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Antioxidants protect health tissue in people undergoing radiation therapy.

A recent finding by Indian scientists revealed that two antioxidants in black pepper and turmeric- piperine and curcumin were found to help protect the bacterial DNA from damage by irradiation in test organism. ..Spices with antioxidants property have radio protective effect and protecting organisms like Escherichia role and Bacillus megaterium organisms (taken for study) against of gamma radiati...

Radioactive Seeds used in Prostate Cancer treatment can migrate with the body

In a shocking disclosure, Dr. Murali Ankem, a resident in Urology at the Robert Wood Johnnson Medical Centre of the University of New Jersey Medical and Dental School, New Brunswick, has said that radiactive seeds used in prostate cancer treatment can migrate to other parts of the body including the lungs. ..In a procedure called Brachytherapy, tiny metal pellets are implanted in and around the p...

Sponging Cattle betters spraying in eradicating Malaria

Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by mosquitoes.It is characterised by fever, chills,followed by excessive sweating . Sometimes the most severe forms of this disease can lead to death even .This is a common disease in the tropical countries.// ....Hence eradication of this disease involves the control of breeding of this mosquitoes and spraying insectisides.Typically, in southern Asia,...

Radiation before surgery cuts cancer recurrence

According to a report, giving radiation to surgical treatment for rectal cancer may not make much difference in the survival of patients. But the findings suggest that the radiation treatments given before surgery may help improve the patient's quality of life by reducing the rate of cancer recurrence at or near the original tumor site in the rectum. ....In about 15% to 45% of patients who underg...

UV Radiation induces Melanoma

Children who suffer sunburn very early in life are far more likely to suffer the most dangerous form of skin cancer, suggest researchers. In humans, melanocytes, the pigment-producing skin cells where melanoma develops, are on the surface of the skin. It is thought that some melanomas are the result of genetic damage caused when the UV radiation strikes these pigment cells. Babies and young child...

Supply of Radiopharmaceuticals Hampered by Attacks

As a result of the September 11 terrorist acts in New York and Washington DC, air transportation in the United States was put on hold for several days, which severely affected the production and distribution of radiopharmaceuticals. ....Most radiopharmaceuticals are shipped via air due to their specific nature. These products are either radioactive themselves or they are pharmaceuticals with a ra...

Radiotherapy helps in colon cancer

According to new analysis, it is better to give radiation therapy before surgery rather than afterwards. Hitting colon cancer with radiation as well as surgery can reduce the risk of recurrence. Generally the timing of radiotherapy varies when it comes to practice. In Scandinavia and the Netherlands, the therapy is given before surgery while doctors in the UK and the US wait until afterwards.//...

Radiofrequency Energy Cooks Tumors Without Surgery

Research conducted at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center shows that by using radiofrequency energy, doctors can now "cook" tumors without actually removing them. The non-surgical technique, used increasingly for kidney and liver cancers, can also be used on cancers elsewhere in the human body. // ....During radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a tiny needle is inserted into the tumor and radiof...

Low-radiation treatment for brain tumours

A new method of treating childhood brain tumours, aimed at reducing the risk of damage to normal tissue, is to be trialled at hospitals around the US. Researchers will enrol 50 children suffering from medulloblastoma – the most common malignant childhood brain tumour – who will be treated with lower radiation and increased chemotherapy doses than those currently used. // ....In the US, about 500...

Radiofrequency catheter ablation safe for infants

Treating a rapid heart beat by burning away small amounts of heart tissue is as safe for babies as it is for older children, according to new research.// The radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) treatment involves threading a catheter - with an electrode at its tip - into the area of the heart which is struggling with an uncontrolled heartbeat, known as tachycardia. ....A mild painless burst...

Andhra Pradesh to set up 'Pharma City'

After establishing a ‘Cyber City’ in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has set into motion a plan to set up a ‘Pharma City’ in the port town of Vishakhapatnam. By providing world-class infrastructure in the ‘Pharma City’, the state government hopes to attract global pharmaceutical companies to the city for outsourcing about 400 drugs in the post-patent regime by 2005. The...

Unsatisfactory Grade On Women's Health Issues

The United States gets a grade of "unsatisfactory" when it comes to dealing with women's health issues. The report concludes that just a handful of states have made moves to tackle diseases affecting women, including heart disease and cervical cancer.// It also concludes that states and the federal government have done either too little or nothing at all to expand women's access to health insuran...

Defence against free radicals

UK scientists say they have discovered molecules in the body that can protect against the harmful action of free radicals.With further research, the research could potentially lead to the prevention of certain degenerative diseases.// Oxidative damage has been linked with ailments such as cardiovascular disease, strokes, autoimmune diseases like arthritis and diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s dise...

Evidence supporting H.pylori eradication

A study of patients on long-term non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) treatment has shown that eradication of Helicobacter pylori infection can substantially reduce the risk of ulcer formation.// Treatment with omeprazole triple therapy eradicated 90 per cent of H.pylori infections and reduced the six-month ulcer probability of 34 per cent found in the control group to 12 per cent in the...

Final push to eradicate leprosy

The governments of countries where leprosy is still a health problem need to ensure their people understand that it is an easily curable disease, the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Partners in WHO's Global Alliance for the Elimination of Leprosy// are meeting in Brazil for their annual meeting. Brazil is one of six countries in the world where leprosy remains a major public health issu...

Additional Radiotheraphy for Breast Cancer

Research says that giving extra radiotherapy to patients with early breast cancer significantly reduces the risk of cancer recurring in the breast. //The results were so clear that clinical practice should be changed immediately, particularly for younger women. ....Nearly five thousand patients took part in the study. The majority of patients had undergone complete removal of their tumor. All the...

Lack of solar radiation causes cancer

Exposure to UV-B radiation may cause skin cancer, but it also prevents many other cancers through activating vitamin D. According to many, UV-B - the solar radiation that causes sunburn// - as a risk factor for melanoma, and other skin cancers. That is generally true, but what is not generally realised is that the reverse may also be the case - that UV-B prevents cancer. ....Dr.William Grant, an...

Microwave radiation has no hazards

The talks about harmful radiations started during war times. Korean War Navy veterans exposed to high levels of microwave radiation emitted from radar equipment were no more likely than other men to develop most forms of cancer--including lung, brain and testicular cancers--over a 40-year period//, according to a recent report. ....Men with the highest exposure to radar waves those who repaired a...

Warning on radiowave exposure

Experts at the electromagnetic radiation research center feel, that we need to learn more about the health risks of low level radiowaves. Radiowaves and microwaves play an increasing role in everyday life - what with cellphones,// wireless computers and personal digital assistants, pagers, and text messengers. ..We often walk past cellphone base stations, often unaware of their existence. In oth...

Radiation Therapy for Prostate Cancer Tolerated Well by Elderly Patients

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center treated 33 prostate cancer patients, over age 80, with external beam radiation therapy. // Patients received the same radiation doses that patients in their 50s and 60s receive. ..Results of the study show the elderly patients had a five-year survival rate of more than 60 percent. Researchers say these patients experienced no unusual or...

Occupational Exposure To Radiation Causes Chromosome Aberrations

Professor Manoor Prakash Hande and his colleagues from National University of Singapore studied the effect of plutonium exposure and risk of developing Chromosomal aberrations leading to cancer// in Plutonium plant workers. The study is mainly aimed at identifying biomarkers for easy detection and identification of chromosome aberrations. The study is also aimed at finding a link between complex...

Upgrade Health Benefits: Wal-Mart in a Tight Spot

Olympia: With an imminent deadline, labor unions are pushing Wal-Mart against a Wall, to cough up more on Healthcare for its staff. // ..Although it appears that the unions are doing this for the cause of the workers, and improve their lot, there appears more to it than what meets the eye. The scene is on the brink of a major tussle between the vehemently anti-union companies and the unions them...

Radiation reduces cancer recurrence

According to a report, giving radiation to surgical treatment for rectal cancer may not make much difference in the survival of patients. But the findings suggest that the radiation treatments given before surgery //may help improve the patient's quality of life by reducing the rate of cancer recurrence at or near the original tumor site in the rectum. ....In about 15% to 45% of patients who unde...

A way to eradicate allergy

"Millions of people suffer unnecessarily because they really don't have allergies," said Sheryl Szeinbach, a study co-author and a professor of pharmacy at Ohio State University. "They're often prescribed antihistamines that don't help the problem."// A recent study of 246 patients showed researchers that nearly two out of three patients treated for allergies were not allergic. Sixty-five percen...

Rectal Cancer treated with radiation

According to new research, radiation alone may be enough to treat some patients with rectal cancer. Researchers from the Centre Antoine-Lacassagne in France studied 60 patients between 1985 and 1999.// Typical treatment for rectal cancer includes surgery, but for some patients surgery is not an option. ....In this study, all patients had rectal cancer, but were not eligible for surgery to remove...

Screening bypasses radical breast surgery

According to researchers at the Britain University, breast screening is linked with a fall of almost half in the number of mastectomies. A team working for the leading charity Cancer Research UK// has analyzed data from a group of 55,000 women in Florence, Italy, aged between 55 and 65. They find that following the introduction of a breast screening programme, the rate of mastectomy - removal of...

Lung cancer gets better with new radiotherapy rule

Lung cancer can be effectively controlled with a higher dose of radiotherapy, with weekends off to recover. Standard treatment for lung cancer involves a daily dose of radiotherapy five days a week, for six weeks.// But better results have been found from a more intensive programme known as CHART which uses three doses a day for 12 days. Now researchers at the Mount Vernon Hospital, Middlesex, E...

Radiation before surgery cuts cancer reappearance

According to a report, giving radiation to surgical treatment for rectal cancer may not make much difference in the survival of patients. But the findings suggest that the radiation treatments given before surgery may help// improve the patient's quality of life by reducing the rate of cancer recurrence at or near the original tumor site in the rectum. ....In about 15% to 45% of patients who unde...

Ways to counter radiation effects with new molecule discovery

Radiation inflicts serious damage to the DNA within our cells, which could lead to cancer. However, researchers have now found a molecule that triggers a protective mechanism in the body, which both repairs the damage and induces severely damaged cells to destroy themselves. The molecule called MDC1, which initiates this protection mechanism, was discovered by researchers at the Institute of Canc...

Finasteride lowers risk of prostate cancer but increases risk of high-grade tumors

Finasteride prophylaxis appears to prevent or delay the onset of prostate cancer, however, finasteride may also accelerate the growth of high-grade cancers. ....More than 18,000 men were randomized , age 55 or older to finasteride 5 mg/day or placebo. At baseline, digital rectal examination results were normal in all subjects, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels// were no more than 3.0 ng/...

Finasteride lowers risk of prostate cancer but increases risk of high-grade tumors

Finasteride prophylaxis appears to prevent or delay the onset of prostate cancer, however, finasteride may also accelerate the growth of high-grade cancers. ....More than 18,000 men were randomized , age 55 or older to finasteride 5 mg/day or placebo. At baseline, digital rectal examination results were normal in all subjects, and prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were no more than 3.0 ng/mL...

Radiation Not Needed for Childhood Cancers

Two new studies show radiation can affect how long and how well children survive cancer. ..The first study found children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who received chemotherapy but not radiation to the brain area tended to live longer and with a better quality of life than those who got both treatments. But the long-term outcomes for both groups were quite high...The second study found the r...

Does Radiation Cause Lung Cancer?

Could the radiation a woman receives for breast cancer be putting her at higher risk for subsequent development of lung cancer?// ..Studies finds women who underwent simple mastectomy and radiotherapy for their cancer were more likely than those who had a radical mastectomy and no radiotherapy to later develop lung cancer. However, no difference in subsequent lung cancer rates were noted among a...

Radiation for Bone Pain

New research presented at this year’s meeting of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology shows a single treatment of external beam radiation //may be what it takes to relieve pain from breast and prostate cancers that have spread to the bone. ....More than 160 hospitals and universities in the United States and Canada were involved in a study of about 900 men and women with bre...

Radiation for Bone Pain

New research presented at this year’s meeting of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology shows a single treatment //of external beam radiation may be what it takes to relieve pain from breast and prostate cancers that have spread to the bone. ....More than 160 hospitals and universities in the United States and Canada were involved in a study of about 900 men and women with bre...

Radiation after Breast Reconstruction

Previous studies have shown breast cancer patients who receive radiation therapy after undergoing breast reconstruction and a mastectomy may be more likely to develop complications.// However, a new study shows this may not be the case. ....Researchers from the Fox Chase Cancer Center studied 85 women with breast cancer who underwent a mastectomy, breast reconstruction, and postoperative radiatio...

Partial-Breast Irradiation an Unproven Therapy

It's called partial-breast irradiation, and proponents see it as a promising alternative treatment for breast cancer patients who've just had a lumpectomy.// ....Thousands of women have already sought out the therapy, which requires just one week or less of radiation after breast cancer is diagnosed, instead of the six or seven weeks required for whole-breast irradiation. ....But its long-term b...

Radiation Exposure Found To Affect Intellect Later In Life

According to recent findings researchers say the risks and benefits of using CT scanning for young children need to be re-evaluated.// ..Researchers from Sweden studied more than 3,000 men who received radiation therapy before 18 months of age. Participants had their intellectual capacity tested at age 18 years or 19 years. Researchers also studied school attendance records for the young men. .....

Radiation Therapy An Effective Solution For Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Specialists say about 30,000 men in the United States who undergo surgery to have their prostates removed will have their cancer return.// However a recent study shows that men who have their prostates removed may benefit from radiation therapy if their cancer returns . ..Researchers studied more than 500 men with prostate cancer. All the men in the study first had a radical prostatectomy and als...

Understanding The Harmful Effects Of Radiation Exposure

According to recent findings researchers say the risks and benefits of using CT scanning for young children need to be re-evaluated.// Researchers from Sweden studied more than 3,000 men who received radiation therapy before 18 months of age. Participants had their intellectual capacity tested at age 18 years or 19 years. Researchers also studied school attendance records for the young men. ..Res...
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