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Serum Progesterone Helps Stratify Ectopic Pregnancy Risk

Measurement of serum progesterone levels may be helpful in deciding which emergency department patients with no strong clinical signs are at low risk of ectopic pregnancy, according to a report in the August issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine. .. .. ..They measured progesterone levels in 716 first-trimester patients ..who presented to an emergency department with abdominal pain or ..vagina...

Just spice it up!!!!! Anti bacterial effects of spices unraveled in the West

The West is now sitting up and taking in the aroma of Indian cuisine. The inseparable part of Indian kitchens, the spices are now the subjects of research by scientists at the Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Dr. Daniel Y. C. Fung and colleagues who conducted the study opine that cinnamon, apart from filling the air with its spicy aroma can also double up as an anti bacterial agent....

Microscopic lens monitors heart problems

An innovative way to predict risk of surgery. Lens as thick as two strand of human hair, can predict when complications are developing after coronary bypass surgery. The main problem with bypass surgery is that arteries tend to re-block, risking heart attack and requiring further treatment.// If changes in blood flow through the artery could be detected at an early stage, it's possible that such...

Turkey becoming epicenter for bird flu

Bird flu virus which has caused 76 deaths in Southeast Asia seems to have shifted its infection to Turkey which has infected 18 people in Turkey. The city of Van in eastern Turkey has experienced three deaths // due to bird flu and all of them got the virus from poultry. The people infected with the bird flu virus are treated using a combination of antibiotics, bird flu anti flu drug Tamiflu and...

Poultry Ordered Indoors Following Bird Flu Suspicion In Germany

Reports of positive bird flu infection in wild swans have been reported by Germany and Austria. In response to the H5N1 virus detection, // the German government has ordered that all domestic poultry be moved indoors. .. ..Four other European nations have reported outbreaks this week and the disease now appears unstoppable, at least among wild birds. .. ..The latest suspected infections were in...

Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia increases risk of breast cancer

Researchers in Tennessee who studied 7600 women who had a breast biopsy because they had detected a lump, found that women with a condition called atypical lobular hyperplasia went// on to develop invasive breast cancer. Invasive breast cancer is a condition where cancer cells break through the duct and lobular wall and invade the surrounding fatty and connective tissues of the breast. Out of the...

Safety of soy under suspicion

A new study by scientists at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health has caused concerns about the safety of soya. The scientists have called for urgent research into the impact of soya on unborn children following tests on rats which suggest a chemical in soya can damage the male reproductive organs. Though there is no evidence to suggest it has a similar effect on humans, its effects on rats...

Laproscopic Surgery As Effective As Open Surgery

Doctors say minimally invasive surgery for colon cancer is as effective as open surgery. Since 1990, minimally invasive surgery, also called // laparoscopically assisted surgery, has been an option. With minimally invasive surgery, the procedure is performed through three half-inch incisions and one two-inch incision compared to the open surgery where doctors do a six- to eight-inch incision. Bu...

Improved procedure to do laproscopic esophagectomy discovered

Researchers have developed a new improved procedure to do laproscopic esophagectomy on patients who suffers// from the problems of esophagus, including cancer of the esophagus. ....Currently to test the extent of damage in the esophagus, surgeons had accepted a noninvasive procedure called laproscopic esophagectomy. In this process the surgeons had to make a small incision on the abdomen of the p...

Antibiotics help combat dangerous tropical disease

More than 120 million people worldwide suffer from Filarial infection and some// get grotesque condition called elephantiasis, where their legs resemble that of an Elephant. The condition is caused by a pathogen called wuchereria bancrofti, this is a threadlike worm They go and house themselves in the body’s lymph nodes where they cause the blockage of the flow of lymphatic fluids and cause swell...

Laparoscopic surgery can be safely employed for radical resection of cancer

According to the randomized trial published in Lancet Oncology, laparoscopic surgery// could be safely employed for radical resection of cancer in the right, left, and sigmoid colon. The multicenter COLOR (COlon cancer Laparoscopic or Open Resection) trial had explored the short-term benefits of laparoscopic colectomy for cancer as against open surgery. ....627 patients had been assigned to lap...

Three Tropical Parasites Genetic Code Unravelled

Scientists have now cracked the genetic makeup three fatal diseases –sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis //and Chagas disease that are caused by Trypanosoma brucei, Leishmania major and Trypanosoma cruzi. The three diseases have mostly been to affect people in tropical countries. It is estimated that they affect about half a billion people worldwide and claim more than 150,000 lives annually. ....A...

Atypical Antibiotics For Super Bugs

Researchers from the Notre Dame University have developed unusual antibiotics that have the potential to be effective against the super bugs. The research findings were presented at the 230th national meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society. // ....The new antibiotics are synthetic forms of cephalosporin, a broad-spectrum antibiotic closely related to pen...

Endoscopic Thyroidectomy Helps In Removing Thyroid Cysts

In a path-breaking surgery here, an elderly woman suffering from multiple nodules and cysts in her thyroid gland was relieved of the diseased parts without any trauma on the neck//. ....A team of surgeons led by B. Ramana performed the two-hour-long operation - Bloodless Endoscopic Thyroidectomy - through the anterior chest or breast approach at Apollo Gleneagles Clinic last week. ...."Endoscopi...

Microscopic Nanobombs Blow Apart Breast Cancer Cells

Researchers at the University of Delaware have developed a unique nanobomb that can be used to detect and blow apart cancer cells, more specifically breast cancer cells//. ..This latest attack on cancer has been detailed in the journals NanoBiotechnology and Oncology Issues by Balaji Panchapakesan, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at UD. The report says that the nanobomb...

Indian Olympic Association And UNICEF To Collaborate On HIV/AIDS Awareness

Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and UNICEF would collaborate on spreading awareness regarding the transmission and protection of HIV virus. The collaboration would help spreading awareness to young people the dangers of HIV infection//. The program would enhance national awareness through sports as children’s and young people are more attracted towards sports meet and events. ..A Memorandum of...

Higher incidence of bile duct injury during laparoscopic cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) has rapidly substituted traditional cholecystectomy, and represents the gold standard for surgical treatment of cholelithiasis. ..Bile duct injury (BDI) remains the most serious //complication of cholecystectomy. According to a recent survey, published in the October issue of the journal Archives of Surgery, the incidence of BDI has become more frequent with LC....

Sleep Disturbance in Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a common skin disorder that most often begins in infancy. Sleep disturbances in children with atopic dermatitis are likely due to itching and scratching and not only impact the afflicted child but may // also affect the entire family. .. ..Recently, a study was conducted with the aim to evaluate sleep disturbance and co sleeping in young children with atopic dermatitis and ev...

Concerted Effort Imperative For Elimination Of Tropical Diseases: WHO

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) experts, concerted efforts, political will and commitment is necessary for complete eradication of the five neglected tropical diseases from South East Asia in the next five-ten // years. .. WHO has identified five tropical diseases - leprosy, lymphatic filariasis (LF), visceral leishmaniasis (kala azar), soil transmitted helminths (STH) and yaws (...

AIDS Picture In India Not As Rosy As It Seems To Be

India ranks second only to South Africa with respect to the number of AIDS/HIV victims. A recent survey conducted on the prevalence of AIDS in India has revealed that the figures could be far more than what has been projected officially. //There have been numerous repots claiming a dramatic decline in the number of new infections. The above has been brought to spotlight following the release of t...

DAPIC Project to Prevent Amputations

A special type of footwear aimed at preventing amputations and other disease-related complications in diabetics is being offered at a remote village in India’s State of Tamil Nadu, courtesy a hospital initiative//. ..For most patients who visited the "Diabetes Amputation Prevention Initiative in the Community (DAPIC)" programme at Maragal Kandigai village out of mere curiosity, the special shoes...

First Frontal CSF Endoscopic surgery performed in Chennai

ENT and Plastic Surgeon Dr. P. Thulasi Das and his team has performed an Endoscopic surgery for Frontal Sinus cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) // leak to a 25 years old patient in Venkateswara Hospital in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. The patient was suffering from meningitis. Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges that covers the brain and spinal cord, meningitis is caused by bacterial or funga...

Mobile Endoscopic Facilities For Health Screening

Mobile clinics equipped with endoscopic facilities will be available for rural people, who mostly had to wait for a long time for treatment and diagnosis.// NHS Lothian will be organizing mobile endoscopic diagnostics along with mobile clinics. Endoscopic procedures are mostly useful in diagnosing the disease conditions inside the body which becomes visible on a screen through the camera fitted o...

Topical Quinolone effective in controlling eardrum perforations

Topical administration of Quinolone antibiotics for eardrum perforations has been found to be more effective in treating the disease than the use of systemic antibiotics//. Dr. Carolyn Macfadyen, Research Associate, International Health Research Group in the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK has reported in a review published in The Cochrane Library that topical quinolone are better than...

‘Radiation Overdose Girl’ Is Picking Up the Threads of Her Lie

A schoolgirl is recovering well, after a cancer unit administered a potentially deadly radiation overdose .Lisa Norris, is trying to re-build her life, and is currently receiving specialist oxygen treatment. // She has re-joined school and will be celebrating her 16th birthday soon. ....Lisa Norris from Girvan in Ayrshire, in a case of human error, was administered a radiation overdose 17 times...

Latest Version of Echocardiography Provides Improved Pictures of the Heart

Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is a recent progress in echocardiography providing doctors with improved imaging of the heart. This procedure entails the insertion of a // probe into the esophagus, which emits radio waves. These waves, bounce off the heart and help in enabling a motion picture of the heart, far clearer than a conventional echocardiogram. .. ..These detailed images are capa...

Spices Could Be Employed To Treat Certain Cancers

It is already known to us that some popular spices might slow or prevent the growth of cancer. Dr. Rebecca Liu, an assistant professor of obstetrics// and gynecology at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and colleagues tested ginger powder dissolved in solution by putting it on ovarian cancer cell cultures. .. It was astonishing to know that ginger can kill ovarian cancer ce...

Will The Tropical Forests Survive The Deforestation Scenario?

Tropical forests are slowly being removed from the face of the earth by the process of deforestation. This is done to satisfy the growing needs// of the human population. This has resulted in complete extinction of the forest species. Humans in rural settings contribute most to deforestation. Growing population and intense urbanization are the two main reasons that accelerate deforestation and r...

Kerala Food Festival Spicing up Delhi

Mouth-watering Kerala food items, recipe displays and traditional methods of cooking will delight gourmands at the three-day Spicy// Heritage of Kerala food festival that began here Friday. ...."Kerala has been able to attract so many tourists because of the variety it has to offer. International tourists also visit other spots in India but they keep coming back to Kerala because of its rich var...

Fluticasone Lotion Effective Against Atopic Dermatitis In Children

Atopic dermatitis is seen very frequently among children. It is one of the diseases which are very difficult to manage in children below 3 months of age//. Hence Dr. Lawrence S. Eichenfield from Children's Hospital and Health Center-San Diego and colleagues came up with the fluticasone lotion. In the lotion form it spreads easily and has a cooling effect. The moisturization and low irritancy are...

Gastric Bypass And Laparoscopic Reflux Surgery Gaining Popularity

Surgical procedures of the gastrointestinal tract such as gastric bypass and laparoscopic reflux surgery for treatment of obesity and gastroesophageal reflux// disease respectively, are becoming popular, highlights a study presented at the Digestive Disease Week, which represents the largest gathering of researchers and physicians from different medical fields such as gastroenterology, endoscopy,...

Puff-packs to sport potent pictures of smoking-peril

Come autumn of 2007, cigarette packets will carry graphic representations depicting the dangerous outcome of smoking, intended to be a potent warning// to ward off the smoking habit. The pictorial representation could be diseased lungs, a dying smoker and a foetus in the womb. ....A website installed by the Department of Health, is soliciting opinion from the public regarding opinions about a ran...

UN Report Paints Alarming Picture Of Narcotics Scenario In NE

A report of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) has painted an alarming picture on the narcotics scenario of the north-east // , saying most of the injecting drug users (IDU) belonged to under-20 age group with one-third of them being unmarried and mostly male. ....Women constituted only 5-10 per cent of the IDU, said the report titled 'Drug use in the north eastern states of Ind...

Chicken Sales Slowly Pick Up

Bird flu has created so much commotion across the world and it has drastically affected the sales of chicken across the world. But recently there is an increase in demand for chicken// and the sales are slowly picking up in the market. The poultry industry is thought to be in its recuperation stage. ..Mohamed Al Shafei, director of the General Union for Poultry Workers, said that though the indu...

Drawing from Myth to Become Mistress of Spices

The smell of egg and mutton biriyani fills the air at Shilpa's stall at the 'Aravanis' talent village' near the Koothandavar temple as the Hindu deity is readied// for his marriage with hundreds of transvestites in an annual ritual. ....Shilpa is an 'Aravani', one who is among nearly 300,000 transvestites who live in this South Indian state and cooking is one skill they have traditionally inheri...

Footwear The Hot Pick Of Summer Fashion In The West

After Indian cuisine, films and fashion, it's now footwear that has caught the fancy of the swish set who are trading in their high-heels and pointy shoes //for comfy open sandals, juttis, kolhapuris and bejewelled slip-ons, all with the 'Made In India' tag! ....The stores are brimming with Indian flat footwear and so are online agents, according to Washington yuppie Thanga. ....'A pair of Kash...

'Microscopic Grains Used in Sun Block Creams may Cause Nerve Damage'

Tiny particles used in some sun protection creams have the potential to cause nerve damage, researchers in the US say //. ....It may not necessarily imply that these microscopic grains, which are also used in consumer products such as some toothpastes and cosmetics, are harmful in the human body, Nature magazine said reporting the latest findings. ....But it also warned that a growing body of e...

Tata Industries picks up stake in Indigene Pharmaceuticals

Tata Industries Ltd today said it has acquired a significant stake in Indigene Pharmaceutical, a subsidiary of US-based indigene Pharma Inc// , for an undisclosed amount. ....Indigene, which is involved in biopharmaceuticals, has been in the business of both prescription and consumer healthcare products. ....Commenting on the strategic alliance with Indigene, Tata Group Chairman Ratan Tata said...

New Laparoscopic Surgery to Correct Vaginal Vault Prolapse Is Effectual Than the Conventional Surgery

According to a research conducted by researchers at the Mayo Clinic it was found that surgical robot assisted laparoscopic surgery for vaginal vault prolapses was very effective when compared to the conventional open surgery. // ..This surgery is mainly done to prevent the collapse of the vagina after a hysterectomy. The results of the surgery will be published in the Journal of Urology. In the U...

B.C. to pick up expenses of live organ donors

Vancouver: A novel scheme on the anvil, offers to reimburse some part of the costs of potential donors who wish to donate a kidney or part of the liver for transplant, in a bid to attract more numbers of living donors.// ....The three-year scheme, which is worth $300,000, is a pioneering effort in North America, which will seek to reimburse the travel, recuperation and accommodation expenses of...
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