehives--may inhibit the development of tooth decay. Researchers at the University of Campinas, Brazil, found that propolis// considerably reduces dental plaque formation. Propolis is a potent inhibitor of glucosyltransferase (Gtf) enzymes, enzymes that synthesize glucans fro...

Northfield Labs Receives FDA Comments

Northfield Laboratories, founded in 1985, is a leading developer of an oxygen-carrying blood substitute. Its product, PolyHeme, is the only blood substitute undergoing clinical trials that has been tested at large enough dosages to be considered a substitute for acute blood loss in trauma and surgical settings. As a result of the process used to manufacture the blood substitute, essentially a sol...

Microchip gives blind a chance of sight

A computer chip implanted near the eye’s retina is well on its way to offering some restored vision. People blinded by eye diseases such as Retinitis Pigmentosa and age-related degeneration of the eye will be benefitted by the new development.// .. The implant works for eye diseases in which healthy retinal neurons remain intact after they lose use of the eye’s photoreceptors. These receptors con...

Defibrillators saving lives but price is an issue

Surgically implanting the heart-shocking devices known as defibrillators in people who have had heart attacks prevented sudden death in nearly one-third of the patients. //Doctors say the findings will likely lead to a dramatic and costly shift in the way they treat millions of heart attack patients by adding a $20,000 defibrillator to the medicines now in use. ....The study is the first to test...

Combined scan gives exact cancer diagnosis

A new device makes detection more easier. A combined scanner detects more lesions in cervical and ovarian cancer than the conventional method. It is notoriously difficult to get an accurate picture of ovarian and cervical tumours,// because the tissue is dense and so it's not always possible to detect the border between malignant and normal areas. Doctors at the University of Texas now say that c...

Tennis gives protection against heart disease lifelong

Researchers at the University of Hopkins University, men who keep up playing tennis throughout life are less prone to have a heart attack than those who are less active. They have been following a group of medical students at college during 1950 and 1960. //They asked them about participation in tennis, golf, football, baseball and basketball. Those who reported the greatest skill in tennis were...

Camera gives hope for detection of breast cancer

Researchers at the Hopkins University have observed a high resolution camera which detects tumours and may not appear on standard mammography. They have been comparing mammography with a technique called scintimammography, which involved the injection of a radioactive tracer chemical.// Scintimammography, is good at distinguishing between malignant and benign tumours, has been done on a standard...

Nurses save more lives

According to a new study, hospitals staffed with more registered nurses (RN) the most highly skilled kind - save more lives from deadly complications, and researchers say in a study that is likely to intensify worries about the nation's growing nursing shortage.``Will we see more of these adverse outcomes because we don't have the knowledge of the registered nurses in the clinical setting?'' //as...

Quality of lives of older people

In an endeavour to assess the future needs of an aging population, a group of older people have been studied for nearly 20 years. Within 20 years, half the babies born on the planet can expect to live till they are 70. The physical, mental and economic needs// of our rapidly aging population will be known based on this study. In an attempt to answer some of these questions, scientists at Cambridg...

Pancreas transplant gives hope to type 2 diabetes

A new hope for patients with type 2 diabetes. According to a new survey, they showed that a few patients with type 2 diabetes have been selected for a pancreas transplant.// Obesity is a strong risk factor for type 2 diabetes. In type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. In type 2 diabetes, the body develops a resistance to insulin, usually in the m...

Role of wives of Alcoholics

According to a new study out of Texas suggests the characteristics of women married to alcoholic men may play a role in the problem. Clinical and Experimental Research, found women married to alcoholics tend to be less likely to be homemakers// and more likely to meet the criteria for alcoholism themselves. They also were found to more likely to smoke and use illicit drugs. ....On the other hand...

Clean air protects lives

According to a combined study by researchers from Ireland, Boston and the Netherlands, it was confirmed that cleaner air is linked to reduced death rates Cleaning up the air really can save lives. The investigators in Dublin and Boston// centered their research on a 1990 ban on coal in Dublin. They studied the death rates in the six years before and after the ban was implemented. After the ban,...

Untreated Scoliosis patients found to lead productive and active lives

Adults who have late-onset idiopathic scoliosis(LIS), a curvature of the spine diagnosed after the age ten, have been found to lead normal, productive lives, contrary to earlier belief that the condition increases mortality rates in general or from cardiac or pulmonary conditions potentially related to the curvature. Researchers from the University of Iowa in a 50-year study have found that adult...

Beehives to curb dental caries

Now scientists are confirming in laboratory studies that one of the substance-propolis, a resinous product collected from beehives--may inhibit the development of tooth decay. Researchers at the University of Campinas, Brazil, found that propolis// considerably reduces dental plaque formation. Propolis is a potent inhibitor of glucosyltransferase (Gtf) enzymes, enzymes that synthesize glucans fro...

New method of measuring arterial stiffness in elderly hypertensives

Researchers have now discovered a new method by which arterial stiffness in elderly hypertensive patients can be evaluated, using the "arterial stiffness index", which is measured by computerized oscillometry at the upper arm. The researchers from the Osaka University Medical School in Japan studied 42 patients, 26 of whom were over 60 years of age. They evaluated arterial stiffness index// and c...

Hypertensives could benefit regular alcohol consumption

A recent study reported by researchers in the Journal of Hypertension indicates that hypertensive patients could reduce their cardiovascular morbidity and improve their atherosclerotic risk profile by consuming alcohol on a regular basis. The researchers indicated that serum lipoprotein(a), a powerful predictor of organ damage, was reduced with regular alcohol consumption. The researchers studied...

Smoking and Oral Contraceptives:

A new study shows oral contraceptives are safe for non-smokers but can be deadly for women who smoke. The study began 35 years ago and included 17,000 women. ....Oral contraceptives were widely used in the 1970s and 1980s. There has long been a question of whether being on the birth control pill could increase your chance for cancer or other fatal diseases. As part of the Oxford Family Planning A...

False beliefs could cost cancer patients their lives

Lung cancer is by far the biggest cancer killer around the world. It will kill 157,000 Americans in 2003.// In a recent survey researchers found that 38 percent of 626 patients they surveyed held this belief. When broken down by race, 61 percent of the black and 29 percent of the white patients at five centers said they believed exposing a tumor to air would cause it to spread... Most of the pa...

Groundbreaking Study Gives Hope For Patients With Kidney Cancer

German researchers have developed what appears to be an effective vaccine against recurrent kidney cancers.// Kidney cancer accounts for about 3 percent of all cancers and causes about 12,000 deaths in the United States every year. The disease most often strikes those in their 50s and 60s. Standard treatment involves removal of all or part of the kidney. Unlike some other cancers, however, kidney...

Gene Therapy Gives Hope For Patients With Muscular Dystrophy

Researchers say their recent discovery could be the first step in the path for a treatment for humans with muscular dystrophy. They say for the first time they have found a successful way to deliver gene therapy // to all of the muscles in a mouse. ..Gene therapy for muscular dystrophy has been a hopeful treatment idea. However, finding a delivery method for the whole body has been a major obsta...

Low-Dose Oral Contraceptives May Increase Risk For Heart Attack Or Stroke

Women taking low-dose oral contraceptives maybe at increased risk of heart attack// or stroke as per a recent study. However the risk disappears if they stop the pill. ....The study done at Virginia Commonwealth University is published in the July issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The findings could have further significance for those women taking low-dose oral cont...

FDA gives “black box warning” against three asthma drus

Food and Drug Administration has given a “black box warning” to three asthma drugs//, Foradil, Adavir and Serevent. The FDA panel has advised the manufacturers that the drug should carry clearly the warnings regarding the risks for worsened breathing. ....Adavir and Serevent are manufactured by Glaxosmithkline, which contains a compound Salmeterol. Novartis manufacturers the drug Foradil which c...

Statins Gives New Hope for Increased Survival Rate of Heart Failure Patients

Administrating statins to patients with diastolic heart failure increases// the survival rate by 22% compared to patients receiving other drugs. ....William C. Little and his research team from Wake Forest University, has found that patients with diastolic heart failure (DHF) treated with statins has better survival rates. The study was done on 137 diastolic heart failure patients published in t...

US Doctors Association Gives away $110,000 To NGO’

The Association of Tamilnadu Medical Graduates (ATMG) of the US has given $110,000 in aid to five NGOs for social causes in Tamil Nadu.// ..The ATMG-run Charitable Foundation collected the money from about 5,000 doctor members in the US. ..The Voluntary Health Services received $50,000 to be spent on tsunami relief. The other NGOs are the YWCA, Mary Clubwala Girls High School, the Kumarasamy Heal...

Woman In Coma Gives Birth To Daughter

An American woman who had gone into coma when she was four months pregnant, had been proclaimed //as brain dead, and was on life support. Susan Torres, 26, had given birth to a two-month premature daughter, while being on life support... ..The medical practitioners of the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington had kept her on the machines for three months after she was pronounced brain dead, for t...

Artificial Heart , Gives Hope For Patients Awaiting a Heart Transplant

A recent study shows a completely artificial heart could prevent death in critically ill patients and those who are candidates for a heart transplant . The artificial heart implant improved survival rates before receiving actual heart transplants and after transplantation. // ..The artificial heart was found to be a successful bridge to heart transplantation in many patients who did not improve...

New Eye Surgery Gives Hope To Short-Sighted

A new type of eye surgery has given hope to severely short-sighted patients who want to rid themselves of thick glasses or contact lenses but are unsuited for laser treatment, two Singapore hospitals said Wednesday. .. ..The procedure, offered by the National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, involves surgically // implanting a special kind of contact lens in the eye. .. ..The impl...

Encephalitis claims 46 lives in UP

Uttar Pradesh has turned a victim of encephalitis with, as many as 43 children and three adults who have been affected in the past three weeks. A report of 9 casualties has // created a sense of fear among the public. ..The bulk of the rush is from rural pockets around Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Kushinagar and Deoria, besides villages along the marshy Indo-Nepal border. Two special wards have been c...
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