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Long-Term Survival can be Predicted by a Simple Lung Test

Researchers have found a simple pulmonary test can predict overall long-term survival rates in both men and women. Their findings are presented in the September issue of Chest. .. ..Researchers studied survival rates based on a lung function test, called forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1).They performed the lung function test on a group of more than 550 men and more than 640 women who...

Gujarat quake-Rescue teams give up hope of finding more survivors

The rescue teams involved in the tedious process of finding survivors of the Gujarat quake, from below the rubble, are fast giving up hope of finding any more survivors. They are now concentrating in clearing the rubble and saving the injured who have been lucky to be saved so far. A miracle baby was saved after nearly 90 hours under the rubble. The baby was 8 months old and was seen holding on t...

Surviving surgery

According to a new study older patients run a higher risk from elective surgery. Researchers in the US have tried to quantify the risks associated with surgery, which should help patients and doctors make more wise choices. Deciding on having an operation is never a zero risk option. But sometimes it is essential for your future health.// ....Researchers believe that operative deaths for those ag...

Hepatitis G May Boost HIV Survival

A form of hepatitis virus not believed to cause illness may improve survival in people who have HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In two new studies, HIV-positive people who were also infected with the hepatitis G virus tended to live longer than other people infected with HIV. Researchers suspect that hepatitis G, which is also known as GB virus C, improves survival by keeping HIV from replicatin...

Dopamine helps stroke survivors

A drug used in Parkinson's disease also improves the paralysis experienced by stroke survivors...Levodopa is turned into the neurotransmitter dopamine in the body, and this may help brain cells involved in controlling movement to function more normally. It's used as a treatment in Parkinson's disease, but a new trial suggests that levodopa is also helpful in alleviating stroke-induced disability....

Zinc supplements improve survival rate

Daily zinc supplements given to babies with low birth weight can significantly improve survival rates, especially in countries where infants often die from infectious diseases. The research involved 1,154 full-term but smaller than normal babies born in New Delhi, India, most weighing 5 1/2 pounds or less. Mothers fed them supplements containing zinc or minerals for nine months. Fifteen of the 20...

Older Men Surviving Coronary Bypasses

The survival rate for older men undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery is rising, even though more patients than ever are undergoing the procedure.// Coronary artery bypass surgery uses a blood vessel from another part of the body to reroute blood around narrowed or clogged arteries in the heart. A buildup of substances such as fats or plaque causes this narrowing, known as atherosclerosis. ....

Medical Journals should create awareness on Child survival

Lancet has urged the medical journals and news media to increase the awareness about child mortality rates and increase international funds// to increase child survival. The Lancet reports that the goals of the two millennium projects are achievable, Millennium Development Goal – 4 (MDG) asks for a reduction in mortality rates in children below the age of 5 and MDG-5 wants a reduction in maternal...

Magnesium no benefit of survival after heart attack

According to researchers at the Hospital of Boston, a large clinical trial presents that giving intravenous magnesium after a heart attack does not improve survival after all. It has been assumed by some doctors that there could be benefit to patients// if they are given magnesium by infusion after a heart attack. The improvement in survival is thought to be especially significant for those who...

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...

Prolonged survival not assured by psychological therapies for cancer patients

"The lifespan of people with cancer cannot be prolonged by psychological interventions", says a recent study by researchers. ....Does mind play a role in cancer? Yes. People with cancer can benefit from counselling and therapy// at the time of diagnosis to help them cope with treatment and the illness itself. But whether psychological intervention actually improves the survival prospects of someo...

Survival rates in breast cancer patients improved with "Dose Dense Chemotherapy"

A study conducted by the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) and presented at the 25th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium assessed the effectiveness of reducing the interval between successive doses of a commonly used chemotherapy regimen to improve survival rates in breast cancer// women. This study was conducted as follow-up of a mathematical model which was developed in the 1980s that...

Longer Lung Cancer Survival

According to the American Cancer Society, there are 172,000 Americans diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Because there are no early screening tests, many of these cancers are caught in their later stages, making them difficult to treat. A new drug is now helping patients who have failed standard treatment. ....By going after that protein, the drug stops the cancer from growing. Studies show as...

ICU Survival can be improved by Antibiotic use

Intensive care unit patients who receive a preventative round of antibiotics aimed at ridding their digestive tract of harmful bacteria are more likely to survive their ICU stay. // ..That’s the finding from a new study that compared results between ICU patients who were given antibiotics and those who received usual care. ....The practice of giving ICU patients antibiotics to kill harmful bacte...

Breast Cancer Survivors Worry About Infertility

A new survey conducted by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute shows more than half of young breast cancer survivors overestimated their risk for developing treatment-related infertility problems.// ....Nearly 700 members of the advocacy organization Young Survival Coalition Group who were 40 years old or younger were surveyed. More than half of the respondents, or 57 percent, said they were concern...

Breast Cancer Survivors Worry About Infertility

A new survey conducted by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute shows more than half of young breast cancer survivors overestimated their risk for developing treatment-related infertility problems.// ....Nearly 700 members of the advocacy organization Young Survival Coalition Group who were 40 years old or younger were surveyed. More than half of the respondents, or 57 percent, said they were concern...

Vasopressin Found To Boost Survival In Sudden Cardiac arrest

Each year, more than 600,000 people die of sudden cardiac arrest in North America and Europe, usually because of // a heart attack or a heart rhythm disturbance. ..When medical personnel arrive, nearly 70 percent of victims have ventricular fibrillation, in which the heart's main pumping chambers flutter wildly and pump little blood. Less than 20 percent of these patients survive to go home. .....

Improving Survival Rate Of Lung Cancer Patients

Worldwide, lung cancer accounts for the largest number of new cancer cases and deaths from cancer // annually. ..Investigators in an international study found the survival rate of non-small-cell lung cancer patients after its removal improved with cisplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy. Cisplatin is an anti-neoplastic medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growt...

An Incentive For Breast Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors can now get up and get moving. Breast cancer survivors who exercised, particularly // older women, reported higher body esteem and better mood than sedentary breast cancer survivors in a new study. ..Researchers compared 40 women who said they regularly exercised to 79 sedentary women, all early-stage breast cancer survivors. Regular exercisers reported significantly more...

Better Care Required for Breast Cancer Survivors

A recent study by Germany researchers shows young breast cancer survivors may suffer from more long-term effects than older patients. // As patients may not be getting the appropriate therapy needed for coping with the aftermath of the disease. ..Researchers sampled nearly 200 breast cancer patients who had been diagnosed 10 years ago and asked about their physical symptoms and current therapy tr...

Combination Therapy Effective In Improving Lung Cancer Survival

Researchers from Japan say that the combination of chemotherapy with a new medication could improve survival among lung cancer patients.// ....In the study of close to 1,000 patients, the overall survival rate was significantly higher in patients who received chemotherapy and the oral drug uracil-tegafur. Results of the study show 65 patients who received the combined therapy died within five ye...

Exercising Good For Stroke Survivors

Each year, about 700,000 people in the United States suffer a stroke. About one-third of those strokes are recurrent. Strokes can // reduce the ability to perform daily functions that consume lots of energy, such as dressing, bathing, walking and doing household chores. ..Recent research shows , stroke survivors should be urged to exercise more at least 20 minutes of aerobic exercise, three to se...

Symptoms Found To Be A Good Predictor Of Cancer Survival

New research shows physical symptoms may predict survival in patients with deadly cancers. Study results show physical symptoms, // such as nausea and shortness of breath, predicted shorter survival rates in these patients. ..Researchers say shortness of breath increased the risk of death by 50 percent for all patients studied. Those who reported nausea and vomiting at the early stages of their t...

Survival Of Colon Cancer Patients

According to new research chemotherapy after surgery may not be better than surgery alone in the long run for colon cancer patients. // However, researchers say, the study looked at chemotherapy drugs that are no longer used, so new chemotherapy regimens may be better. ..In 1977, a project looking at the benefits of adding chemotherapy after surgery was initiated. More than 1,000 patients with co...

Public Defibrillators Found To Improve Survival Rate

Placing automated external defibrillators in public places can improve the overall likelihood someone will survive a heart attack.// ..Researchers randomly placed AEDs -- devices capable of shocking the heart back to normal during a heart attack -- in nearly 1,000 shopping malls, apartment complexes, and other public places in 24 communities in North America. More than 19,000 volunteers in these...

Body Weight Found To Affect Breast Cancer Survival

Body weight at diagnosis may be an important predictor of breast cancer death in early-stage disease say researchers based on findings // of a recent study. ..Among patients with early-stage breast cancer in the study, researchers found women in the highest weight category of 175 pounds and over experienced a 2.5-fold increased risk of dying from breast cancer compared to women in the lowest weig...

Enhancing Survival Rate Of Lung Cancer Patients

Investigators in an international study found the survival rate of non-small-cell lung cancer patients after its removal // improved with cisplatin-based adjuvant chemotherapy. Cisplatin is an anti-neoplastic medication that interferes with the growth of cancer cells and slows their growth and spread in the body. ..Researchers randomly assigned 1,867 patients to receive either three or four cycl...

Tsunami Survivors Face Pneumonia Threat

Initially it was feared that diseases such as cholera would take the heaviest toll on survivors of the Indian Ocean tsunami. But overcrowding at refugee camps has intensified// the spread of pneumonia, and health officials fear that respiratory diseases may claim many lives in the already devastated region. ....In the days following the tsunami on 26 December last year, groups such as the World...

The Addition Of Radiation Therapy Found To Improve Survival In Breast Cancer Patients

Researchers say adding radiation therapy to a treatment regimen already consisting of chemotherapy and radical mastectomy // leads to better survival outcomes among women with high-risk breast cancer with few long term side effects. ..Ina study done between 1979 and 1986, 318 patients were randomly assigned to receive radiation therapy or no radiation at all. In a 20-year follow-up, researchers...

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...

Improving The Survival Of Lung Cancer Patients By Blocking The Effects Of Estrogen

Stopping or slowing the spread of lung cancer may depend on the addition of drugs that block the effects of estrogen, // say researchers according to a recent study . ..For the study researchers evaluated the effects of three different treatments that block the action of estrogen in human lung tumors grafted in mice. They studied the effectiveness of an estrogen receptor-blocking drug (fulvestran...

Survivors of childhood cancer may have long-term health problems

Adult survivors of childhood cancer may have more health risks than their normal //counterparts. ....Researchers of University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center had reported that these health risks would be from the treatment for cancer these people have received in their childhood. Some of these problems will be like lung scarring, congestive heart failure, a blood clot in the head or the lun...

Breast cancer survivors can now exercise for better health

Women who had been diagnosed with breast cancer need to exercise regularly to survive longer//. ....Physical exercise is associated with lowering of levels of ovarian hormones and this could be one reason behind the better survival chances of breast cancer patients who regularly exercised for about an hour daily. ....Researchers had looked into the participants from the Nurses' Health Study who w...

Cancer survivors may have cognitive impairment

People who have survived cancer may have higher risks of having cognitive// impairment , suggests a new study. ....Researchers from University of Southern California had found that patients who survived cancer treatment to live a long life have twice as much risk as their healthy counterparts of having cognitive dysfunctions. ....Researchers have studied 702 survivors of cancer and their twins w...

Physical activity improves survival in women with breast cancer

A prospective study published in JAMA has shown that women with breast cancer who are active have lesser risk// of dying from breast cancer as compared to those..who lead a sedentary lifestyle. Evidence from various studies support that there is reduced risk of cancer in women who are physically active. This study analyzed the responses from nearly 3000 registered nurses in the Nurses' Health Stu...

Grafting arteries to restore blood flow is best for survival

Surgeons prefer complete revascularization technique to increase blood flow to the heart// than coronary bypass surgery. The procedure is said to increase 5 years of patients’ life than the coronary bypass surgery. ....Surgeons from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, US, have found that patients who had blockages in multiple of coronary arteries have more life span when they undergo arterial grafts tha...

Statins Gives New Hope for Increased Survival Rate of Heart Failure Patients

Administrating statins to patients with diastolic heart failure increases// the survival rate by 22% compared to patients receiving other drugs. ....William C. Little and his research team from Wake Forest University, has found that patients with diastolic heart failure (DHF) treated with statins has better survival rates. The study was done on 137 diastolic heart failure patients published in t...

New Discovery to Increase Survival of Breast cancer Patients

Harriet Kluger and co-workers from the Medical Oncology of Yale School// of Medicine published in Clinical Cancer Research has found that expression of high levels of TRAIL-R2 causes a decrease in survival rates of breast cancer patients. ....TRAIL receptors are cell surface receptors that triggers cell death, the study has found that TRAIL-R1 expression was not associated with survival, high TR...

Breast Cancer’s Does Not Discriminate – Rich and Famous Who have had Breast Cancer and Survivd

Breast cancer does not discriminate between rich and poor, if not diagnosed early it can kill anyone. Many celebrities have succumbed to it and some have fought it and survived. Medindia has listed all these famous// actresses and personalities who have suffered from breast cancer. ....Olivia Newton-John -Actress and Singer..Shirley Temple Black - Actress/singer/diplomat..Jill Eikenberry, Actres...

Women and Black Patients have less chances to survive a Heart Attack

New Haven, Conn. – Ever since the treatment methodologies to treat heart attacks improved and became standardised what has remained constant is the difference in survival between male and female patients, whites and blacks in the // USA. .. ..In one of the largest national studies on this topic in the US, the researchers have shown that the ‘use of clinically recommended treatments’ - such a...
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