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Immunosupressants for Eczema

Here's to all of you who thought that one only uses corticosteroids for skin disease. Yet, the host of drugs that have come out in the recent years which are dermatocentric are astounding and here is another. Using Tacrolimus, the agent which was devised for liver transplantation, there has been found to vast symptomatic relief of patients. Eczema is a devastating disease because of its chronicit...

Antidepressants come in handy for patients on treatment for hepatitis, cancers and multiple sclerosis

The sad part in the treatment of certain cancers, hepatitis and multiple sclerosis with interferon therapy is that while the treatment can extent life, it can seriously spoil its quality. Alpha interferon a drug used to fight these diseases can cause crippling depression. ..A new research now shows that the use of an antidepressant before starting the treatment can avoid this problem. Almost 50...

Antidepressant helps obesity

Obesity is a disease and a growing health threat both in the USA and all over the world. The drug bupropion can help overweight and obese women lose weight in the long-term. It raises the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Weight loss diets don't always work in the long term, and there has seen to be a need, now, to develop drugs which can handle obesity.// ....Res...

Antidepressants increase gastric bleeding

A new survey suggests that certain antidepressants increase the risk of a gastrointestinal bleed in older patients. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a group of antidepressants which are very widely prescribed. They are preferred over older drugs because they are relatively free of side effects. But, as Researchers at Ottawa Hospital in Canada have just shown, they are not r...

Antidepressants-important role

According to a new study, there is no significant difference between three commonly prescribed drugs for depression. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are now very widely used in the treatment of depression.// They raise levels of a brain chemical called serotonin that plays an important role in mood. But there is no evidence on how individual SSRIs compare with one another. How...

Antidepressants increase gastric bleeding

A new survey suggests that certain antidepressants increase the risk of a gastrointestinal bleed in older patients. The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a group of antidepressants which are very widely prescribed.They are preferred over older drugs because they are relatively free of side effects.// But, as Researchers at Ottawa Hospital in Canada have just shown, they are not...

Antidepressant drugs does not increase suicide risk

A recent study reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry that antidepressant drugs do not increase the risk of attempting suicide but rather decrease the suicide risk. The article also cautions that the patients // taking antidepressant drugs should be closely monitored to find their correct drug dosage as an increase in dosage can cause adverse conditions. ....The researchers conducted s...

Antidepressants could pose grave implications

Researchers in a recent study have found that people who take anti-depressants to relieve symptoms of depression could be at higher risk of developing gastrointestinal bleeding. The study which was conducted over a four year period included 26000 anti-depressant// users, who were compared for hospitalizations due to upper GI bleeding with non-users of the drugs. ....Researchers found people on se...

Relief from cancer pain with anticonvulsants

A new study by researchers at the A & A Pain Institute in St Louis, Missouri(A &..A stands for Analgesia: pain reduction & Algology: the study of pain), have..found that an anticonvulsant drug levetiracetam brings dramatic relief to nerve..pain caused by cancer. In a study of seven patients between 39 and 67 who had..severe nerve pain related to cancer, which is caused by the tumor pressing on..t...

Suicide reduced by anti-depressants

A recent statistical analysis from Australia says that older people taking anti-depressants are less inclined towards committing suicide. However doctors feel that its not so much that anti-depressants do, but its the family doctors who by paying closer attention to peoples psychological stress, help treat them. There has been an increasing role of general practitioners in recognising symptoms of...

Antidepressant Helps Relieve Hot Flashes

A popular antidepressant helped reduce the frequency of hot flashes in menopausal women, a drug company-funded study said on Tuesday, though an independent researcher said the drug's effectiveness was limited. Alternative treatments to hormone replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and memory and sleep problems will be looked at more closely because of studi...

Antidepressants May Benefit Heart Patients

A class of antidepressant drugs could make heart patients less likely to have a heart attack, U.S. researchers said on Monday. Drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as sertraline (Zoloft), make the blood less sticky and less likely to clot, they found. ..The study, published in the American Heart Association (news - web sites)'s journal Circulation, suggests that doc...

Antidepressants Harmful for Kids

British drug regulators have recommended against the use of the majority of antidepressants -- with the exception of Prozac -- in children younger than age 18. // ....Members of the British Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency sent a letter to doctors and other health professionals that outlined their recommendation. They say a review of data on the safety and effectiveness of SSRI...

Antidepressants For Children: How safe is it ?

A new study shows the use of antidepressants in children is increasing at an alarming rate. Some researchers believe the drugs are not safe // and may actually increase a child’s risk of suicide. ..Researchers from Italy analyzed drug prescriptions written for more than 500,000 patients in 2002. They found 1,600 young people received at least one antidepressant during this time. About 1,200 of t...

Antidepressants Late In Pregnancy Harmful to Unborn Baby

Researchers looked at what effect antidepressants taken late in pregnancy have on the birth of the baby. The study included 997 infants.// All of the babies’ moms took antidepressants during their third trimester.Researchers found that maternal use of antidepressants late in pregnancy causes an increased risk for preterm birth and low birth weight. Researchers also found an increased risk for a l...

Antidepressants Could Lead To Abnormal Bleeding

According to a recent study researchers now say that the antidepressant known as serotonin reuptake inhibitors have a higher risk // of being admitted to a hospital for abnormal bleeding. ..Researchers examined data from 1992 to 2000 on over 64,000 new antidepressant users. They evaluated the impact of serotonin reuptake inhibition levels on the risk for abnormal bleeding. Researchers classified...

Young Patients On Antidepressants Found To Be Associated With Suicidal Tendencies

According to a recent study researchers say those in the early stages of antidepressant medication may be associated with // an increased risk of suicidal behavior . ..For the study more than 87,000 patients with depression and other clinical conditions were studied. Patients taking SSRIs were twice as likely to attempt suicide than those taking placebo. Researchers say they found no difference...

Hand sanitizers may reduce respiratory and gastrointestinal infections at home

Respiratory illness often spreads from one family member to another. A new study has shown in homes were the use// of alcohol based hand sanitizers are used more, the chances of spreading of respiratory and gastrointestinal diseases from one family member to another is restricted. ....The study took into account the family belief and practices, members were asked to record the timing and duration...

Post delivery antidepressants do not affect weight loss

There is good news for women who had suffered from postpartum depression and were afraid to take// drugs for fear of not being able to lose weight. A new study by scientists of University of Rochester Medical Center, New York tells that it is possible to lose weight and still take anti-depression medications. ....For a long time antidepressants to be taken for post partum depression were thought...

Antidepressants linked to reduced risk of heart attacks

New research had showed that patients who are depressed and have already experienced// a heart attack; the risk of having another heart attack is lessened considerably with the use of antidepressant medications given to them. ....Physicians often treat clinical depression, also known as unipolar depression, with antidepressant drugs like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are...

Tanzanian Government Sanctions $20 Million For AIDS Arug

East Africa as an estimated population of 35 million of whom two million people// have been infected with HIV. About 14,000 people die every year from HIV infections an estimated 12% of the country’s children are orphans as they lost their parents due to AIDS. ....Tanzania has planned to provide free anti-retroviral drugs (drugs which acts against HIV) to 500,000 HIV/AIDS patients within a perio...

Unpleasant Memory of Food could Be Used to Treat Obesity

False memories of unpleasant experiences with unhealthy foods could be used to treat// obesity, says a study... ..Elizabeth Loftus of the University of California, Irvine, and her colleagues convinced volunteers that they had been sick after eating strawberry ice cream as a child. .. ..She and her colleagues gave 228 undergraduate students questionnaires about food. The volunteers subsequently re...

Antidepressant Medication Leading To Suicidal Thoughts

The antidepressant Seroxat has been linked to increased suicide attempts among adults and it has been suggested that appropriate warning should be given to doctors and patients regarding this peculiar adverse effect of the drug. //.. ..The drug has already been banned for use in children and adolescents due to an increased risk of self-harm. The above study was conducted in a group of 916 adults...

Chitosan May Not Conclusively Help Weight Loss

Chitosan, a dietary supplement used in treating obesity and people who are overweight, may not be very effective against weight loss. The researcher that had systematically reviewed the current evidence for the supplement had published the findings in the latest issue of The Cochrane Library.// ....The review assessed results of 14 randomized controlled trials that included 1,131 overweight or...

Antidepressant Drug Found To Have Anti-Cancer Effects

Antidepressant drugs which are derived from Amphetamine, which are used as a Party drug ecstasy, has found to have anticancer effects. Researchers from the University of Brimingham, in a new study have found that these antidepressant drugs were found to potentially treat Lymphoma. // ..John Gordon and his team from the University has found that the serotonin receptor was involved in mediating apo...

Alcohol based sanitizer found to reduce illness in families

Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer gel significantly reduces the spread of gastrointestinal infections in the home. // Out of the 292 families studied, half of the families, which used the hand sanitizer in gel form, had a 59 % reduction in the spread of illness related to the gastrointestinal tract. ..Families already using hand sanitizer were excluded from the study. Half the families were...

Less Stomach Infections If Hand Sanitizer Gel Is Used

Researchers from Children’s Hospital Boston had reported in the current edition of Pediatrics that use of alcohol based hand sanitizer gels are effective in reducing stomach problems from gastro-intestinal infections.// ....In a study of 292 Greater Boston families -- half of which were given hand sanitizer -- those that used the gel had a 59 percent reduction in the spread of GI illnesses...The...

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...

Cannabinoids - Antidepressant And Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment

This news article discusses both the treatments of giving Cannabinoids for depression and inflammatory bowel disease. .. ....Cannabinoids is a chemical compound found in Cannabis//. Cannabinoids are an exciting new area for medical research, but it is important to recognize that there are over 60 active ingredients in cannabis and synthetic cannabinoid may be showing evidence of nerve regenerat...

Bhitarkanika Sanctuary In Orissa Takes Precaution To Monitor Bird Flu

The risk of Bird flu incidence into Bhitarkanika Sanctuary in Orissa is very high as migratory birds are expected// to arrive in this sanctuary in an other 2-3 weeks. Bhitarkanika Sanctuary is about 174 km from Bhubaneswar, Orissa which has nearly 300,000 migratory birds arrive from all parts of the world during winter, the sanctuary also as a collection of very large mangrove forests and estuari...

Mode Of Action Of The Anti-Convulsant Valproate

Researchers from Australia have recently shown, using a yeast-based in vitro bioassay for steroid hormones that valproate, a commonly used anti-convulsant for the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder, is an anti-androgen and anti-progestin. // .. ..Anti-convulsant treatment is associated with a high prevalence of reproductive dysfunction compared with age-matched non-epileptics. .. ..The re...

Skeleton May Sustain Damage Due To Use Of Anti-Depressants

A Norwegian study has revealed that anti-depressants like Fluoxitine, more familiarly known as Prozac may inflict damage upon the human skeleton.// The Norwegian University of Science and Technology’s (NTNU) researcher Bjorn I. Gustafsson has revealed that anti-depressants contribute towards impeding the activity of bone building cells, while raising the production of substances which lead to the...

Ayurveda Spas are hot in San Francisco

San Francisco: Spas are very popular in US and in San Francisco. Asian spas offering Ayurveda, are the hottest trend.// There are more than 500 spas in San Francisco. Many of them have included Asian methods, such as yoga, tai chi and Japanese shiatsu. ..Americans spent $11.2 billion in going to spas in 2003. According to the International Spa Association, 136 million Americans visited spas in t...

Risk Of Birth Defects Increased Due To Anti-Depressant Medication

A warning has been issued to all physicians, more specifically to pregnant women against the prescription and consumption of Paxil, given for treatment of depression due to the risk of increased congenital// heart defects in newborns. ..The notice has been issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is based on early findings of two studies, which had demonstrated that women who took Pa...

Non-addictive antidepressant drug

Professor Gabriella gobbi and his team from Universite de Montreal have found that the new drug URB597 increases the level of endocannabinoids by blocking the degradation in the brain and relaxes depression. //Endocannabinoids are chemicals present in brain which is responsible for relaxing brain, endocannabinoids are released when specific brain receptors are triggered during exercises and other...

Inadequate labeling in sandwiches sold at UK supermarkets

As per an accusatory report by a consumer group UK supermarkets have been exposed due to inadequate nutritional labeling.// ..The claims made by the group include that UK supermarkets and high-street stores bulk out the chicken in pre-packaged sandwiches with a combination of water, starch and preservatives while boosting flavour with chicken stock and artificial flavorings. ..The results came...

Antidepressant drugs best for treating Depression

Professor Klaus Ebmeier and colleagues from the University of Edinburgh have reported in the Lancet that the best available treatment for moderate to severe depression is antidepressant and electroconvulsive therapy. // Though there are various reports finding links between use of antidepressant drugs and suicides, the researchers feel that these are studies are not conclusive but still lot of re...

Spate of smoking-related fire deaths cause concern in San Diego

The deaths of three people, two of them in Escondido, in smoking-related fires this week in San Diego County, is prompting a new look at smoking safety. ..Wheelchair-bound Edward Rhodes (67) caught fire Wednesday night // while smoking outside the Palomar Heights Care Center in Escondido. There are conflicting versions whether the oxygen tank he had next to him exploded or not. ..On Tuesday, Mar...

Leptin, The Next Generation Antidepressant?

A study conducted by Xin-Yun Lu, PhD and colleagues of the University of Texas Health Science Center found that Leptin when administered to the rat acts as an anti-depressant. Leptin is a hormone mainly given to people involved in weight regulation. // ..The research was done on chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) rats. It was found that CUS rats had decreased levels of Leptin than the control rat...

Antidepressant drugs interacts with Immune cells

Serotonin drugs which were found to be an effective anti-depressant is also found to interact with immune cells but the researchers are not sure about the mechanism of serotonin inhibitors on human health//. ....Assistant Professor Gerard Aherm and team from Georgetown University Medical center have found that SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) which has been found to be an effecti...
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