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Success of anti-meth ads questioned by study

Washington, DC, December 11, 2008-- An independent review investigating the effectiveness of a publicly funded graphic anti-methamphetamine advertising campaign has found that the campaign has been associated with many negative outcomes. The review was published in the December issue of Preventi...

Beta Blocker Use Questioned in Non-Heart Surgery

Increased risk of stroke a major issue in analysis of 33 research projects MONDAY, Nov. 10 (HealthDay News) -- An analysis of 33 studies on drugs known as beta blockers has concluded that they are not useful in any surgical procedure other than heart surgery. In fact, using beta blocke...

Accuracy, efficacy and ethics of abstinence-only programs questioned by public health experts

September 16, 2008 Studies published in a special issue of the online journal Sexuality Research and Social Policy by the University of California Press reveal that abstinence-only-until-marriage sex education programs fail to change sexual behavior in teenagers, provide inaccurate information a...

Safety of Labor-Delaying Drugs Questioned

The dilemma, researchers say, is whether or not to treat at all FRIDAY, March 6 (HealthDay News) -- Certain drugs used to delay preterm labor can cause serious complications in women, a European study finds. Doctors use tocolytic drugs to delay labor for up to 48 hours. In this way,...

Antibiotic Use in Dementia Patients Questioned

Benefits are unclear, and resistance to drugs is a worry, study says,, MONDAY, Feb. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Almost half of nursing home patients with advanced dementia are given antibiotics in the last two weeks of life, a new study found. What's not clear is whether or not that ther...

Effectiveness of mouse breeds that mimic Alzheimer's disease symptoms questioned

BETHESDA, Md. Scientists have shown that recently developed mouse breeds that mimic the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease (AD) may not be as effective as previously assumed. Sascha Weggen, Professor of Molecular Neuropathology at Heinrich-Heine-University, Duesseldorf, Germany; lead author Eva Czir...

More Indian Doctors Questioned in Australia as UK Terror Plot Inquiry Widens

Indian doctors continue to bear the brunt of police inquiries as focus shifted to Australia. Investigators trying to unravel the hands behind the foiled terror attacks in UK raided two hospitals in Western Australia and also quizzed five doctors of foreign origin, four of them Indian. Ho...

Government Questioned On Providing Unhygienic Food In Train

Delhi High Court Thursday asked the government, the railway ministry and the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corp (IRCTC) to reply to a petition accusing them of supplying unhygienic food to rail passengers.// A division bench comprising judges M.K. Sharma and Reva Khetrapal issued notice ...

Ramdev’s Medicines Questioned By Indian Medical Associatio

Baba Ramdev, popular yoga guru has been questioned by the Indian Medical Association (IMA) president-designate, who described his medicines as 'magic concoctions'. // He further demanded testing of the controversial medicinal preparations. 'Are his (Ramdev's) magic concoctions put on the three...

Move To Recruit Polish Dentists Questioned In Scotland

Dentists have come don heavily on the Polish recruitment scheme to beef up NHS and have termed it as a "short term fix." These comments were made even as ministers// welcomed the first 11 Polish dentists into the NHS, who will practice in Fife, Forth Valley and Argyll and Clyde. The Scottish Execu...

The Effects Of Alternative Medicine Questioned

Alternative medicine may no longer be truly alternative shows a recent Consumer Reports survey of more than 34,000 readers. The report revealed that Chiropractic was ranked ahead of all conventional treatments, including prescription drugs, // by readers with back pain. Deep-tissue massage was foun...

The Effects of Statins Questioned

In a recent study researchers focused on the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs also known as statins and their impact on cholesterol and C-reactive protein levels. C-reactive protein is a protein // produced by the liver that predicts inflammation in the arteries. One study shows C-reactive protein...

The Benefits of abciximab with clopidogrel for percutaneous coronary intervention Questioned

Primary findings from the Intracoronary Stenting and Antithrombotic Regimen-Rapid// Early Action for Coronary Treatment Trial (ISAR-REACT) has indicated that abciximab use in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) after pretreatment with 600 mg clopidogrel for less than 2 hour...

The Benefits of Strontium in the treatment for Osteoporosis Questioned

Strontium ranelate for the treatment of osteoporosis is useful, but changes in bone// mineral density need careful interpretation. Nowadays the main treatment options are anti-resorptive agents that prevent bone breakdown. For patients with previous fractures, treatment with an anabolic agent ...

The Effectiveness Of Hepatitis B Vaccine Questioned

The hepatitis B virus causes inflammation of the liver and can cause complications such as liver scarring or cancer //. In most countries, the hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for infants. Previous research has suggested the vaccine for hepatitis B protects against infection for up to 10 years. H...

The Benefits of Alcohol Consumption Questioned

To analyze the benefits of alcohol consumption and cardiovascular disease researchers studied nearly 2,500 seniors ages 70 to 79 who consumed // moderate levels of alcohol (one to seven drinks per week), consumed high levels of alcohol (more than eight drinks per week), and did not consume any alco...

The Effectiveness Of The Flu Vaccine For Kids Questioned

Based on findings of a recent study researchers say annual flu vaccines in children ages 16 and younger have little effect on // hospitalizations, respiratory tract infections, and other key measures. The finding was especially true for children who received an inactivated form of the flu virus ...

The Use Of Invasive Treatment For Life Threatening Heart Conditions Questioned

A new study shows invasive procedures do not necessarily improve survival rate for patients hospitalized for life-threatening heart conditions.// Researchers studied more than 28,000 patients in 14 countries who were hospitalized for acute coronary syndrome between April 1999 and March 2003. Mo...

The Use Of Colistin To Treat Cystic Fibrosis Questioned

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a potentially life-threatening infection for patients with cystic fibrosis. To treat the infection, doctors often prescribe an inhaled drug called colistin (Coly-Mycin S Otic).// However, use of this drug is controversial because some patients experience chest tightness a...

The Use Of Testosterone Replacement Therapy Questioned

Symptoms of low levels of testosterone include erectile dysfunction, reduced muscle mass, reduced bone density, depression, and anemia.// Testosterone replacement therapy is designed to increase testosterone levels for men with the condition. The therapy may be offered as an injection, patch, gel, ...

The Use Of Oral Steroids For Muscular Dystrophy Questioned

Treating children who have Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) with the oral steroid prednisone is probably a good idea say researchers // despite the side effects of the drug . Most patients with this form of muscular dystrophy die in their late teens or early 20s from respiratory failure or heart p...

The Use Of Implants After Breast Cancer Questioned

A new study shows choosing to have implants after a mastectomy does not reduce the long-term survival of the patient. Researchers say they found that women with implants had a better chance of survival than those who did not have implants.// Researchers speculate that the implants may boost the...

The Link Between High-dose Steroid Use And Heart Disease Questioned

Patients who take high doses of steroids are more than twice as likely to have cardiovascular complications than patients who do not, say researchers based on findings of a recent study. Steroids are widely used // to treat inflammatory conditions of the skin, lungs, joints, digestive tract, such a...

The Causes Of Acid Reflux Questioned

Acid reflux is common and one of the most frequent causes of indigestion. Typical symptoms include heartburn, excessive belching,// and respiratory problems in some cases. Smoking and a high salt intake significantly increase the risk of acid reflux say researchers according to a new study. Res...

Drug Resistance Questioned in Patients With Chronic Sinusitis

Patients with chronic sinus infections, known as chronic rhinosinusitis, do not appear to develop resistance to antibiotics taken over // long periods of time, shows new research. Researchers say guidelines recommend four to six weeks of antibiotics as a first-line treatment for chronic sinus i...

Treatment Options For Retinitis Pigmentosa Questioned

Retinitis pigmentosa, a progressive eye disease targeting the light-collecting cells of the retina, affects one in 4,000 people worldwide and can cause // vision loss. Researchers say for patients suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, the addition of docosahexaenoic acid to vitamin A therapy may not...

The Link Between Hepatitis B Vaccine And Multiple Sclerosis Questioned

A recent study by Harvard researchers suggests a link between the hepatitis B vaccination and multiple sclerosis. In their study, people who received the vaccine were three-times more likely to develop MS // over the next three years than those who were not vaccinated. While this finding is dist...

Removal Of Tonsils Questioned

Adenotonsillectomy is a common procedure in children , even though evidence of its benefits is lacking in cases with milder symptoms.// A new study suggests there are no major benefits to surgically removing tonsils and adenoids in children with mild throat infections. Researchers examined 300 c...

The Link Between Migraine And Brain Lesions Questioned

A new study shows people who suffer from migraine headaches may be at risk for brain // lesions and infarctions, which are areas of the brain where the tissue has died. Researchers studied nearly 400 randomly selected adults, ages 30 to 60. They grouped the patients into categories of having mi...

The Use Of MRI For Screening Of Breast Cancer Questioned

A new study finds MRIs are significantly better at detecting cancers in women at high risk of developing cancers than standard mammograms // or clinical breast exams. The study involved around 1,900 women with a lifetime breast cancer risk of 15 percent. The group included 358 women who also car...

The Use Of Ointments For The Treatment Of Osteoarthritis Questioned

Topical ointments used to treat the symptoms of osteoarthritis the major cause of disability in older people do not work for more than a few weeks // say researchers according to a recent study.According to researchers, the current guidelines in Europe and the United States recommend the use of top...

The Use Of Steroids for Dizziness Questioned

Vestibular neuritis causes dizziness due to a viral infection of the vestibular nerve. A person who has dizziness, imbalance and nausea could be diagnosed with vestibular neuritis. A new study shows steroids could be the key to the treatment of vestibular neuritis. // Researchers conducted a st...

Alcohol Consumption Questioned

There has been a great deal of controversy over whether drinking alcohol negatively affects bone health in women. A new study reports that moderate // drinking does not increase the risk of osteoporosis. Researchers in London conducted a study looking at identical twins, alcohol consumption, an...

The Use Of Antioxidants To Diminish Effects of Alcohol During Pregnancy Questioned

Researchers say taking antioxidants during pregnancy may prevent birth defects in babies born to women who abuse alcohol. When pregnant mice // were exposed to ethanol and also given an antioxidant, researchers saw a 36-percent reduction in limb malformations in the offspring. Ethanol is the intoxi...

The Usage Of Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Questioned

A new study finds that one type of anti-inflammatory drugs could be better for older people. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are commonly given // to older people to relieve arthritis symptoms. The problem is these drugs are associated with an increased risk of gastrointestinal problems. A sp...

Ovarian Cancer Screening Questioned

Ovarian cancer is the fifth major cause of death among women, but a routine screening for ovarian cancer is not needed, according to the // latest recommendations. Researchers recommend against routine ovarian cancer screening for women saying the harms outweigh the potential benefits. Researche...

The Effects Of Fish On Pregnant Women Questioned

A new study shows pregnant women with asthma can reduce their risk of having asthmatic children by eating oily fish. Results show asthmatic // mothers who ate oily fish, such as salmon and trout, during pregnancy were about 70-percent less likely to have children with asthma. In fact, researchers s...

The Use Of Viagra for Babies Questioned

Researchers say the drug Viagra, used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, may also help infants with a condition known as chronic pulmonary // hypertension. Chronic pulmonary hypertension causes blood pressure to rise inside the lungs, which can cause heart failure and death. Researchers say...

The Use Of Antibiotics Questioned

Researchers in Toronto conducted a study to examine whether current procedures to treat sore throats were too quick to prescribe antibiotics // unnecessarily. Out of an estimated 6.7 million annual sore throat patients, 70 percent received antibiotic prescriptions. Doctors also researched the use o...

Antibiotics Overload For Kids Questioned

Acute otitis media (AOM), or middle ear infection, is the most common bacterial illness in children and the one most commonly treated with antibiotics.// Millions of children may be getting treated unnecessarily with antibiotics for ear infections. Children who are given antibiotics when they don’...
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