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Now you can identify Sperm and Egg donors

The British government, in a landmark decision, has ruled that henceforth donors of sperms and eggs can be identified if both the donor and recipient desire so. However if the donor feels not to reveal his/her identity, it will not be revealed. Prior to this ruling the identity of the donors of sperms and eggs have always been withheld. This would be a major ruling with far reaching consequences....

Liver donors can thrive after transplant

Contrary to belief that donating liver can injure the donor, it is now established without doubt that a living person can donate a part of his liver to a person needing it. And the good news is that the donor would continue to live well and thrive after donating part of his/her liver. ..Donation of a piece of the liver's right lobe from one adult to another is a relatively new procedure. It is in...

Poisonous Parkinson's molecule discovered

Researchers in Texas have found a molecule which may harm the brain areas involved in Parkinson's disease. There is no firm diagnostic test for Parkinson's disease - the doctor has to rely on the clinical examination of the patient. But it's known that cells producing a chemical called dopamine - which controls muscle activity - in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra slowly die as th...

Benefit of colonoscopy

According to American doctors, there is no upper age limit to the effectiveness of colon cancer screening.Colorectal cancer screening tests are valuable for detecting bowel cancer and polyps before any symptoms develop. In the US, it's recommended that screening - either with a faecal occult blood test (FOBT), sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy - should start at age 50 and earlier in those with a famil...

Morning sickness maybe pronounced

Mothers are more likely to suffer from serious morning sickness if they are pregnant with a girl, researchers claim. A study of over a million pregnancies in Norway between 1977 and 1985 showed there was a greater risk of the condition for women who were carrying a female child. ....Though there were more births of boys during the period studied, there was a higher chance of mothers-to-be of gi...

Effective And Economical Agent For Anthrax

As anthrax and other biological weapons continue to be worrisome threats, common pest control agent called methyl bromide is more effective and cheaper// than current treatments in eradicating deadly bacterial spores from buildings. Tests indicate that the methylbromide - used for more than 50 years to control insect pests in buildings, grain elevators and fresh fruit - is a better option than cu...

Monoclonal Anti-Body To Revolutionize Brain Cancer Treatment

The use of monoclonal anti-body (mAb) L2G7 could revolutionize treatment of Glioma, the most common type of primary brain tumor. Surgery, chemotherapy and radiation are the only available treatment options for this type of cancer. // However, there is a significant risk of physical inability and cognitive impairment associated with these treatment forms. The results of the study can be found in...

Carbon monoxide passes down

Legislation pointed at reducing carbon monoxide emissions has resulted in a drop in poisoning deaths. Carbon monoxide can be fatal if inhaled and is involved in a number of accidental deaths and suicides each year. //The main sources of carbon monoxide are vehicle emissions and malfunctioning domestic heating equipment. In 1980, the Clean Air Act was passed in the US to reduce carbon monoxide. Th...

Damage to arteries from injury can be avoided with carbon monoxide

Heart ailments that are treated with angioplasty or a transplantation may result in injury of the arteries. While in transplantation there is an ever-present risk of rejection of the// organ, in angioplasty, placing a balloon in the artery causes damage to the vessel walls. This in turn triggers the immune system response. A new study has however, revealed that pre-treatment with carbon monoxide...

More risks connected with live-donor liver transplants

A study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine has reported that the risk of complications for the donor in a live-donor liver transplant is more than expected, while the risk of death for the donor is less than what doctors thought. The study indicated that donors in adult live-donor liver transplants had a 1-in-7 chance of serious complications for the donor. This type of tra...

New virtual colonoscopy procedure for easier colon screening

Numerous patients who need a screening of the colon do not go through the procedure for fear of the procedure. The colonoscopy procedure that is currently available involves inserting a flexible tube with a viewing instrument into the rectum. It requires anaesthesia and there's a remote chance that the colon wall could be perforated by the tube. However, patients now have an easier option with th...

“ Economy Class Syndrome

Their study finds even flying in business class can put people at increased risk of developing dangerous blood clots during long flights.// ..The link between blood clots (venous thromboembolism) and prolonged sitting was first described during World War II, when doctors noticed a rise in fatal pulmonary embolisms among people who slept in deck chairs in London air raid shelters. The association...

Gonorrhea Found To Increase Cancer Risk

Men who have gonorrhea (a bacterial infection that is transmitted through sexual intercourse, along with those who have had numerous sexual // partners, may be at an increased risk for prostate cancer, according to new research. Researchers believe the infection triggers cancer-cell growth. ..Researchers studied more than 700 black men without prostate cancer and about 130 black men with prostate...

Foods Rich In Flavonoids Effective In Prevention Of Cough

A new study shows a diet high in fiber from fruit and soy foods may reduce the incidence of chronic respiratory symptoms -- especially cough with phlegm.// ..Researchers studied more than 570 patients who experienced cough with phlegm and more than 44,000 patients without the respiratory problem. Participants were given a food frequency questionnaire to determine if certain foods were associated...

Colonoscopy Could Also Identify Heart Attack Risk

Researchers say Virtual colonoscopy, an imaging tool used to identify colon cancer early, may also be able to detect heart attack risk in patients.// ..A virtual colonoscopy is a minimally invasive procedure that tests for colon cancer using 2-D and 3-D imaging without the sedation and higher cost of regular colonoscopies. In a recent study researchers examined the records of 480 patients who rec...

Transfer Of Rabies Virus Possible From Organ Donor To Recipient

In a study published in New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers have reported that rabies encephalitis may be spread from infected organ donor //to organ recipient. ..There had been report of four organ recipients (kidneys, Liver, and arterial segment) from a common donor dying of rabies encephalitis in US. The researchers conducted reviews of medical records of the donor and receivers,...

Low Socioeconomic Status May Lead To Mental Illness

Researchers are of the low social and economic standing may lead to more cases of mental illnesses like depression,// and bipolar disease. The study, which examined a database of 34000 patients who have been detected with mental illness leading to hospitalization, was published in the current issue of American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. ....The study results show that income education and occup...

Colonoscopy may be better to detect colon cancer in women

New study had found out that colonoscopy may be the favorable method to screen women// for colorectal cancer... ..For patients suspected with colorectal cancer, flexible sigmoidoscopy is used to detect colorectal neoplasias, which are adenomas of 1cm in diameter, adenomas with dysplasia, or cancer. Researchers had used colonoscopy to detect presence of advanced neoplasia that may be cancerous for...

Hearing loss can happen from regular exposure to carbon monoxide

Animal studies have shown the regular exposure to carbon monoxide can damage// the ears of young children. ....Carbon monoxide enters into the atmosphere from kerosene and gas stove combustions, generators and other liquid fuel powered equipments, car exhaust and tobacco smokes. At moderate concentrations carbon monoxide can cause angina, poor vision, and at times brain function impairments. At h...

World Blood Donors Day on 14th June 2005

Following the success of the World Health Day 2000 with the theme 'Blood Saves Lives, 14th June is observed as the World Blood Donors Day.// ..The date coincides with the birth date of Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the ABO blood group system. ..The International Blood Donor Day is organized annually by the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations since 1995. The World Blood Dono...

9-PCV vaccine found to be helpful in invasive Pneumonococcal infection

Randomized double blind placebo controlled trial was done by Felicity cutts and colleagues in Gambia on the efficacy of // a Nine Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (9-PCV) against radiologically confirmed pneumonia and invasive pneumococcal disesase in children immunized before 12 months of age. ....The vaccine was found to reduce the incidence of vaccine type invasive pneumococcal disease by...

Kidney Donors Health Can Cause Anxiety Among Kidney Recipients

Recipients of kidneys from living people are reluctant to accept kidney donors// unless they are sure that donation will nor cause any harm to donors a stusy form Cardiff University research has shown. ....Paul Gill, from the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies recruited 11 kidney donors and their recipients from a regional transplant centre. ....After interviewing them about their experien...

Kidney transplant donor and recipients need to talk it out

Before a kidney transplant surgical procedure, it helps if the donors// and the recipients sit in front of each other and talk out their queries. ....In a research by the Cardiff University investigators it had come to light that recipients of kidney often prefer to have a talk with their donors as they feel they would personally like to ensure that donating kidney might not be in any way harmful...

Virtual Colonoscopy May Be Better Than Real-time Colonoscopy

Computed tomographic colonography (CTC) depicts cancers and other clinically important conditions that would be missed // with standard colonoscopy and at very little additional cost, according to a study in the August issue of Radiology. ...."The chance of finding cancer outside the colon may be as significant as the chance of finding cancer inside the colon," said Judy Yee, M.D., Chief of Rad...

Brain Function can be impaired by Flavonols

Based on findings of a recent study researchers say Cocoa flavonols, shown// to benefit heart health, may also have an impact on the brain. Cocoa flavonols were found to increase blood flow to key areas of the brain. ..In a study on 16 healthy young women, researcher tested the brain’s activation during cognitive tasks using functional MRI. The participants were asked to consume a flavonol-rich...

Research Shows Carbon Monoxide Prevents Inflammations

Researchers from the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center had presented new findings// on the properties of the gas carbon monoxide that can cure inflammations in patients who had undergone organ transplants, strokes, or heart attacks. ....In a recent study the scientists had found that inhaling small amounts of carbon monoxide for several weeks after transplant surgery prevented the deve...

Yet Another Use For Cocoa Flavonols

Cocoa compounds have various uses , it can be marketed as functional food ingredients, or even synthesized for use in pharmaceuticals.// ....Researchers now say they have been able to identify the molecular structure of flavonols found in nature and now have an impressive library of different flavonols. They also say that they are able to synthesize not only those found in nature but also compou...

Drug Spironolactone Provides Renal And Cardioprotection In Diabetic Patients

Professor Kaspar Rossing and his colleagues from the Steno Diabetes Center, Denmark has found that supplementation of Spironolactone drug to diabetes patients taking //antihypertensive drugs, reduced the chances of developing kidney failure and reduced blood pressure and albumin protein in urine of these patients. ....Diabetes patients with high blood pressure are more prone to kidney diseases....

Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibody Production Is More Profitable Than Small Molecule Drugs

New study has suggested that therapeutics based on monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are fare more likely to be commercially successful than their small molecule predecessors. According to a study completed by // consultancy Propagate Pharma, about half the mAbs launched so fare appear to be profitable. That means mAbs are recouping more in revenues than their estimated $1 billion to $1.8 billion cost...

Monoclonal antibodies show promise in treatment of blood cancer

Immunologists at Duke University Medical Center have found that a new monoclonal antibody that targets immune system B cells could be a pioneering treatment for leukemias, autoimmune diseases and transplant rejection//. ..B cells are the main producers of antibodies, the body's defense mechanism against invading antigens. But the uncontrolled production of these B cells is responsible for leukem...

Systemic Corticosteroid Therapy can be used for treating all types of Infectious Mononucleosis

Scott Thompson and colleagues from University of Rochester Medical Center, has found from review of records of patients treated with corticosteroids that Corticosteroids is the most effective and useful treatment// option for Infectious mononucleosis, including severe airway compromise mononucleosis. The results of the study have been published in Achieves of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surger...

Strategies To Boost Living Donor Kidney Transplants

There is an insufficient supply of deceased donor kidneys for transplantation. One solution is to increase the number of living donor kidney transplants.// ..A recent paper in the November issue of the journal Urology focuses on the insufficient supply of transplantable kidneys, strategies that have been developed to increase the number of living donor renal transplants, and the results of the a...

Prostate tumour growth suppressed by flavonoids

Flavonoids have been regarded as nutritionally good compounds. Lot of research is being done in this direction.// ..Apigenin, a flavonoid found in herbs, fruits, and vegetables, slowed the growth of prostate cancer in mice, according to a new study. ..Previous studies already found flavonoids (found in fruits and vegetables) had a potential to protect against a number of cancers. ..The current st...

DNA Identity Mix-Up In Bone Marrow Donors, And Miscarriages Of Justice Involved

In what may sound as a typical open-and-shut case, a clear DNA match was made between semen from a serious sexual assault// and a blood sample from a known criminal. However, the criminal in question was in jail when the assault took place. Forensic scientists had already matched the crime sample to the DNA profile of another person who was their prime suspect. It was only after careful detective...

Anonymous Sperm Donor Traced On Internet

A teenager born to a donor sperm traces his genetic father using the DNA test and some Internet searches, raising ethical and social concerns about assisted reproduction that were not thought of when it started//. ..A 15-year-old boy who was born to an unknown father using a donor sperm has succeeded in tracking down his father, using just the DNA test, genealogical records and some ingenious In...

Bronchiolo-alveolar Carcinoma Shows Sonographic Pattern Of Pneumonia

Recent research conducted in Germany indicates that bronchiolo–alveolar carcinoma frequently shows a sonographic pattern of ‘pneumonia’//. .. The acoustic–physical conditions of the thorax produces the most serious limitations for the sonographic diagnosis of pulmonary diseases. .. Sonography of pleural-based lesions has been established as a method complementary to convent...

Declining Rates Of Sperm Donors Over The Past 5 Years

There has been a sharp decline in the number of men who volunteer for sperm donation since 2000 according to researchers at the Newcastle Fertility Centre. The observation could be because of lack of motivation among students to do so//. ..Sperm bank is a facility that collects freezes and stores semen sample for purposes of artificial insemination, in-vitro fertilization or for research. ..The...

Novel Actemra monotherapy in treating patients with early aggressive rheumatoid arthritis

The first Phase III study involving the use of Actemra in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis has revealed that it is superior to conventional treatment modality that uses disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs to inhibit // joint destruction. It has also been found to provide symptomatic relief and improve sensation of pain. .. ..Rheumatoid arthritis is a debilitating autoimmune diseas...

Relaxation In Donor’s Age for Blood Donation in Scotlan

It has been predicted by the Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) that winter would experience an acute shortage of blood and blood derived products. In an attempt to manage this crisis, it has been proposed to increase the maximum age for blood donation from 60 to 66 years. // ..There has been a steady decline in the number of blood donations since 1999. The following move is expected to incre...

UN To Honor People Who Fight AIDS

The grassroots leadership with regard to combating AIDS is being honored by the United Nations which has created a new award. The award will be presented to five people in 2006 for the first time at the 16th international AIDS// conference in Toronto August 13-18. The five will be chosen for their outstanding leadership towards providing access to care, treatment and support for AIDS patients, w...
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