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Artificial discs available as replacements for damaged discs

Patients with damaged discs have traditionally been treated by removing a disc or placing a bone graft in the spine to fuse two bones together. Now, an artificial disc which is being studied as a replacement is in the second phase of trials. The phase one study that was recently completed compared the prosthesis to traditional fusion. While in the first phase of trials patients// were ran...

Tumour marker for detecting early Recurrence of Thyroid cancer may be soon available

Early recurrence of thyroid cancer may be detectable using a blood test to detect// a protein called ‘Thyroglobin”(Tg) according to a study published by researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. The findings were published June 21 online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & M...

CoQ10 bioavailability increased by Nanotechnology

The results of two human clinical trials support the enhanced bioavailability// of CoQ10 delivered into beverages using its novel technology which will interest manufacturers of CoQ10 products. Increasing its bioavailability, or the body's absorption of the ingredient, allows supplement and food makers to use lower dosages, therefore saving on costs. The patented technolo...

Amputation may depend on availability of vascular surgeons

Patients suffering from peripheral arterial disease may lose their limb to amputation if there are //no vascular surgeons to attend to them. Research findings report that areas of the country where there are more vascular surgeons, report less number of cases where patients of peripheral arterial disease have suffered through an amputation. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is often no...

The growing availability of Fake drugs in the market

With a wide range of medications available , one must also be wary of the fake drugs available in the market //. According to the Drug Control Department, 63 batches of spurious drugs, mainly comprising antibiotics, painkillers and cardiac medicines, are being sold in Bangalore. Most of the drugs were found to have a very small percentage of medicine and in some no medicine at all. K...

Drugs Banned worldwide still available in India

A drug banned in most parts of the world due to its side effects is still available in India,// despite reports of serious adverse events observed among several children who had been taking it in the Sub-continent. The drug Nimesulide, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, which has been reported as causing liver toxicity is still widely used in India commonly for pain relief and fever...

Estimates For Number Of HIV/AIDS Deaths In India Still Not Available

While India and US jointly trying to develop defense against the growing menace of HIV/AIDS,// UN officials are aware that there are yet no firm estimates of number of people suffering from the disease are available from the Indian officials. According to Peter Piot, executive director of the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), one of the statistics about the disease not...

Medical Management Now Available For Miscarriage

Until recently, if a woman had a miscarriage early in her pregnancy, a surgery was often necessary to remove any remaining fetal tissue. A new drug misoprostol may now be an option after pregnancy loss. Miscarriage occurs in at least 10 percent // of pregnancies, often between seven and 12 weeks of gestation. Symptoms include abdominal or back pain, cramping and vaginal bleeding....

Rich countries stock piling anti flu drugs with no stocks available for poor countries

Global concerns of bird flu outbreak is high but critics are more concerned with the availability of the drug is more in rich countries with no drug available to the developing and under developed countries//. Global concerns prevail possible bird flu outbreak that may occur anytime, due to current global conditions, as there are serious concerns over spread of the flu virus. As globa...

FDA Approved Nerve-Stimulation Therapy Now Available In New York

Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy is a FDA approved long-term treatment regime for patients with treatment resistant depression (TRD). // This form of therapy is now being offered to patients at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center. The treatment is now the first treatment specifically approved for TRD in patients over 18 years of age in whom antidepressant the...

Relief for HIV/AIDS patients: ART therapy now available in India

While experts have reacted with skepticism to a British man's claims that he has been cured of HIV/AIDS, patients from India are in for some relief. // In what is assumed as a social relief for HIV/AIDS patients, Anti-Retro Virus Treatment (ART) drugs are now available in India. This medicine is provided in India by National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and it is hoped...

New AIDS drugs not available in Africa

New AIDS drugs produced by Pharmaceutical companies which are proved to be better than older drugs are still not available in Africa, where the actual benefit of these drugs could be realized reports//, Medicine Sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Border). MSF (Medicine sans Frontiers) have accused the pharmaceutical companies that they are not selling their new drugs in Africa. MSF is provi...

Breast Cancer Drug Should Be Made Widely Available

Debra Orr, a Canadian woman who has survived breast cancer twice, says that all women deserve access to the new drug Herceptin. //Orr says that the life-saving and life-improving drug should be made available widely so that women suffering from this deadly cancer have a chance of successfully fighting it. Currently, there is no uniform policy and the drug is federally funded in some pr...

Inhaled Insulin To Be Made Available in India

The world's largest drug maker, Pfizer has announced that it intends to fast track its inhaled insulin Exubera in India. Exubera received regulatory approvals from the US Food and Drug Administration // and the European Commission last week. The drug has been developed in collaboration with Sanofi-Aventis and Nektar Therapeutics. It is a relatively harmless form of insulin in that no n...

Safe Drinking Water To Be Made Available

India's Prime Minister has promised his countrymen safe drinking water within a matter of four years. Comprehensive reforms in governance are being given priority // to make this possible. Most people living in rural India do not have access to safe drinking water. Inaugurating a conference of ministers in charge of rural drinking water supply and rural sanitation in states and uni...

Quality Platelets and Improved Blood Availability No Longer a Pipe Dream

Canada: There is good news for patients afflicted by cancer, open heart surgeries, and victims of disaster, bone marrow donees and several others who are in need of blood platelet transfusions. A device, invented by a researcher // at the University of British Columbia's Centre for Blood Research (CBR), is capable of scaling down the loss of transferred platelets, and enhancing the plate...

HIV combater available at home: yogurt!

If scientists at Brown University in the Northeastern United States are to be believed they have discovered that bacteria from // yogurt can be made into a substance that helps fight HIV. Professor Bharat Ramratnam, led the research and modified the bacteria to create cyanovirin -- a protein that protects the body from infection by micro organisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi...

Healthy heart oats available: so indulge.

Oats are very important constituents of foods in the cereal category as they provide fibre beta glucan to the diet. It is an integral part of health-conscious consumers. So there is news to cheer now as they can now// get more of the soluble oat fiber called beta-glucan in their diets.This variety of oats has been developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and North Dakota State...

Cancer `Tumour Bank' With 7,000 Samples To Be Made Available For Research

The Canadian Tumour Repository Network is making available over 7,000 cancer tumour samples for researchers all over the world in order to help them get started. // Cancer researchers the world over are hailing this step as a major one that will go a long way in making research truly international. "Cancer is not just one disease, it's a multitude of diseases in which a gene is misbehav...

Life-Saving Cancer Drug, Herceptin Will be Available Free for Breast Cancer Patients in Wales

Royal Shrewsbury hospital, which enables care for people in North Shropshire and Wales and funded by the local health board, will now offer the cancer// drug Herceptin, free to the Welsh breast cancer patients. The costs for this medicine estimated at £47,000, will have to be borne by the other cancer sufferers who are not from Wales. With effect from February, all Welsh local Health...

Decision-Making Enabled By Neurons: Value Assigned To Available Choices.

Researchers at Harvard Medical School have been able to pinpoint the neurons that are capable of deciphering the value that people attach// to different items. The activity of these neurons predicts the nature of decision making, when a person needs to choose from an array of items available. To quote the words of Camillo Padoa-Schioppa, PhD, HMS research fellow in neurobiology and lead...

A Revolutionary New Treatment For Cancer Available In Australia

A radical new cancer treatment might cause a cancer revolution is available to all Australians. This new treatment targets tumors with radioactive microspheres.// Pioneered by an Australian, this radiation therapy is most often used for bowel cancer patients who develop secondary liver cancer but is expected to be extended to other cancers. The treatment was previously available only...

Painkiller Based on Sea Snail Venom Made Available in Britain

New painkiller, Prialt, based on the venom of a sea snail will be available in Britain from today. The drug Prialt, or ziconotide, has resulted from over// 20 years' of research by the scientist, Baldomera Olivera, a professor at the University of Utah. The advantage of Prialt is that it is 1,000 times more potent than morphine but not addictive like morphine. It is mainly aim...

Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Available for Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria

Tygacil (tigecycline)is a new, expanded broad-spectrum IV antibiotic that can be used for the treatment of a wide range of infections including those caused by antibiotic// resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It will be available in the UK from today. Availability of this new antibiotic comes at a time when the need for effective new treatments i...

The IPU Want Morning After Pills To Be Made Available Over The Counter

The Irish Pharmaceutical Union (IPU) has insisted that the 'morning after pill s should be made available across the counter to patients without a doctor's prescription.// It has been reported that though the pill, Levonelle, has been licensed for use in Ireland since late 2001, those who wish to use it must have a doctor's prescription. The pharmacists in this respect believe that th...

Latest Enhancements to the Free Access Grid Toolkit Now Available

A new version of the free and popular Access Grid Toolkit developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, is now available for download. //The Access Grid Toolkit is software that uses audio, video, data and text to enable distributed researchers to work together as if they were at the same location. The Access Grid Toolkit is now in its third release, with more...

Bird Flu Vaccine Developed in India Could be Available for 35 Paise per Dose

A vaccine to prevent avian flu developed by a research institute in the central Indian city of Bhopal could be available for 35 paise per dose, amounting to less than a// cent, official sources said. Developed by the High Security Animal Disease Laboratory (HSADL), it is the first vaccine against avian flu in the country. HSADL, which has the technique for identifying the a...

South Africa To Make Available Two New Drugs To Fight The TB Outbreak

South Africa's health department guarantees to start by next week the distribution of a drug to help fight an extremely virulent strain of tuberculosis. // South Africa is being affected by an extremely virulent strain of tuberculosis, which has already taken its toll on 52 people in the country. The health officials have now promised that they would make available a drug by as early...

Upgrading Donor Lung Quality to Improve Availability

By performing simple clinical maneuvers to improve donor lung quality as part of the San Antonio Lung Transplant (SALT) protocol, researchers significantly increased the// number of available donor lungs and transplant procedures without compromising recipient pulmonary function, length of hospital stay or survival. The study appears in the second issue for September 2006 of the Ameri...

Make Preschool Available To All Kids - AMA

AMA Vice President, Dr Choong-Siew Yong said today that properly-funded preschools must be made available to all young children to set them// on a strong start to good health and wellbeing throughout life. Dr Yong, a child psychiatrist, was responding to the Starting Strong II report, released in Italy today, which found that out of 20 OECD nations Australia had the lowest spending on...

Allergy-less Cats Available For £2,500

Cat lovers are in constant fear of getting allergic to them. Now they can rejoice for a new breed of cats that do not cause any allergies are on sale for a whooping £2,500! // A protein that is present in the saliva and urine triggers off allergic reactions to cats. These special cats were bred by deleting this protein. California-based biotech firm Allerca conducted tests on thousand...

Exercise DVD Available For COPD Sufferers

Exercise DVD Available For COPD SufferersTelevision personality Angela Rippon is fronting a new DVD that will help patients suffering// from the lung disease Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The DVD called Move On Up will be available in GP surgeries. COPD includes a range of lung diseases like chronic bronchitis and emphysema. "Exercise is something that can really make...

New Vaccines Available For Children and Adolescents

Several new vaccines have been licensed and approved for use within the past year – extending the immunization period from childhood into adolescence. Discussing these new vaccines, changes in the immunization schedule,// and the impact on patients and physicians was part of the seminar, 'Vaccine Update: From Here to Eternity,' which was held during the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP...

Medication Not Available On Time To Inner-city Children

Inner-city children suffering from chronic asthma do not get proper treatment and medication on time, according to a study.// Specialists at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and elsewhere made this observation. The findings are disturbing, the researchers say, because preventive therapy failure leads to over-reliance on fast-acting “rescue” drugs after an asthma attack...

FDA Proposes Availability of Experimental Drugs

Experimental drugs will now be made more easily available to critically ill patients. The Food and Drug Administration, U.S has made a proposition that will enable patients// who are extremely ill to try out experimental drugs when they are left with no other options. The FDA has announced that they will consider the prices that manufactures can fix for such drugs to be made available t...

Vaccines For Cervical Cancer Will Soon Be Available In Developing Nations

Human papilloma virus (HPV), is the virus that causes cervical cancer as it affects the lining of the mouth of the uterus, known as cervix. It is transmitted sexually.// Merck & Co. Inc.'s have recently launched Gardasil and GlaxoSmithKline Plc's has introduced Cervarix, both vaccines, clinically been proven to prevent cervical cancer. The new products with great potential...

Defibrillators Should Be Available in Ski Resorts

As the ski season gets underway, doctors in this week’s BMJ say that more defibrillators should be placed in ski resorts to help prevent sudden cardiac deaths//. Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are electrical devices used to restore a normal heartbeat. They are often placed in busy public places like airports and stadiums. Downhill skiing is the most popular winter...

The First Commercially Available Brain Computer Interface

A Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) provides a new communication channel between the human brain and the computer//. Mental activity leads to changes of electrophysiological signals like the Electroencephalogram (EEG) or Electrocorticogram (ECoG). The BCI system detects such changes and transforms it into a control signal which can, for example, be used as spelling device or to control a cur...

India's Water Availability Will Decline by 2050

The availability of water per person in India will drop by almost 38 percent by 2050, a report on climate change said Tuesday. // According to the fourth assessment report of the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), gross per capita water availability in the country will decline from 1,820 cubic meters per year in 2001 to 1,140 in 2050. "The water availability...

Row in Australia Over Mental Health Support Available for Returning Soldiers

Veterans associations in Australia have called upon the federal government to provide better mental health support services for soldiers //returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Doctor Robert Marr from the Medical Association for the Prevention of War says there needs to be a specific counseling service for servicemen and women returning from overseas conflicts. He says th...
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