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Bad News for Short People

A report from June issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology reports that People of shorter stature face higher mortality rates than taller people from most causes except cancer. In a study of more than 30,000 men and women undertaken by Dr.Pekka Jousilahti and his colleagues from the National Public Health Institute in Helsinki, Finland, it was found that there was an association between adu...

Painkillers Do Not Shorten Dying Patients' Lives

According to some British researhers increasing doses of painkillers to ease the agony of terminally ill patients does not shorten their lives.Some health professionals have criticized the practice, comparing it to euthanasia, but doctors at St Christopher's Hospice in London claim patients receiving higher doses of drugs such as morphine live just as long as those who do not. .. .. ..In research...

Acupuncture superseeds massage therapy for short term relief of pain

Chronic neck pain often remains a therapeutic challenge for many practising allopathic medicine. so now the alternative forms of medicine has taken its stride. Acupuncture vs massage for treating pain has been widely debated with some practitioners. ..Dr. Dominik Irnich of Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich has done a study on this basis and found that when it comes to chronic neck pain, acu...

For better mood and energy!! Work-up in short span

As little as 10 minutes of moderate exercise daily can improve mood and reduce fatigue, study reports. ..It is a well known fact that exercise has its benefit towars the physical asset. But as far as mental fatigue is concerned, there was a debate as to how much exercise will benefit. This is based on the preliminary findings which included 14 women who did ride stationary bicycle for longer peri...

Obesity shortens lifespan

According to a research obese heart patients live on average four years less than their slim counterparts.Being seriously overweight also hastens the onset of heart disease by an average of seven years compared to people who stay slim. ....It has long been known that obesity is linked to heart disease, but researchers from Duke University Medical Center, North Carolina, have become the first to...

Short stature -a problem

Very short children are more likely to suffer from behavioural problems, a major study has found. Researchers found that treatment with growth hormone not only boosted growth in children, but also improved their conduct and relations with other people. ....Lead researcher Dr Derick Beens, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of North Dakota, said: "We believe this work demonst...

Shortage of MMR vaccine

The vaccine that protects children against measles, mumps and rubella is in short supply. The MMR vaccine joins a growing list of scarce drugs, with shortfalls caused by production problems, fewer drugmakers// and pharmaceutical companies choosing to stop making some products. ....The situation is so bad that 8 of the 11 recommended childhood vaccines are in short supply, including tetanus, dipht...

Blood test diagnoses heart failure in short time

Generally, doctors diagnose heart disease by taking a history of symptoms, a physical exam, an electrocardiogram, an ultrasound scan and blood tests to rule out other causes, such as kidney disease.// Even with all this, they are often wrong. ..A 15-minute blood test allows doctors to accurately find out whether patients with severe shortness of breath are suffering from congestive heart failure....

Lactobacillus Supplements shorten the duration of diarrhoea

Supplements containing bacteria commonly found in yogurt can help shorten the duration of diarrhoea in children by nearly a day. Researchers reviewed 11 international// studies that examined the effectiveness of a type of bacteria known as Lactobacillus for the treatment of diarrhoea in children, most of whom were younger than age 4 and were hospitalized. The Lactobacillus was generally given as...

Short stature -a problem

Very short children are more likely to suffer from behavioural problems, a major study has found. Researchers found that treatment with growth hormone not only boosted growth in children,// but also improved their conduct and relations with other people. ....Lead researcher Dr Derick Beens, professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of North Dakota, said: "We believe this work demo...

Shorter infants have lower incomes in later life

British researchers have found evidence that male babies who grow slowly in their first year of life have lower incomes in later life. The results hold true regardless of the socioeconomic status of the child's family, suggesting that slow infant growth may be accompanied by hampered brain development. Biological processes linked to poor growth in infancy lead to lifelong impairment of cognitive...

AIDS vaccine falls short but shows some promise

Researchers at a California-based company announced the initial results of the three-year trial. ..The FDA has said it would consider approving the vaccine if it were 30 percent effective, but the reduction of infection among the entire sample of volunteers, including all racial groups, was 3.8 percent. ..A principal investigator in the study, said the study "did not show a statistically signific...

Eye Disorders, A Predictor Of A Shorter Lifespan

People with age-related eye problems, such as age-related macular degeneration and cataracts may not live as long as those without them, // says a new study. A cataract involves the lens of the eye becoming cloudy and can cause partial blindness. ..In a study of 4,753 people aged 55 to 81, people with macular degeneration, a progressive condition that causes gradual vision loss, had a 41-percent...

Shorter Radiation Schedules Found To Be More Effective For Patients With Breast Cancer

A more intense course of radiation after a lumpectomy may be safe for breast cancer patients say researchers // based on findings of a recent study. Standard treatment for women with breast cancer usually involves six or seven weeks of radiation daily after undergoing surgery , however for most women the length of time for radiation treatment is a major inconvenience leading them to choose mastec...

Teen depression maybe short lived

Incidence of depression in adolescents is on the rise and affect about 20% of the teenage population//. Teenage depressions may be quite intense affecting their life in all aspects, academic, social and emotional. However, recent study indicates that teenage depression is short lived and is not necessarily a condition that will affect the mental health of the teenager when he grows up. ....Resea...

Short term hormone replacement therapy effective

Hormone replacement therapy had recently been under a lot of cloud because of its alleged adverse effects on the health of // women. A new study from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) shows that short-term hormone replacement therapy is suitable for perimenopausal and postmenopausal women ....Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the treatnment procedure that uses medication containing hormones...

Making operation and recovery time shorter

Surgeons have come up with a new technique of removing cancerous kidneys through a small incision with the help of their hands and a special camera and instuments. This is the hand-assisted Laproscopic technique, which can be done in significantly less time than the standard laproscopic procedure. ....The research, being presented at the annual meeting of the American Urological Association by...

New Eye Surgery Gives Hope To Short-Sighted

A new type of eye surgery has given hope to severely short-sighted patients who want to rid themselves of thick glasses or contact lenses but are unsuited for laser treatment, two Singapore hospitals said Wednesday. .. ..The procedure, offered by the National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital, involves surgically // implanting a special kind of contact lens in the eye. .. ..The impl...

Short Workouts May Not Prevent Weight Gain And Diseases

According to a report published in the September issue of the Harvard Health Letter, from Harvard Medical School, popular fitness programs that advocate quick and short working out sessions may not help // lose weight or control adverse health conditions that can lead to diseases. To prevent weight gain and onset of diseases, much more longer and strenuous workout sessions are required every week...

Short Stature Can Be Treated With A New, Non-Growth Hormone In Future

Insulin-like Growth Factor-1 (IGF-1) is an important hormone necessary for statural growth and must be present in order for children's bones, cartilage and organs to grow normally. In healthy individuals, growth hormone is // secreted into the bloodstream by the pituitary gland that binds to growth hormone receptors on liver and other cells, where it stimulates the cellular production and secreti...

Shortage of funds for providing AIDS drug in Africa and India

The number of people on antiretroviral therapy has doubled to 1 million worldwide and tripled in Africa and Asia. Asia and Africa are two regions which are hit greatly by AIDS. Though, there is a immense increase in antiretroviral // treatment, it is still far less than the requirement, and the WHO goal to treat 3 million people by 2005, will never happen world wide critics say. .. ..Reports, say...

Tamiflu Shortage Can Be Better Handled By Combining It With Probenecid

Drug Synergism refers to the enhancement in action or effect of a particular drug than the individual effect of both the drugs combined. The phenomenon could be exploited in the present scenario where the avian bird flu is posing a serious threat across different regions of the globe. // ..Tamiflu is a prescribed drug for seasonal flu, because it will be a first line of defense if the H5N1 bir...

Shortness Of Breath A More Reliable Indicator Of High Risk Cardiac Disease

Shortness of breath can be a more reliable indicator of the underlying cardiac disease following the finding that such patients have a higher risk of dying from heart disease than patients without cardiac pain or other symptoms. //The general notion that chest pain alone is an indicator of cardiac disease has been disapproved by the finding. ..A retrospective evaluation of the medical records of...

Acute Shortage Of Neurosurgeons In India: One Surgeon For Every 1 Million!

India has a severe shortfall of neurosurgeons with only one surgeon for every one million population. There is hence a greater need to build up trained manpower in the country. This is comparatively lower when compared to the situation in US and Japan where the ratio is 100,000 // and 6000 for every one million population respectively. ..Dr.A.K. Mahapatra, professor in the Department of Neurosu...

Shortness Of Breath An Important Indicator Of Heart Attack

A recent study published in the November issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, reveals that dyspnea, or shortness of breath may be an important indicator of a heart attack. // ..Although dyspnea is a common symptom, there has been only limited investigation of its prognostic significance among patients referred for cardiac evaluation...Cardiologists at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L...

Doctor Training Undermined In Britain Due To Shortage Of Cadavers

Lack of dead bodies is affecting the training of new doctors in Britain. According to the Department of Health, two courses had been cancelled this year because of a lack of cadavers and experts said more would be hit if the // fall in body donations were not reversed. .. ..The government has blamed rising medical student numbers, TV shows and the Alder Hey scandal for the problem. In the last fi...

British medical education suffers shortage of bodies

London:Britain has long suffered from a shortage of medical professionals. But now the lack of dead bodies is affecting the training of new doctors... ..According to the Department of Health, two courses had been cancelled this year because of a lack of cadavers and // experts said more would be hit if the fall in body donations was not reversed. .. ..In the last five years, the number of bodies...

Apollo Hospitals Short-listed to Provide Diagnostics in the UK

The Apollo Hospitals Group has been shortlisted by Britain's National Health Service (NHS) to bid for four geographical areas in the UK where it could provide diagnostic services.// ..Long waiting lists at the NHS had forced it to outsource some of its operations to cut the delay faced by its patients, reports the Business Line. ..The diagnostic support covers radiology, including CT scan, MRIs,...

Use Of Ibuprofen Safe For Short Periods

The painkiller Ibuprofen will not raise the chances of a heart attack if it were used only for a short duration. This has been revealed by Madrid based// researchers who studied the use of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) in 4,975 patients who had had heart attacks, and 20,000 healthy individuals. ..They found that taking NSAIDs for less than a year does not increase the risk of...

Cancer Treatments Fall Short Of Targets

A report released by the Scottish Executive says that almost 25 percent of cancer patients in the country are not being treated for their condition within the targeted time of two months. //The current data is centered around the period between April to June 2005. ..The report said that just about 75 percent of all cancer patients were treated in that period. But the rate fell to 60 percent for b...

Shortage Of Funds In Primary Care Trust In UK

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has urged hospitals to delay operations until the new financial year in April to help manage the prevailing situation regarding financial deficit in U.K.// The following move is expected to improve or rather eliminate all forms of financial shortcomings in the years to come. ..Ms Hewitt said: "I understand the anxiety patients will feel if they are living in an a...

Acute Shortage Of Dentists in UK: Oral Care for Elders To Suffer A Setback

With the increasing number of aged individuals in UK, dentists are having a tough time trying to fix crowns and bridges to help preserve their dental health. The reluctance of many// such old people to compromise on dentures has resulted in an increased work pressure among members of the dental community. ....However, it is believed that the existing situation will become more manageable with a...

Scotland faces shortage of dentists questioning the dental facilities

Scotland stated that it would provide free dental service to all the people, but this statement was questioned when statistics revealed that not enough dentist were available at the NHS.// ..More than a million Scots have not registered with an NHS dentist because they don’t have any access to one. Statistics reported that 41% of children are not registered with an NHS doctor in Grampian and Hig...

School Children Put To Risk Due To Shortage Of Nurses

The schools in the US appear to be suffering from an acute shortage of nurses, with some schools having a single nurse only. There are about 56,000 nurses working across the country in schools on a fulltime basis.// This amounts to one nurse for every 950 students, while the federal guidelines call for a nurse for every 750 students. The nurse to student ratio is the worst in Utah, when compared...

UK Committee Warns on Food Shortages Due to Flu Epidemic

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has issued a warning that if a bird flu pandemic were to hit Britain, there would be a severe shortage of food. // ..The Committe has called on ministers to step-up efforts to collaborate on an international level and has asked the Government to prepare alternative plans to combat an epidemic should the need arise. As staff continue to take le...

Short Glasses Make You Drink More

A new study has indicated that the use of short wide glasses while consuming alcohol results in a person drinking about 20% to 30% more. This has been published in the British Medical Journal. More liquor is poured into // these small glasses than in the narrow tall glasses of the same volume. This is a mistake that is committed even by professional bartenders. ....The study involved 198 colle...

Over indulgence more so when intake is in short glasses

We often think that 'small is good' and those small portions help us keep over indulgence at bay.Contrary to this belief scientists have found that people pour 20-30% more alcohol // into short , wide glasses than into tall, narrow ones of the same volume, but they wrongly believe that tall glasses hold more. The study finds mention in BMJ. ..This trend is not limited to general public but seas...

The weight loss reality check – Do Fad diets and short-cut methods actually work

There are absolutely no short cuts to effective weight loss apart from diet and exercise. Despite ample studies and research to prove this point, several myths abound // . Let’s throw some light on how one can effectively shed the extra weight, and dispel famous myths to reveal underlying truths!.. ..Body weight is equated as input versus output. Weight gain happens when calorie intake exceeds ca...

Zimbabwe Faces Shortage Of AIDS Drugs

A Summary Report by Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune ....According to a report by the Chicago Tribune, HIV-positive Zimbabweans are having limited// access to antiretroviral drugs, owing to rising prices, dearth of foreign exchange to import drugs and President Robert Mugabe's drive on Urban Evictions. A report by the United Nations states that, hyperinflation in the last quarter has resulte...

UK Doctors Fear Shortages Could Hit Public Health Drive

The drive to boost public health in the UK could be hit by a shortage of doctors. ..Public health trainee doctors say government primary care reforms mean stalling of their careers and withdrawal of consultant posts. // ..The uncertainty surrounding primary care trust mergers in England under Commissioning a Patient-led NHS has prompted some primary care trusts to freeze public health recruitmen...
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