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Low Cholesterol Linked to Severe Depression and Violent Behavior in Men

It is not high levels of cholesterol but low levels that are making news. Recent reports are indicating that Low levels of Cholesterol maybe linked to depression and violent behavior. A new study shows that men with relatively low cholesterol levels were up to seven times more likely to report symptoms of severe depression. Edward Suarez, PhD from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C....

Feeling depressed? You may be at higher risk of STROKE

Those who suffer symptoms of depression are at an increased risk of stroke, according to researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In particular, depressed African Americans showed the largest increase in stroke risk... ..Those people with the highest levels of depression had a 73% increase in their risk of stroke. However, it is not clear if the depression actually cause...

New CPR Guidelines issued by Heart Association

The American Heart Association announced it has revised its ..guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the treatment of ..cardiovascular emergencies... ..Untrained bystanders and CPR-certified lay people will no longer have to check an unconscious person's pulse before administering chest compressions. Instead the person can "check for ..lifelessness" using breath, movement and response t...

El Ni?o cycles linked to cholera outbreaks

About 11 months after the start of an El Ni?o event in the ..equatorial Pacific, hospitals thousands of miles away in ..Bangladesh can expect a surge of cholera cases, according to the ..first mathematical model to link climatic cycles with subsequent ..cholera outbreaks. .. ..Details of the climate-disease model are reported in the latest ..issue of the journal Science by ecologists at Cornell...

Poor health care in Russia maybe causing Decline in its Population

Medical officials in Russia have reported to have said that more than two-thirds of births in Russia are marred by complications, and every second newborn discharged from a maternity clinic is suffering health problems. .. ..The number of normal births declined from 45.3 percent in 1992 to just 30 percent last year, said Olga Frolova, head of the statistics department of Russia's Academy of Medic...

Cough Syrup Ingredient Linked to Stroke

Phenylpropanolamine (PPA),is a common ingredient found in many non-prescription cough and cold medications. Use of PPA-containing cough and cold remedies increased the risk of stroke by 23 percent. Dr.Ralph I. Horwitz, from Yale University's School of Medicine, says, "Case reports have linked exposure to PPA to the occurrence of hemorrhagic stroke." .. ..A hemorrhagic stroke results when an art...

Evidence Links Protein Damage to Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's

Neurodegenerative diseases - including Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Diffuse Lewy body disease, and Multiple System Arophy - are collectively called synucleinopathies. Most commonly they become symptomatic due to a deficiency of a specific neurotransmitter - in the case of Parkinson's it is dopamine. When the neurons that produce these chemicals die or become impaired, which occurs with oxidation, th...

Cancers of Colon & Rectum linked to Cigarette Smoking

The risks of smoking are well known. Besides causing 160,000 deaths annually from lung, mouth, bladder and other cancers, smoking also increases the risk of death from cancer of the colon or rectum, according to results of a large new study from the American Cancer Society. .. ..As many as 12% of all colorectal cancer deaths in the US may be caused by tobacco smoking... .."Colorectal cancer is no...

Spirulina may be the next immune boost on the block

News is out that Spirulina may be the wonder drug we are all looking out for. According to Journal of Medicinal Food, Spirulina , significantly increases the cytokine production in cultured immune system cells. To evaluate the effects of spirulina on the immune system, immunologists at UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center collected blood samples from 12 healthy volunteers and incubated...

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...

Stress reduces your immunity- startling but true!!!!!

In a startling expose, new research into how our immunity works says stress reduces our immunity and makes us more vulnerable to diseases. For long we have agreed that stress is bad for our health but this aspect of stress decreasing our immune status is sure to cause a lot of concern. .... With the advent of HIV/AIDS and other immune-disorder related conditions claming many victims every day, th...

Clinton's new problem - Is the outgoing American president suffering from skin cancer?

The outgoing U.S. president Bill Clinton will be remembered as one of the most controversial presidents ever. He created history by becoming the first American president in history to be impeached by the House of Representatives. Only because he managed to win at the senate did he save himself and his country further damage. ..He has been the center of many burning controversies throughout his te...

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...

Gene linked to early puberty in girls

A study conducted in the United States of America has zeroed in on the culprit behind the falling age of attaining puberty. A gene has been isolated which is said to be the cause for girls attaining puberty as early as 8- 10 years. However the most widely held explanation for this is growing childhood obesity, intake of rich foods and lack of physical activity...Also scientists were keen on the r...

Depression may cause delayed wound healing

Researchers in the UK say that wound healing in depressed people is four times slower than that of normal people. These and related reports find a place in the latest issue of the journal, “Psychosomatic Medicine”. ..Psychological factors could have direct and indirect effects on the rate of wound healing, according to the researchers. Depression and other psychological problems have been shown t...

Avoid sudden death by quick cooling

An emergency medicine expert said in New York on Thursday, at an American Medical Association press briefing on heart disease, that rapidly cooling people whose hearts have suddenly stopped, could provide a way to bring them back to life without organ damage. ..Dr. Lance B. Becker, Director of the Emergency Resuscitation Center at the University of Chicago said that thousands of people die every...

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...

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...

Unravelling the secrets of ‘Huntingtin’ Protein - towards the treatment of ‘Huntingtons’ Disase

Huntingtons disease is an inherited disease of the nervous system due to the progressive gradual deterioration of the same, initially causing symptoms such as involuntary movements and balance problems and later on leading to declination of functions of speech as well. ..All these days, until now, it was thought that this disease is due to a mutated form of the protein 'huntingtin' which is respo...

Unravelling the secrets of ‘Huntingtin’ Protein - towards the treatment of Huntingtins’ Disese

Huntingtons disease is an inherited disease of the nervous system due to the progressive gradual deterioration of the same, initially causing symptoms such as involuntary movements and balance problems and later on leading to declination of functions of speech as well. ..All these days, until now, it was thought that this disease is due to a mutated form of the protein 'huntingtin' which is respo...

GlaxoSmithKline - Changes Lamictal(R) Label Appearance and Packaging

Lamictal, an antiepileptic drug, is one of the several prescription drugs that has encountered the problem of dispensing errors. ..Dispensing errors are often a result of miscommunication, which can include poor hand writing of the prescription and confusion between drugs with similar names.// ....It is important for patients with epilepsy not to have an interruption in treatment because it could...

Maternal alcohol consumption linked to behavioral problems in children

Even small amounts of alcohol consumption is linked with deliquent behaviour of the chilren later in life,according to the new study. ....Dr. Virginia Delaney-Black, of Children's Hospital of Michigan, the co author of the study,has come out with the finding that in comparison to the teetotallers ,women who drank the equivalent of one cocktail a week during pregnancy were three times more likely...

Gene HPA-2 Met linked to cardiac arrest

Men who die early from heart disease are more likely to have a specific variant of a blood clotting gene...Researchers in Finland carried out tests on 500 men who had died suddenly, many of whom had had a cardiac arrest. ....They found that, in men younger than 55, a gene variant known as HPA-2 Met was 2.2 times more common than in the general population.// ....The gene is one of many involved...

A treatment for blindness

A surgical technique to correct a blinding condition in premature babies appears to have long-term benefits. ....Children born with retinopathy in prematurity (ROP) have an abnormal growth of blood vessels along the surface of the retina.If this is not treated , the condition can lead to legal blindness in about 60 percent of patients. ....A surgical procedure Cryotherapy, is employed in which...

Early puberty linked to nutrition

According to a research done by the school of Medicine from Harvard,after studying the eating behavior and the growing indexes of 67 girls, concluded that the inclusion of more animal fats and less vegetables in the diet between the 6th and 8th year of age took some of the participants of the research to an early puberty. ....The results of the research is of great importance to modify certain...

Quitting smoking stops lung decline

Quitting smoking for a year at a time can keep lungs from deteriorating and reduce the risk of death, according to American researchers. At the University of Ohahio, Dr.Margit Pelkon and collegues investigated the effects of quitting smoking. ....They studied more than 1,000 Finnish participants in four groups:// those who had never smoked, those who had quit permanently, those who had quit inter...

Link between Constipation and Parkinson's Disease

Researhers have found from a long-term study that men who suffer from constipation are nearly three times more likely to eventually develop Parkinson's disease. .... According to Robert Frank, Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics at the University of Texas School of Medicine, the connection between constipation and Parkinson's was noted almost 2 centuries back from a clinical study. .. .....

Alcohol linked to brain activity

A largest study on how alcohol affects the brain in elderly people was carried out by researchers in the USA. Nearly two thousand senior citizens were investigated to discover the link between drinking and the health of their brains. The results show that alcohol is really a double-edged sword.// ....It has been found that any level of drinking caused brain shrinkage, which ultimately has a nega...

Women find difficulty in calling it 'Quits'

A review of numerous research studies focusing on smoking cessation has concluded that while women may suffer greater relative risks of smoking-related diseases than do men, they tend to have less success than men in quitting smoking. Dr. Kenneth A. Perkins from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine who conducted the review offers several reasons for this disparity in a paper published...

Wound healing made faster

Australian scientists say they've found a way to make wounds heal at least twice as fast as they would normally.....In preliminary findings, a team at the Australian University of Technology reports they have been able to raise the effect of a number of key hormones involved in the body's own tissue-repair system by assembling them into a wound-healing "complex". ....The researchers believe that...

Is there a link between bones and memory?

In a large study of elderly people, researchers have uncovered a strong link between thin bones and poor verbal memory. To investigate, Zhang and colleagues analyzed the relationship between bone mineral density (BMD) and verbal memory impairment among more than 4,300 elderly people included in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. // ....The researchers found that peopl...

Anthrax drug doxycycline could stunt fetal growth

The government warned doctors that doxycycline -- an antibiotic being prescribed to people who may have been exposed to anthrax -- can stunt fetal growth when taken by pregnant women. Instead, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged doctors to prescribe Cipro to pregnant women. The recommendation comes as health officials worry that Cipro is being overprescribed in the general popula...

Cement injections linked to osteoporosis

Spinal injections of an acrylic cement mend fractures linked to osteoporosis without the need for surgery. Researchers at the University of California have been looking at the effect of a new treatment for vertebral fractures in 90 elderly patients with osteoporosis. They injected an acrylic cement into the affected area - a procedure formerly done during surgery. Two weeks later//, many patients...

Asthma linked to obesity

A US study has suggested that the increase in childhood asthma may be explained by the rise in obesity, rates of both have shot up dramatically in recent decades in the West. Over 6million people are currently being treated for asthma, compared to 3.4m in 1999. ....The researchers found the fattest children were 77% more likely to have asthma symptoms...They suggest increased weight might lead t...

Miscarriage linked to late embryos

The later a fertilised egg implants in a woman's uterus, the more likely she is to have a miscarriage, new research has found.The report in the latest New England Journal of Medicine details the most precise information the timing of implantation - the true start of pregnancy - influences its success or failure. ....Fertilised eggs can attach themselves to the lining of the womb anywhere from six...

Cirrhosis linked to genes

A group of UK doctors suggest that genetic factors may determine those at increased risk of developing liver disease from drinking alcohol.Researchers at the University of Newcastle believe that certain genes trigger a strong immune reaction in response to alcohol which then damages the liver. ....Dr Vander West, who is leading the research, says the work suggests directions for the development...

Borderline blood pressure- possible health risk

It is best to keep blood pressure at normal (120/80 mmHg). Better still, there is a benefit in keeping blood pressure as low as possible.High blood pressure is generally defined as a reading above 140/90 mm Hg and, if untreated, it raises the risk of stroke and heart attack. It's becoming increasingly clear that these figures don't represent a clear cut-off point below which there's no health ri...

Sex life enhanced by cycling

According to a new study, cycling has shown a beneficial effect in treating sexual dysfunction among men with chronic heart failure, ..Heart failure may produce sexual dysfunction in men because blood flow is restricted, in other words they may find it hard to get an erection. The problem is that many of these men cannot take the anti-impotence drug sildenafil because it interacts with medication...

Irregular Periods Linked to Diabetes

Women who have irregular or very long menstrual cycles have a higher risk of developing diabetes. Women with such menstrual abnormalities needn't panic because the risk can be reduced markedly by lifestyle measures, most notably regular exercise and weight control. // ....Menstrual cycles 40 days or longer or irregular cycles appear to be markers for some sort of underlying metabolic abnormality...

A need for new stem cell lines

According to researchers, existing stem cell lines could accrue genetic abnormalities over time and new stem cell lines will likely be needed. Dr. Burt Vogels, chairman of a key stem cell research committee of the National Research Council and Institute of Medicine said that every time a cell divide in a tissue culture it accumulates mutations. In aggregate those mutations may cause certain pro...
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