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General Anesthesia Safe For Children On Ketogenic Diet Suffering From Epilepsy

Epileptic children have always been ostracized as children of a lesser God. The physical, mental, moral and social ramifications of these hapless children are beyond words. One stumbling handicap in the surgical treatment of such children was the feasibility of administering General Anesthesia to these children. In many cases the anesthesia times ranged from 1 to 10 hours with procedures rangi...

Roller coasters – cause “Chronic Headache?

Startling findings reveal that the highly popular roller coaster rides that are invading all our amusement parks may not be safe after all! A kind of posttraumatic migraine might be induced on account the seemingly safe rides. The headache persisted for nearly 2 months until it became an intolerable episode and she was hospitalized and t...

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...

Kick Smoking with Nicotine Drink

First it was the nicotine patch, then came the gum, inhalers and other products intended to help smokers kick the habit by getting over their nicotine fixation. The new kid on the block in this ever increasing list is a nicotine solution that can be mixed with drinks, which scientists claim could be useful in over coming the addiction. ..Researchers at Duke University have tested and patented th...

TIZANIDINE - New solution to chronic headache

Chronic headache is one of the common neurological problems affecting greater amount of population. Most are not due to any underlying disease. If you happen to be one of the unfortunates suffering from this chronic migraine, then there is a reason to celebrate. Yes, the drug used to treat muscle spasms may provide new hope for millions of people who suffer from frequent headaches. ..American sci...

Analgesic abuse - cause for chronic headache in children

Over the counter pain medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen(paracetamol) etc., is now identified to be the cause of chronic headache in children. ..A team of Israeli researchers who treated 26 adolescents, found that the average number of tablets taken by each patient was 28 each week, with 16 using pain medication daily. They stopped all the analgesic medications and found that the headache...

Mechanical Heart

The world's first self-contained mechanical heart has been implanted and the patient is resting comfortably after the seven hour operation, a US hospital has announced. ..The revolutionary procedure is the first major advance in the development of an artificial replacement heart in nearly two decades. If successful, the device could help thousands of patients who die each year waiting for a heart...

Drinking arsenic water leads to cancer

According to a press release about one third the population of Bangladesh are at risk of getting cancer from arsenic deposits in well water. .. Drinking arsenic tainted water for prolonged periods results in skin lesions and cancer of kidney, skin, lung and bladder said the study.// .. At least 100,000 cases of debilitating skin lesions have already occurred, according to World Health Organizati...

Babies of the deaf communicate

Healthy, hearing babies born to deaf parents and exposed mainly to sign language use their hands to silently ``babble,'' indicating that babbling serves as an important precursor to learning a language. .... Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, a professor in the departments of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Education at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire believes, that this must be the key that l...

Suicide risk in panic disorder

Depression is not the only factor contributing to a heightened suicide risk among those with panic disorder. Several recent studies suggest that suicide is a real risk when people suffer from panic disorder. It's been assumed that depression is the link - people with panic disorder often suffer from depression. Moreover depression is a huge risk factor in suicide. ....However, a new study by doc...

Older men 'father' schizophrenics

Older fathers are more likely to have children with schizophrenia, research suggests. ..Men aged 50 or over are three times more likely to father a child with the illness compared to men of 27 or under. And men aged between 45 and 49 are twice as likely to have a child with schizophrenia. ....The scientists behind the research estimate that as many as one in four cases of schizophrenia could be c...

How do patients benefit of clinical trials

Many patients undergoing trials of new cancer treatments do not realise that future patients are more likely to benefit than themselves...There can be no progress in treating cancer - or any other disease - unless there are clinical trials. Henceforth what do patients expect from a trial. Doctors in California gathered views from more than 200 patients involved in trials of new cancer treatments....

Magnetic resonance angiography in clinical medicine

Cardiovascular, eurovascular and other vascular diseases are the leading causes of death. Imaging of blood vessels thus important in depiction of stenotic, occlusive, aneurismal, inflammatory or vascular malformations.Conventional x-ray angiography and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) are used to depict vascular lesions with high accuracy via intravascular administration of contrast (dye) ma...

Plague creates panic in India

Four people are confirmed dead from pneumonic plague in northern India. Doctors had feared an outbreak of the plague from a remote village of Himachal Pradesh state after several people suffered the symptoms of pneumonic plague. // ...."The sequence of tests collectively confirmed that the cases related to infection with yersinia pestis, commonly known as pneumonic plague," Federal Health Ministe...

Ethnic discrepancy in ovarian cancer

Researchers at the University of Texas in US have found that African American women with ovarian cancer have a worse outcome than Caucasian women.// Ovarian cancer causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive organs. It is now obvious that ethnicity is an independent risk factor in prognosis. US researchers have studied the fate of 10,003 Caucasian women and 600 African Am...

Nicholas buys ICI’s drug business for Rs 70 c

Pharmaceutical major Nicholas Piramal India Ltd. (NPIL) has acquired the pharmaceutical business of ICI (India) Ltd. For Rs 70 crore in an all-cash deal, on a going concern basis. The amount includes Rs 14 crore towards acquiring net current assets of ICI and Rs 1 crore to NPIL by ICI towards transaction costs. The deal includes ICI’s key brands and its manufacturing facility at Ennore, near Chen...

FDA considers nicotine lollipops illegal

The Food and Drug Administration cracked down on Internet distributors of nicotine-laced lollipops and lip balm, declaring them illegal and ordering that 4 pharmacies stop sales immediately. The lollipops in particular pose a risk to children because they look like regular candy, the FDA warned. "The quantity of nicotine could be potentially dangerous to a small child," said FDA attorney David Ho...

More Vitamin C in organic oranges

According to a new study, organically-grown oranges have up to 35% more vitamin C than those grown in the conventional way.You may intuitively feel that organic produce must be better for you. Scientific evidence of nutritional benefits has been found in recent years. Researchers and chemists at the University of Texas have analysed organic oranges alongside those grown in the usual way. // ....T...

Babies of the deaf communicate

Healthy, hearing babies born to deaf parents and exposed mainly to sign language use their hands to silently ``babble,'' indicating that babbling serves as an important precursor to learning a language. .... Dr. Laura-Ann Petitto, a professor in the departments of Psychological & Brain Sciences and Education at Dartmouth College// in Hanover, New Hampshire believes, that this must be the key that...

Clinical trials need to be more frank

Doctors should keep their patients informed about being paid to enrol them in a clinical trial. Post-marketing surveillance or phase 4 clinical trials - are a signicnificant part of medical research. It involves giving patients a new drug// and the family doctor reporting any problems that might arise. The post-marketing phase will involve many more patients than those who can take part in previ...

Embryonic Cells Might Prevent Parkinson’s Disease From Worsenin

Patients with Parkinson’s disease may be able to stop or even slightly improve the progression of the disease if they undergo a surgical procedure to implant // embryonic cells into their brains, say researchers. The cells work by producing dopamine, a neurochemical that helps control movement. People with Parkinson’s don’t produce enough dopamine, which leads to the movement problems common in p...

Accomplishment of nicotine replacement therapy

Based on a new survey, sales of nicotine replacement have increased but are less effective than before. One can get nicotine replacement therapy (NRT)// over the counter, without having to consult your doctor. On the face of it, this sounds like a good move. Make NRT more accessible and more people will use it, and more will quit smoking. ....Researchers at the University of California, San Fran...

Hyperflexible joints connected to chronic fatigue

According to a new study children and teens with chronic fatigue syndrome are three and a half times more likely to have hyperflexible joints than their healthy counterparts.// Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Baltimore examined 100 children, ages 10 and older, for joint hypermobility. The group was split evenly between patients diagnosed with CFS and otherwise healthy children...

Dealing heart disease risk in ethnic minorities

According to a latest study researchers have observed that doctors should use lower thresholds when treating high blood pressure and other cardiac risk factors in ethnic minorities.// Researchers at St George's Hospital, Georgia have carried out a population survey involving 1250 men and women of various ethnic origins, looking at their heart disease and stroke risk factors. They find that people...

Want to have a nice day? Eat breakfast!

Recent study on more than 100 children in elementary schools and earlier studies on teenagers and adolescents shows that people who skip breakfast are less efficient than those who don't. Doctors in the Massachusetts General Hospital assessed //the effects of eating school breakfast, on the academic and emotional functioning of more than 100 children. Researchers found that children who ate schoo...

AEterna's acquisition of Zentaris being followed up with its new product pipeline and clinical development strategy

AEterna Laboratories Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic treatments in oncology and endocrinology recently acquired the new German based biopharmaceutical company, Zentaris AG. Following this acquisition// the new entity has in the pipeline six clinical stage products and two preclinical stage products, in oncology and one product already approved and...

Cervicogenic headache can be identified with a fibromyalgia test

Findings from a new study presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Pain Medicine by the Medical Director, John McFadden, MD, of the Tupelo Pain Clinic, Mississippi stated that patients with severe headache could benefit from an upper-body fibromyalgia examination to determine if the headache is potentially cervicogenic. According to Dr. McFadden many headaches of cervical d...

Electronic nose by Italian scientists

Italian scientists have developed an electronic nose which is capable of sniffing out distinctive odor of lung cancer patients. The equipment was tested on 60 patients and proved to be accurate. The electronic nose is a 12 cm cube with sensors mirroring the human olfactory system. The patient is asked to exhale into a sterilized bag which is connected to a tube. The breath is then pumped inside t...

Teens Misusing Nicotine-Replacement Products

New survey results suggest a small number of teenagers, including non-smokers, are misusing nicotine patches and gum. The authors of the study warn the teens could be setting themselves up for health trouble if they smoke and use the patch or gum at the same time or if they use the products to maintain their nicotine levels. ....But an expert on the psychology //of smoking says the students may h...

In Chronic Diseases - Poor compliance of Patients with drug treatment

A WHO report from Geneva has shown that Only approximately 50% of patients in developed countries are compliant and adhere to treatment in chronic diseases and this is even lower in developing countries. The compliance of patients to adhere to the long-term treatment medication of ..diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, HIV/AIDS, or depression, is poor. ..In the findings of the WHO’s newly...

New Treatment for Chronic Eczema

New research reveals hope for the millions of people throughout the world who suffer from chronic eczema. ....Atopic dermatitis is a form of eczema marked by frequent, unpredictable relapses. It is currently treated in one of two ways: a potent topical corticosteroid followed by a lower potency preparation upon improvement of the condition or a short course of topical corticosteroids followed by...

Novel Therapy for Chronic Problem

Doctors at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., say they have found a new treatment for a fast-growing disease. Eosinophilic esophagitis (EE) is an allergic inflammatory reaction of the esophagus. The symptoms for EE mimic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). New research shows a topical corticosteroid therapy is effective for patients with EE. ....EE is caused by the presence of high levels of eo...

Overcoming Chronic Fatigue

Researchers say 85 percent to 90 percent of the people living with chronic fatigue are undiagnosed. Symptoms of CFS include fatigue, muscle pain, insomnia and impaired memory. ..It's a difficult disease to diagnose, and there's no cure. But for the 1.3 million Americans who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS for short, a drug commonly used in cancer patients may help them get back a bit...

Chronic Fatigue, Pain Linked to Sinusitis

Feeling worn out and achy and don't know why? ....You could have sinusitis, one of the most common chronic health problems afflicting Americans...That's the conclusion of new research out of Georgetown University that appears in this week's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Dr. Alexander Chester, an internist at Georgetown University Medical Center, surveyed almost 300 of his patients a...

Alcohol is no tonic for sleep

Although alcohol can initially help someone fall asleep, it can also disrupt sleep in the latter part of the night, reports the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.// ...."Three or more drinks will cause the average person to fall asleep sooner than usual," says researcher Shawn Currie of the University of Calgary. "However, falling asleep faster is the only real benefit of alcoh...

Chronic Diseases said to Cause Falls in the Elderly

A new study shows elderly women with chronic diseases may be at risk for experiencing dangerous falls. ..Researchers studied more than 4,000 women between ages 60 and 79. The women were asked if they // had fallen in the last 12 months, how many times they had fallen, and whether they received any medical attention for the falls. ..They also brought all their current medications to the intervie...

Epilepsy Drug May Relieve Chronic Headaches

Researchers say the drug gabapentin (Neurontin) taken at 2,400 milligrams a day is an effective preventive measure // for people with chronic daily headaches. ..Gabapentin is an approved anti-epileptic drug. Studies have also shown its success in treating other pain-related health issues like diabetic neuropathy, postherpetic neuralgia, and migraine headache. Since gabapentin often reduces migrai...

Chickens Found To Have High Levels of Arsenic

People in the United States have steadily increased their consumption of chicken from 32 pounds a year per person // in 1966 to 81 pounds per person in 2000. ..A new study shows young chickens have significant higher levels of arsenic than other poultry or meat. Arsenic is an approved animal feed supplement that farmers use to control intestinal parasites in chickens. ..Researchers from the Natio...

Women Worse Affected By Chronic Cough

Latest research shows chronic cough affects women more severely than men and greatly impacts their quality of life. // ..Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, analyzed data from 116 women and 56 men seeking medical attention for chronic cough and a control group of 31 men and women smokers who were observed to be coughing but did not complain of cough. ..The study sho...
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