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Epileptic Seizures Can Be Duec to Heart Problem

British researchers have said that Many people thought to have epilepsy may have a heart problem instead. In a study, researchers closely examined people diagnosed with epilepsy who did not respond well to medication or had symptoms unusual for the disorder. They found that more than 40% had another medical problem--most often a heart or circulation condition--that could have caused the symptoms....

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...

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...

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...

Morning after pill effective up to five days after having unprotected sex

Canadian researchers say, that the morning after pill, which rescues many women from unwanted pregnancies can be effective up to five days after having unprotected sex. These findings were released after a study conducted by Dr. Isabel Rodrigues, a professor of family medicine at the University of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, and colleagues. ..The study is published in the March issue of the Amer...

Researchers Scale to assess the Severity of Epilepsy in Kids

Epilepsy in kids is almost a nightmare to their respective parents, that too when it is resistant to the treatment. Researchers identified three factors that may increase a child's risk of having intractable epilepsy - a form of the disease that does not respond to commonly used drugs. ..Children who have their first epileptic seizure before their first birthday which is also called symptomatic g...

Glaxo launches pills to help smokers quit in 7-12 weeks

GLAXO SmithKline India has launched an oral treatment for smoking, called Zyban. The pill (generic - Bupropion Hydrochloride) is reportedly the first product aimed at stopping smoking and is available at Rs. 40 per tablet. Speaking to newspersons, Mr. Kalyanasundaram, Director (Pharmaceuticals), Glaxo India Ltd, said the complete treatment osts about Rs. 5000 and takes about 7-12 weeks. ..In th...

Sweet Candies replace bitter Pills for Anaemia

Anaemia due to iron deficiency is one of the major cause of morbidity in most of the underdeveloped countries. Children with iron deficiency anemia may be reluctant to take extra vitamins or iron pills, as they are inadvertently inedible. ..But now Iron-fortified candies were effective for improving the iron status of young children and might be an affordable way to combat iron deficiency in chil...

NPIL withdraws Parkinson’s dru

It has been reportedly said that Nicholas Piramal India Ltd which imports the raw material and manufactures Madopar, Parkinson’s drug, locally has ceased its production in both vial and tablet form following price control. ....The company had approached the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) to reconsider its price revision. However, according to NPPA sources the cased was already ‘...

Inadequate epilepsy treatment

The diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy is often handled in a casual “insouciant” manner, with up to 20 per cent of UK epilepsy patients not receiving appropriate drugs, researchers say. Around 30,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy each year, and of these, about one-third can be expected to continue on long-term medication. But researchers from the Institute of Neurology at University College...

Music in link with epilepsy

Music, particularly Mozart, could have a therapeutic effect on epilepsy, say scientists. Short bursts of Mozart's Sonata K448 have been found to decrease epileptic attacks.Professor John Jenkins, who has reviewed the international research on music therapy, said it was very probable that work by other musicians could also trigger the "Mozart Effect." ....Patients who had been exposed to 10 minute...

A boon to epileptics

Stimulating the brain with a dose of low-frequency magnetism reduces the number of seizures suffered by severe epileptics, a study has found. Researchers at Gottingen in Germany used a coil which was placed on the side of the head to direct// the magnetic pulses to the brain. ....The use of high-frequency pulses has been blamed for triggering epileptic seizures, and this is some of the first wor...

Caffeine can induce epilepsy in newborns

A research has found that if women drink too much coffee during pregnancy can increase the risk of their babies developing epileptic seizures or fits.//Studies have found that caffeine may be linked to the development of epileptic discharges in cells from newborn mammals that have been briefly starved of oxygen. ....A research team from the Institut National De La Santé in France examined cells f...

Leukemia pill shows promise against stomach cancer

Gleevec, which was just approved for treating leukemia, also shows promise against a type of stomach cancer . The Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a promising anti-leukemia drug for treatment of a relatively rare form of abdominal cancer. The drug, Gleevec, administered as a pill once a day, is effective in treating both forms of cancer because of its ability to target and kill ca...

New Birth Control Pills increase the stroke risk

Despite lower levels of estrogen, the new generations of birth control pills double the risk of stroke for women who take them. Researchers say the newest pills are no safer than the older versions when it comes to clotting problems.// In fact, the third-generation pills may be more dangerous than the second-generation ones. ....The first generation pills, introduced in 1960, was a mix of high d...

Contraceptive pill to reduce PMS

A new contraceptive pill could help to reduce the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, it could also reduce a woman's monthly periods to just four a year. US researchers have almost completed trials of the pill.// ....The new pill is a combination of two commonly used hormones already available in various dosages in oral contraceptives. Women have to take it for 84 consecutive days and then ski...

Epilepsy can be predicted

Scientists have found a way to predict when somebody is likely to have an epileptic seizure. ..In most people with epilepsy, seizures occur suddenly and without warning and can lead to ....disability or even death. //However, a team from Hopital de la Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris, believe ....it may be possible to predict the onset of seizures by carrying out an electroencephalogram ....(EEG). .........

Epilepsy Drugs Can Enhance Risk of Birth Defects

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder in which misfiring electrical impulses in the brain lead to seizures. About 2.3 million Americans have epilepsy, and more than a million are female. //Pregnant women who take anti-epileptic medications face a significant risk that their children will have problems ranging from congenital defects to slow development. ....A new study adds to growing evide...

Pill may replace exercise

That ultimate fantasy of the couch potato may become a reality some day, according to researchers who have found the chemical pathways that// muscle cells use to build strength and endurance. ....With this basic knowledge in hand, it now may be possible to develop a pill that pumps up muscle cells without all that exercise, said Dr. R. Sanders Williams, dean of the Duke University of School of M...

One IV treatment a year rather than a pill a day

One IV treatment a year may prevent osteoporosis. The research involves a drug called zoledronic acid, which is approved for use in cancer patients to treat a condition in which calcium seeps from the bones. The drug was found to slow the rate of bone less and increase bone density, and the effect persisted for at least a year after treatment, long after the medication had disappeared from the bl...

Chemotherapy Pill Has Fewer Side Effects Than IV

A chemotherapy pill is as effective for treating advanced colorectal cancer as intravenous treatment with a similar drug...Patients taking the pill capecitabine survived just as long as those on standard chemotherapy, but the pill caused fewer side effects.// Capecitabine is the oral form of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), the chemotherapy regimen most commonly used to treat advanced colorectal cancer. .....

Best ways to split a pill

Researchers offer important tips regarding splitting a pill and ways of taking care your medication. Sometimes half a pill does the job better than a whole one. one might be neglecting off a medication, or be given a double dose of a medicine that's expensive//. Either way, you may need to split a pill into two or more doses. ....Doctors at the Mayo Clinic offer you some advice on how to go abou...

No connection between breast cancer and pill

Researchers at the University of Texas, have shown that use of oral contraceptives does not increase the risk of breast cancer.Up to 70 per cent of US women born since 1950 have used the Pill for contraception. //Previous research has suggested that use of the hormones in the Pill could raise the risk of breast cancer - while other studies have failed to reveal a connection. The early Pill users...

Bird Flu Threat Prompts Stockpiling Of Food And Medicine In America

It has been urged by the Federal Government to stockpile medicines and food owing to the possibility of potential bird flu pandemic in America.// A pandemic is said to occur when a new strain of the influenza virus gets transmitted from one person to the other, thereby causing serious human illness. ....Warning has already been issued regarding the mutation of the H5N1 virus into a more potent f...

Abortion made easy pill causes alarm in state

Mifipriston, the new high-tech abortion drug being freely sold over the counter in the state, may usher in an era of do-it-yourself-abortions,// experts fear. Already, the sale is brisk as the tablets sell like laxatives, they claim, and even as the pharmaceutical concerns treat the city gynaecologists to five-star meals ostensibly to introduce them to “the revolutionary approach to medical abort...

A Compilation of recent Diabetes Research articles

....A recent article published in 'Diabetes Care' discussed about a study conducted by Dr.Vijay Jayagopal and his colleagues from the Hull Royal Infirmary in the UK, which tried to understand the benefits of dietary supplements on type 2 diabetes patients. The study was conducted on 35 post menopausal women with type 2 diabetes who //either received a placebo or a dietary supplement with phytoes...

Lamictal as add-on therapy for children with epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved GlaxoSmithKline's new drug Lamictal (lamotrigine) as an addition for children whose partial seizures are inadequately controlled on their existing therapy. This new indication is an expansion of the //already-approved indications for adjunctive use in adults with partial seizures, and for the generalized seizures of Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome in chi...

Treatment for fibroids with "Abortion Pill"

Women suffering form fibroids, who until now had only an option of a hysterectomy or removal of the fibroid, now have an alternative of shrinking the fibroid with the drug Mifepristone. Lead researcher Steven H. Eisinger, MD, said that fibroids are a common and vexing problem in women and fibroid relief accounts for about 30% of all hysterectomies in the U.S. Women who are symptomatic could have...

Estrogen Patch is Safer than Pills for Heart

In a study reported in Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that Estrogen replacement therapy could be considered a safer profile for the heart when delivered through a patch rather than a pill. Interestingly, "the Women's Health Initiative", the largest study of its kind, was cut short last year (2002) because it was found that Hormone Replacement Therapy (a combination of estr...

Epilepsy Drug Helps Diabetic Nerve Damage

Over the weekend, researchers from Eastern Virginia Medical School presented their study that shows the anti-epileptic drug topiramate improves diabetic neuropathy, or nerve damage.Topiramate (Topamax) has long been used to treat epilepsy, and recent research shows it can also promote significant weight loss. In a small study of people with type 2 diabetes, the drug showed evidence of improving s...

Stroke and the Pill

Healthy women who take the newer, lower-dose birth control pills are not increasing their risk of stroke, finds a new study. ..Ever since birth control pills debuted in the 1960s, doctors have worried the pills could increase a woman’s risk of stroke. Most studies looking at the link, however, have looked at women who took early forms of the pill, which contained higher levels of estrogen compare...

Tea Pill Lowers Cholesterol

A new study out of Vanderbilt University shows cholesterol-lowering effects from a pill formulated with extracts from green tea. The study is the first placebo-controlled clinical trial to confirm the cholesterol-lowering properties of tea in humans. ....Studies of large populations have suggested drinking tea has health benefits that include lower levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol. Studies conf...

Study to look at early surgery to treat epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disorder affecting more than 2 million people worldwide and is caused by abnormal surges in the electrical circuits of the brain that result in seizures. More than half of those with epilepsy can live seizure-free by taking medications. ....But now a new study is under way to determine just how effective surgery is compared to drug therapy when treating those with temporal lobe epil...

Teen dies after complications from abortion pill

Holly Marie Patterson went to a Planned Parenthood clinic two weeks ago to quietly consider ways to handle a life change she wasn't ready for. One week later, the 18-year-old lay dying on an emergency room //table, the victim of complications after she took the abortion pill. ..Patterson's death is likely to reignite the debate surrounding RU-486, the pill approved by the Food and Drug Administra...

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...

Genetic Pills A Future Thought

Researchers are now finding new ways to deliver gene therapy without using viruses as carriers. Researchers are using lipids, oily molecules that can form a protective complex around DNA, to do the// same job as a virus. The lipids protect the DNA and help it get into the target cell. The approach could eventually make gene therapy treatments that are stable enough to take as a pill. ..Gene the...

More Complications Seen In Women With Epilepsy

Recent statistics show that about 1 million women in the United States have epilepsy. Researchers say women with epilepsy may encounter // a wide-range of problems while taking certain medications. ..Past studies have shown that many women find their seizures change in severity and frequency during puberty, pregnancy, menstruation and menopause. Researchers say hormonal changes may be responsible...

Epilepsy Drugs Found To Lead To Bone Loss

Older women who take drugs for epilepsy may be risking bone loss say researchers. Investigators tested post-menopausal women and found // those on epilepsy drugs were significantly more likely to have lower scores on heel and hip tests to measure bone density than women not taking the drugs. ..More than 6,000 women participated in the study.The loss for women taking the drugs was nearly two-times...

Epileptic Drug Found To Be Effective In Relieving Headache

Based on finding of a recent study 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. Si...

Valerian was first epilepsy drug

The herbal medicine valerian may have been the world's first epilepsy drug, an Australian neurologist says.// ....Today, valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is best known as a mild sedative, taken either as a herbal infusion of the dried root or in capsule or tablet form. ....But the Italian author Fabio Colonna first mentioned using valerian to control seizures in his 1592 botanical work Phytobasan...
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