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Homeopathic preparation better than placebo in perennial allergic

A homeopathic preparation for perennial allergic rhinitis appears to be more effective than placebo. A multicenter team studied 50 patients with perennial allergic rhinitis. The subjects were randomized to receive either 30cc of a homeopathic preparation of principal inhalent allergen or placebo. In the third and fourth week after the start of treatment, the group compared changes in nasal inspir...

Indian Prime Minister has successful Knee Replacement Surgery

Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, the Prime Minister of India has successfully undergone left knee joint replacement by Dr. Chittaranjan Ranawat at the Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai. "The operation, which started at around 10 a.m., was completed by 11.15 a.m. and went on very well, to my satisfaction," Dr. Ranawat said at a press briefing. ``He (Mr. Vajpayee) was awake and comfortable throughout the op...

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...

Infant receives first bloodless liver transplant

.. To avoid complications during the surgery doctors recycled the blood lost from the infant’s body back to his circulation. Also the infant was given drugs to stimul...

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...

Cipla holds talks with mining giant to supply AIDS drugs for South African workers

Indian pharmaceutical giant Cipla is holding talks with London based mining giant, Anglo American for supplying AIDS drugs to South African workers. About 11% of South African population is HIV positive, totaling around 4.7 million people, giving it the dubious distinction of being the country with the maximum number of HIV positive people in the world. ..The HIV scourge is sure to have a devasta...

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...

Scientists plan human cloning clinic in the United States

An international group of reproductive scientists plan to launch a human cloning clinic, which will provide cloning services to infertile couples within 18 months, according to a US infertility specialist, Dr. Panayiotis Zavos. ..Dr. Zavos, a biologist at the Univeristy of Kentucky, is not medically qualified but holds a doctorate in reproductive physiology and is an owner and director of two USD...

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...

Folate and famiy planning

New research has shown that folate supplements, widely recommended for women planning pregnancy, may increase the chances of having twins. ..Professor Judith Lumley, from La Trobe University examined various folate supplement trials and found women who took folate before becoming pregnant had a 50 per cent greater chance of having twins.// ....Folate has been proven to minimise the risk of birth...

Hormone replacement Therapy a headache

Researchers from Sweden warn women undergoing hormone replacement therapy against the risk of uterus cancer. ....Hormone Replacement Therapy is advised for women to reduce menopausal side effects like hot flushes and night sweats, and to protect them from osteoporosis and heart disease.// ..Research has shown the drugs, which replace natural hormones that decrease with menopause, cause a sligh...

Chaste plant a boon

The British Medical Journal last week published a study on the agnus castus fruit, also known as “Chaste tree”, showing that more than half the women who took it had a 50 per cent or greater improvement in the symptoms of premenstrual symptoms. ....Agnus castus (Vitex agnus castus) is a small tree native to southern Europe and western Asia. It has been used for ailments including haemorrhage, fe...

Silicon eye implants

In this era of transplants and implants ,a new annotation that is in research process happens to be the silicon implants.If these silicons are to used for the sake of blindness .....is there anyhting more to say. ....This is real and this is happening , the chip, called Artificial Silicon Retina (ASR), is being planned to be implanted in three people suffreing from retinal damage.This project is...

Ranbaxy joins hand with Cipla to co-market ciprofloxacin

Two of the leading pharmaceutical industries, Ranbaxy Laboratories and Cipla announced an alliance to co-market Ranbaxy’s once-a-day formulation of Ciprofloxacin. The formulation had recently received Drug Controller General of India’s (DCGIs) approval for marketing in India. Ciproloxacin is a unique dosage form of the broad-spectrum antibiotic. The domestic market for ciprofloxacin is estimated...

Sequencing of the Plague

Bubonic plague, the bacterium blamed for the Black Death during middle ages in Europe and now a potential biological weapon, has had its entire genome sequenced. The genes seem to be "unusually fluid", readily re-arranging themselves and picking up new genes from other microbes. ....That could mean that more virulent strains of plague might emerge. More ominously, it suggests that enhanced strain...

Surgeons implant second artificial heart

Kentucky surgeons who implanted the world's first self-contained artificial heart in a 59-year-old man more than 2 months ago announced on Thursday that they have installed a second such device in a 70-year-old man. The latest patient, who was not identified, was recovering in intensive care at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, the hospital said in a statement. // ....The self-contained mechanical...

Stem cell transplantation of eye

In a significant breakthrough, a team of scientists have successfully transplanted cultured stem cells from the healthy eye to the diseased one, bringing light to the people who nearly lost their sight in accidents. ....Sustaining the current excitement about stem cells, in all 33 patients who suffered from conditions such as chemical burns, allergic reactions to drug and auto-immune diseases cau...

Woman gets cancer from transplanted kidney

For a person with failing kidneys, receiving a transplanted kidney can be a lifesaver. But in rare cases, the transplanted organ may pass on cancer to the recipient. Wisconsin researchers report that a transplant recipient whose donor had previously had lung cancer developed cancer herself several years after her transplant. // ....The woman has made a full recovery, but her case underscores t...

Steps To Improve Quality Of Plant-Based Drugs

India has finally decided to get its act together on improving quality of plant-based drugs. It promises not only to get a large number of laboratories activated on testing them, but also seeks to start registering farmers who produce medicinal plants to ensure the raw material itself meets standards. The first meeting of a recently constituted Medicinal Plants Board listed a series of measures t...

Implantable Contact Lens Found Safe and Effective

A contact lens that is implanted permanently in the eye is safe and effective for treating nearsightedness. The device is intended to be an alternative for laser operations that correct nearsightedness by reshaping the cornea, the clear outer covering of the eyeball, Dr. John Allan Vukich of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine in Madison told. // ....Vukich and colleagues analyzed the...

MSI puts on hold plans for operations in Chennai

Medicine Shoppe India (MSI), the sole franchisee for US based Medicine Shoppe International, with operations in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Baroda and Pune, has dropped Chennai from list of its target for operations in the country. According to informed sources, MSI, which recently drew up plans to expand its franchisee operations from the present 19 outlets to 50 by the end of the current financial yea...

Hormone replacement therapy helps women

Women who take hormone replacement therapy appear to restore their cognitive function better as they age. The evidence on whether hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can protect against dementia// is conflicting - some studies do believe while others have failed to demonstrate benefit.A new report, from researchers, is therefore of especial interest. They followed a group of over 1,000 women from...

Diet plays a role in kidney stones

According to a few researchers, lessening calcium in the diet does not help prevent the return of kidney stones. Kidney stones are made of a chemical called calcium oxalate and one approach to preventing this painful condition// is to reduce the amount of calcium in the diet. But since calcium is important for keeping a healthy level of bone density and controlling blood pressure, there needs to...

Drugs control and industry departments to share a common e-platform

The drugs control, health and industry departments in Andhra Pradesh are to have a common e-platform which is both informative and interactive at the same time with the inauguration of www.aponline.gov.in, the state government's latest initiative to integrate all the activities of all its departments under one umbrella. The portal is being developed by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) as part of a...

Plague creates panic in India

Four people are confirmed dead from pneumonic plague in northern India. Doctors had feared an outbreak of the plague from a remote village of Himachal Pradesh state after several people suffered the symptoms of pneumonic plague. // ...."The sequence of tests collectively confirmed that the cases related to infection with yersinia pestis, commonly known as pneumonic plague," Federal Health Ministe...

Parasite infections linked to organ transplants

Three transplant patients contracted a dangerous parasitic disease from their new organs in the United States.Two of the three women died, but only one recovered after antibiotic treatment.// A second study also released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention turned up 26 bacterial infections traced to tissue grafts that had come from cadavers in the United States. ....This shows that...

Statins reduce risks for angioplasty patients

Cholesterol-lowering drugs that help prevent heart disease also appear to cut the risk of a heart attack and other complications after angioplasty.// Angioplasty, an alternative to bypass surgery, allows doctors to open clogged coronary arteries without major surgery by inserting a tiny balloon to the narrowest point and inflating the balloon. But 3 of every 5 patients who go through the procedur...

Gastrointestinal Complaint to be dealt Psychologically

According to researchers in Norway should not lookout the psychological side when patients present with gastrointestinal complaints. Nausea is a tricky symptom to investigate.// It is unpleasant for the patient and physical exams which can be invasive often reveal no apparent problem. Before packing the patient off to the gastroenterologist's office, doctors might consider whether anxiety and dep...

Cholesterol Drug Helps After Angioplasty

According to researchers at the Erasmus University Hospital, a common cholesterol fighting drug, a statin called Lescol or fluvastatin, can reduce the risk of heart complications by up to 20 percent for about 1 million American each year. "This reduction in major heart events -- such as dying of heart disease or suffering another heart attack is quite impressive," said Dr. Patrick Serruys,// prof...

Vitamins enhances recuperation of organ transplant patients

Including vitamins C and E detains the progress of a catastrophic conditions in organ transplant patients, Doctor's suggest. About 62% of patients who undergo heart transplants develop hardened arteries, a condition// called arteriosclerosis, in the first three years after their surgery. ....A team from the Maryland's Women's Hospital, USA, found the condition was emanted among patients given t...

Vitamins suppress artery injury after transplant

According to a new study, Vitamin C and E supplements protect the coronary arteries from narrowing after heart transplant. Heart transplantation can be a life-saver// but, the vessels linking the new heart let the patient down by becoming blocked. If only a way could be found of blocking this process known clinically as arteriosclerosis. Now doctors at The Hopkins Hospital in Boston, US, believe...

Liver transplant oversight urged

Concerned about the increasing number of partial-liver transplants from living donors, some doctors are proposing an external regulator be appointed to certify hospital units to do the surgery.// According to a survey conducted at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, which was woefully inadequate post-surgical care, when a 57-year-old man died after donating 50 percent of his liver to his brothe...

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...

Treadmill test displays hidden heart disease

Researchers at Hopkins University have found that treadmill testing is a useful way of pinpointing those at risk of heart problems. Many people who develop// heart disease have no obvious symptoms like chest pain or breathlessness. According to researchers, treadmill testing can show up hidden weaknesses long before heart problems become obvious. ....They report on a study of nearly 2,000 men and...

Stem Cell Transplants May Be Effective For MS Patients

There’s a potential new treatment for people with severe cases of multiple sclerosis, according to a new research. The new treatment involves removing stem cells// from the patients’ blood, killing the cells that are working against the body’s immune system and then returning the healthy cells back to the body. The hope is that these stem cells will eventually reconstitute into healthy immune sys...

Dental implants are turning to gain popularity

According to a new survey shows that Americans are opting for dental implants to replace problem teeth. If you lose a tooth through accident, injury or decay, //the traditional solution to the problem is to go for dentures - artificial teeth fixed on a bridge that is inserted into the mouth. But implants teeth inserted into the gum and bone by surgery are growing in popularity according to the A...

Cell transplants used to fend off Parkinson's symptoms

Doctors report they have had long-term success implanting cells into the brains of Parkinson's disease patients by passing a needle through the skull. Dr. Ray Watts, professor of //neurology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, told that patients had improved motor function - movement of their arms and legs - by up to 60% using this procedure. ....Watts implanted retinal pigment epi...

Plavix Gets FDA Okay for New Indication

The antiplatelet medication Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate) received US Food and Drug Administration approval for use in acute coronary syndrome. People with acute coronary syndrome are at high risk for heart attack, typically because they have unstable angina, or heart disease-related chest pain. About 1.1 to 1.4 million Americans experience acute coronary syndrome each year.// ....Plavix was fi...

No explanation on schizophrenia gene

Many scientists have drawn another blank in their search for a universally applicable genetic explanation for schizophrenia, binding the case for new approaches to researching the illness. A paper by Douglas F. Levison and colleagues report that despite earlier findings to the contrary, there is no close link between schizophrenia and genes on the long arm of chromosome 1.// ....The researchers s...

Smart Plastic As Surigical Thread

By inserting a “memory” into a plastic material, researchers say they have created a surgical thread that can ties itself into a knot. The same substance may also be used for medial implants such as stents or bone screws. ....The material, made of thermoplastic polymers that an be absorbed by the body, an be engineered// to assume s string-like shape at room temperature and then transform into a...
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