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Startling Expose – Physicians Often Have No Regular Source Of Health Car

Startling! But true! ..In a censure of the doctors around the world, a study conducted by researchers at the prestigious Yale and Johns Hopkins Universities has revealed that more than a third of physicians have no regular source of healthcare Dr. Cary P Gross of Yale University is New Haven, Connecticut says, ‘ these physicians without a regular source of health care are less likely than others...

South Africa dilly-dallying on AIDS situation

South Africa, which is now the third most affected country by the AIDS virus, HIV, is in an unenviable position. One in every five South African is HIV positive. If this isn’t enough, the government is in the midst of a major controversy, as it refused a huge consignment of one million AIDS detecting kits free of cost estimated around seven million U.S. Dollars. ..Earlier last year the South Afri...

Cipla holds talks with mining giant to supply AIDS drugs for South African workers

Indian pharmaceutical giant Cipla is holding talks with London based mining giant, Anglo American for supplying AIDS drugs to South African workers. About 11% of South African population is HIV positive, totaling around 4.7 million people, giving it the dubious distinction of being the country with the maximum number of HIV positive people in the world. ..The HIV scourge is sure to have a devasta...

South Africa Wins landmark case against pharmaceutical giants

South Africa has scored a landmark legal victory over pharmaceutical giants wanting to stop South Africa from importing cheap AIDS drugs. The country with largest number of AIDS patients in the world now wants to secure affordable drugs from around the world to tackle its AIDS epidemic. ..The Health Ministry of South Africa, published 70 pages of draft legislation that would allow it to shop aro...

Herbs: rich soure of antioxidants

Better health may be only a dash and sprinkel away: Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that herbs, in addition to making food tastier, are an abundant source of antioxidants and could provide potential anticancer benefits when supplementing a balanced diet.Herbs have higher antioxidant activity than frutis, vegetables and some spice,s including garlic, the researchers...

Herbs: rich soure of antioxidants

Better health may be only a dash and sprinkel away: Researchers with the U.S. Department of Agriculture have found that herbs, in addition to making food tastier, are an abundant source of antioxidants and could provide potential anticancer benefits when supplementing a balanced diet.Herbs have higher antioxidant activity than frutis, vegetables and some spice,s including garlic, the researchers...

Ultrasound helps stroke treatment

According to surgeons, they use sound waves to pulverize gallstones and now stroke experts are trying to determine if less powerful ultrasound can improve the efficacy of the clot-busting drugs used to restore blood flow to the brain.// Dr. Andrei Alexandrov, of the University of Texas, said he was using intracranial ultrasound to track the efficacy of the clot-busting drug called tPA or alteplas...

Ultrasound test may detect heart condition early

According to a new report, a type of ultrasound test may be able to identify patients with a heart condition that is one of the most common causes of sudden death in young people.The condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), can be caused by more than 100 different mutations in as many as 10 genes. In HCM, the heart muscle thickens, eventually limiting the organ's ability to pump blood and pu...

Over Six Million HIV Infected People In South Africa- Finds A Survey

Johannesburg: In South Africa over six million people were infected with HIV by 2004.// This puts the prevalence of AIDS in the country at a high of 14 percent. South Africa 's total population is 46.9 million. .. ..The latest figure announced by South African Health Department is far higher than the estimate of 4.5 million given by the official state statistics agency, Statistics SA, reports X...

Bird Flu in Southern Russia

Agriculture Minister RIA Novosti said that bird flu outbreak has been reported at a poultry farm in the Krasnodar Territory in southern Russia// . ....The avian flu in Russia was detected in wild fowls and migratory birds. .. ..It was detected in six Russian regions of the Republics of Kabardino-Balkaria, Dagestan, Chechnya, Kalmykia, Krasnodar and Stavropol Territories. ....This was a confirm...

Singapore’s Healthcare To Outsource To Indian Firm For Faster X-Ray Result

Singapore has made an outsourcing agreement with an Indian firm for sending x-ray results that will save the costs and benefits patients and doctors// as well. Under the agreement the x-rays taken there will be sent electronically to India to get the results in a faster manner. ..Under the National Healthcare Group's (NHG's) agreement with India's Teleradiology Solutions, a polyclinic has been s...

Indian Cherry: Richest Source of Vitiamin C

The West Indian Cherry or Acerola fruit (Malpighia Punicifolia L) is the richest source of Vitamin C known to man. Hundred grams of edible portion yields 1000 to 4000 mg of Vitamin C. The West Indian Cherry tree grows well in the tropical parts in India. ....Apart from Vitamin C, West Indian Cherry is rich in Vitamin A, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and carbohydrates. According to the study cond...

Stem cells - New and richer source found

A recent study by researchers at Kansas State University has found that Wharton's jelly, the cushioning material or matrix within the umbilical cord, is a rich and readily available source of primitive stem cells. These umbilical cord matrix cells, which show tell-tale characteristics of all stem cells, could provide the scientific and medical research community with a non-controversial and easil...

More information sought by patients on medical errors

Medical mistakes is one of the ills plaguing the field of medicine and patients are now demanding that they be given full information when a medical error happens. However, doctors are often reluctant to give full disclosure, not because they do not care. In fact, doctors confessed to being haunted for many years by their mistakes. In the Washington University School of Medicine, researchers cond...

Adding contrast improves ultrasound's ability to detect prostate cancer

Contrast enhanced color Doppler ultrasound is better than unenhanced ultrasound at detecting prostate cancer, according to a report published in the July issue of The Journal of Urology. ....Doctors in France, compared the diagnostic abilities of contrast enhanced and unenhanced endo-rectal ultrasound in 85 men suspected of having prostate cancer. In all subjects, the imaging findings were compar...

Ultrasound Screening Could Improve The Outcome Of Critically ill Patients

New research finds ultrasound screening is cost effective and could help in the prevention of blood clots or venous thrombosis.The research focuses on patients who have a catheter in the main artery in their thigh called the femoral artery.// ..Almost half of the 31 million patients admitted into the intensive care unit each year receive a central venous catheter. It’s estimated femoral vein pla...

Solutions Being Sought For Prevention Of Rickets

For years, doctors thought of rickets as a disease of the past. New research shows it should still be considered a problem and prevention should // start before birth and researchers suggest pregnant women should be given vitamin D supplementation. ..Rickets is a childhood disorder involving softening and weakening of the bones, primarily caused by lack of vitamin D, calcium, or phosphate. It is...

The Safety Of Prenatal Ultrasounds Questioned

Repeated ultrasound exposures during pregnancy may not cause long-term harm to infants, according to a new study. // For the study 2,700 children were evaluated, half of whom had been exposed to repeated ultrasound and half of whom had only one ultrasound exposure before birth. The children were followed up at 1, 2, 3, 5 and 8 years of age. ..While researchers note there may be a slight effect on...

Stanford Medical Center Implements The First Virtual Cardiac Ultrasound

Stanford Hospital in US is one of the first to implement a 3D cardiac ultrasound machine to see the workings of the heart without having to operate.// The machine is a computer designed to show all angles of the patient’s heart. The technology uses an “intelligent” echocardiography system. The artificial intelligence of the system can be used to quantify cardiac functions that can lead to more pr...

Education in women brings sounder sleep

A research team from Taiwan had found out that sex differences in sleep patterns do exist, with //insomnia affecting women more than men. ..The researchers had carried out a national survey of 39,588 people of the age group pf 15 years and older in the city of Taiwan. The researchers considered several factors other than gender differences, like the social roles and socio economic status. ....The...

Cure For Deafness Leads Scientist To Find How Fishes Can Hear And Hum Sounds At Same Time

Researchers at Cornell University have discovered how a fish found along the West Coast can hum and hear outside // sounds at the same time!!. .. ....In an endeavor to find difficult cures for diseases can sometimes lead scientist to look the way animals of different kingdom function and in this case the understanding may eventually be able to help in finding a cure for deafness... ....For the fi...

Ultrasounds To Detect Changes In Heart Motions

Researchers from Mayo Clinic have been able to find out subtle changes in the motions of the heart that might improve the knowledge of heart function by using the ultrasounds. They report that in this way it is also possible to predict the onset o heart damages like the heart attacks.// ..The researchers also feel that their study could also contribute to optimal adjustment of cardiac pacemakers...

Ultrasound may mean end to classic stethoscope

Handheld ultrasound is the tool of choice for some doctors who think it's time to replace the stethoscope, which has seen little change since a French physician invented it in the early 1800s. "The stethoscope is based on sound, and the sound qualities //don't always allow you to distinguish between a heart that is beating well, and one that isn't," say some doctors. .."Sometimes the heart muscl...

Platelets May Be The Source Of Gene Regulations

Researchers from University of Utah School of Medicine had reported that a key process in gene regulation could occur in human platelets. These are unique cells that are unusual because they don’t have a nucleus // (anucleate). .. ..Scientists long have thought the transformation of pre-mRNA into mature mRNA—called splicing—happens only in a cell’s nucleus. But using stem cells from human umbilic...

The Kidney Transplantation conspiracy in South Africa

Three South African Indian doctors have been charged of alleged involvement in a scam, which saw Brazilians being paid paltry sums for their kidneys, which were transplanted into mainly Israeli clients.//....The medical men were allegedly part of a team that performed more than 110 transplants at the St Augustine Hospital, which, according to the prosecutors were illegal.....The charges were fram...

Have You Ever Wondered How We Perceive Different Sounds?

Scientists are one step closer to understanding the genetic pathway involved in the development of hearing. Research has been focused on how sensory hair cells in the ear –– the cells largely responsible for hearing // –– develop unique shapes that enable the perception of sound. ..Situated in the hearing portion of the inner ear, the hair cells transform the mechanical vibrations that enter th...

Walnuts a source of the Anti –oxidant Hormone Melatoni

New research has shown that consumption of walnuts can boost blood levels of melatonin and antioxidants in rats. Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced in humans by the pineal gland. It is most commonly associated with // inducing and regulating sleep, since it is produced during the hours of darkness. ..Researchers investigated whether melatonin is present in walnuts, and whether ea...

Optical Imaging Added To Ultrasound To Improve Imaging Of Breast Cancer

A new study shows that combining a technology called optical tomography with standard ultrasound imaging can help distinguish early-stage breast cancer from non-cancerous lesions--and potentially reduce the number of breast biopsies performed//. ....Only 10 to 15 percent of women who undergo a breast biopsy actually have a malignant tumor, leading many women to experience unnecessary anxiety, di...

Outsourcing clinical trials to India

Clinical research in India costs has become very easy and cheap compared to other countries, which has lead to an increased outsourcing of clinical research to India. .. ..Outsourcing in the field of IT can be taken as a boom to the economics and development of India, but Outsourcing in // clinical trials is a great havoc to India, as humans are becoming a source of experimental animals and bein...

Mushroom found to be a source of a new antibiotic: Plectasin

Animals and higher plants are known to express endogenous peptide antibiotics called defensins, which are small cysteine-rich peptides found to be active against bacteria, fungi and viruses//. ..A recent research, published in the October issue of Nature, describes plectasin-the first defensin to be isolated from a fungus, the saprophytic ascomycete Pseudoplectania nigrella. Plectasin has primar...

Three In One Ultrasound Probe For 3-D Imaging Of Heart And Tissue Destruction Developed

Engineers at the Duke University are working on a technology that may someday enable physicians to use high frequency ultrasound waves both to visualize the heart's interior in three dimensions and then selectively destroy heart tissue with heat to correct arrhythmias.// ....This is the first time a three in one attempt has been made regarding 3-D imaging, ultrasound and therapy. The researchers...

Phase II trails of new HIV vaccine to be held in South Africa

In a step further to combat the AIDS epidemic, South Africa's first Phase II HIV vaccine trials were launched by charitable group the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and U.S.-based Targeted Genetics Corporation. // .. ..The trials will test the safety of "tgAAC09" is a preventive HIV vaccine candidate that is based on HIV subtype C, the subtype of the virus most prevalent in southern...

South Africa May Start Manufacturing Bird Flu Vaccines

The Director of Biovac Institute in Cape Town said that the company is conducting various studies to start producing bird flu vaccine as the chances of bird flu //pandemic is high worldwide which may lead to a high shortage of vaccines and anti-flu drugs for treating infected people in South Africa. ....The South African authorities feel that they have to manufacture their own bird flu vaccines...

Smoking Banned In Southeast Asian Games Venues

The Philippines health department has banned smoking within a 50 meter radius of the venues of the 23rd Southeast Asian games.// ..Health Secretary Francisco Duque said 27 medical response teams would be..deployed in all venues to enforce the ban at the biennial meet beginning..Sunday... ..Duque said the ban is part of the government's policy to ensure the health and..safety of the athletes as we...

Bird Flu Alert Sounded In Tamil Nadu

The arrival of large number of migratory birds to the bird sanctuary located at the Nagapattinam District of Tamil Nadu has raised reasons for concern among forest health officials regarding the possibility // of a bird flu epidemic in Tamil Nadu. ..The H5N1 form of the bird flu virus, that is held responsible for a majority of the cases, is not uncommon amongst water birds that migrate to the s...

Urban Monkeys Source Of Virus Infections

Asian Urban monkeys may be a source of various pathogenic viruses and the transmission of these viruses to humans are high due to contacts of humans with monkeys. Researchers from University of Washington// have undergone a test of isolation of different viruses from 20 urban macaques and the test results showed that more than 10 macques harbored retroviruses. The results indicate that contact wi...

Dosage Of Tamiflu Sought To Be Increased

The patients who suffer from bird-flu may require higher doses of Tamiflu, than what Roche Holding AG had recommended, according to officials belonging to the World Health //Organization (WHO). If Tamiflu were to be administered within 48 hours of the symptoms, then the duration and severity of the illness can be reduced. ....The drug is being stockpiled across the world to treat the H5N1, in an...

Cheap Indian devices sought to treat sleep disorder

Sleep disorder specialists in the US and Canada are looking to India to procure cheap dental sleep devices to treat sleep disorders.// ...."Our consortium is trying to network to provide cost-effective sleep disorder treatment and devices in India," John Remmers, a pioneer in the study of sleep disorder based in Calgary, Canada, told IANS... ..Besides Remmers, the consortium would include Christi...

Scrutiny Sought For Reused Devices in U.S.

A key member of the U.S. Congress called on Monday for more rigorous federal monitoring of reuse of single-use instruments.// ..The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been monitoring the industry -- called reprocessing -- but significant gaps remain, according to Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.), the ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the FDA. ..Reprocessin...

AIDS bias successfully overcome by Indian Muslims in South Africa

Indian Muslims in South Africa who displayed stigmatization and discrimination against AIDS victims, are now becoming open minded about supporting HIV/AIDS patients despite their traditional religious beliefs. // .. ..This was clear when a number of Muslim organisations joined the local branch of the Muslim AIDS Programme (MAP), an NGO operating countrywide, to host an AIDS awareness day here......
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