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Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy

A controversial treatment for prostate cancer in which radioactive seeds are implanted in the prostate to destroy the tumor received support Friday from doctors writing therapy guidelines for the prestigious 17-hospital National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. This type of therapy is known as brachytherapy, the procedure has been performed for years by researc...

NEW ROBOTIC SURGERY ARM APPROVED BY FDA

FDA today cleared for marketing a robotic device that enables a surgeon to perform laparoscopic gall bladder and reflux disease surgery while seated at a console with a computer and video monitor. The surgeon can use hand grips and foot pedals on the console to control three robotic arms that can perform the surgery using a variety of surgical tools. The product, the Da Vinci Surgical System, mad...

PRIMARY PULMONARY HYPERTENSION GENE DISCOVERED

The discovery of the gene associated with the inherited form of primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) by Drs. Jane H. Morse of Columbia University and James A. Knowles of the Columbia Genome Center is indeed a major breakthrough. .. .. ..Their study, funded in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health and published in the September issue of the Amer...

Amphetamines Help Recovery of Stroke Patients

A new study from Doctors at UT Southwestern in Dallas soon report that amphetamines may speed up the recovery of speech in stroke patients who have lost the function... .. ..This study was done on patients who had suffered from ischemic stroke, or a stroke due to loss of blood and oxygen to the brain... .. ..Amphetamines were given to 30 stroke patients who lost their ability to speak. Dr.D.Hal...

Thyroid hormone treatment hastens recovery after cardiac surgery

Thyroid hormone treatment after surgery requiring heart bypass ..speeds recovery in children undergoing correction of congenital heart defects, according to a clinical trial published in The Lancet... .. ..The effects were greatest in the patients who underwent long and difficult surgeries. Following trauma or surgery or during a critical illness, thyroid hormone concentrations plummet. Many exp...

New Way to "See" Genes, Evaluate Effectiveness of Gene Therapies Discovered

This technology essentially renders the body transparent and will allow physicians to determine whether gene therapies reach targeted cells and work as they should. .. .."The technology is expected to help patients with cancer and other illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease. The discovery is outlined in the August 2000, issue of the journal Nature Medicine. UCLA researchers plan to test the t...

Abortion Pill approved by FDA

Mifepristone (known as RU-486 in Europe) has been around for over a decade and used by European women as an alternative to surgical abortion in early pregnancy. It has now been approved by FDA for sale in the USA. It will be avilable as Mifeprex... ..Gloria Feldt, president of Planned Parenthood Inc said,"Mifepristone, or the early-abortion pill, is as..significant a technological advance for wom...

Novel "CYCLOSPORINE CAPSULE FORMULATION" to be launched

Cyclosporine has revolutionised the transplantation scene in the last 20 years by helping with immunosuppresion. Novartis have so far had the patent for the drug and enjoyed the profits. The cost of the medicine is prohibitively expensive.However in the past few years other pharma companies have been allowed to manufacture the drug giving Novartis a competetion. The current tablet size are big an...

Another injectable contraceptive Pill approved by FDA

Lunelle-a monthly injectable contraceptive pill has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in USA... ..It is more than 99 percent effective when women get the shot once every month according to the company release marketing the pill... ..Lunelle is an alternative to another injectable contraceptive called Depo-Provera that lasts three months. It works Like many other birth control pill...

Levothyroxine Thyroid Hormone Replacement, Approved for Hypothyroidism

The thyroid hormone replacement prescription drug, levothyroxine sodium (Unithroid) for hypothyroidism in adults and children has been approved for use in the United States by the FDA. .. ..The thyroid hormaone is involved in the regulation of a wide range of metabolic processes within the body in all age groups. In children thyroid hormones are essential for normal physical growth and intellec...

Controversial deal on public access of the human genome map

While it is customary to...

Debate Rages over firing of HIV infected health care workers

When we flip through the news papers it isn’t uncommon for us to see news items which tell us that an employee has been fired from an establishment after testing positive for HIV. But rarely do these matters become a major controversy when many sit up and take notice. Especially in the health care industry people don’t bat an eyelid when someone is fired because of ones HIV serostatus. Many nurse...

The Cancer Rumour mill working over time

The single most important word to make people sit up and take notice in health care apart from AIDS or HIV should be cancer!!!!!!!!!! The mere mention of the word is enough to bolster people to sit up and listen. But should we really accept all that is heard and said about the disease? Or should we use our gray cells and analyse the pros and cons and then decide? Should we believe all that is wri...

Patient’s perception of health status helps in better recover

We always insist that we should feel healthy to actually live healthy. Doctors in England say that following a coronary bypass surgery; the patient’s attitude helps in an early recovery. To justify this argument the researchers conducted a health survey just before coronary bypass operations and assessed the patient’s own perception of his/her own health status. Following surgery those who had a...

Controversial Levis jean ad to be withdrawn

It was an ad with a macabre sense of humour. It stirred up a controversy. Now it is being withdrawn from televisions all over the United States. Levis Strauss officially announced that the advertisement in question might not be used again. This followed complaints from many who felt that they did not enjoy the advertisement poking fun at organ donation. ..The ad shows an unconscious man falling f...

Frozen Canadian baby stages miraculous recovery

.. .. The temperature outside was –24 degree Celsius and the baby was frozen stiff when she was brought to the hospital that doctors had difficulties...

The brain loves a surprise

Scientists in Atlanta, Georgia, have opined after an exhaustive study that the brain loves a surprise. The study was conducted on 25 men and women and studied their responses to different stimuli. Dr. Gregory S Berns of Emory University led the study. The fact that some people rely on an orderly routine, while others thrive on never knowing what the day will bring, may have something to do with t...

India to benefit from pharma companies' move

The decision by 39 pharmaceutical companies to drop a historic case in South Africa has far-reaching consequences for India and other developing countries, according to leading non-governmental organizations (NGOs). ..The 39 companies had challenged a South African government order that legalized use and import of generic medicines free from patents. The pharmaceutical companies, which include so...

Hypertensive Drug Improves Sexual Dysfunction in Hypertensive Men

Losartan, a new anti hypertensive drug appears to improve sexual function among the hypertensive men with erectile dysfunction. As the cause of impotence, really it is the disease process itself, probably from reduced vascular compliance. ..According to American Journal of Medical sciences, a study evaluated hypertensive men with erectile dysfunction and found that their overall sexual satisfacti...

Mystery behind Preeclampsia uncovered

Scientists have linked the rise in levels of S-nitrosoalbumin, a naturally occuring chemical found in the blood with Preeclampsia. This dangerous complication of pregnancy affects 10% of all first pregnancies. If untreated, this can worsen into a life threatening condition called Eclampsia in which a women has convulsive seizures during pregnancy. The research was led by Dr.Valerian E.Kagan of...

ZD1839 Proves Effective - A Breakthrough in fighting Lung Cancer

Lung cancer, the header among all forms of cancer, is avenged now by the new proven effective ZD1839. ..It has been shown that ZD1839, an epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has confirmed, durable responses and safety in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) as monotherapy and in combination with standard chemotherapy agents after segmental scrutinizati...

New point scale to ascertain the stroke recovery

Stroke is undoubtedly the most common neurological disorder and one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality. Five million people die of stroke each year and more than 15 million suffer non-fatal strokes. ..But the question of the day is about the recovery - whether the patient would recover and if so how long would it take. Researchers at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders...

TELITHROMYCIN - the proven effective new drug for cap

Community acquired pneumonia other wise known as CAP has been a therapeutic challenge to most of the practising physicians. This is mainly due to the growing resistance of the bacteria causing them to the available antibiotics. ..Telithromycin (Ketek), a new ketolide antibiotic, is highly effective in treating patients with pneumococcal bacteraemia associated with community-acquired pneumonia (CA...

New FDA Approved Drug To Treat Migraine

Axert has been approved by the FDA for the acute treatment of migraine with or without aura in adults. ....This drug targets serotonin receptors and act against migraine headaches by inducing the constriction of blood vessels surrounding the brain. ....Nausea, sleepiness, numbness, dry mouth and headache are the side effects associated with the use of Axert. In controlled trials, Axert showed a...

Lose Weight With New Wonder Slimming FDA approved Prescription Drug

There is a new wonder slimming FDA approved drug which can actually works. Not only that - it even lets you eat normally, all while you are slimming. This wonder slimming drug is XENICAL. ....Xenical allows about 30% of the fat eaten in a meal // to pass through the gut undigested. Your body cannot convert these excess calories to fatty tissue or use them as a source of energy. This will therfor...

How much can exercise improve health?

Researchers are trying to establish whether people who exercise can improve their health or it would not make a diference at all! .. .. Consensus statements published by the American College of Sports Medicine establishes that people who exercise improve their health.// But researchers often can't tell how much health-improvement pay-off will result from a given amount of work, or eve...

Helping stroke patients to recover balance

Researchers in France say that the distorting spectacles can help stroke patients with posture problems to recover their balance. They think that the spectacles reset the patient's mental makeup and hope that the effect will lead to a long-lasitng cure for some postural problems. .... People who have a stroke affecting the brain's right hemisphere may suffer paralysis down their left side a...

New FDA Approved Drug NATRECOR For Heart Failure Patients

The US government has approved a genetically engineered drug called NATRECOR to ease the breathing of hospitalized congestive heart failure patients. .. Congestive heart failure is a condition // in which the heart can't pump enough blood to meet the needs of the body's other organs. Most of the patients with congestive heart failure suffer flare-ups in which they gasp for breath and need hospita...

Vaccination reminder for anyone over 65..

Experts in the US recommend that everyone over 65 should get a pneumococcus vaccination.As you get older, your immune system may weaken, making you more prone to infection. That's why it may be wise to take a 'flu jab. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic in the US also urge people over 65 to have a pneumococcal vaccination.// ....The jab protects you from pneumonia, meningitis, and various other serious...

Iron supplements proves helpful in dry cough .

The ACE inhibitor is one of the most widely used drugs in cardiovascular medicine.It improves the survival rates and reducing complications in patients with cardiovascular conditions such as hypertension and heart failure.But however this drug produces dry cough as its most frequent side effect.// ....In most cases, patients with this troublesome complication discontinue the drug. Koreans have co...

Digital mammography proves effective

A new trial will compare digital mammography with the standard technique to confirm if it can detect breast cancer earlier and with more accuracy. Standard film mammography has been around for nearly 40 years now, and radiographers are familiar with the scope and limitations of the technology.// ....Digital mammography might be able to detect cancers in women with dense breast tissue, because it...

Stress can make you overweight

..Over 45 and under too much of stress,a self-perpetuating cycle of factors can fuel the urge to snack at the wrong times. The resulting weight gain often piles up around the abdomen, which boosts the risk of heart disease and stroke.This applies to both sexes.// ....One doctor states, that people may be able to avoid the hazards of weight gain in midlife by learning when the body is vulnerable t...

Voice may be improved by surgery

Surgery for sinus problems or sleep apnoea has the potential to alter voice characteristics. One solution for sleep apnoea - a disorder where breathing stops many times during the night - is to remodel the nasal and throat cavity through surgery. Often the problem is that the uvula - a flap of tissue at the top of the throat obstructs night-time breathing.// ....If the uvula is trimmed - in an o...

Love the sun

Pregnant women who have dark skin or wear veils are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency, which can lead to rickets in children, studies in Melbourne have found...A study reported in the journal of medicine found that a high proportion of dark-skinned and or veiled women had vitamin D levels below the ideal. As well as problems such as rickets for the infants, a deficiency in adults can lead to b...

Gene therapy - Aim to improve blood flow

Heart disease often means that areas of the heart muscle become poorly supplied with blood - this can lead to both painful angina attacks, and to heart attacks. If blood vessels could be encouraged to grow to reinforce the supply to the heart muscle, this could drastically improve quality of life. In diabetes, this is a frequent complication, and can lead to tissue death, and wounds which either...

FDA Approves Contraceptive Ring

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first hormone-releasing contraceptive implant. NuvaRing, sold by Organon, Inc., effectively blocks conception between 98 percent and 99 percent of the time -- meaning that for every 100 women who use it for a year, only one or two will become pregnant, the FDA says. That rate is similar to both the birth control pill and the yet-unapproved co...

Uncovering a gene for oesophagal cancer

Scientists are close to uncovering a gene that may influence the risk of oesophagal cancer. ..A family in Liverpool, England, is helping Cancer Research Campaign scientists learn more of the genetic basis of cancer of the oesophagus. Twenty one members of this family have died of this cancer over five generations. The disease affects those who also have a mild skin disorder called tylosis. .. //...

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...

Collagen improves voice quality in Parkinsonism

According to surgeons, injecting collagen into the vocal cords improves voice problems in Parkinson's disease. One of the important symptoms of Parkinson's disease is the deterioration in voice quality experienced by some patients. This problem is known as hypophonia, and is caused by muscle rigidity and other abnormalities in the area of the voice box or larynx.// ....People with hypophonia sou...

Over-The-Counter Drugs May Prevent Alzheimer's

Certain over-the-counter pain relievers commonly used to counter the pain and inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis also may cut the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease. In addition to their anti-inflammatory properties, the drugs seem to selectively reduce levels of a harmful protein linked to the neurodegenerative disease. The study developed from research suggesting that people taking certain N...
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