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One in Three Heart Attack Patients Have No Chest Pains

..Death Rates Higher for Those Without This Symptom. As many as one-third of patients never have chest pains prior to or during a heart attack, a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggests. And for women, diabetics and others who belong to groups likely to have atypical heart attack symptoms, more than half may never have such pains. ....The report examined sympto...

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...

Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients' Lives

According to some British researhers increasing doses of painkillers to ease the agony of terminally ill patients does not shorten their lives.Some health professionals have criticized the practice, comparing it to euthanasia, but doctors at St Christopher's Hospice in London claim patients receiving higher doses of drugs such as morphine live just as long as those who do not. .. .. ..In research...

Patients With Filariasis More Prone To HIV Infection

According to a report published in the December issue of the Journal of Infectious Diseases, HIV infection is significantly enhanced in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from individuals with untreated filarial infection compared to PBMCs from infected patients treated with antifilarial agents. According to Dr. Ramya Gopinath and her team at the National Institute of Allergy and Infecti...

Glivec - New Hope For CMC Patients

For those unlucky to be afflicted by the deadly chronic myeloid leukemia (CMC) and their near and dear ones, there's some good news. One of the deadliest forms of leukemia - commonly called 'blood cancer' - kills thousands across the globe. Chronic myeloid leukemia was one of the deadliest killers around and still continues to be one. But there's good news. Multinational pharmaceutical gia...

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...

HIV infected patients can travel safely abroad

Many HIV infected patients, apart from suffering the social neglect and being unwanted even by near and dear ones have this major handicap - they just can’t travel like the other people - wherever they want and whenever they want. Some people just avoid having HIV infected co passengers. Others are just indifferent. Leaving the ethical issues aside, it is very difficult for these victims to trave...

New vaccine helps allergy and asthma patients

Allergy and asthma patients can now breathe easy. Literally. A new vaccine called grass pollen vaccine has been shown to be effective in improving the quality of life and has also reduced medication requirements in these patients. These and other findings of this study are reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Samantha M. Walker, PhD, of the Imperial Colle...

Doctors operate upon patients in candlelight- latest from the quake scene

The latest word from Gujarat is that doctors are being stretched to their limits working on cases for hours together without a break. At times they work in candlelight when the power fails, but the work goes on. Many caesarean sections to deliver babies were conducted in open verandahs. On Jan 27th nearly 1500 patients were operated upon without a break. Many fractures were fixed without x- rays....

New vaccine helps allergy and asthma patients

Allergy and asthma patients can now breathe easy. Literally. A new vaccine called grass pollen vaccine has been shown to be effective in improving the quality of life and has also reduced medication requirements in these patients. These and other findings of this study are reported in the latest issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology ..Samantha M. Walker, PhD, of the Imperial Col...

Are cancer patients being taken for a ride?

One issue that always raises many uncomfortable questions and more troubling answers is that of drug trials. Drug testing has always been an ethical issue and has kindled a lot of heated arguments for and against it... Recent studies have revealed that cancer victims suffer the most when it comes to drug testing when sometimes very toxic new anti cancer drugs are tested on unsuspecting victims in...

Alternative medicine more popular among HIV positive patients

Despite significant improvements in anti AIDS therapy, complimentary and alternative medicine seem to be more attractive to the AIDS positive patients, according to a new study. Among 191 HIV-positive outpatients surveyed about their use of complementary and alternative therapies, 67% said they had used alternative therapies at some point to control their HIV infection and 40% reported current us...

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...

ATG useful in transplant patients as substitute for steroids

Anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG), a compound made from rabbit antibodies appears to be as effective as routine steroids in reducing rejection of transplanted organs without any of the side effects, according to Dr. James Eason of the Ochsner Multi-Organ Transplant Center in New Orleans. In the largest study on steroid-free treatment of liver transplants, Dr. Eason found patients treated with ATG had...

Negligent doctors asked to cough up 3 lakhs for death of patient

In a judgement that might stir up another controversy, pitting the doctors against the consumer activists, negligent doctors in Kerala have been asked to pay three lakh rupees as compensation to the family of a pregnant woman who died due to aftershock of spinal anesthesia...The issue of doctors coming under the umbrella of consumer protection act has been a very controversial one with legal lumi...

Tattoos may significantly increase risk of hepatitis C infection

It is a fad these days to sport tattoos. Kids often show off their sticker tattoos. But adults go a step further. Permanent tattoos, which are permanent reminders throughout life, in different designs and shapes, are very popular. However there is a darker side to the whole affair. The study in the United States of America says that tattoos significantly increase the risk of hepatitis C infe...

Antidepressants come in handy for patients on treatment for hepatitis, cancers and multiple sclerosis

The sad part in the treatment of certain cancers, hepatitis and multiple sclerosis with interferon therapy is that while the treatment can extent life, it can seriously spoil its quality. Alpha interferon a drug used to fight these diseases can cause crippling depression. ..A new research now shows that the use of an antidepressant before starting the treatment can avoid this problem. Almost 50...

Distraction therapy found very effective in postoperative patients

Controlling pain in patients following surgeries has been effectively taken care of by a new therapy called distraction therapy. Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in the US have distracted patients with images and sounds from nature and have successfully controlled pain in patients following a painful procedure called bronchoscopy, which involves inserting the tube into the nose...

Cancer patients turning to Internet for information

Many cancer patients, according to a recent study, are increasingly turning to the Internet for information about their disease. In this context physicians need to be aware of various Internet medical sites so they can guide the patients to the most reliable, accurate and updated information. Dr. James M.Metz of the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center in Philadelphia echoed these ideas at...

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...

Link between Constipation and Parkinson's Disease

Researhers have found from a long-term study that men who suffer from constipation are nearly three times more likely to eventually develop Parkinson's disease. .... According to Robert Frank, Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics at the University of Texas School of Medicine, the connection between constipation and Parkinson's was noted almost 2 centuries back from a clinical study. .. .....

Wishes of unspoken patients

According to a new report patients who do not express their requests feel less satisfied with their physicians and find less improvement in their symptoms. A doctor need not tell a patient everything on his mind. One may feel anxious and forget what you meant to ask about, he or she may seem rushed, or it may be that the relationship between the two of you is not as open and trusting as it could...

Vitamin B for Hepatitis

A study has found a cheap and non toxic method of treating Hepatitis, by administering vitaminB to the Ptients..... Hepatitis B virus infects the liver, and in severe cases can lead to cirrhosis, liver cancer and liver failure. It is spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. ....A researcher decided to test thiamine for HBV after a very bright and aware patient...

Hemochromatosis Patients' Blood is Safe

Blood donors with hemochromatosis, a disorder in which iron accumulates in organs and body tissues, do not pose a greater risk to blood safety than other donors, according to the results of a study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). // ....Hemochromatosis patients are treated with periodic phlebotomies or "blood letting" to remove excess iron from their body. Becaus...

Alternative therapies popular with Parkinson's patients

Nearly half of people with Parkinson's disease are using one or more type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as vitamins, message or acupuncture. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the US have carried out a survey of more than 200 people with Parkinson's disease. Forty per cent use one or more forms of CAM - and 12 per cent use five or more different ones. There's no li...

Hepatitis G May Boost HIV Survival

A form of hepatitis virus not believed to cause illness may improve survival in people who have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In two new studies, HIV-positive people who were also infected with the hepatitis G virus tended to live longer than other people infected with HIV. Researchers suspect that hepatitis G, which is also known as GB virus C, improves survival by keeping HIV from replicatin...

The patient's voice

Patients' experience of illness is being collected on a database which both doctors and other patients can share. The missing ingredient in medical research is the patient's voice. It is all very well recording signs and symptoms, but doctors and researchers could learn a lot from the patient's ideas, beliefs and insights about their illness. It would help new patients too - showing they're not a...

Fifth US Patient Receives Artificial Heart

A fifth man has received a self-contained artificial heart, but he is having problems with his lungs, surgeons at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, said. The medical team said details about the patient would be released later. Surgeons have said previously that patients considered for the implant must be critically ill with fewer than 30 days to live. // ...."The opera...

First Artificial Heart patient has Major setback

The first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart suffered bleeding in his brain in the same area damaged by a stroke 10 days ago. The latest setback caused swelling and made the patient, Robert Tools, 59, of Franklin, Kentucky, less responsive, implant surgeon Laman Gray said. // ....Robert Tools received the AbioCor mechanical heart on July 2 at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. At the tim...

Patients Pressure Would Result In Overprescription

Overprescription and subsequent overuse of antibiotics is an increasing concern, contributing to higher drug costs and the increasing prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But in many cases, doctors' over-prescribing of medication may not be due to misdiagnoses, but to insistent requests and subtle hints from their patients. // ....Scott and his colleagues analyzed data from a 1996-1999 o...

Pioneering artificial heart patient dies

Robert Tools, the recipient of the world’s first fully self-contained artificial heart, died at a hospital in Louisville, Ken., after suffering a series of setbacks. TOOLS, 59, died of complications after severe abdominal bleeding. He began bleeding and his organs began failing later, said Drs. Laman Gray Jr. and Robert Dowling, who implanted the experimental device on July 2 at Jewish Hospital....

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....

Constipation can be a cause

Men who suffer from constipation are more likely to get diagnosed with the progressive brain disease Parkinson's. Scientists have little idea why this should be the case, although some have suggested that the disease may have some effect on the function of the gut long before it manifests itself elsewhere. ....Dr Robert Abbott, who led the research, said: "It could help us more effectively ident...

Support therapy helps breast cancer patients

Group therapy can help breast cancer patients feel better, but it won't help them live longer. Patients who got support therapy in addition to their medical treatment lived an average// of 18 months longer. The 158 women assigned to group therapy did not live any longer than the 77 who got only medical treatmen. However, women in the therapy groups did report less pain and emotional distress -- e...

Cure for Hepatitis B

An Indian medicinal plant may be one of the most effective ways of treating disorders caused by the Hepatitis B virus, according to new research. Clinical trials using a drug based on the Keezhanali plant were conducted at the University of Madras in South India and the Scottish Centre// for Infection in Glasgow. ....The results are believed to be better than any drug so far used to treat Hepatit...

Artificial lenses- Boon to cataract patients

A lens implant that can change focus like a natural lens promises to make cataract patients’ eyesight almost as good as it was when they were young.The device, which is being developed by Jin-Hui Shen, an ophthalmologist at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, contains six overlapping lenses.// ....As the muscles in the eye relax, the overlap increases, allowing pat...

Third artificial heart patient introduced

The third man to receive an experimental artificial heart made his first public appearance, three-and-a-half months after getting the device.// Bobby Harrison appeared at a news conference with members of his surgical team from the Texas Heart Institute, where he underwent surgery on September 26, 2001. ....The AbioCor heart is a battery-powered plastic-and-titanium device that's completely imp...

Take care of constipation

Researchers have stated that Men who suffer from constipation are more likely to get diagnosed with the progressive brain disease Parkinson's some have suggested that the disease may have// some effect on the function of the gut long before it manifests itself elsewhere. ....Dr Robert Abbott, who led the research, said: "It could help us more effectively identify people with early or suspected di...

Cure for osteoporosis in prostate cancer patients

Osteoporosis can be prevented in prostate cancer patients who are undergoing androgen deprivation therapy by administering dosages of diethylstilbesterol. The researchers at the New York Cornell Medical Center say this non steroidal synthetic oestrogen should be considered as a monotherapy in men who require long-term antiandrogen therapy.//.. ....Over 18 months the researchers evaluated 54 patie...
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