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Cancer Doctors Okays Controversial Prostate Therapy

A controversial treatment for prostate cancer in which radioactive seeds are implanted in the prostate to destroy the tumor received support Friday from doctors writing therapy guidelines for the prestigious 17-hospital National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. This type of therapy is known as brachytherapy, the procedure has been performed for years by...

Doctors needed urgently in Gujarat

The quake-devastated state ofGujarat in India is now slowly coming to terms with the full fallout of thecalamity. While different news channels and papers are busy increasing thedeath toll by the thousand in every other bulletin, the state government andthe central government are now faced with the unenviable ta...

Doctors operate upon patients in candlelight- latest from the quake scene

The latest word from Gujarat is that doctors are being stretched to their limits working on cases for hours together without a break. At times they work in candlelight when the power fails, but the work goes on. Many caesarean sections to deliver babies were conducted in open verandahs. On Jan 27th nearly 1500 patients were operated upon without a break. Many fractures were fixed without...

Two doctors suspended for wrong brain surgery

The unfortunate patient, Kevin Walsh...

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 d...

Lure of the home turf brings back NRI doctors

WE are seeing the first signs of a reverse brain drain in the healthcaresector, which is expected to only grow over time. The emergence of moderncorporate and investorowned hospitals in the country is steadily luring moreand more NRI doctors back to home turf. And unlike other sectors, where compensations at par with international levelshave been the main draw, doctors are actually ta...

Thakur warns doctors

The union Health Minister, Dr. CP Thakur, today warned doctors that their names could be removed from the register of the Medical Council of India (MCI) if they were found guilty of indulging in female foeticide. The warning comes in the wake of the recent nation-wide Census, which has come out with a disturbing picture of male-female gender ratio, particularly in relation to children un...

Negligent doctors asked to cough up 3 lakhs for death of patient

In a judgement that might stir up another controversy, pitting the doctors against the consumer activists, negligent doctors in Kerala have been asked to pay three lakh rupees as compensation to the family of a pregnant woman who died due to aftershock of spinal anesthesia.The issue of doctors coming under the umbrella of consumer protection act has been a very controversial one with lega...

Doctors advice early anemia tests

An estimated 12 to 30% of young children are affected by iron deficiency anemia throughout the world. This is one of the common problems in childhood leading on to problems in simple developmental skills such as standing and walking. Eight-month-old infants with low levels of hemoglobin are significantly more likely to have deformities of the motor system, according to a study conducted b...

Indian Doctor granted US patent on organ regeneration

Dr. Balakrishna Ganapat Rao Matapurkar, from Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi has created history of sorts by winning the first patent on organ regeneration from the American patent office for his technique in successfully regenerating / repairing organs in human beings. A few weeks ago the American patent office granted him a patent on this technique. Dr. Matapurkar was able to...

Emphasis to ban Drugs ads by Doctors

An increase in the number of advertisements by the drug companies has prompted the doctors to urge the government to ban prescription drug ads from television, news papers and magazines. American Medical Association's New Jersey delegate Dr. Angelo agro said that such ads can undermine doctor's credibility especially if physician thinks an advertised drug isn't the best choice for a patie...

Doctor samples come under the ambit of advertisement

The supreme court of India has declared that distribution of physician's sample by pharmaceutical companies to the medical profession is in nature of advertisement expenditure falling within restrictive provisions of sub section (3A) of section 37 of Income Tax Act. The nature of the advertisement or publicity depends upon the nature and quality of the article in question. The p...

Doctors not to accept gifts from drug companies

The American Medical Association(AMA) is spending a lot of drug-company money to tell doctors not to accept large gifts from drug companies. The AMA says it makes sense to involve the industry in a campaign that's also designed to inform drug makers about what is considered unethical behavior. // At issue are the myriad freebies, ranging from pens and notepads to free dinners and tri...

Spreading knowledge to doctors about herbal medicine

Recently an internet-based learning exercise has helped a group of doctors increase their knowledge of herbal remedies and food supplements. Many people take herbs and other dietary supplements, but find their doctors are lacking in knowledge// about these complementary medicines. A group called the Longwood Herbal Task Force, drawn from health professionals of the Harvard Medical School...

Gene testing kit specific for Doctors

A new model genetic testing kit could soon be procurable in the doctor's office or the drugstore to test for infection and adverse drug responses. Researchers at LGC// (Laboratory of the Government Chemist) have been working to produce a DNA test kit which uses saliva, blood or urine samples and produces results within 15 to 20 minutes. The device has been made small the size of a sho...

Nurses competing with junior doctors in some assessments

According to a recent survey, researchers suggests that nurses and junior doctors can both carry out pre-surgery assessments of patients to the same degree of competence.There's a shortage of junior doctors in the UK// and it's been suggested that appropriately trained nurses might be able to take over some of their roles. Researchers in Ireland, UK, have compared the way in which junior...

Baltimore doctors perform three simultaneous kidney transplants

BALTIMORE, Johns Hopkins University surgeons performed three simultaneous kidney transplants in a complex piece of medical choreography that had nurses rushing organs in labeled coolers among six operating rooms. "We each have a piece of each other inside us," said one of the recipients.The six synchronized operations -- three to remove the kidneys, three to implant them -- became possibl...

Doctors warned of fluoride toxicity

In the recent Journal of American Dental Association (JADA), doctors are warned against possibility of fluoride toxicity while prescribing fluoride dosage //to patients with oral problems. High concentrations of fluoride dosage are often prescribed to patients to check caries, especially those suffering from mouth cancer. In the recent issue of JADA, authors Frederick C. Eichmiller, N...

FDA asks the doctors to take the patients’ dietary history before prescribing medication

FDA had issued a guideline called Pharmacogenomic Data Submissions for practicing physicians to check the //patients from suffering adverse effects of cocktails of drugs and diet. Pharmacogenomics is the procedure adopted by physicians to find out the patient’s profile of response to drugs and decide on the unique treatment option best suited to the patient’s requirement. These are bas...

Doctors' decisions are affected by fear of lawsuits- says a study

Physicians treating people in emergencies may be asking patients to go for more tests// and procedures if they are afraid of being named in a lawsuit for malpractice. In a study done by researchers from University of Iowa had said that fear of being sued for malpractice may be the guiding point in treating patients by the emergency doctors, especially for those who are more afraid of a...

Choose the apple wisely to keep the doctor away

If you think that consuming any type of apple to keep the doctor away will work, then// do a rethink as a study confirms that not all apples have the same health benefits. The study reveals that Red Delicious, Northern Spy and Ida Red are more beneficial as they have greater antioxidant activity than others. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Guelph, Ontario undertook the study. It wa...

Five patients die amid Bihar doctors' strike

Patna, July 16 (IANS) Five patients have died amid a strike by junior doctors at the Patna Medical College// and Hospital (PMCH), which entered its third day Saturday crippling medical services. Two patients died Saturday while three others died Friday, sources said. Hundreds of patients, mostly poor people who have come for treatment from across state, are passing tense days....

Fresh warnings to doctors regarding abortion pill

Reports of five deaths after consumption of abortion pill cause concern to women consuming Mifeprex.// Danco Laboratories has given warnings to all physicians regarding the latest reports of death of 5 women after taking their companies abortion pill RU-486. The pill is also called as Mifeprex or Mifepristone. Mifeprex is an approved drug for terminating a pregnancy of 49 days or less...

Bihar High Court Intervenes To End Doctors Strike

The Bihar High Court on Tuesday ordered the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) //junior doctors to call off their strike immediately. This order came after hearing a filed petition, that the strike has crippled emergency services since its start on Friday. The death of several critical patients due to lack of health care at the hospital also added to the intervention of the Bihar...

Doctors Warned by IMA Against Treating Maoist from Nepal

The Bihar unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has today warned its members// all over the state to be extremely careful while treating or dealing with patients who suffer from bullet, knife or other injuries as a result of some of the Maoist violence taking place in the neighboring country Nepal. Dr Ajay Kumar Sinha of Muzaffarpur district was arrested in May for treating eig...

Research Fraud By Doctor – Probe Demanded

A leading health activist in Kerala has called for a government probe into an Uttar Pradesh-based doctor, in the dock for research fraud by reputed publications, The Lancet and the British Medical Journal. // "The credibility of the medical research community of our country will be questioned unless the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) or a government-appointed body investigate...

US Doctors Association Gives away $110,000 To NGO’

The Association of Tamilnadu Medical Graduates (ATMG) of the US has given $110,000 in aid to five NGOs for social causes in Tamil Nadu.// The ATMG-run Charitable Foundation collected the money from about 5,000 doctor members in the US. The Voluntary Health Services received $50,000 to be spent on tsunami relief. The other NGOs are the YWCA, Mary Clubwala Girls High School, the K...

Doctor demonstrates `psychic surgery'

Dr. Narendra Nayak of Kasturba Medical College recently did an Orbito at Jayangar National College at Bangalore. The `psychic surgery' exposure programme was aimed at clearing confusion in the minds of the audience about psychic surgery and explode the myths involved in such treatments.// Dr Nayak explained that psychic surgeons usually perform surgeries on persons with pot bellies. He...

Trust In Doctors Can Affect Taking Medications

Patients who trust their doctors are more likely to take their medications regularly than patients who do not have so much trust in their medical caregivers or are suffering from depressions.// Those findings, from a new study of 912 patients with diabetes, provide evidence that the quality of the doctor-patient relationship can greatly affect patients’ medication use when drug costs b...

Patients Fare Better With Doctors Who Do More Angioplasty Procedures

The researchers from the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center had found that the risk of major complications from angioplasty and related procedures lowers when doctors perform a large number of those procedures // each year. The paper is published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. In fact, the risk of major cardiovascular problems was 63 percent higher amon...

Do Not Neglect Your Abdominal Pain/ Swelling - Help Your Doctor In Early Cancer Detection

A majority of cancer in women can be detected early if the early symptoms are not neglected and the right tests be ordered to diagnose the aggressiveness of the fast growing tumor. // Elderly women with ovarian cancer are twice as likely to visit a doctor and report symptoms such as abdominal swelling or pelvic pain. If these symptoms are taken into careful consideration, ovarian canc...

Maybe It Is Time For Doctors To Look After Their Health As Well

A doctor is so attuned to the care of his patients that he loses his own health or rather fails to take care of himself while doing so. A recent study has reported poor mental health and burnout among hospital consultants // in the UK, supporting the above-mentioned statement. Over 800 consultants were surveyed and a 27% prevalence of poor mental health was found among the respondents...

Junior Doctors Working Long Hours May Perform Poorly

Lack of sleep for the junior doctors can affect their neurobehavioral performance as much as having alcohol and working.// During heavy call rotation and long hours, effects on residents’ neurobehavioral performance are comparable to the impairment associated with a 0.04 to 0.05 grams percent blood alcohol concentration. The article was published in the September issue of JAMA....

Lady Doctor from Nepal to Help Katrina victims

Dr Luanne Freer normally treats mountaineers caught in avalanches and slipped in crevasses. She heads the Everest Base Camp Medical Clinic in Nepal, has now offered to cope with a new emergency// - the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in the US. Freer left for Louisiana on Thursday, one of the worst-affected American coastal towns with about one million displaced by the storm that killed t...

Indian doctors in America help Katrina victims

The Indian doctors of American Origin are helping out the victims from Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Hundreds of members of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin// (AAPI) - the umbrella organisation of Indian doctors in the US who number over 25,000 - have volunteered their services to help victims of the trauma and devastation in Louisiana, Mississippi an...

Doctors May Not Be Ready To Tackle Bio-terrorism

A research report published in the latest issue of Archives of Internal Medicine said that doctors might not be ready to deal with the threat of bio-terrorism that may be caused by smallpox, anthrax, botulism and plague//. More than one-half of 631 physicians tested were unable to correctly diagnose diseases caused by agents most likely to be used by bio-terrorists. However, test score...

Top Pharmaceuticals Influence Doctors Prescriptions

London October 20, 2005: What has been known perhaps for sometime is now confirmed by a survey published in the journal Nature which suggests that top pharmaceutical companies are influencing decisions of doctors about how their products are to be prescribed.// The journal reveals that that the vicious circle is set by academicians and physicians who make the general rules on which drug...

Indian Doctor Wants March 21st To Be Celebrated As World Down Syndrome Day

Balbir Singh, president of Down Syndrome International (DSI), is an Indian origin Singapore doctor who got involved in the Down Syndrome fraternity after the birth of his daughter Jaspreet 25 years ago who had Down’s syndrome. Down Syndrome Association (DSI) Singapore, founded by Singh// some 25 years ago, on talking in the Southern African Conference on Down Syndrome and Intellectual Dis...

TWO India Doctors Listed in TIME for Contribution to Global Health

Abhay Bang and Rani Bang are the two Indian Doctors from Maharashtra has been listed in the Time Magazine’s list of Heroes of Global Health in solving problems in the field of health in developing countries. The two doctors have // innovated basic programs, which has reduced the infant mortality rate in South Asia. The duo are the founders of the Maharashtra-based Society for Educatio...

Time magazine has recognized efforts of two Indian doctors towards reducing infant mortality rate

Two Indian doctors have been featured in the South Asian feature in Times Magazine’s list of Heroes of Global health. These two doctors have put in their sincere efforts towards reducing infant mortality rate in the country by initiation of a n innovative program. // Abhay Bang and Rani Bang, who are founders of the Society for Education, Action and Research in Community Health (SEARC...
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