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International community warns India on HIV situation

The International Community has warned India that it is time to treat the HIV situation as a national emergency. Experts attending the Peoples Health Assembly at Dhaka, Bangladesh , have cautioned India not to be complacent about the looming HIV crisis in the country. Rebuffing the optimistic statement of Union Health Minister, Dr.C.P.Takhur, the experts said if corrective measures are not taken...

Prince Charles lends support to Alternative Medicine

In an open show of support to Alternative Medicine, Britain's Prince Charles has urged the government to allocate 10 million pounds ($14.21 million) to fund a five-year research program into the effects of alternative medicine. The world is now sitting up and taking notice of holistic medicine and Prince Charles’s support to fund research in this field has come as a shot in the arm for these crus...

Heart disease in the newborn is related to maternal malnutrition

In its December issue Heart has carried a study on maternal malnutrition in the first trimester of pregnancy and how it causes coronary heart diseases in the newborn. Dr. Tessa .J. Rosé boom of the university of Amsterdam and her team have studied the occurrence of coronary heart diseases in children and correlated the findings to maternal malnutrition in the three trimesters of pregnancy. They o...

Alternative medicine more popular among HIV positive patients

Despite significant improvements in anti AIDS therapy, complimentary and alternative medicine seem to be more attractive to the AIDS positive patients, according to a new study. Among 191 HIV-positive outpatients surveyed about their use of complementary and alternative therapies, 67% said they had used alternative therapies at some point to control their HIV infection and 40% reported current us...

Maternal alcohol consumption linked to behavioral problems in children

Even small amounts of alcohol consumption is linked with deliquent behaviour of the chilren later in life,according to the new study. ....Dr. Virginia Delaney-Black, of Children's Hospital of Michigan, the co author of the study,has come out with the finding that in comparison to the teetotallers ,women who drank the equivalent of one cocktail a week during pregnancy were three times more likely...

Complementary and Alternative medicine

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have looked at the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in over 2000 people. They find that the use of 20 therapies - from acupuncture to yoga - has increased in popularity since the 1960s. A new survey reveals that complementary and alternative medicine has always been popular, although the type of therapies used has changed over the years. /...

Alternative therapies popular with Parkinson's patients

Nearly half of people with Parkinson's disease are using one or more type of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), such as vitamins, message or acupuncture. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in the US have carried out a survey of more than 200 people with Parkinson's disease. Forty per cent use one or more forms of CAM - and 12 per cent use five or more different ones. There's no li...

MicroRNA provides new insight into birth defects

Molecules of microRNAs may be responsible for birth defects, cancer and other health problems.// ....The researchers of UF Genetics Institute have used genetically modified mice to see how the microRNAs are responsible for the physiological growth of animals. When the mice were grown without the microRNA molecules they grew to be malformed and with nonfunctional limbs... ..MicroRNA (miRNA) are sm...

Finger And Toe abnormalities Related to Maternal Smoking

In the largest study ever conducted on the effects of smoking and incidence of birth defects, it has now been found that maternal smoking is associated with an increased risk of finger and toe abnormalities. // The birth defects could range from polydactly (presence of extra digits in either the arms or feet) to webbed (syndactyly) or missing toes and fingers (adactyly). ....The researchers stud...

Medical Journals should create awareness on Child survival

Lancet has urged the medical journals and news media to increase the awareness about child mortality rates and increase international funds// to increase child survival. The Lancet reports that the goals of the two millennium projects are achievable, Millennium Development Goal – 4 (MDG) asks for a reduction in mortality rates in children below the age of 5 and MDG-5 wants a reduction in maternal...

Alternative to blood Transfusions

According to a new study, a new drug may lower the need for blood transfusions in surgical patients with acute anemia. The new drug, polymerized bovine hemoglobin (HBOC-201),// is delivered intravenously and supplies oxygen to the blood of the recipient. The structure of the HBOC-201 is smaller and more mobile than blood cells, therefore allowing the HBOC-201 molecules to effectively distribute o...

AEterna's acquisition of Zentaris being followed up with its new product pipeline and clinical development strategy

AEterna Laboratories Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic treatments in oncology and endocrinology recently acquired the new German based biopharmaceutical company, Zentaris AG. Following this acquisition// the new entity has in the pipeline six clinical stage products and two preclinical stage products, in oncology and one product already approved and...

Key step forward on International Health Rules

The global health community has taken a key step towards ensuring rapid action against future outbreaks of infectious diseases and other threats to international public health. A resolution adopted today confirms and underlines the World Health Organization’s (WHO) authority to verify disease outbreaks from all available official and unofficial sources, and, when necessary to determine the severi...

Alternative Therapy in HIV Patients

As more HIV-infected patients turn to complementary and alternative medicine, researchers have set out to determine the prevalence and factors associated with such use. ....In this study, researchers evaluated CAM use among nearly 3,000 patients enrolled in the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study. Using this sample of patients who received conventional HIV care, researchers determined demogra...

ICMR along with other International Research organisation with drug development for Neglected Diseases

Malaria, Tuberculosisand leprosy, are the world’s most neglected diseases along with diseases such as kala azar(leishmaniasis),sleeping sickness( human African trypanosomiasis)and Chagas disease, that afflict the deeply impoverished in developing countries and account for 90% of the global disease burden however ironically, a mere 10% of global health research is devoted to these diseases.// .. ....

An Alternative to Warfarin

A new study shows a new drug alternative to warfarin in reducing stroke among people with an irregular and rapid heartbeat. The research shows the drug ximelagatran appears to be as effective as warfarin.// ....Warfarin has been used for decades for people at high risk of stroke because of its blood thinning capability. However, some of the drawbacks of warfarin include an increased risk of bleed...

WHO acts to reduce the maternal death toll

According to a WHO report more than half a million women in developing countries dies of childbirth each year. WHO and the Partnership for Safe Motherhood and Newborn Health //are intensifying support to countries around the world to ensure that a woman does not die while giving birth to her child. ....The report indicates that the needs are wide-ranging - from training skilled birth attendants...

Another Alternative For Diabetics On Insulin

New research shows inhaled insulin is effective and well tolerated in patients with type 1 diabetes. // The treatment also provides glycemic control comparable to a conventional insulin regimen. ..For the study, 335 participants randomly received either inhaled insulin with bedtime Ultralente or two to three injections of regular insulin for six months. Hypoglycemia, or the abnormal decrease of s...

The Use Of Alternative Medicine On The Rise

The use of alternative or complementary therapies have increased over the past years with more than one-third of people using // at least one form of alternative medicine. Alternative or complementary therapies include treatments such as biofeedback, yoga, hypnosis, acupuncture, chiropractic care, and high-dose vitamins. ..Researchers in Boston compared the results of their own survey taken in 1...

Association of maternal and granny’s smoking on children’s asthma provd

Scientists of University of Southern California, US had been able to make a connection between the pediatric// asthma and smoking habit of mother and maternal grandmother. ....The study had taken detailed histories of families with children suffering from asthma regarding the smoking habits of the mother before, during and after the pregnancy. The history of smoking of other family members, espe...

Colic in babies may be related to maternal depression and stress

Babies who cry constantly are often termed as colic, although there seem to exist// a number of explanations regarding what is colic. A recent study had linked babies with colic to mothers who suffer from severe post partum depression and stress from handling a baby without any support system. ....Post partum depression is the depression that several mothers suffer after childbirth. When mothers...

Cancer diagnosis easier from microRNA

MicroRNA profile analysis has been developed as a tool to diagnose cancer by scientists of Broad Institute// of MIT and Harvard. Researchers have also been able to develop a technology that will be able to test the microRNA profile through an easy and not expensive diagnostic test. ....MicroRNA (miRNA) are small RNA molecules that control the level of proteins made from transcribed genes. Researc...

New clues to maternal aggressive behavior

Maternal aggressive and protective behavior is linked to the hormone oxytocin// (OT), and may affect the maternal instincts of animals and women in the same manner. ....The hormone is released from the neurohypophyseal terminals into the bloodstream as well as in the brain into the supraoptic nucleus (SON) and paraventricular nucleus (PVN), where it makes and impact on the behavior. The release o...

International Osteoporosis Research Centre To Be Started In India.

Avestha Gengraine Technologies (Avesthagen) of India is collaborating// with Clinical and basic Research and Industrialization fund for Developing Countries (IFU) of Germany for Osteoporosis research. This joint venture is estimated of 5 million euro. Avesthagen said “"The alliance will cover diagnosis, treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and related bone disorders.” The research studies rel...

Breastfeeding Lowers Maternal Stress

Researchers from Douglas Hospital Research Center in Montreal showed that mothers //who breastfeed their child are more equipped to deal with stressful situations than those who bottle-feed their babies. ....Although the benefits of breast-feeding are well established, this is for the first time findings had suggested that breastfeeding is distressing for the mothers as well. Researchers feel tha...

Heart Patients Use Alternative Medicine

According to a survey of heart patients, researchers found that nearly three-quarters use some kind of alternative medicine, and almost a third take dietary supplements that could thwart their prescription medications. Kline-Rogers, at the University of Michigan Health System, found that heart patients seem to be turning to alternative therapies even more than the general population, even while t...

New Blood Thinner Pill - First Potential Alternative to Warfarin in 50 years

Warfarin, originally developed as a rat poison, was first used as a blood thinner in the 1950s. It is still the only oral blood thinner available to protect against clots that can block blood vessels. It is widely prescribed after //strokes, heart attacks and orthopedic surgery and is also given to prevent recurring clots in the legs or lungs...But warfarin, which takes time to kick in, interacts...

Red Clover- A Future Remedy For Menopause And An Alternative To HRT

Red clover is being investigated to find out how effectively it can be used to treat the hot flushes experienced during menopause. If successful, it might turn out to be an ideal alternative to the current hormone // replacement therapy instituted. ....It has been a problem of concern as regarding what to recommend for patients who are not willing for hormone therapy. This study has been initiat...

Record Growth Of Soya-Based Dairy Alternatives Over The Past Year In European Markets

A recent survey by Prosoy shows that Soy milks, yoghurts and desserts grew by 22 per cent in 2004 and that people have become even more health-conscious and more aware of food intolerance and allergies. //.. ..Researchers say that based on the current trend, sales are further expected to grow in the next three years. The study coordinators stated that they have tracked well over 130 new product i...

Record growth of Soya-based dairy alternatives in Europe

A recent survey by Prosoy shows that Soy milks, yogurts and desserts grew by 22 per cent in 2004 and shows that people have become even more health-conscious and more aware of food intolerance and allergies. //.. ..Researchers say that based on the current trend sales are further expected to grow in the next three years. According to the survey researchers also say they have tracked well over 130...

The Effects Of Alternative Medicine Questioned

Alternative medicine may no longer be truly alternative shows a recent Consumer Reports survey of more than 34,000 readers. The report revealed that Chiropractic was ranked ahead of all conventional treatments, including prescription drugs, // by readers with back pain. Deep-tissue massage was found to be especially effective in treating osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. While readers suffering fr...

Drugs As Alternative To Surgery After Miscarriage

In a research report, by researchers from National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health, findings suggest that a drug used for reducing the risk of stomach ulcers in people may // also be used as an alternative to conducting surgery after a miscarriage... ..The study appears in the August edition of New England Journal of Medicine. .. ..The drug, mi...

RNA Nanotechnology To Rescue Cancer Patients In Future

Scientists have now developed tiny delivery vehicles that can carry anticancer therapeutic agents directly into infected cells, using strands of genetic material constructed through nanotechnology, offering a potential wealth // of new treatments for chronic diseases. This emerging branch of science is called nanomedicine. ..These delivery agents are called nanoparticles, and are assembled from t...

Journal Recommends How To Improve The Performance Of Health Workers

The widely read medical journal The Lancet had published a research report on recommendations to improve the performance of health workers... ..Poor health-worker performance is a widespread problem for // low and middle-income countries. In the current issue of The Lancet researchers had reviewed the existing performances and made recommendations for how high-quality health-worker performance ca...

Indian hospitals require International Accreditation

Quality standards and strict hygienic conditions has to be monitored by all health care industries, with growing need of hospital care and increase in number of hospitals and physicians providing the health care, the healthcare standards should me monitored for the benefit of the // patients. .. ..Due to the specialty and facilities in Indian hospitals, there is an increase in patients from nei...

Rocket Factory Is Under The Risk Of Desert Fire In San Fernando

A rockect factory in San Fernando is in the risk of getting on fire due to the recent desert fire in north western region of Los Angeles, the fire is being worsed by continuous heavy hot desert winds//. Most of the homes and Business establishments have been evacuated in that region and the rocket factory which is considered to be highly toxic is in the risk of getting on fire. Fire fighters and...

HIIP- A Novel Inhaled Insulin Delivery System As An Alternative To Injectable Insulin Therapy

The disease burden of diabetes continues to grow and currently affects more that 18 million Americans and their families. These data emphasize a need for alternative diabetes therapies with earlier more physiologic use of insulin.// ..The delivery of insulin by the lung may provide an attractive alternative for many patients with diabetes. However, alternative insulin delivery systems must meet...

Delhi Government To Interlink All Major Hospitals Through e-Governance

The Government of Delhi is planning to interlink its major 29 hospitals to share information about its patients and disease //condition and treatment provided. This computerization and interlinking of data would be helpful to citizen in providing better treatment by which doctors can know the case history and treatment provided to this patient. Government will develop 42 modules of software to de...

International Conference On Malaria - 'Laveran To Genomics'

International conference on malaria was held to mark the 125 years of discovery of Malarial parasite in Algeria on November 6th 1880 by Charles Louis Alphones Laveran for which he was awarded the Noble Prize in 1907.// The inauguration meeting was attended by various scientists, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, Minister of state Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi and other delegat...

Effect of Maternal Diet on Colic Among Breastfed Infants

Recent research suggests that maternal intake of food allergens is an important factor in the pathogenesis of infantile colic among breastfed infants. ..Infantile colic affects up to 28% of infants in the first months of life//. Colic symptoms usually peak at 6 weeks of age and improve gradually over the following weeks...In the study, which appears in the current issue of the journal Pediatrics,...
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