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FDA issues warning for Droperidol

A drug commonly used by anesthesiologists can cause fatal irregular heartbeats at lower doses than expected, prompting the government to urge doctors to try different medications. At issue is droperidol, a tranquilizer often used to treat the nausea many people feel after undergoing anesthesia. ....Droperidol has long carried a warning that it could cause sudden cardiac death at high doses in pa...

Unsatisfactory Grade On Women's Health Issues

The United States gets a grade of "unsatisfactory" when it comes to dealing with women's health issues. The report concludes that just a handful of states have made moves to tackle diseases affecting women, including heart disease and cervical cancer.// It also concludes that states and the federal government have done either too little or nothing at all to expand women's access to health insuran...

Psychiatric issues common in brain disease

According to researchers at the University of Texas, people with degenerative brain disease are most likely to have treatable psychiatric disorders. Huntington's disease is a fatal, //degenerative brain disease which affects the cerebellum, the brain area which controls movement. ....Traditionally there's been a separation between neurological disease - like Huntington's - and psychiatric proble...

Bone marrow stem cells may help repair cardiac tissues

Two new studies, though small, have boosted confidence in a method used to repair cardiac tissues damaged by a heart attack. Researchers have found that stem cells derived from bone marrow which is much less controversial than embryo cells// helps patients who have had a heart attack and had undergone conventional bypass therapy. ....Doctors in eastern Germany found that when patients who had a h...

Who Board To Discuss Asian Tsunami Related Health Issues

WHO Executive Board is to discuss the devastation caused in Southeast Asia by the tsunami that hit on 26 December and the related relief and reconstruction work // being carried out in the affected areas, on the opening date of its 115th session. ....Also on the agenda of the 32-member board is to discuss the broader topic of WHO's work in emergencies in general. These include, importance of effe...

WHO Issues Caution Against Bird Flu Epidemic

WHO had urged the people to be prepared for any outbreak of Avian Influenza, commonly called bird flu. Although the //disease mainly spreads from birds to other animal species, even to humans, WHO is skeptical that the strain of virus that causes bird flu may soon mutate itself to a form that may spread the disease human to human, and cause an influenza outbreak that human immunity will be unable...

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Tysabri, a New Drug for MS

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a public health advisory to inform patients and health care // providers about the suspended marketing of Tysabri (nataluzimab) while the agency and the manufacturer evaluate two serious adverse events reported with its use... ....Tysabri, which received accelerated approval from FDA in November 2004, is an innovative treatment that represents a...

Sepsis Death Reported With Mifepristone – FDA Issues Warnin

Last Tuesday the FDA issued a public health advisory, warning physicians to watch for any signs //of sepsis or other infection among women who have taken Danco Laboratories' Mifeprex -- known generically as mifepristone -- which when taken with misoprostol can cause a medical abortion after four sepsis related deaths were reported among women who took the drug. FDA approved Mifeprex in 2000 for t...

Growing tissues

A new breakthrough a cell in adults that can turn into every single tissue in the body has been discovered.Until now, it was thought that only embryonic stem cells could do this. Work is in the embryo stage but efforts are now being made to turn the adult cells into tissues such as muscle, cartilage and brain cells, which can be transplanted back into the patient.// ....Ihor Lemischka of the US'...

Adult Stem Cells From Fat Tissues For Healing

It is now possible to extract adult stem cells from adipose or fatty tissues to heal wounds that can save lives. ....International scientists will announce findings from a significant number of studies showing that adult stem cells from adipose tissue could eventually be used to treat injured or damaged tissues.// They will present their research findings at the third annual International Fat Ap...

High Court Issues Notice To Centre On Smoking Ban In Films

The Delhi High Court Tuesday sought a response from the central government on a petition by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt challenging the ban on smoking in films and TV that is scheduled to come into effect Oct 2//. ..A division bench comprising judges Mukul Mudgal and H.R. Malhotra issued notice to the union government, the health ministry and the information and broadcasting ministry. .. ..It directed...

A Novel Method For Measuring Interstitial Fluid Pressure In Cancer Tissues

In normal subcutaneous tissue, the interstitial fluid pressure (IFP) is negative, and so, when the subcutaneous tissue of an animal is exposed, fluid does not seep out. //By contrast, IFP is often increased in tumor tissue and forms a barrier against efficient drug delivery into the tumor. ..Many anticancer drugs and antibodies used for treating patients with cancer are transported from the circ...

India, US to Work Together on AIDS, Health Issues

India and the US have signed three agreements on renewal of cooperation in the fields of AIDS, maternal and child health and environmental and occupational health for another five years. // ....Memorandums of understanding (MoUs) to renew the agreements, first initialled in 2000, were signed following bilateral discussions between India's Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss and...

JRRD Focuses On Issues Such As Spinal Cord Injury and Prosthetics

The current issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD) mainly analyses articles related to spinal cord injury, bone mineral density, women's // sexuality, chronic pain and prosthetics research. ..Under the title that dealt with veterans who reported chronic pain associated with spinal cord injury the author of the study said that 76 % of participants (spinal cord inju...

China Issues New Legislation To Ban Human Organ Trade

The health ministry of China has issued a temporary regulation on human organ transplantation, in an attempt to bring the illegal organ trade, under control // and regulate transplantation of human organs. A new set of regulations regarding organ transplantation and donation would be introduced to ensure medical safety in the best interest of the patients. ..The new regulation ban any kind of or...

Court Issues Order NACO On Gay Issue

New Delhi. The Delhi High Court Monday issued notice to the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and the Delhi government on a public interest litigation seeking legal// sanction to homosexuality... ..The litigation sought sanction through a repeal of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) whereby the practice of unnatural sex is a criminal offence and punishable with imprisonment up to...

NGOs and Various Groups Come Together To Address the Issues on AIDS

AIDS in are country is deep-rooted and hence various organizations are putting in their effort to combat the deadly disease. Various organizations are working towards the complete eradication// of the disease from the face of the earth. One such step is taken by the Manipur AIDS Control Society, India, and asked all the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are thriving day and night to fight...

Lesbian Sues Doctors

Doctors, who refused a woman IVF on the grounds that she was a lesbian, have been sued by her before California's Supreme Court. ..According to Lambda Legal lawyer Jennifer Pizer the doctors' behavior went against established medical ethics //and violates California civil rights law. The suit was announced to have been filed on Tuesday. ..The doctors however claimed that being fundamental Chris...

Budhia's Medical Report Fails to Address Long Term Health Issues

The panel of doctors examining Budhia Singh has suggested that he goes ‘slow’ and should not be allowed to run - at least for sometime//. ....A warrant-cum-authorization letter from the Khurda district welfare committee helped Police on Wednesday to take the boy to hospital. ....The medical panel headed by the chief medical officer of Capital Hospital, Sugat Kar, found the boy’s serum urea, pot...

FDA issues warnings on Three Popular Asthma drug labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has updated the product labels for three widely known asthma drugs, which will now carry the warnings that the drugs may enhance // the risk of suffering a severe asthma attack that could also turn fatal. ....The drugs that now carry the updated product labels will be the powerful bronchodilator medicines Advair and Serevent, made by GlaxoSmithKline Plc and F...

HFEA Issues Warning On Risks Of Multiple Births With IVF

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) believe that the current rate of multiple births of 1 in every 4 IVF births being multiple is too high//. The fertility watchdog of UK now warn British couples who are or wish to undergo IVF treatment that they could have a high risk of giving births to twins or triplets. ....According to statistics released by the HFEA on the 2nd June show...

WHO Issues Fresh Guidelines To Long Distance Air Travelers

Warning that prolonged air journeys could expose the passengers to risk of contacting disease like tuberculosis from infected co-travellers, the United Nations //health agency has issued fresh guidelines to minimise the risk. ....Those infected with multi-drug resistant tuberculosis must postpone any long distance air travel, the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested... ..Till now, no case o...

Global Health Issues To Take Priority In The Current G8 Summit In Russia

The Group of Eight (G8) industrialised nations summit, which begins on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia, is to have the global health issues high on its list// of priority. ....Gennady Onishchenko, Russia's chief public health officer, addressing the press stated that the G8 members would be signing a document that would establish the basic guidelines for combating infectious diseases worldwid...

Zenotech Issues 20 Lakh Shares to Ranbaxy for Rs 20 Cr

Zenotech Laboratories Ltd today said it will issue 20 lakh equity shares to Ranbaxy Laboratories on a preferential basis for Rs 20 crore. // ....The board of directors has approved the issue of 20 lakh equity shares of Rs 10 at a price of Rs 100 on a preferential basis to Ranbaxy, subject to shareholders' approval, the company informed the Bombay Stock Exchange... ..The board also approved the a...

Hospital Issues Apology After Amputation

A hospital has issued an apology after a diabetic man who suffered a burnt toe was ordered to undergo amputation of his left leg with a misdiagnosis of gangrene.// Derek Atkinson, 56, from Newton Aycliffe, revealed that he had sought the opinion of a consultant at Bishop Auckland General Hospital. ....In November 2001, he burnt his toe from a hot water bottle and since the symptoms seemed very m...

UCLA Researchers Transform Stem cells From Fat tissues Into Smooth Muscle

Researchers from the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at UCLA have announced today to have successfully// transformed adult stem cells taken from human adipose, or fat tissue into smooth muscle cells, which help the normal function of a large number of organs like the intestine, bladder and arteries. ....The researchers announced tha...

Flood-ravaged Surat Issues Epidemic Warning

A health warning has been issued in Gujarat's flood-ravaged Surat city following two deaths due to suspected Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome - a disease that spreads through rat// urine, droppings or saliva. ..The deadly virus affects the kidneys, lungs, pulmonary system or the heart. ..The warning was issued late Wednesday and people have been asked to take precautions and avoid large gathering...

AIIMS Goes to Polls Amid Reservation Issues

The reservation issue continues to haunt the prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here as the main poll plank// for the elections to its resident doctors association (RDA) that began early Tuesday. ....Nearly 1,400 resident doctors, interns and students of AIIMS will elect eight representatives including president, vice president, secretary, and joint secretary to represent...

WHO issues Global Air Quality Guidelines

The World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time issued Global Air Quality Guidelines on Thursday so as to enhance awareness on air pollution that kills 2 million// people each year with most of the deaths occurring in developing countries. ....The WHO appealed to governments to enhance air quality in the cities. A statement issued by the WHO's regional office in Manila revealed that almos...

Canadian's wait an eternity - Issues of a developed healthcare system.

A new national survey has concluded that Ontarians have relatively shorter waiting periods as compared to the rest of the country. Though this may appear to be good news for// the residents, the reality is that the average period of hospital waits have increased as compared to the previous year. The Fraser Institute in its 16th annual rating of wait times concluded that Canadian patients had to w...

Hair-raising issues of hairdressers

Hair dressers are an unhappy lot because nearly 50 percent of the clan is found battling chronic skin disease, which signals a dry patch in their careers.// A new study has claimed that nearly 50,000 hair stylists are suffering dermatitis, triggered by constant use of chemicals, soaps and shampoos that render constantly moist hands... ..Due to this, many hair-dressers opt out of their careers, un...

Women and Children Issues Should Get Priority in India

The Speaker of Lok Sabha, Shri Somnath Chatterji has said that the issues concerning Women and Children should get top priority in policy making and implementation of programmes. // ....Mr.Chatterji was addressing the self help groups of women across the country and the children at Vaatsalaya Mela here today, he said that it was a matter of great concern that still women and children went struggl...

Banking (T)issues : cloning issue surfaces

Recently, a survey was conducted in Australia to study the attitudes of people towards “tissue banking”. The results show that a number of Australians are concerned about the// outcome of storage of tissue samples at hospitals. .. Researchers from the University of Sydney found that ,most people were wary about biopsy tissue being stashed away by hospitals. Many fear that these tissues could pos...

China Issues Bird Flu Alert Following Outbreak in South Korea

China has issued an alert in six provinces to step up vigilance following an outbreak of bird flu in South Korea, according to the agriculture ministry.// ....South Korea Tuesday reported its second outbreak in two weeks,with 236,000 chickens as well as pigs and dogs culled. ....Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning, Shandong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces are all relatively close to South Korea. ......

Indian Scientist Sues International Genetic Centre for $5 Million

Lawyers of a senior Indian scientist have asked the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in New Delhi to pay $5 million in// compensation to their client for alleged "mental torture, violation of fundamental rights, denial of rights to live with dignity and liberty and causing damage to his reputation". ....Events leading to the unprecedented litigation involvin...

HIV Treatments Improve Health, but Nutritional Issues Remain

Despite the success of highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART), people with HIV may still be at higher risk for nutritional deficiencies and abnormalities. // ....In two different studies, researchers at the Nutrition/Infection Unit in the Department of Public Health and Family Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, and colleagues examined the incidence of metabolic syndrome and...

Royal College Issues Revised Guidelines for Face Transplantation

In the light of new information on facial transplantation—including the psychological and ethical aspects// of the controversial procedure—a Working Party of the Royal College of Surgeons of England now endorses moving cautiously forward in performing further face transplants, according to a report published in the Jan. 27 issue of Transplantation. ....In its initial report in 2003, the Working...

U.S. Issues Guidelines in Case of Flu Pandemic

Cities should close schools for up to three months in the event of a severe flu outbreak, ball games and movies should be canceled and working hours //staggered so subways and buses are less crowded, the federal government advised today in issuing new pandemic flu guidelines to states and cities. ..Health officials acknowledged that such measures would hugely disrupt public life, but they argued...

Health Issues That Can Impact Sexual Satisfaction

Here’s the good news, the bad news, and some more good news about Americans’ sexual health: Most (64 percent of Americans, according to one recent study) are satisfied// with their sex lives. But many health issues can get in the way of having a good sex life, from prescription medication side effects to depression to sexually transmitted diseases. ....In many cases, physicians can work with the...

Ex-teacher Sues Delhi Public School

Delhi High Court has issued notices to the state government and Delhi Public School (DPS) Society on a petition// by a former teacher at its Doha branch claiming Rs 1.5 million for treatment of breast cancer. ....While issuing notices Tuesday after preliminary arguments on former teacher Vibha Kapur's plea, Justice Hima Kohli asked Delhi's director of education and DPS Society's chairman to file...
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