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Detecting brain aneurysms

An aneurysm is an abnormal dilation of a blood vessel. This involves all layers of the vessel wall. Aneurysms pose a risk to health due to their potential to rupture, thrombose or embolize. The most common blood vessels involved are the abdominal and thoracic aorta, and brain. Potential blood vessel problems in the brain can be detected by non-invasive techniques, but only if they are above a cer...

New treatment for muscle spasms

Stiff person syndrome (SPS) causes the muscles in the limbs and body to tighten up suddenly. Spasms can be triggered by noise, touch or emotional distress. ..People with the condition are often too disabled// to walk or move, or are afraid to leave the house in case they suffer a spasm and fall. The condition resembles chronic tetanus. Scientists have developed a highly effective treatment for th...

Small aneurysms best left untouched

According to researchers, the appropriate approach to abdominal aortic aneurysms is to leave those below five and a half centimeters alone. The abdominal aorta is the main artery serving the lower organs of the body, supplying them with blood from the heart.// Fragility in the wall of the aorta leads to a bulge called an aneurysm which may rupture a potentially fateful problem. ....The standard t...

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...

Cocaine may cause aneurysms for the coronart artery

Cocaine had been associated to cardiovascular diseases and recent study says that// cocaine abuse can lead to coronary artery aneurysms. ..Studies have always been carried on to find out the effect of substance abuse on the health of the person. The new study was done to find out the effect of cocaine abuse on the health of the heart. ....In cocaine users undergoing coronary angiography, there w...

Treatment Of Brain Aneurysms By A New Non-Surgical Approach

Aneurysm refers to a sac formed by localized dilation of the wall of an artery, a vein or the heart. A brain aneurysm arises as a result of weakness in the arterial wall of the brain. Rupture of the aneurysm can result in // stroke or death... ..A new approach combining the use of intracranial stents and coil embolization to strengthen the artery has been proposed as a treatment for the condition...

Contaminated Land Can Be Cleaned By Micro-Organisms

Micro-organisms present in the soil can be used to clean the land which has been contaminated by explosives, according to the scientists belonging to the University of York. The team led by the University of York’s Professor Neil Bruce is reported to have Isolated a bacterial micro- // organism in the soil in land contaminated by RDX that can utilize the explosives as a source of nitrogen for gro...

Introduction of Microbial Organisms: A Possible Treatment for Asthma

According to the researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) it is possible to treat asthma in children using micro organisms. // Probiotics supplements in infants and children are a novel method for the primary prevention of asthma. Michael Cabana, MD, chief of the Department of General Pediatrics at UCSF Children's Hospital and principal investigator for the study said tha...

Humans, A Symbiotic Organisms Dependent On Other Life Forms For Existence

The team of gene researchers from The Institute for Genomic Research, (TIGR), in Maryland, after studying hundreds of DNA of different kinds of Bacteria in the GI system, stated that we may not be all human//. ....Their study and findings suggest that by studying the bacteria that are always present in our body might provide important hints to diseases, nutrition, and obesity and as to how certa...

Cancer-Killing Viruses Employ Multiple Mechanisms

The search for safe, effective cancer therapies has led numerous academic and industrial research groups to investigate oncolytic, or cancer-killing viruses//. Oncolytic viruses which include the naturally occurring reovirus, infect cancer cells while sparing healthy tissues. Once inside the tumor cell, the viruses produce thousands of copies of themselves, causing tumor cells to burst. After tum...

Micro-organisms Ensconced in the Kitchen Sponge Meet Their Nemesis in a Microwave

Gainesville: This is indeed a brain wave from researchers working at the University of Florida. For all those obstinate micro-organisms clinging to your kitchen// sponge and utensils, there is a solution right here in your very kitchen. Just swirl the kitchen sponge in a microwave, and lo, you have a sterile sponge in a jiffy. ...."Basically what we find is that we could knock out most bacteria...

Enzyme Critical for Early Growth of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms

Surgery is the only treatment for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, a weak spot in the body's main artery that dilates dangerously// over time. If the vessel ruptures suddenly before surgery to repair it, a quick death is virtually certain. Now, scientists say they have identified a key enzyme that triggers chronic inflammation in the aorta and promotes the growth of aneurysms. Their finding raises h...

Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetes Due to Defect in the NO Mechanisms

A new study sheds light on how erectile dysfunction (ED) interacts with diabetes. The study is expected to improve efficacy in treatments//. ....The study, "Lack of Central Nitric Oxide Triggers Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetes," was conducted by Hong Zheng, William G. Mayhan, and Kaushik P. Patel, Departments of Cellular and Integrative Physiology; and Keshore R. Bidasee, Department of Pharmaco...

SMS Help-line to Provide Answers for HIV/AIDS Queries

A newly devised SMS help-line in this megalopolis is becoming hugely popular with those grappling with the stigma of HIV/AIDS, having received// over 25,000 texts since its launch last month. ....A national initiative of the NGO Heroes Project founded by Hollywood icon Richard Gere and Mumbai socialite Parmeshwar Godrej, the help-line offers specific advice on HIV/AIDS by a panel of qualified co...

Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms Saves Men's Lives

Regular ultrasound screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms can sharply reduce the likelihood of dying from a ruptured aneurysm among men age 65// and older, according to a new review of recent studies. ....Screening helped cut the odds of death nearly in half for men ages 65 to 79 but did not reduce deaths among women. ....However, men who received screening were also twice as likely to underg...

CTA Useful in Detecting Ruptured Cerebral Aneurysms

CT angiography (CTA) has a nearly 100% detection rate in acute ruptured, cerebral aneurysms, according to a recent study conducted at the Health Sciences Center in Winnipeg, Canada. ......The study consisted of 171 patients with acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) who underwent preoperative 3D CTA. ......CTA correctly detected the ruptured aneurysm in 170 cases when compared to intraoperative...

Probable Health Monitor Sends SMS of Emergency Alerts and ECG

A Bluetooth heart monitor could text your local hospital if you are about to have a heart attack , according to research published today in Inderscience's International Journal of Electronic Healthcare. ...The device measures electrical signals from the heart, analyses them to produce an electrocardiogram (ECG) and sends an alert together with the ECG by cell phone text message. ......Cardiovasc...
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