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Pancreatitis: Minimially Invasive Procedure Offers Long-Term Pain Relief

Many more patients with chronic pancreatitis can safely turn to a minimally invasive operation for long-term pain relief, according to a new study by Johns Hopkins University physicians... ..Endoscopic therapy is an effective alternative to more invasive surgery or drugs, says Anthony N. Kalloo, MD, director of GI endoscopy at Hopkins and lead author of the study that appeared in the July 2000 i...

Cut down TV and video games and you have less aggressive children.

Have you ever wondered why your kids are so aggressive and almost impossible to handle at times? Then read on. ..World over there is increasing concern over the way the children of today are growing up. Even the West is getting desperate and looking for help. Things are no better in India. With the TV boom and the IT revolution, the kids seem to know all at a very young age and many parents compl...

Exclusive breast-feeding advised for six months in infants recommends World Health Organization

A resolution put forward by Brazil, at the annual assembly of the world health organization is to be accepted advising exclusive breast-feeding for the first six months in all infants. The resolution was passed at the committee stage on Wednesday after 2 hours of debate where many national delegates and members of charitable organizations argued vehemently for breast-feeding. ..Nestle, a maker o...

Half of world's children are passive smokers - damning disclosure from WHO

The world health organisation has come out with a damning disclosure that half the world's children are passive smoke. In a message on "No Tobacco Day 2001," World Health Organization chief Gro Harlem Brundtland said 700 million children were exposed to the health hazard because most governments still allowed smoking in public places. She added that scientists around the world agreed that there w...

Hypertensive Drug Improves Sexual Dysfunction in Hypertensive Men

Losartan, a new anti hypertensive drug appears to improve sexual function among the hypertensive men with erectile dysfunction. As the cause of impotence, really it is the disease process itself, probably from reduced vascular compliance. ..According to American Journal of Medical sciences, a study evaluated hypertensive men with erectile dysfunction and found that their overall sexual satisfacti...

Passive smoking affects respiratory system

Scientists have produced strong evidence that passive smoking has a lasting impact on the respiratory systems of children. ....A team from the US National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta studied data from 3,400 children aged 3 to 16 years. ....The researchers analysed the children's blood to determine the concentration of a substance called cotinine, produced when the body breaks dow...

Excessive use of antibiotics for sore throat

According to a new survey, it is found that doctors are prescribing unnecessary antibiotics for sore throats. A sore throat is the second most common symptom sending people to their doctor. Generally a sore throat is caused by a virus and will not respond to antibiotics. But researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Stanford Center for Research in Disease Prevention in Palo Alto, Cali...

Aggressive blood pressure treatment needed

Those who are most at risk from high blood pressure have the most to gain from treatment - yet they are being neglected. Doctors are often reluctant to treat people with high blood pressure when they have other risk factors, like high cholesterol or diabetes. Maybe they believe little can be done when matters have reached the 'multiple risk factor' stage, or they may worry about lowering blood pr...

Relating heart protection and antihypertensive drugs

Maintaining a normal blood pressure is essential in the prevention of heart disease and is controlled by antihypertensive drugs, say researchers. Dr Jan Staessen and colleagues from Leuven, in Belgium, set out to determine whether it is the pharmacological properties of antihypertensive drugs or the reduction of blood pressure that accounts for the cardiovascular outcome in hypertensive patients....

Choose the correct hypertensive drug

Hypertensive or blood pressure medication should always ensure the best outcome for the patient. This should be taken care by the doctors in order to avoid the side effects relating to these drugs. Several different drugs lower blood pressure effectively.// According to researchers at Texas University it is necessary to find out which to prescribe.Recent trials show that there are striking differ...

Risk Of Decongestants In Hypertensive Patients

Having a stuffy nose can be unpleasant, but doctors say that discomfort is minor compared to the risk of taking over-the-counter decongestants if you have high blood pressure. Though they are generally safe, many popular cold and flu medicines contain decongestants such as pseudoephedrine and phenylephrine, which doctors say may aggravate blood pressure problems.// ....And while products containi...

Watching television for long hours could lead to agressiveness

Researchers claim that children who watch television for long hours are more likely to be agitated.The research was carried out by Jeffrey Johnson, of Columbia University// and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. His team tracked more than 700 children through adolescence to adulthood. ....They found that those who had watched one or more hours of television a day appeared much more likely...

Hypertensive drugs may cause cough

Hypertensive drugs in general have a common side effect- cough. Iron supplementation cures the annoying cough that often plagues people on a widely-used blood pressure medication.// .... The angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors are often used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure and other cardiac conditions. But up to 40% of people on ACE inhibitors are troubled by a cough. The s...

Exclusive Team initiated To Check Bird Flu Pandemic: Jakarta

Jakarta: The Bird Flu outbreak is threatening to cause a major upheaval to the Nation’s health, making it very crucial to contain the spread, according to the Coordinating Minister// for People’s Welfare, Aburizal Bakrie. The Nation’s Economic Minister, equally concerned, has expressed fears on the dwindling poultry industry and a consequent fall back in the Nation’s Economic condition, due to th...

Excessive Belly Fat Could Increase Risk Of Gallstones In Women

Women who have excessive fat around the waist are twice as likely to develop gallstones compared to their counterparts. // ....Gallstones are collections of solid crystals (predominantly cholesterol) in the gallbladder or in the bile ducts (biliary tract). Americans undergo more than 800,000 gallstone operations each year and it is the most common abdominal illness seen among women in the US....

Aggressive Teenage Behaviour: Blame It On The Anabolic Steroids

A new research has found that aggressive behaviour associated with teenage and young adulthood could be due to anabolic steroids. The effect may be only temporary// , but may have long-term consequences on the developing brain. The results of this study can be seen in the Behavioral Neuroscience journal, published by the American Psychological Association (APA). ....There has been an increasing...

Specialist care convalesces intensive care survival

The survival of criticare patients gets better if specialists in critical care medicine manage them personally. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Pittsburgh University have analysed the evidence on managing patients in intensive care units (ICUs). //They have found that patients do much better if they are cared for by a doctor who is a specialist in critical care medicine. ....Previous research h...

Airbags lessens oppressive eye injuries

Deployment of an airbag after an automobile accident causes more minor eye injuries, but reduces major eye problems. It's now well validated that airbags will reduce the number of severe and fatal injuries. //However, the effect of airbags on the eye has not been well explored until now. ....Researchers in Virginia, USA, analysed data from over 20,020 automobile accidents from 1994 to 1998. They...

Aggressiveness is a prime heart disease risk

Older men with high levels of hostility have a greater risk of heart disease than if they smoke or have high cholesterol. Researchers in the US conducted a survey of 720 men, average age 65, noting their level of hostility towards others and the world around them.// They also asked them about traditional heart disease risk factors, like smoking, high cholesterol, and weight to hip ratio. ....The...

New method of measuring arterial stiffness in elderly hypertensives

Researchers have now discovered a new method by which arterial stiffness in elderly hypertensive patients can be evaluated, using the "arterial stiffness index", which is measured by computerized oscillometry at the upper arm. The researchers from the Osaka University Medical School in Japan studied 42 patients, 26 of whom were over 60 years of age. They evaluated arterial stiffness index// and c...

Hypertensives could benefit regular alcohol consumption

A recent study reported by researchers in the Journal of Hypertension indicates that hypertensive patients could reduce their cardiovascular morbidity and improve their atherosclerotic risk profile by consuming alcohol on a regular basis. The researchers indicated that serum lipoprotein(a), a powerful predictor of organ damage, was reduced with regular alcohol consumption. The researchers studied...

Brain aneurysms can now be treated with a less invasive procedure

Brain aneurysm is a weakness in one of the blood vessels in the brain, causing the vessel to bulge, ultimately resulting in a brain hemorrhage. Around thirty thousand Americans, on an average, suffer a brain hemorrhage in a year and they are treated surgically or non-surgically depending on the size of the neck of the bulge. A bulge with a narrow neck is treated non-surgically by filling it with...

Passive smoking may be harmless

Researchers at UCLA suggests that passive smoking does not cause health problems for nonsmokers. Epidemiologists concluded that second hand smoking does not increase the risk for lung cancer and heart disease. An experiment was conducted on more than 35,000 California residents. Those who were part of the study were non-smokers, but their spouses were active smokers. The researchers said they fou...

Free Tissue Transfer Effective in Treating Massive Skin Cancers

Most skin cancers arising on the face are spotted quickly by patients or their friends or family, and treatment is sought before the cancers get out of hand.// In these cases, doctors can easily treat the cancers and repair the damage using flaps of skin located next to the cancerous area. ..In some cases, however, facial skin cancer goes untreated for a long period of time and therefore grows...

Passive Smoking A Health Hazard Unnoticed

Being surrounded by smokers in public may be more damaging for your health that you might think say researchers , according to a new study that shows // there may be a greater risk posed to non-smokers from passive smoke or second-hand smoke in public than previous research has shown. ..Although past research has focused on studying the health risks of cohabitating with a smoker, researchers say...

Intensive Treatment Found To Help Patients With Arthritis

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis who receive a more intensive form of therapy are more likely to experience a remission of their disease, finds a new study.// ..For the study researchers randomly assigned 111 patients with similar levels of disease to one of two groups. One group received monthly treatment with oral drugs to fight rheumatoid arthritis, along with steroid injections. The other...

Tissue Transfer For Treatment Of Massive Skin Cancers

A new study shows the disfiguration caused by massive skin cancers on the face can be effectively repaired by using tissue // transferred from other parts of the body. ..Most skin cancers arising on the face are spotted quickly by patients or their friends or family, and treatment is sought before the cancers get out of hand. In these cases, doctors can easily treat the cancers and repair the dam...

Acid Suppressive Drugs Found To Increase The Risk for Pneumonia

A recent study shows that people who use stomach-acid suppressive medications for indigestion or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may be at an increased risk of developing pneumonia .// ..The use of acid-suppressive drugs for the stomach can increase vulnerability to infections, as stomach acidity is a major defense mechanism for ingested pathogens. Researchers studied pneumonia rates of...

Preventing Strokes Using Less Invasive Techniques

A new study suggests techniques used to clear arteries blocked by heart disease can also be used on the carotid artery to prevent stroke.// ..Three years after studying 180 patients researchers say their results show angioplasty and stenting are as effective as surgery. During the procedure, physicians insert a catheter through a hole in an artery in the groin and thread it through to the caroti...

New Non – invasive Test To Detect Colon Cance

A colonoscopy is the gold standard for detecting colon cancer. But many patients try to avoid the test as it is a very invasive test.// Recently, a fecal occult blood stool test has been used. This test looks for blood hidden in the stool. However, the test misses a majority of cancers. The new test looks for DNA mutations in the stool. Researchers say the results are encouraging. ..“A simple, no...

Survival rate not improved by invasive procedures

According to a new study, invasive procedures such as catheterization, performed on heart patients as soon as they // are admitted to the hospital may not improve survival rates. ..Researchers have conducted studies on a statistically significant group of patient population who were admitted to a hospital (cardiac catheterization facilities) after suffering from suspected acute coronary syndrome...

The Use Of Invasive Treatment For Life Threatening Heart Conditions Questioned

A new study shows invasive procedures do not necessarily improve survival rate for patients hospitalized for life-threatening heart conditions.// ..Researchers studied more than 28,000 patients in 14 countries who were hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome between April 1999 and March 2003. Most patients were admitted to hospitals with cardiac catheterization facilities and underwent more inv...

Surgery For Obesity May Need Invasive Monitoring

Surgery in obese patients, especially in laproscopic surgery, may require the use of a pulmonary artery catheter and an // arterial line, says a study published in the new issue of Archives of Surgery. ....Morbid obesity is a condition that has a genetic component and often gets magnified by environmental, social and psychological factors. For such people, diet and exercise do not show many res...

Obese people can be hypertensive as well

Scientists of University of Mississippi Medical Center US have found out that body mass index are positively// related to hypertension and high blood pressure. ....3216 people who had never been given any medication for hypertension were subjected to 24 hr monitoring of systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Body mass index could be significantly related to mean daytime and nighttime systolic and...

Teenagers may become violent after watching aggressive acts

Witnessing crime or violence may have a bad effect on the very impressionable// teens. These adolescents may feel that it’s ok to be violent and later they become violent too. ....In a five-year study done by the researchers of Harvard Medical School involving over 1500 children and teenagers have found these starling results. ....The researchers for the study had studied the tens, their guardian...

Non ventilated patients in intensive care may suffer from delirium

New research has shown that nearly half of the patients in the intensive care// units who are not on ventilators experience delirium. Delirium is also one of the major reasons that patients stay longer in hospitals. ....Delirium is a regular occurring condition of patients on mechanical ventilators in the intensive care units. Delirium is the cause for more deaths, longer hospitalization tenure a...

Aggressive Tobacco taxation policy can reduce cigarette smoking

Lung cancer is the most common and deadly cancer worldwide. About 1.4 million people are diagnosed of lung cancer this year out of which // 85% will die before 2010. Habit of smoking is reducing in high income countries, but it is fastly increasing in low and middle income countries. The most important cause of lung cancer occurrence is smoking. Globally smoking related disease causes 5 million d...

9-PCV vaccine found to be helpful in invasive Pneumonococcal infection

Randomized double blind placebo controlled trial was done by Felicity cutts and colleagues in Gambia on the efficacy of // a Nine Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (9-PCV) against radiologically confirmed pneumonia and invasive pneumococcal disesase in children immunized before 12 months of age. ....The vaccine was found to reduce the incidence of vaccine type invasive pneumococcal disease by...

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...

Good News For Those Suffering From Excessive Sweating

People who suffer from the problem of excessive sweating even during the// cold months of winter may now have a relief from their condition. Researchers from Saint Louis University School of Medicine had reported that long-term treatment with Botox (botulinum toxin type A) could be effective for treating this condition. ....Interim data from the first long-term study of repeated treatment with Bo...
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