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The Use Of Antioxidants To Diminish Effects of Alcohol During Pregnancy Questioned

Researchers say taking antioxidants during pregnancy may prevent birth defects in babies born to women who abuse alcohol. When pregnant mice // were exposed to ethanol and also given an antioxidant, researchers saw a 36-percent reduction in limb malformations in the offspring. Ethanol is the intoxicating agent in liquor. ..Researcher say the nutritional status of alcoholics isn’t the best, people...

Alcohol Consumption Questioned

There has been a great deal of controversy over whether drinking alcohol negatively affects bone health in women. A new study reports that moderate // drinking does not increase the risk of osteoporosis. ..Researchers in London conducted a study looking at identical twins, alcohol consumption, and bone health. For the study 46 pairs of identical twins were surveyed. In each set of twins, one dra...

Use of CT scans to detect lung cancer questioned

A new study by the researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore cautioned that Computed Tomography(CT) scans may not be valuable for mass screening for lung cancer. They claimed that the harm of unnecessary testing for lung nodules detected by the CT scan that turn out to be benign,// and the costs of the scan far outweigh the number of lives saved by annual full-bo...

Need for Hepatitis Booster Questioned

British researchers suggest booster vaccinations for hepatitis A may not really be necessary. Studies done indicate people who receive the HAV vaccine develop immune memory of the virus long after// detectable levels of antibodies to the virus can been measured. ..Hepatitis A is common around the world, with about 1.4 million new cases identified each year. The incidence of the disease is lowest...

Steroid Treatment for Wheezing Questioned

Episodic attacks of wheeze triggered by viral cold are common in preschoolers. These attacks are different from allergic asthma since the frequency disappears by school age. //The current recommendation is that parents administer oral steroids at the first sign of an attack. But whether or not the steroids are effective is controversial. ..The research shows a course of steroids was no more effe...

Screening Newborns Questioned

New research shows screening newborns for biochemical genetic disorders may improve a child’s outcome //and reduce stress in parents. However, researchers say false-positive screening results may increase stress levels in parents. ..Previously, screening for genetic disorders required a separate test, but now, doctors can screen for up to 20 genetic disorders with just one sample of blood by usi...

Accuracy of Some Natural Family Planning Methods Questioned .

Women who use menstrual cycle monitors to detect their fertile times of the month should research their choices carefully because some methods are much more reliable than others.// ..German researchers estimate 10 percent to 15 percent of women of reproductive age in Europe use variations of natural family planning methods and an estimated 30 percent to 40 percent rely on some type of menstrual...

Screening For Prostate Cancer in men over 75 Questioned

The prostate specific antigen test is a convenient and relatively inexpensive way for early detection of prostate cancer. While efficacy of PSA is controversial in younger men, doctors say there is a general consensus that the test //should not be given to men over 75. Despite this, a new study finds many physicians are suggesting and doing a PSA test on older men. ..The decision to not screen ol...

Benefits and Risks of Asthma Treatment Questioned

Government guidelines on the treatment of asthma have long recommended inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy as the best treatment for people with persistent forms of the condition.But reports about side effects //of these drugs have led many people -- including parents of asthmatic children -- to question their use. Specifically, ICS has been linked to growth retardation in children, weak bones i...

The Effectiveness Of Screening Tests Questioned

PSA tests for men and breast self-examination by women are among two medical screening tests of dubious value.// ..However neither of these tests has been scientifically proven to reduce mortality rates. PSA levels in the blood can predict mortality from prostate cancer among men known to have the disease but there are no published randomized trials that the earlier detection improves prognosis....

The Effectiveness Of Chickenpox Vaccine Questioned

Latest research shows the chickenpox vaccine loses some of its effectiveness in the first year after vaccination.// Parents are encouraged to vaccinate their children against chickenpox between 12 months and 18 months. Consequently, researchers were prompted to further investigate the vaccine after chickenpox outbreaks were reported among vaccinated individuals. ..Researchers studied nearly 350...

Fertility After Testicular Cancer Questioned

Testicular cancer usually strikes men between 20 and 34 years old. Advances in chemotherapy and radiotherapy have // led to an improved survival rate from the cancer, but since men who get the disease are so young, concern about the effect of the cancer and its treatment on fertility remains. ..While some studies have suggested treatment reduces fertility, others have found fertility rates uncha...

The Possibility Of Fighting HIV with Another Virus Questioned

New research shows one virus could help fight another. Researchers say the little-known virus GBV-C, also known as // hepatitis G , may hold a key to helping researchers devise new strategies against HIV. ..Researchers analyzed results from the Multicenter Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome Cohort Study, in which investigators followed a large group of HIV-infected men in the United States for...

Antibiotics Overload For Kids Questioned

Acute otitis media (AOM), or middle ear infection, is the most common bacterial illness in children and the one most commonly treated with antibiotics.// Millions of children may be getting treated unnecessarily with antibiotics for ear infections. Children who are given antibiotics when they don’t need them may build up antibiotic resistance, which could keep them from responding to medication...

The Link Between Breast Cancer and Aborted Pregnancy Questioned

Based on the results of a recent study researchers say evidence does not suggest any increase in the risk of developing breast cancer // for women who have had a spontaneous or induced abortion.Researchers found the average relative risk of breast cancer was .98 for women whose pregnancies ended in miscarriage and .93 for women who had a pregnancy that ended as an induced abortion. A relative ri...

Weight Loss Supplements Questioned

New warnings from the Food and Drug Administration may leave some wondering if weight loss supplements really do what they claim.// ..Some of the products under scrutiny include, Ultra Carbo Blocker 3000, TrimSpa Carb Blocker, and Zone Fat Blocker.Many of these supplements claim to block starch, carbohydrates and fat calories, while allowing consumers to lose weight without making any lifestyle...

The Link Between Childhood Vaccinations And Diabetes Questioned

Recent researcher has shown that there is no link between childhood vaccinations and type 1 diabetes.Research conducted // over the past few years has suggested vaccinations that kids get in early childhood to protect them against polio, diphtheria and other diseases might be putting children at higher risk of developing type 1 diabetes. ..Studies have shown countries where childhood vaccination...

The Use Of Antibiotics Questioned

Researchers in Toronto conducted a study to examine whether current procedures to treat sore throats were too quick to prescribe antibiotics // unnecessarily. Out of an estimated 6.7 million annual sore throat patients, 70 percent received antibiotic prescriptions. Doctors also researched the use of throat cultures and rapid tests to detect streptococcus in children and adults who were prompted t...

The Use Of Viagra for Babies Questioned

Researchers say the drug Viagra, used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, may also help infants with a condition known as chronic pulmonary // hypertension. Chronic pulmonary hypertension causes blood pressure to rise inside the lungs, which can cause heart failure and death. Researchers say there is little that can be done for people with the condition. ..Standard treatment for infants wi...

The Effects Of Dental X-Rays During Pregnancy Questioned

Women who have dental X-rays during pregnancy are three-times more likely to have a low-birth weight infant, according to a new study.// ..Researchers studied about 4,500 women. They found women who had dental X-rays were more likely to have babies weighing less than five pounds. Specialists seem surprised by the fact since the amount of radiation pregnant women were exposed to was very low and g...

Strategies That Might Lower Blood Pressure Questioned

According to a new study simple strategies to improve lifestyle habits may not lower blood pressure in patients with a single high blood pressure reading .// ....Researchers investigated whether simple interventions, such as providing patients with an information booklet, encouraging lower sodium intake, and advice for a healthier diet, had more or less of an effect as standard care. Nearly 300...

Prediction Of Disease In The Future Questioned

Analyzing the blood of healthy individuals may predict future autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. Researchers analyzed // past studies and found autoantibodies (antibodies that attack the body's own tissue) are often apparent several years before an illness manifests. According to a recent study among people with rheumatoid arthritis , it was found that specific autoanti...

Accuracy Of Lung Function Test Questioned

Spirometry is one of the most common pulmonary lung function tests. It is used to test for a variety of lung problems and to determine the effectiveness // of treatment. The patient takes a deep breath and breathes out with force into a spirometer to the best of their ability. The spirometer measures both the amount of air expelled and how quickly the air was expelled from the lungs.New research...

The Effects Of Fish On Pregnant Women Questioned

A new study shows pregnant women with asthma can reduce their risk of having asthmatic children by eating oily fish. Results show asthmatic // mothers who ate oily fish, such as salmon and trout, during pregnancy were about 70-percent less likely to have children with asthma. In fact, researchers say the more oily fish a woman consumed, the less likely her child was to develop asthma. Children wi...

Ovarian Cancer Screening Questioned

Ovarian cancer is the fifth major cause of death among women, but a routine screening for ovarian cancer is not needed, according to the // latest recommendations. Researchers recommend against routine ovarian cancer screening for women saying the harms outweigh the potential benefits. ..Researchers say there is no existing evidence that any screening test reduces mortality from ovarian cancer. T...

The Usage Of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Questioned

A new study finds that one type of anti-inflammatory drugs could be better for older people. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly given // to older people to relieve arthritis symptoms. The problem is these drugs are associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal problems. A specialized group of NSAIDs called COX-2 inhibitors have fewer GI problems, but have been associated w...

The Use Of Vitamin C for Arthritis Questioned

Researchers recommend patients consume about 40 milligrams of vitamin C daily as new research shows consuming large amounts of // vitamin C may protect against rheumatoid arthritis. ..Researchers studied 23,000 men and women between the ages of 45 and 74. Participants' diets were assessed by using seven-day-food-intake diaries.It was found that 73 participants developed inflammation in two or mor...

The Effects Of Hormone Therapy Questioned

Latest research finds postmenopausal hormone therapy: Despite lowering LDL, or bad, cholesterol, raising HDL, or good, cholesterol, and improving // fasting glucose and insulin resistance, women with diabetes who take hormones have greater narrowing of their arteries that could be putting them at risk for a heart attack or stroke. ..The reason, report researchers, is that hormones in these women...

The Use Of Steroids for Dizziness Questioned

Vestibular neuritis causes dizziness due to a viral infection of the vestibular nerve. A person who has dizziness, imbalance and nausea could be diagnosed with vestibular neuritis. A new study shows steroids could be the key to the treatment of vestibular neuritis. // ..Researchers conducted a study to see if a steroid drug, antiviral agent, or a combination of the two could improve the outcome...

The Use Of Ointments For The Treatment Of Osteoarthritis Questioned

Topical ointments used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis the major cause of disability in older people do not work for more than a few weeks // say researchers according to a recent study.According to researchers, the current guidelines in Europe and the United States recommend the use of topical treatments containing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve osteoarthritis pain. ..R...

The Use Of MRI For Screening Of Breast Cancer Questioned

A new study finds MRIs are significantly better at detecting cancers in women at high risk of developing cancers than standard mammograms // or clinical breast exams. ..The study involved around 1,900 women with a lifetime breast cancer risk of 15 percent. The group included 358 women who also carried one of the genes known to put women at particularly high risk for the disease. All of the women...

The Effects Of Delaying A Delivery Questioned

How early does a child have to be born if it starts to have complications in utero , is a question many obstetricians would answer differently.// A new study done in this area may shed some light on the benefits of delaying the birth. The study finds even a small delay could reduce the risk of a disability for the baby. ..Until now, no study has ever compared the effect of delaying a delivery to...

The Efficacy Of Allergy Shots Questioned

Researchers say their latest findings may ease the worry for those who had a frightening experience of an insect sting.// ..According to a recent study , it was found that one in five people who had an allergic reactions to bee, wasp and other insect stings will have a reaction as an adult. However, allergy shot treatments, or venom immunotherapy, can help build children's resistance and is re...

The Efficacy Of Newer Stents Questioned

People who undergo a balloon angioplasty to open a clogged artery often receive a stent as well a small, wire-mesh device inserted into the artery// to keep it from closing. The problem with older stents, however, has been that they can trigger an immune response from the cells in the walls of the artery that cause the artery to become occluded. ..Stents coated with drugs to stop this process hav...

Long-Term Benefits Of Statins Questioned

Researchers say that they have now found out that long-term use of statins may decrease mortality rates and even the incidence of cancer.// ..The trial results of the longest follow-up of patients originally randomized to receive a statin or placebo show cardiovascular death was reduced by 17 percent and coronary mortality decreased by 24 percent in patients who took the drug simvastatin, also kn...

The Options For Relieving Chest Pain In the Elderly Questioned

According to a new study researchers say they found that chest pain relief and improved quality of life were similar in elderly patients treated // with angioplasty and those on medication , but those treated with invasive surgery reached these benefits earlier. ..Patients treated with surgery appeared to benefit in other ways, as well. Medically treated patients required more antianginal drugs...

The Link Between Migraine And Brain Lesions Questioned

A new study shows people who suffer from migraine headaches may be at risk for brain // lesions and infarctions, which are areas of the brain where the tissue has died. ..Researchers studied nearly 400 randomly selected adults, ages 30 to 60. They grouped the patients into categories of having migraines with visual difficulties and having migraines with no visual difficulties. A control group wa...

Removal Of Tonsils Questioned

Adenotonsillectomy is a common procedure in children , even though evidence of its benefits is lacking in cases with milder symptoms.// A new study suggests there are no major benefits to surgically removing tonsils and adenoids in children with mild throat infections. ..Researchers examined 300 children, ages 2 to 8, with recurrent throat infections or enlarged tonsils and adenoids. Half of the...

Alcohol Consumption After Heart Surgery Questioned

A new study shows moderate consumption of alcohol may cut the rate of reblockage following surgery to open clogged arteries.// Researchers evaluated 225 men after they had undergone a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), a procedure to open blocked arteries with a stent. Less traumatic than bypass surgery, a stent opens the artery but may cause inflammation resulting in renarrow...

The Link Between Hepatitis B Vaccine And Multiple Sclerosis Questioned

A recent study by Harvard researchers suggests a link between the hepatitis B vaccination and multiple sclerosis. In their study, people who received the vaccine were three-times more likely to develop MS // over the next three years than those who were not vaccinated. ..While this finding is disturbing, the investigators emphasize the overall effect of the vaccine on the development of MS was sm...
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