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What happens when Medications go wrong?

Have you ever wondered how the dosages of drugs are determined? How drugs are being tested? On whom are these tested and who tests them? What happens if the dosages are unwittingly missed? Or worse still if harmful drugs are tested on unwitting patients what happens? Who answers these questions? In a shocking revelation, a study in the U.S.A. has revealed that in many instances about a third of m...

Teens turning to Internet for medical queries

The desire to access news immediately, the urge for confidentiality and embarrassment in asking questions on sexual problems drive many teens to health portals in their quest for answers to their health queries. Earlier it was the agony aunt column in magazines now it is the medical portals, which clarify the doubts and dispel the fears of the teens...More than 75% of teens surveyed, in a study i...

Medications to Prevent Relapse to Cocaine Use

Treatment of cocaine addiction has always been hampered by high rates of relapse, even after prolonged drug abstinence. Research teams from the Drug Abuse Program of the VU Medical Center in the Netherlands and the intramural laboratories of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have identified a process in the brain that may lead to a new generation of medications to prevent relapse to coc...

More Elderly Take Inappropriate and Harmful Medications

More than one in five elderly Americans living on their own takes a medication that could put them at risk for injuries and illness. According to the report, more than 21% of elderly Americans--representing nearly 7 million// individuals--had received at least one of these 33 potentially inappropriate medications in 1996. ....Nearly 3% used a medication that elderly people should always avoid, in...

Medications for depression

According to a new study there is increased usage of antidepressants rather going to psychotherapy among most foreigners. Researchers in the US have compared how people's treatment for depression changed from 1985 to 1999. // ..The rate of outpatient treatment for depression increased from 1 per 100 persons to 2.5 per 100 over this time.The proportion of those receiving drug treatment for depress...

Robots craft medical history

A new invenvtion in the medical history. A team of surgeons in France, assisted in removing the gall bladder of a 68-year old woman using a remote controlled robot. This is termed as the world's// first long-distance operation in the medical history. The operation took place at the European Institute for TeleSurgery in Strasbourg. ..According to Jacques Marceausx it is a phenomenal step and we c...

NBE to conduct test for medical students from abroad

National Board of Examinations has decided to conduct tests for any Indian doctor having graduated abroad avid of starting a practice in the country, to ensure a higher standards amongst doctors, the government has made it compulsory from //the 15th of next month official sources said today. .... The new regulations, which were published in the Indian Gazzette yesterday, specify that student...

Medications linked to xerostomia and caries

Medications to control asthma, may predispose to dry mouth syndrome ( xerostomia) and caries. Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina decided to examine whether there was a connection between// the two most common causes of absenteeism among school children asthma and caries. .... ..In 655 patients between ages 1 and 15, they found that the numbers of decayed, missing and filled...

Medication recuperates fat distribution in diabetes

According to a new study, treatment with medications can reduce abdominal fat in people with type 2 diabetes. Researchers at the University of Texas have been looking into the effect that the drug Pioglitazone has on people with type 2 diabetes.// They studied 10 people with the condition, who took the drug for 16 weeks. ....After this time body weight had, on the whole, increased. But measuremen...

Outcome of common medications

Despite the fact that doctors know the power of a common heart medication in reducing the risk of heart attacks and heart failure, many patients do not take the medications. Research shows the use of beta-blocker medication after a heart attack// can reduce the risk of early death by 20 percent. However, many patients fear side effects such as depression, fatigue and sexual dysfunction and, there...

Medical Journals should create awareness on Child survival

Lancet has urged the medical journals and news media to increase the awareness about child mortality rates and increase international funds// to increase child survival. The Lancet reports that the goals of the two millennium projects are achievable, Millennium Development Goal – 4 (MDG) asks for a reduction in mortality rates in children below the age of 5 and MDG-5 wants a reduction in maternal...

Bush Urged To Press India To Eliminate Medical Tariffs

Several experts in US have suggested that the President George W. Bush should press India to get rid of with tariffs on medicines// and medical products so that it can become affordable even to the poorest there. ....Jim Driscoll, an AIDS activist and advisor to President Bush on HIV-AIDS, and Roger Bate of the conservative American Enterprise Institute have urged countries such as India, China...

Errors in medication

According to a new study it was observed that nearly one out of every five medication doses delivered in hospitals and nursing homes may be in error. The problem occurs regardless of whether the facility has been accredited// by the nation's leading health care accrediting organization or not. ....The Institute of Medicine released a report titled, "To Err is Human: Building a Safer Heath System,...

Air pollution combined with greater medical needs

Cities with the worst pollution in the US have more hospital admissions for respiratory conditions. There's increasing proof for a tie between environmental pollution and public health. Now doctors at the University of California report upon the effect// of air pollution on Medicare costs in a large group of the population. ....They looked at medical records and pollution measures in 185 metropo...

Indian Nationals with Foreign Medical Degrees can now practice in India

A new policy by the Government of India will now enable Indians who have acquired medical degrees from abroad, to practice in India, through a screening test that will be conducted by the National Board of Examinations (An Autonomous Body of The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare). The purpose of the registration is only to qualify for registration with the Medical Council// of India or any St...

Children! Protecting them from medical mistakes

The rate for potential medical problems, according to earlier studies, is three times higher for children than for adults. The rates for babies in hospitals are even higher. However, a new effort by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) may help prevent medical errors in children.// ....The effort, an educational campaign is aimed at pe...

More information sought by patients on medical errors

Medical mistakes is one of the ills plaguing the field of medicine and patients are now demanding that they be given full information when a medical error happens. However, doctors are often reluctant to give full disclosure, not because they do not care. In fact, doctors confessed to being haunted for many years by their mistakes. In the Washington University School of Medicine, researchers cond...

Curbing medication errors with new rules

The FDA has proposed two new rules that would help improve patient safety by reducing medication errors. Medication errors alone are believed to be responsible for as many as 7,000 deaths. These errors have been attributed to problems of medications with similar names, poor handwriting by doctors on prescriptions, or too many new drugs for doctors to remember as they go from patient to patient. A...

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...

Medicaid cuts leave patients in a lurch

In the U.S. the state governments are finding themselves in a tight corner with finances being scarce. This has led to the state government to seek for further Medicaid cuts. The physician across the country feel that these cuts would result in dire consequences for patient care. To add to the woes the Texas House of Representatives has cut off $3 billion from the Medicaid program, and this als...

Pharmacist’s Role in Medication Error

Researchers report positive findings in a new study that looked at the role of the pharmacist in ....helping doctors prevent medical errors involving medications. ..The investigation done finds having a pharmacist participate in medical rounds with doctors ....resulted in the identification and prevention of nearly 5,000 medication errors over more than ....four years.//.. ..The study was conduct...

Meditation Works Medically

In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers say mindful meditation can have a positive impact on health. The study, led by doctors at the University of //Wisconsin, determined the practice of mindfulness meditation impacts the left side of the brain and has a healthy effect. ....The researchers recruited 25 people in a work environment with healthy employees. During an eight-week clinica...

The Downside of Asthma Medication

Could a common class of drugs used for acute asthma attacks be causing the very thing it aims to treat?// ..Perhaps, find researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital who studied the use of bronchodilators known as beta-agonists in asthmatics... ....Beta-agonists are the primary treatment used to relieve acute asthma attacks. The drugs come in many forms -- th...

Reducing Medication Errors

Around the world, deaths from medical errors are common, people who are hospitalized face the largest risk for medical mistakes.// ..Studies show in adults, adverse drug events occur in five of every 100 medication orders. A new study led by researchers at Ottawa, shows computerized systems for ordering medications can reduce the number of errors. This is in place of hand-writing the orders. They...

House heads for Medicare drug vote

The House headed for a historic vote Friday night on a bill that would a prescription drug benefit to Medicare, marking the biggest expansion // of the politically popular entitlement program in its 38-year history. .. .. .."The moon and the stars have lined up in our favor," House Speaker Dennis Hastert said at a rally-style press conference in the Capitol. "The time is upon us. It's now or ne...

Oral Medication Effective In Combating Eye Infection

Ocular herpes simplex virus is a common eye disease affecting people worldwide. About 400,000 Americans have the disease, and about 50,000 new cases are identified // annually. The disease is caused by the HSV-type 1 virus. ..Acyclovir, which is taken by mouth, has been shown to be effective in reducing the recurrence among people with the disease. A study was done to examine the ability of th...

New Medication May Decrease The Frequency Of Angina Attacks

Nearly 7 million patients suffering from chronic angina report limitations of their work and other activities // two to three times more frequently than the general population. Also, 26 percent of patients still experience angina attacks despite current treatments, such as myocardial revascularization -- a surgery that helps restore blood flow to the heart and is done largely to prevent angina -...

Common Medication Errors in Children

In a recent study researchers have found , medication errors that occur in pediatric intensive care units are more common // than previously thought. ..Researchers studied more than 11,800 children who were admitted into pediatric intensive care units to determine the prevalence of medication errors. They defined an error as any preventable event that may cause or lead to patient harm. Research...

Continuation Of Medication After Heart Surgery Very Important

Discontinuing your medication after heart surgery may not be the be the wisest thing to do for your health, according to researchers.// ..A recent study confirms that coronary artery bypass surgery patients who stop taking heart medications, such as beta blockers and ACE inhibitors, may provoke abnormal heart accelerations.In the past, it was believed patients were too sick after surgery to cont...

The Adverse Effects Of Asthma Medication

Latest research shows that a common class of drugs used for acute asthma attacks might be causing the very thing it aims to treat.// ..Researchers studied the use of bronchodilators known as beta-agonists in asthmatics.Beta-agonists are the primary treatment used to relieve acute asthma attacks. The drugs come in many forms -- they may be delivered with an inhaler, given in pill or liquid form, d...

Analyzing The Side Effects Of Some Common Medications

A new study shows a connection between the use of two of the most common medications -- beta-blockers and diuretics and a reduced risk for // bone fractures. Beta-blockers are commonly used to treat high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, chest pain, and abnormal heart rhythms. Some heart attack patients also receive the drugs to prevent a second attack. Diuretics are used to remove excess...

The Side Effects Of Asthma Medication

Latest research shows that a common class of drugs used for acute asthma attacks might be causing the very thing it aims to treat.// ..Researchers studied the use of bronchodilators known as beta-agonists in asthmatics.Beta-agonists are the primary treatment used to relieve acute asthma attacks. The drugs come in many forms -- they may be delivered with an inhaler, given in pill or liquid form, d...

Sleep Disorders Could Indicate Other Medical Problems

New research shows that sleep disorders may be linked to other medical problems including attention deficit disorder ( ADD ), // neuromuscular conditions, and psychiatric problems. ..Researchers conducted a study and found about half of patients with sleep apnea also had ADD. Results also show a high degree of ADD in patients with insomnia. Further testing showed some of these patients also suffe...

Being Obese Increases Ones Risk Of A wrong Diagnosis During Medical Imaging

In addition to being at-risk for various health conditions, obese people may also be cutting their chance of being accurately diagnosed // during medical imaging. ..According to a recent study researchers say obesity can limit the ability and accuracy of imaging equipment scans, such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). ..The number of problems with imaging overweight...

Hypnosis Found To Reduce Stress In Children During Medical Procedures

Invasive medical procedures can be a frightening experience for children as they often don’t understand why it needs to be done.// A new study shows hypnosis could help reduce distress and even the time it takes to perform the procedure. ..The study included children who were scheduled to undergo a voiding cystourethrography. During a VCUG, a tube is inserted into the bladder and X-rays are used...

Schizophrenics On Medication At An Increased Risk For Developing Diabetes

A recent study shows , schizophrenics treated with clozapine and olanzapine may be at an increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Patients taking these antipsychotic agents resisted insulin // and had impairment of glucose effectiveness compared with patients taking another drug under study. ..Researchers evaluated 36 non-obese people with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who were...

Blood Thinning Medication Could Prevent Strokes

Anticoagulation therapy is used to treat deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot in veins of the legs, pelvis or arms. Researchers say several new studies show the medication ximelagatran (Exanta), could simplify anticoagulation therapy.// ..In the first study, researchers studied DVT( Deep vein thrombosis) patients and compared the effectiveness and safety of ximelagatran compared to standa...

Medication for Depression may cause suicidal tendencies

According to three studies published in the recent issue of British Medical Journal say that antidepressant drugs may lead to higher incidence of suicides and suicidal attempts.// ....Depression is characterized by a sense of foreboding, guilt, sadness, disinterest in activities, low levels of self-esteem and confidence, and in the extreme form may also manifest itself through self-harm and suic...

Stanford Medical Center Implements The First Virtual Cardiac Ultrasound

Stanford Hospital in US is one of the first to implement a 3D cardiac ultrasound machine to see the workings of the heart without having to operate.// The machine is a computer designed to show all angles of the patient’s heart. The technology uses an “intelligent” echocardiography system. The artificial intelligence of the system can be used to quantify cardiac functions that can lead to more pr...
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