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Low Cholesterol Linked to Severe Depression and Violent Behavior in Men

It is not high levels of cholesterol but low levels that are making news. Recent reports are indicating that Low levels of Cholesterol maybe linked to depression and violent behavior. A new study shows that men with relatively low cholesterol levels were up to seven times more likely to report symptoms of severe depression. Edward Suarez, PhD from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C....

Poor health care in Russia maybe causing Decline in its Population

Medical officials in Russia have reported to have said that more than two-thirds of births in Russia are marred by complications, and every second newborn discharged from a maternity clinic is suffering health problems. .. ..The number of normal births declined from 45.3 percent in 1992 to just 30 percent last year, said Olga Frolova, head of the statistics department of Russia's Academy of Medic...

Kissing can cause Kaposi’s Sarcoma in AID

Kisssing may be responsible for a form of the herpes virus that causes an AIDS-related skin cancer called Kaposi’s sarcoma... ..Kaposi’s sarcoma causes purple skin blotches and can also attack the internal organs. The virus rarely causes sickness among people with normal disease defenses but attacks those with weakened immune system as in AIDS. .. ..The virus known as herpes virus 8 was discovere...

Life Saving Cancer Drugs – From Chicken! Possible Says 'Dolly’ Creatos

In what can be a watershed in cancer research, Scottish scientists along with US Biotech Company Viragen Inc., have used nuclear transfer technology to harvest life saving drugs to treat many serious diseases including cancer. The same team had earlier cornered world wide fame and glory (and a lot of criticism!) for creating Dolly – the world’s first cloned mammal: Using the same nuclear transfe...

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...

Doctors at risk- the ugly side of the noble profession

A recent study shows that doctors are amongst the top victims of workplace crime. They are often threatened and abused by relatives of patients who die during treatment. Without going into who is right and who is wrong the report says doctors are targeted and sometimes made to pay a very heavy price if things go wrong...Calling it the ugly side of the noble profession, the study says that doctors...

Depression may cause delayed wound healing

Researchers in the UK say that wound healing in depressed people is four times slower than that of normal people. These and related reports find a place in the latest issue of the journal, “Psychosomatic Medicine”. ..Psychological factors could have direct and indirect effects on the rate of wound healing, according to the researchers. Depression and other psychological problems have been shown t...

Diabetes and Depression often go hand-in-hand

An analysis of 25 years of data has revealed that diabetes and depression go hand in hand for many people. People with Diabetes are twice as likely as non-diabetics to suffer from depression, researchers say. The June issue of Diabetes Care carries the report of this study. Dr. Patrick Lustman of Washington University School of Medicine and the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St....

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...

Depression and heart failure

According to a new study at the Duke University in the United States, depression increases the risk of dying from heart failure. The link between depression and coronary artery disease is well established and generally have a worse outcome. ....They screened 357 patients diagnosed with heart failure for depression. They found depressive symptoms in 35.3%,with 13.9% being classed as// suffering f...

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...

Depression disturbs heart rate

Researchers have shed new light on how depression worsens the outlook in heart disease...Mounting evidence suggests a link between depression and heart attacks. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine now have a new clue as to why your state of mind may affect the health of your heart. They followed a subset of participants in the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease trial...

Borderline blood pressure- possible health risk

It is best to keep blood pressure at normal (120/80 mmHg). Better still, there is a benefit in keeping blood pressure as low as possible.High blood pressure is generally defined as a reading above 140/90 mm Hg and, if untreated, it raises the risk of stroke and heart attack. It's becoming increasingly clear that these figures don't represent a clear cut-off point below which there's no health ri...

Depression a possible danger in elderly

According to a new study elderly patients who are depressed are more likely to be re-admitted to hospital. It has long been known that depression is linked to poor physical health, and this relationship may be especially common among older people. Researchers in Switzerland, studied over 300 patients on hospital admission, tested then for depression and then followed them up for six months. Those...

Hike in drug licence fee could hit several SSI units in TN

The recent hike in the drug manufacturing licence fee and product inspection fee could badly hit several small scale drug units in Tamil Nadu. According to industry sources here, the steep hike in the licensing fees has come at a time when the industry in the state is reeling under tight market conditions with many companies on the brink of closure. // ....The drug manufacturing licence fee in...

New treatment for depression

Doctors have hailed the results of early studies into a new treatment for patients with severe depression. ..Trials carried out by US doctors on an anti-depression 'pacemaker' found the electrical device can significantly improve the mental health of patients.// ....The pacemaker, which is implanted in a person's chest, sends intermittent signals to the left vagus nerve in the brain. The device...

Depression linked to mortality

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States, after heart disease and cancer. About 600,000 Americans have a stroke every year, and 167,000 die from it. Men who suffer from depression and anxiety are more than three times as likely// to die from a stroke as other men. But depressed and anxious men are not much more likely to have non-fatal strokes. ....Researchers studied 2000...

Depression increases heart attacks

A new study suggests that people who are affected with depression are more likely to die of a heart attack than those who are not depressed.Led by Dr. Robert M. Carney at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, //the researchers concluded that depressed people tend to have poor heart rate variability (HRV). ....Heart rate variability is the rythm of the heart and ability...

More People Seeking Treatment for Depression

Major depression, the leading cause of disability in the United States, affects more than 9 million adults in a given year.Despite advances in treatment options and educational efforts,// depression has been described as underdiagnosed and poorly treated in the US. In fact, a recent study stressed that as many as 8 million Americans with serious mental illness fail to receive adequate treatment....

Medications for depression

According to a new study there is increased usage of antidepressants rather going to psychotherapy among most foreigners. Researchers in the US have compared how people's treatment for depression changed from 1985 to 1999. // ..The rate of outpatient treatment for depression increased from 1 per 100 persons to 2.5 per 100 over this time.The proportion of those receiving drug treatment for depress...

Arginine food bar assists people with angina

A medical food bar enriched with arginine and vitamins increased the exercise capacity and quality of life of those with angina. Arginine is an amino acid// that can produce the gas nitric oxide which, in turn, may improve the functioning of blood vessels. So you might think that arginine might help people with heart problems, especially those with angina, by enhancing blood supply to the heart....

Depression elevates heart failure risk

A new study shows that women who are depressed are more likely to develop heart failure A connection between depression and heart disease has been shown by many research studies. Now researchers at Emory University School of Medicine in the US have shown that women who// are depressed are more likely to suffer from heart failure. ..The study included 2000 participants - 1000 men and 1500 women -...

Depression hurts the heart

Experts have long thought depression could be bad for your heart. A new study demonstrates just how dangerous it can be. Brenda Penninx, a US gerentologist, and colleagues followed 2847 people over the age of 55//- both with and without heart disease- for four years to trace the effects of depression. ....They then found that people with major depression were at least three times as likelyto die...

Nausea Linked To Anxiety And Depression

People who experience nausea may be suffering from anxiety or depression. According to a new study, the possible causes that should be investigated before aggressive treatments are begun// for gastrointestinal disorders. This may lead to avoidance of long-term use of potentially harmful medications for nausea, unnecessary medical investigation and probably a better quality of life for the patient...

Fossil teeth and human development

An analysis of the growth patterns in fossil teeth has thrown new light on the recent origin of the extended growth and development pattern that sets human beings apart from their primate ancestors, according to an article in the issue of Nature.// ....Based on the analysis of the fossil teeth, researchers from University College, London and Penn State University determined that the relatively lo...

Pregnant women more prone to depression

Women are more prone to get depression during their pregnancy more than after their babies are born.Scientists found the peak for depression was 32 weeks// into pregnancy, close to birth. The unborn child may also be affected, as for example, a rise in stress hormones could lead to low birth weight. ....The study looked at over 9,000 women in the Avon area, whose babies were due between April 1 1...

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...

Computer Program can assist to detect Heart Attack

According to a new research, a computer screening program can accurately diagnose a heart attack even when some information required by the program is missing. In a study of more than 1,000 adults who went to the emergency department for chest pain, the diagnostic tool identified more than 80% of people who were having a heart attack.// ....The findings suggest that emergency department physician...

Filtration treatment assigns more live kidney donation

According to a new study, filtering out the antibodies that can cause donor kidney rejection allows a higher success rate with live donor transplants. Many patients need a kidney transplant but are denied one because no donor organ can be found. Body organs, from dead bodies, are in short supply, and to have a kidney from a live donor //means they must be of a compatible blood group. ....But doc...

Light therapy decreases depression during pregnancy

Yale researchers found that radiant-light therapy may be an effective treatment for depression in pregnant women. Dr. Dan Oren, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine in New Jersy, felt that the availability of an easy-to-use, potentially non-toxic antidepressant light therapy in pregnancy is a clinically attractive option.// ....The researchers conducted a pilot expe...

Depression has a worthwhile treatment

According to a new study, screening of patients suffering from depression in a primary care visit was found to be done on a regular basis.When you visit the doctor, he or she may carry out routine checks of your health, such as measuring blood pressure.// According to some experts it is too complicated to screen for depression while others believe it could be worthwhile.Researchers at the Hopkin...

A way to slow the progression of Type 1 Diabetes

According to new research, a new drug that suppresses the immune system may slow the progression of type 1 diabetes. An early-phase clinical trial of 10 people aged 8 to 35 years with type 1 diabetes were treated with anti-CD3 mAb, a modified antibody.// A 14-day course of the drug appeared to slow the progressive decline in insulin production commonly seen in type 1 diabetics. ....Patients with...

Mild Depression may guard aged women

Contravening a pile of evidence to the contrary, researchers reported, that mild depression may probably protect elderly women from premature death. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, studied 3500 men and women ages 60 //and older who were interviewed every three years from 1989 to 1999. The interview subjects represented a random sample of the local population. Some partici...

Possible benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy

According to a study, estrogen replacement therapy does not reduce post-menopausal women's risk of having a second stroke. The Women's Estrogen for Stroke Trial (WEST) is the recent study to counter long-held notions// about the benefits of hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, on the heart and blood vessels. Catherine Viscoli, a research scientist University of Yale, said that a lot of people th...

Assisting stroke patients to recover balance

Researchers in France say that the distorting spectacles can help stroke patients with posture problems to recover their balance. They think that the spectacles reset the patient's mental makeup and hope that the effect will lead to a long-lasting cure for some postural problems.// .... People who have a stroke affecting the brain's right hemisphere may suffer paralysis down their left side and c...

Bone loss can be reduced by Potassium

According to recent study, researchers have found that bone loss can be tremendously reduced by potassium supplements. Treatment for kidney stones has the spin-off of increasing bone density. Potassium citrate is often given as a treatment// for kidney stones. Hence it has been lseen, how potassium supplements affect bone density in these patients. ....They looked at 15 women and men who had rec...

Low potassium intake may elevate stroke risk

According to a new study shows that people with a low potassium intake are one and half times more likely to have a stroke. Previous research has suggested that reduced quantities of potassium in the diet increase the risk of death from stroke. //The focus on potassium is, perhaps, a new one - for most of us hear more about keeping sodium or salt intake low to avoid stroke. But sodium and potassi...

Safe Driving Is Possible For Older People If They Are Prepared

In spite of health problems afflicting the older population its possible to drive safely if they take the correct precautions and preparations.// ....According to the latest edition of Harvard Men's Health Watch, chronic illnesses and the use of various medications increase the risk for auto accidents. Even normal, healthy aging can take a toll on a man’s reflexes, reaction time, and sensory abil...
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