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Pharma majors gear to supply anti-anthrax drug

The panic that has gripped the U.S with anthrax bacterial infections coming to light has led to an increased demand for the drug used in its treatment - Ciprofloxacin. Already there is news that the German pharma major Bayer is tripling its production of Ciprofloxacin to cater to the burgeoning demand and will supply 200 million tablets in the next three months. In fact, Bayer holds the U.S. pate...

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...

Allergies: A major health problem

Among various ailments 'allergies' are the ones that claim millions of victims throughout the world. In US alone it affects 45 million people annually. While many ailments can be accounted for external organisms like microbes// or due to the deficiency of essential nutritive component like Vitamins, allergies are triggered as a specific reaction to a normally harmless substance, one that does not...

Animal insulin product to be discontinued by drug major Eli Lilly

The Chairman and Managing Director of Eli Lilly and Co., India, disclosed on January 3rd, during the announcement of a price cut in the company's human insulin product 'Huminsulin', that its animal insulin product 'Iletin' will be phased out from the market by the end of this year. He added that the company// resorted to this move due to the growing use of human insulin products and the phasing o...

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...

Depression Found To Be A Major Cause for Death in Elderly

A new study which focused on depression in elderly people living in the community and not in assisted-living facilities or nursing homes found that // depression and its symptoms have been shown to accelerate death in many elderly people . ..The study, involved 250 participants in a community health program. At the start of the study, researchers determined the presence of depression and then did...

Genetics Has A Major Role To Play In Body Shape.

Scientists in a major breakthrough in the study of treating obesity have identified a gene FOX gene,// which is associated with gain in weight. ....This now explains why people despite not eating too much tend to put on weight and turn obese. The logical sequence for obesity is input of food being greater than the energy expenditure, but in certain situations this is not the case. ......The answe...

“Yes, I need Cosmetic surgery” – view of majority wome

A recent survey organized by women’s magazine, Grazia reported the interest of women to undergo cosmetic surgery. // The survey results reported that an overwhelming half of the interviewed women is interested to undergo cosmetic surgery. The result of the survey was reported in Daily mail. .. ....The study was conducted in 1,000 women in the average age group of 34 years, residing in England, S...

Pigs Population A Major Threat To Encephalitis Ravaged UP

The death toll from Japanese encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh crossed 800 Saturday. But the administration still seems unwilling to take on pigs - believed to be at the root of the virtual epidemic. ..The proliferation of pigs has made matters // worse as the animal is known to be the biggest host for the encephalitis virus, carried across to human beings by mosquitoes. ....Uttar Pradesh officials...

Unsafe Injections and Unclean Hand hygiene major cause of hospital infections in India

Use of unsafe injection in India is the cause of serious hazards with an estimated 4.2 billion injections are administered in India and the results show that two out of three injections given in India are non-sterile or unsafe and pose serious health hazards//. ..World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that over 1.4 million people are suffering from nosocomial or hospital acquired infectio...

Delhi Government To Interlink All Major Hospitals Through e-Governance

The Government of Delhi is planning to interlink its major 29 hospitals to share information about its patients and disease //condition and treatment provided. This computerization and interlinking of data would be helpful to citizen in providing better treatment by which doctors can know the case history and treatment provided to this patient. Government will develop 42 modules of software to de...

Nine Major Culprits For Tooth Loss Identified By Researchers

Periodontal disease is one of the main causes of tooth loss worldwide and is the leading cause for majority of the tooth extractions (those with periodontal disease lost 2.8 teeth versus 1.8 teeth lost for those without// periodontal disease). It has now been found out from research that certain groups of people exhibit increased susceptibility to periodontal destruction than others. ..The study...

Environment a major factor in occurrence of Type 2 Diabetes

Researchers from the University of Lund in Sweden have conducted a study that links environmental pollutants with high occurrence of type 2 diabetes // . ..Exposure to organochlorine pollutants (POPs) have already been linked with asthma, diabetes and many cancers. ....High levels of POPs such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the insecticide dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane or DDT in th...

Obesity Among Children May Become a Major Problem

The NHS Scotland figures have revealed that about 34% of the 12 year olds in Scotland are either clinically obese or overweight. The Information Statistics Division (ISD) has published this research conducted by the Government. Childhood obesity is directly connected to latter year // problems like diabetes, depression, osteoarthritis, back pain, low self-esteem and heart disease, which may prov...

Canadian Lung Cancer Study Lauded As Major Advance in Cancer Fight

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has chosen 11 research efforts as major advances in the fight against cancer for the year 2005. Prominent// among them is the finding that Herceptin is effective in preventing the recurrence of HER-2-positive early-stage breast cancer. ..A Canadian research detailing the fact that treatment of early-stage lung cancer is successful if chemotherapy is giv...

US Academy honors 15 for major contributions to science

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has chosen 15 scientists to receive awards for their outstanding scientific achievements. ..The awards will be presented on April 23 at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., // during the Academy's 143rd annual meeting. The 2006 awards and recipients are: ..The John J. Carty Award FOR The Advancement Of Science, established by the American Telephone & Teleg...

Smokers Sue Tobacco Major Philip Morris

Tobacco major Philip Morris is being sued by four Marlboro smokers for hi-tech screenings aimed at the early detection of lung cancer. The four people are demanding that the company pay for spiral CT scans which is estimated at £300. //If this were to be brought into force, it will serve to save several thousand lives as a result of early detection. The company has been accused of indulging in de...

India Can Become Major HIV Drugs Producer

The World Health Organization (WHO) has revealed that India can easily become a market leader in the manufacture and supply of medicines for HIV across the world. Several people in the African Continent are dying as they do not have access to HIV drugs.// India is in a position to provide low priced diagnostic tests for children, and also contribute the trained health personnel badly needed in Af...

NIH To Launch Two Major Gene and Disease Projects Soon

In order to better understand the role of genetic and environmental factors in the incidence of common diseases, the United States has planned to launch two major research studies// The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced this recently. ....The link between genes, environment and the disease would form the main focus of the study. One of the projects would revolve around the significan...

Asthmatics need to be on guard for Major Diseases

Australian scientists are of the opinion that older adults with asthma are highly prone to developing cancer and heart disease. // ..The researchers at the University of Adelaide said adults with asthma are at a high risk than those without asthma to suffer chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, stroke, and cancer,..The study’s lead author Dr. Robert Adams of...

Smoking Related Illness Could Become A Major Cause Of Death By 2020

According to the WHO, narrowing of the breathing passage, which results due to smoking is said to become the world's third biggest killer by 2020. // ....Called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the ailment entails two specific health problems: chronic-obstructive bronchitis and emphysema of the lungs. ....Unlike simple bronchitis, the breathing passages narrow due to swelling of t...

Majority Of Women Satisfied With Decision To Have Preventive Mastectomy

New research has found that women who have cancer in one breast and decide to have mastectomy on the unaffected one as well lead a good quality of life despite popular perception to the contrary. // “A large majority of women were satisfied with their decisions to have the preventive mastectomy in addition to their primary breast cancer treatment,” said Ann Geiger, Ph.D., lead author, from Wake F...

Irregular Meals Could Be a Major Cause of Obesity

According to a telephonic survey conducted by Dr. David Schutt of Thomson Medstat, a Michigan-based health-care research firm it was found that more than three-quarters// of Americans who are obese think their eating habits are healthy. ..About 11,000 people were contacted by phone and the participants said that they did vigorous exercise for times a week. About 28% of the obese people said that...

Tuberculosis Is Still A Major Health Threat In Africa

With 24th March celebrated as the world tuberculosis day. It was thought decades ago that the problem was the verge of being irradiated, but sadly it still remains a major // threat and its toll still rising. ....The WHO warned that the cases were still rising at almost 1% every year despite the efforts taken against it globally. Tuberculosis has killed about 1.7 million people globally in 2004 a...

Majority Of Americans Deny That They Are Overweight

Majority of the Americans refuse to accept that they are overweight. According to a study published on Tuesday, 90% of the Americans know that most of their fellow men are overweight// , but just 40% believe themselves to be too fat. ....The statistics show that more that 60 percent of the U.S. population is overweight, and half is obese, meaning they are at serious risk of health effects from th...

Golden Staph- the super bug spreads, posing a major health risk.

Australia: Bugs have gotten really bugging, and drug resistant and added to this seem to bespreading like wild fire out of hospitals, becoming a deadly health menace, according to a warning issued by scientists. // Golden staph, which has been present in large hospitals for a good many years, is now posing a major health hazard as related strains are triggering dangerous blood poisoning and pneum...

Obesity The Major Cause Of The Increase In Newly Diagnosed Diabetes

In a study to be published in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention study // and research on the reason as to why more and more Americans are being diagnosed with diabetes They conclude that this was because of obesity which plays a major factor in recent increase of newly diagnosed diabetes. ....The researc...

Antioxidant Selenium Offers No Major Protection against Heart-Disease

Selenium does not offer protection against cardiovascular disease, despite the lofty claims of its antioxidant and chemopreventive properties, a recent trial has shown.// The findings of the trial have been published in the April 15th issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology. ....Selenium now joins the club of several antioxidants, vitamins C and E in particular, that were praised for its ro...

Medicare Drug Plans Might Rest With Three Major Insurance Companies

The Medicare drug program is on its last lap of seeking enrollment from drug companies, and results so far, show an inclination of the plans to rest// with three major insurance players. ....United Health Group seems to be the ace in the heap, with AARP as its official endorsers and a financial agreement with them to support the company. AARP is s a solid supporter for the drug program by Medicar...

Majority of Middle Aged People Suffer from - High BP, High Sugar, Pot Belly

With rising stress levels and erratic lifestyle playing havoc with health, a new study has found that more than half of the population over the age of 40 suffers// from metabolic syndrome, a condition which predisposes people to heart attack and stroke. ...."As high as 52 per cent of the people in the age group of 40-70 years were found to have metabolic syndrome, a condition signified by combin...

WHO Chief's Sudden Death - A Major Loss To Global Health

The sudden demise of the Director General of World Health Organization, Dr Lee Jong-Wook, is a major loss to global health programmes, People's Health Organization (India) said here today.// ....Lee, 61, who led the global response to SARS, bird flu, and other deadly diseases, was the first WHO chief to have died while serving as DG, PHO general secretary I S Gilada said... ..PHO's condolence res...

Tiny Easy Fitting Pump May Be The Answer For Major Open Heart Surgery

Experts say that they have developed a tiny device that could relieve the need for open-heart surgery for thousands of patients//. Scientists at Brunel University’s Institute have developed the new pump, measuring 4mm wide and 10cm long, for Bioengineering and doctors at London's. ....They claim that the dual-purpose pump would be fed into an artery in the groin area and pushed up inside the bod...

South Africa: AIDS, A Major Cause Of Death Of Youngsters

The HIV-AIDS pandemic is one of the major causes of death among South Africa's young people, aged between 20 and 44, Government has said. // ....Head of Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Service (PACS) at the Presidency Joel Netshitenzhe said they had conducted research and found that there was sharp increase in HIV-AIDS-related deaths among young South Africans. .. ..According to the document -...

Indian Railways Cannot Deal With Major Disasters

A report by the Comptroller and Auditor General criticized the medical system in the Indian Railways and said that it is ill-equipped to carry out medical relief //services in the event of any disaster or accident. ....The report was complied after auditing important installations of the railways associated with medical care. Titled "Performance Appraisal of Medical and Health Services in Railwa...

Obese Women are more likely to suffer from Major Health Risks

A new study which estimated obesity-related risk factors have indicated that more the women are obese, higher would be the prevalence of health risks// like hypertension, diabetes and hypercholesterolemia. ..Especially the degree of obesity played a main role in predisposing women to major health risks – researchers reported from an observational study. ..Obesity diagnosis and treatment are typ...

Pharmaceuticals May not Pose Major Aquatic Environmental Risks

A Canadian study of high-use drugs released from eight sewage treatment plants indicates that effects on invertebrates, bacteria, and plants// in the aquatic receiving environment are unlikely. The study is published in the latest issue of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. ....The pharmaceutical market is a booming industry. The manufacture of drugs is increasing to match its demand and us...

Majority of Keralites Vote in Favor of HIV Certificate Before Marriage

An HIV certificate is a must before marriage, say an overwhelming 91 percent in an SMS survey in Kerala, which has over 70,000 HIV positive cases.// ....The survey, conducted by manoramaonline/yuva, saw 22,578 people taking part. Of this, 20,546 people said an HIV certificate was a must before marriage. Just 2,032 said that such a certificate was not a necessity. The survey results have just bee...

Stress and Pollution are Major Cause of Infertility Among Urban Couples

Stress and environmental pollution are two of the main causes of growing infertility among urban couples, say doctors treating patients unable to conceive// normally. ...."Worldwide, one in every six couples has difficulty in conceiving. About 50 percent of the infertility problems is contributed by the male factor. But stress and environmental pollution are considered two key factors for child...

A Major Break Through in Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome

A molecular switch, regulating the production of fat and cholesterol, has been identified by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital//. This may play a major role in advancing the treatments of Metabolic Syndromes which comprises high cholesterol, obesity, type II diabetes and high blood pressure. .."We have identified a key protein that acts together with a famil...

Hundreds Of Jobs To Be Lost With The Merger Of Two Major Hospitals In UK

Officials in the NHS have confirmed that around 1,200 jobs would be terminated and 186 beds will be lost due to the streamlining process following the merger// of two hospitals. .. ..It was reported that the proposed cuts, which are subject to official consultations with staff, would be made over the next 18 months. The concerned unions fear the cutbacks due to the merger of the Nottingham City...
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