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Bypass Heart Surgery Performed Without General Anesthesia

A minimally invasive direct coronary artery bypass (MIDCAB) procedure was performed at Pittsburgh while the patient was awake. The operation was done under thoracic epidural anesthesia. This approach may help in discharging the patient early from the hospital. Dr. Zenati from the team of doctors who performed the surgery said that patients who are operated in this way may not have to go t...

Radiofrequency Energy Cooks Tumors Without Surgery

Research conducted at the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center shows that by using radiofrequency energy, doctors can now "cook" tumors without actually removing them. The non-surgical technique, used increasingly for kidney and liver cancers, can also be used on cancers elsewhere in the human body. // During radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a tiny needle is inserted into the tumor and...

Treating wounds without stitches

Researchers at the University of Texas have been comparing stitching with conservative treatment (keeping the wound clean and covered) in a group of 91 patients attending the emergency room. //Doing without stitches is a less painful approach to dealing with cuts to the hand, and the wound still heals in a satisfactory way. Having a cut stitched is a painful experience - but it's generall...

A Solution To Quit Smoking Without Gaining Weight

Quitting smoking means improved health, but many also gain weight. Now, new research shows a drug may help smokers successfully // target both of these problems. Researchers from the University of Cincinnati studied nearly 800 smokers. Patients received either the drug rimonabant, which goes by trade name Acomplia, or a placebo.Participants who took 20 milligrams of the drug were twice...

Genetic Pills A Future Thought

Researchers are now finding new ways to deliver gene therapy without using viruses as carriers. Researchers are using lipids, oily molecules that can form a protective complex around DNA, to do the// same job as a virus. The lipids protect the DNA and help it get into the target cell. The approach could eventually make gene therapy treatments that are stable enough to take as a pill. G...

Studying brain anatomy without surgery

Scientists at the University of Illinois developed a non-invasive diagnostic tool that can study changes occuring at the surface of the brain dur to the brain activity.This technique is based uopn near-infrared spectroscopy and is simpler to use and less expensive thatn other methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging and postition emission tonography. According to Enrico G...

Antidepressant Medication Leading To Suicidal Thoughts

The antidepressant Seroxat has been linked to increased suicide attempts among adults and it has been suggested that appropriate warning should be given to doctors and patients regarding this peculiar adverse effect of the drug. // The drug has already been banned for use in children and adolescents due to an increased risk of self-harm. The above study was conducted in a group of 916...

Soy Benefits May Not Be As Much As Thought Before

Researchers from HHS’ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality had reported that the benefits of soybean on health may have been overrated, as the reported health benefits from this product are too less. Daily consumption of soy protein found in tofu // and other soybean products may result in a small reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL, known as bad cholesterol) and triglyceri...

Asthma aggravated by thought processes

The mere mention of a stressful word like "wheeze" can activate two brain regions in asthmatics during an attack, and this brain activity may be associated with more severe asthma symptoms, according to a new study by researchers. // The study reveals a functional link between emotion processing centers in the brain and certain physiological processes relevant to disease. Previous studi...

Familial Breast cancer without gene mutation not found to cause ovarian cancer.

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York has reported that Women with a strong family history of Breast cancer with out BRCA1 and BRCA2 breast cancer gene mutation do not have an increased risk of // developing ovarian cancer. The study was conducted in 200 families with a history of hereditary breast cancer and the reports submitted in the Journal of the National...

Medical Breakthrough - Kidney Transplant Recipient Survives Without Drugs

In what can be called a medical breakthrough, a Singaporean, who had a bone marrow transplant in July last year, survived a recent kidney transplant operation without taking drugs to prevent rejection//. Koh Hock Heng, 43, was diagnosed with kidney failure four years ago. Two years later, doctors discovered he also had a stem cell disease called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Accordi...

Mice With Human Thought Processes Could Be Developed In The Future

The most popular movie ‘Stuart Little’ may no longer be a representation of wild imagination alone. It has been proved from experiments// that it is technically possible to genetically engineer such mice with the currently available scientific techniques. It has now been found that human embryonic stem cells claimed to have innumerable health benefits can be made functional inside a...

Loose weight without that dreaded sweat

This comes as a Christmas gift for a large number of obese people who wish to loose weight and stay healthy. But the condition is minimum sweat to the body.// The answer comes in the form of Harvey Simon, Harvard Medical School associate professor of medicine and founding member of the Harvard Cardiovascular Health Centre who has come up with a novel plan. It requires less of the strenuo...

Meat firm 'won't go down without a fight'

The family-owned Small goods company at the centre of a deadly listeria outbreak in Adelaide, Australia, is selling stock to stay afloat and is poised to divest // its real estate holdings. Conroy's Small goods joint managing director Pat Conroy said the company had lost about $10,000 a day since its forced shutdown in mid-December, with total losses expected to reach $2million. <b...

Nerve Stimulator for Depression Though Not Effective Was Given Approval

A pacemaker-like device which has to be surgically implanted called the vagus nerve stimulator was approved by a top federal medical official against the opinion of his scientific staff . // This device is used in the treatment of persistent depression. As it was no approved by the staff due to its ineffectiveness in its only clinical trial, it was rejected. Cyberonics Inc is the maker...

HPV Thought To Be a Culprit in Skin Cancer

Dr. Margaret Karagas, of Dartmouth Medical School's Norris Cotton Cancer Center said that Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a major risk factor for skin cancer (squamous cell carcinoma).// The results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. The researchers detected antibodies from a strain of HPV on skin cancer samples. The lead researcher said that sun e...

High Spirits :Second Thoughts on the Mini Pegs

A new study on perceived benefits of moderate alcohol intake seems to question the earlier studies that had indicated longevity benefits// and cardiovascular health amongst moderate drinkers, as compared to abstainers or heavy drinkers. The study conveys that, there has been some mistake in the perception of who “abstainers” are, when these studies were conducted. According to Kaye Mi...

Treatment of Menopausal Symptoms Without Consulting Doctors

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have found that very few women consult their doctors before opting to use herbal therapies and soy products to treat their menopausal symptoms. // The trend is of particular note because growing numbers of women are turning to alternative therapies to relieve such symptoms as hot flashes, headaches, mood swings and sleep disrupt...

Death Pumps Up Aggressive Thoughts

A study was conducted by Tom Pyszczynski, professor, Psychology, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Abdolhossein Abdollahi, professor, Psychology, Islamic Azad University, Zarand, //Iran, Sheldon Solomon, professor, Psychology, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Jeff Greenberg, professor, Psychology, University of Arizona, Tuscon. In this study both Iranian students...

Young Men Treating Erection Problems without Doctors Prescription

Recent research has concluded that several young men treat their erection problems with erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs without a doctors prescription. // These results were revealed after an anonymous survey of 234 men aged 18-25 at three Chicago universities. The research was led by Najah Senno Musacchio, MD, of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and their results were presented...

Japanese Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Robotic Hands

Scientists in Japan have developed robotic hands, which they say can be controlled by the power of thought//. The artificial hands, developed by Yukiyasu Kamitani and colleagues, mimics the movements of a person's real hand, based on real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of their brain activity, reported the online edition of New Scientist. Researchers from...

FDA chief takes decision without two senior officials’ opinion

In a crucial decision taken to delay action on Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s 'morning-after' contraceptive the FDA chief did not take two senior officials opinion.// The FDA is in thick smoke as it has been sued by the non-profit Center for Reproductive Rights saying science was influenced by politics. Director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Dr. Steven Galson, ad...

Scientists Develop Thought-Controlled Robotic Hands

Tokyo. Scientists in Japan have developed robotic hands, which they say can be controlled by the power of thought.// The artificial hands, developed by Yukiyasu Kamitani and colleagues, mimics the movements of a person's real hand, based on real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of their brain activity, reported the online edition of New Scientist. Researche...

Contaminated Water Hits Thousands In Pakistan City

Nearly 30,000 people in the Pakistani city of Faisalabad have been affected by contaminated water, an official said recently. // The number of victims of water-borne diseases, which broke out as a result of supply of contaminated water in Ghulam Muhammad Abad, seems to further increase as more people are being hospitalized. The work for replacing the old water pipeline in...

AIDS Meet Ends Without Firm Commitments From Donors Dharam Shourie United Nations

A high-level United Nations meet on AIDS fell short of getting firm commitments from donors to contribute USD 20 to 23 billion by 2010 //to contain and reverse the deadly pandemic, drawing flak from the non-governmental organisations. The NGOs and activists blasted the rich nations' reluctance to foot the bill and also the UN member states for compromising on essential elements just t...

Working of Drug Department on Hold Without Drug Analyst

Drug testing Composite Laboratory at Kandaghat has not been functioning for over a month because of the absence of a drug analyst. // Ever since the former official for drug analyzing retired a month ago, the state government has not posted a new official to take his place. The number of samples awaiting testing at the laboratory has mounted to 400. Former drug analyst Dr A.K. Wasuja re...

Multifaceted Stress: Mere thought is stressful!

Stress is as much talked about subject as sex is, perhaps vying with each other for all the attention. The multifaceted impact of stress is well known - responsible //for many diseases, failed pregnancy, miscarriage, etc. Recently stress during pregnancy was thought to lead to a host of problems, like ADHD in the child and premature delivery. Now it is also thought to upset a woman’s memo...

Brain Surgery Without the Surgery?

Every 45 seconds, another American has a stroke, caused either by a blocked or burst blood vessel in the brain. And every three minutes//, one of them will die. That's the bad news. And the good news! Doctors can do more than ever to find and fix the problems that cause many strokes — before a stroke ever happens. And they can do it without ever having to open up the skull....

Nic Vax, A vaccine to put off smoking -No smoke without fire!

Time is ripe for researchers in the United States to begin studies about a vaccine that makes a person immune to the euphoric sensations of smoking//. Nic vax, the name of the vaccine is undergoing trials, and if this works, it will find itself on the shelves in 2 years time. The vaccine targets the pleasure inducing sensations owing to nicotine addiction, and impairs them....

National Autism Conference In US Expected To Draw Thousands In Attendance

The 2006 National Autism Conference from 31st July to 5th August is expected to draw a huge amount of crowds from all walks of life//. Autism is a condition that reportedly affects an estimated 1 in 250 births, which makes it more common than the combined conditions like childhood cancer, cystic fibrosis, and multiple sclerosis combined. Living with an autistic child is never easy and...

Inculcating Positive Thoughts Could Eliminate Depressive Mood

Next time you want to reach out for those pills to beat the blues, just think positive instead. A new book authored by an Indian American neurologist says the key// to contentment lies in the mind and people who have a positive outlook are less likely to suffer from depression. D.V. Pasupuleti, director of neurology at the Hurley Medical Centre and a clinical professor at Michigan St...

Obesity Surgery Complication Rates Higher than Previously Thought

Four of every 10 obesity surgery patients develop a complication, such as a hernia, within 6 months of leaving the hospital, according to a new study by HHS’ Agency// for Healthcare Research and Quality. The study is the most extensive to date on post-surgical complications from obesity operations based on insurance claims data. The researchers found that the complication rate among n...

Fair Sex Thought to Fare Well with Medical Decisions

SanFrancisco: A recent study has shown that married couples, who look outside of their relationship for medical advice after an eventuality, would most //often seek the assistance of women, according to the findings of a survey conducted amongst 298 people. It was also observed that among the 29% who chose a parent, the preference for mothers scored over that of fathers, with a ratio...

United Kingdom: Making the most of sunshine without the cream

A recent survey has shown that nearly 25% of people in UK expose themselves to the rays of the sun without any protection of a cream, which has raised alarm among cancer experts, who are rather troubled by this cream-free attitude.// They warn that with blazing August on the cards and a record high temperature in July, it would indeed pay to be generous with sun cream to protect the ski...

Minimally Invasive Procedure Restores Sagging Facial Skin without Heavy Lifting

As the aging process begins, the skin starts to thin and it loses its ability to maintain its firmness. Changes in underlying support structures appear as sagging// , deep creases, folds and wrinkles. Until recently, the only way to reduce those problems and tighten the skin was a facelift, which must be done in a hospital or surgical center under general anesthesia and can have a long re...

No Smoke Without Fire – Is Benson and Hedges Making Light of Health Regulations

While the government still mulling over the inclusion of graphic pictures on cigarette packets, Benson and Hedges, a tobacco company has raised the ire of anti-smoking// groups, by reinventing the packaging of cigarettes in tins which carry health warnings in the form of stickers that can be easily removed. Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) director, Becky Freeman, is mighty peeved...

Drug Denial may Leave Several Thousands Blind

A sight saving drug that has been approved in Scotland, is being denied to the people in England and Wales//. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the commonest cause of blindness. Macugen, the drug used for its treatment, has been approved yesterday by the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). But the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) which covers Englan...

Modern Health Care System at Risk of Collapse Without Reform

Ever-increasing demands on our health care system put modern medicine at risk of imploding with the next major economic downturn, according to an article in the latest// issue of the Medical Journal of Australia. Dr Ian Scott, Director of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Brisbane, takes a close look at some of the financial, structural, attitudin...

Changing Food Habits: Fodder For Thought

India is a land of diversity-her myriad landscapes, varied tongues, resplendent festivals and multi-ethnicity reflect the culture of this ancient land. Indian cuisine, which// is as diverse and splendid as the colorful country, has gained connoisseurs, even among the rich and the renowned, across the globe. Since the pre-Christian era, the aroma of the famous Indian spices wafted far en...

Loeys-Dietz Syndrome More Common Than Thought

Loeys-Dietz syndrome, which is a genetic disorder of the connective tissue is more common than what was previously thought, according to researchers.// "It's very important to recognize this condition and distinguish it from other connective tissue disorders," said Harry Dietz, director of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine's Center for Marfan Syndrome Research. He added that...
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