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Acupuncture superseeds massage therapy for short term relief of pain

Chronic neck pain often remains a therapeutic challenge for many practising allopathic medicine. so now the alternative forms of medicine has taken its stride. Acupuncture vs massage for treating pain has been widely debated with some practitioners. ..Dr. Dominik Irnich of Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich has done a study on this basis and found that when it comes to chronic neck pain, acu...

Gas Masks Don't Always Fit an Emergency

Before the national anxiety over bioterrorism drives you to buy a gas mask at the nearest army surplus store, take a deep breath and brace yourself for what experts say about them -- most of it is not good. One could never know where the exposure is; you'd have to wear the mask at all times. //Even if you could stand to do that, the risks to your health would probably be higher than the likelihoo...

Periodontal disease may amass the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Study results from the Marquette University School of Dentistry suggest chronic periodontal disease may increase the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.//The research ties the incidence of diabetes in patients with periodontal disease to the release of bacteria into the bloodstream that triggers a reaction from the immune system. .. ..Immune system cells can release proteins called cytokines th...

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...

Latest device for identifying Melanomas

A research from Australian company has finalized development of a digital screening device it says will take the guesswork out of diagnosing melanomas, the third most common cancer in Australia. Victor Skladnev, managing director of Polartechnics said that in terms of its ability to diagnose melanomas, it matches top specialists.// ....Image analysis and computer-aided diagnostic software for Sol...

Tremors connected to Body Mass Index

According to a new study from Columbia University researchers, people who suffer from the most common movement disorder, essential tremor (ET),// are more prone to have a lower body mass index than their healthy counterparts. ....Essential tremor is a disorder of unknown origins, but doctors believe it may be neurodegenerative in nature. The condition causes increasingly severe tremors over time...

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...

Massage therapy regulates sleep cycle of newborns

A new study involving twenty mothers and their full-term infants, revealed that massage therapy helps newborns develop a more regular sleep cycle. ....Dr. Sari Goldstein from Tel Aviv University says that massage therapy by mothers in the perinatal // period helps infants coordinate their circadian systems with environmental cues. Circadian rhythm is a biological clock that helps humans and other...

SARS necessitates medical masks

The N95 mask is in demand once again. In the past this mask has been well tested whenever there has been need to protect our lungs from airborne infection. During all the previous instances around the world for example the world trade center tragedy and during the anthrax danger this mask was used. SARS or severe acute respiratory syndrome, the new viral disease N95 is the safest mask to...

Detect masses in the breast

Since the discovery of mammograms in 1969, screening technologies have become regularly used to detect masses in the breast -- many of which turn out to be cancerous.// ....With three sons, Daria Pistelli has plenty of men in her life. But, it’s the women in her life that keep her concerned about her health. “My mother’s mother died at the age of 32 of a female d...

Free Tissue Transfer Effective in Treating Massive Skin Cancers

Most skin cancers arising on the face are spotted quickly by patients or their friends or family, and treatment is sought before the cancers get out of hand.// In these cases, doctors can easily treat the cancers and repair the damage using flaps of skin located next to the cancerous area. ..In some cases, however, facial skin cancer goes untreated for a long period of time and therefore grows...

Tissue Transfer For Treatment Of Massive Skin Cancers

A new study shows the disfiguration caused by massive skin cancers on the face can be effectively repaired by using tissue // transferred from other parts of the body. ..Most skin cancers arising on the face are spotted quickly by patients or their friends or family, and treatment is sought before the cancers get out of hand. In these cases, doctors can easily treat the cancers and repair the dam...

Low bone mass in Postmenopausal Women

According to researchers most of the postmenopausal women enrolled in a national study had undetected low bone mineral density, some of them with osteoporosis.The research, found that these women are at increased risk of having a bone fracture within one year. //According to Dr. Ethil Siris, of Cleavland University College of Surgeons in New Jersy, when a woman reaches menopause and loses estroge...

Gene in Melanomas

Research in mice has drawn a direct link between a human gene and the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.A team led by Professor Marco Polo from the National Centre of Investigative Oncology in Sweden found that genetically engineered mice with a mutation in the gene, known as Cdk4, were more likely to develop melanomas when exposed to cancer-causing agents. Their results appear...

Protein acts as "Master Switch" that cuts off cells' Cancer-Growth machinery

A Washington University research team headed by Shrikant Anant, PhD, is mighty excited about their new discovery that was reported in the journal, Molecular Cell. They have found a "master switch" - a protein named CUBGP2(cytidine-uridine-guanosine binding protein) - that makes cancer cells self-destruct. The findings that were published// apply only to cancer cells grown in a test tube. Human st...

Helicobacter pylori Antibiotic Treatment of Peptic Ulcer May not Prevent Gastric lymphomas

Stanford, CA -- Successful eradication of Helicobacter may not prevent future aggressive gastric lymphoma since resting B cells are left behind. This was reported by Research led by Dr. Anne Mueller at Stanford University // School of Medicine... ..The paper by Mueller et al., "The role of antigenic drive and tumor-infiltrating accessory cells in the pathogenesis of Helicobacter-induced MALT lymp...

Therapeutic Genes Transferred By Viral Vector Through T Cell Masking

Dr. Richard Vile, Mayo Clinic Molecular Immunologist and his team has found a new virus based gene therapy delivery system for the treatment of cancer, inflammation and autoimmune diseases. The new delivery system acts as a “T // cell Therapeutic hitchhiker”, by which the Therapeutic virus containing the required genes are transferred into the T cells in the immune system, as the T cells are the...

Device For Improving Bone Mass In Osteoporosis

For the women who suffer from osteoporosis from loss of bone mass, there may be good news for them. Experiments on a new device shows that it can help improve bone mass in women who suffer from the disease//. ....Weight-bearing exercise is one of the principal recommendations for preventing and treating the loss of bone density that can lead to osteoporosis. However, exercise isn’t always possibl...

People seek reassurance in facemasks following threats of bird flu epidemic

Although there has been an incredible and alarming rise in human cases of bird flu, causing increasing fear of a global pandemic, there seems to be a strong resolve in the scientific community to combat this impending and much // dreaded pandemic. .. ..Concern about bird flu has risen since October 5 when scientists from the U.S. Army and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported fi...

Dermaseptins: Potent vaginal contraceptives

Safe and effective vaginal contraceptives are urgently needed. Ideally, such products should have antimicrobial and antiviral properties; as such, they could also play a role in the reduction of sexually// transmitted diseases (STDs), particularly the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). ..Most of the spermicidal products being marketed presently contain a detergent as an active ingredient, which...

Diabetic Type II Women Have Elevated Bone Density Mass

A recent study was conducted to investigate the association among non-insulin-dependent diabetes, bone mineral density (BMD), and cardiovascular risk factors. The results indicate that diabetic women have a higher bone mineral // density than the controls, and there is no relationship between osteoporosis and cardiovascular risk factors in diabetics. .. ..It has generally so far been believed tha...

Mass Bird flu vaccination to Chinese Poultry

China as started mass vaccination against bird flu to all its poultry birds and wild birds in it's country and as also increased its awareness program to farmers and villagers about the importance of vaccination to poultry // and as asked the villagers to report immediately any doubtful death of birds in their area as it is reported that China has an estimated 14.2 billion birds. ....China has...

Turkey Is Listed In The Christmas Meal Despite Bird Flu Scare

There is no change of plans regarding the Christmas dinner. Turkey still remains popular inspite of the bird flu scare. ..The demands for Christmas turkeys have risen by 25% in Britain. Supermarket owners say that the sales of the bird //are as good as the previous year. ..When bird flu was spreading and was in its peak in the month of October and November people feared that its sales will fall...

Christmas turkey? Anyone?

The French are reluctant to place their orders for Christmas turkeys in the wake of fears of bird flu. ..However, the dreaded disease has not stopped the British and the Germans from buying their usual Christmas turkeys // this year, say industry sources. ..In France, bulk buyers such as restaurants and retailers are cautious in placing orders, say industry sources. The consumer confidence see...

Christmas trees to yield key Tamiflu ingredient

Biolyse Pharma Corp., a closely held Canadian company that extracts chemicals from plants, plans to use used Christmas trees to extract the chemical for making Tamiflu, the drug that treat bird flu.// ..The trees contain shikimic acid in their pine, spruce and fir needles, Ontario-based Biolyse said today in a statement. The acid is used in Roche Holding AG's Tamiflu and is mainly extracted from...

Poisonous Gas Caused Mass Extinction

The largest ever mass extinction on earth may have been triggered by poisonous volcanic gas which erupted in Siberia 250 million years ago // , according to a new research. This must have happened before dinosaurs came into existence, towards the Permian era's end, when over two-thirds of amphibians and reptiles were wiped out. ..Possibilities like a deep sea methane release, an asteroid hitting...

Christmas, Carols And Unique Indian Christianity

New Delhi: Christianity came to India much before it went to the west, perhaps a reason why India's 25 million Christians prefer to be catholic in faith // , oriental in worship and Indian in culture. ....It has been a two-way process - a process of osmosis where Christianity has over the centuries become an indelible part of Indian plurality. Not only for the urban middle classes enthusiasticall...

Massive Production Of Bird Flu Vaccine To Be Initiated In China

It has been proposed to initiate mass-production of a live bird flu vaccine for dual protection against bird flu and Newcastle disease before the start of next year // in China. This move is further anticipated to lead to the development of a vaccine for humans. ....More than 1-billion units of the vaccine are believed to be produced by the year-end. This would be a supplement to the already e...

X-mas gifts - weight gain for children?

Children this year received gifts for Christmas that may result in Obesity among the younger age group. Gifs mainly confine children to their houses and thereby make them fat.// ..A study was conducted by North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (NEWI) reveals Christmas gifts to promote obesity among kids. X-mas gifts fail to encourage children to go outdoors and burn their fat. .. This d...

Kerala Bans The Sale Of Pan Masala Near Schools

A ban has been imposed on the sales pan masala and tobacco products near hospitals and educational institutions by the Kerala State Government in India. The products can be sold only from beyond 500 meters from such institutions, according to the new rules. //A law is also planned to be enacted to ensure that this is strictly adhered to. ....The youth in the state are increasingly taking to the...

Vaginal massage during pregnancy avoids Episiotomy procedure

Professor Michael Beckmann and his colleagues have reported in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews that massage technique to the lower genital tract reduces// the surgical procedure such as Episiotomy during birthing process. ..Episiotomy is a surgical procedure done in the perineum in the area between the vagina and anus during the labor period involved during birthing process to expan...

Diagnostic Test Launched by Ranbaxy for En Masse Screening of Bird Flu

New Delhi: SRL Ranbaxy has introduced a diagnostic test for Bird Flu that will enable mass-screening, and has the capability to report near accurate results within 24 hours. Named as RT-PCR test, // this test boasts of being powerful where the results will be available in a day. Certainly a blessing in the event of an outbreak. ....The tests that are presently available to check for Bird Flu repo...

Teenager Shows Signs Of Recovery after Receiving Massive Dose of Radiation

Lisa Norris, 15, received 17 overdoses of radiation therapy at the Beatson Oncology Centre in Glasgow during treatment for a brain tumor. // The Ayrshire teenager is now being treated in a hyperbaric chamber at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. The doctor Prof Philip James caring for a teenager said that she was improving after receiving specialist oxygen treatment. .. She has suffered burns on the b...

New Bird Flu Cases In Germany Prompts Massive Culling Of Poultry

The number of birds infected by bird flu in northwestern Germany has been steadily increasing over the past few days with figures reaching 103. // About 2 of the 103 cases were identified outside the Baltic Sea island of Ruegen, where approximately 270 volunteers and troops have been involved in collection of carcasses. ....Recently, nearly 12 dead fowls have been found to harbor the deadly viru...

Gene Bias: Onomastics of Shared Surnames among Men Reveals Genetic links

What’s in a Surname? There’s a lot you can decipher from surnames, especially from those men who share similar surnames. Gender Bias, if you ask me! Or blame it on the Y chromosome that renders maleness // to a Man; researchers, have now unearthed a mysterious link, that traces the branches of a family tree to common Surnames. DNA of 150 pairs of men with shared British surnames was compared to r...

Bahamas says flamingo deaths are not due to bird-flu

Bahamian officials are not crying fowl over a series of unexplained flamingo deaths on the Island of Inagua. They seem to have underestimated the possible spread of the bird flu virus into Bahamas, from around the globe. // ....Bahamian Prime Minister Perry Christie has said that the preliminary investigation of flamingo deaths on the island of Inagua has showed that this was not caused by bird...

Fatal Case of Meningitis Detected In Massachusetts

Galilea Estevez, a bright and friendly 7-year-old at Shaughnessy Elementary School died on Tuesday due to contracting the fatal bacterial meningitis disease//. ..She had fever and headache and was sent home by the school. But later when her parents tried to wake her up and she did not budge she was taken to the Saints Memorial Medical Center in Lowell. There she was pronounced dead. She is the f...

Russia Initiates Mass Vaccination Of Poultry To Restrict Bird Flu

Mass vaccination of poultry has been initiated in Russia to contain the spread of the much dreaded bird flu virus. Provinces in Southern Russia, believed to face an increased risk of bird flu // have already been provided with millions of bird flu vaccine. ....The initial focus of the vaccination programme would be targeted at delivery of the bird flu vaccine to farms, located close to ponds and...

Massive Culling Of Poultry Forces Farm Owner To Commit Suicide

The bird flu scare and the resultant decrease in chicken and egg prices have forced a Kolkata based farm owner, Shaktinath Mondal, to commit suicide by consuming pesticide. // The huge debts is said to have been responsible for the owner’s death. ....The farmer, an owner of one of the biggest poultry farms in Charmile village, had to cull at least 550 chickens, after the chickens were found to...

Masking A Flu? – Wearing Masks, Only Way to Contain It’s Spred

Surgical face masks are the next best thing to vaccinations, so those down with Flu, this winter, are being goaded to sport a mask, especially in crowded areas and while using the public transport, in order to contain the spread of infectious disease. // .. ..The New South Wales Department of Health initiated a public awareness drive to help restrain the spread of influenza and thwart a potentia...
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