May 18, 2012 – 1:25 am | No Comment
Dental Hygiene and congenital heart disease are interconnected. It has been seen that patients with a congenital heart disease generally also have a poor dental hygiene and are at a greater health risk. Congenital heart disease and dental hygiene are linked to each other. Conditions like endocarditis are caused due to poor dental hygiene amidst patients having a congenital heart disease. There are  [...]

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Novel Drug Targets Cancer Stem Cells
August 16, 2009 – 9:11 pm | One Comment
U.S. researchers have unravelled a new-fangled approach wherein a compound has been discovered that targets specific master cells that aid in the proliferation of breast cancer cells. The study conducted on mice involved the use of the drug salinomycin, a farm-derived antibiotic that exterminated breast cancer cells and retarded tumour escalation with far greater precision than several of the existent drugs. Many UK experts have cautioned that the parallel adaptation on humans would take a few years. A dubious reasoning as to the persistent recurrence of some cancers despite strong chemotherapy sessions has left scientists baffled. Many researchers have derived a conclusion that stem cells that are capable of being resistant to chemotherapy play a crucial role in seeding new tumours and boosting their numbers. The scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have after doing a laboratory trial of 16,000 existent chemical compounds on breast cancer cells have realized  [...]

Choosing The Right Swine Flu Mask
August 14, 2009 – 9:30 am | No Comment
Making prudent choices about the type of face mask one should wear followed by its disciplined use and thorough disinfection subsequent to use are crucial steps towards lowering the chances of contracting the swine flu virus. The N-95 masks were highly popular at the time of the Sars scare after been tested are advocated by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for all pandemic situations. It is available in varying models with greater than 95% filtration efficiency and aids in reducing exposure to particles of the size greater than 0.3 microns. It is made of non- woven polypropylene fibre technology that raises the density and filtering capacity. These masks produce static electricity and also guard against other highly contagious respiratory infections like tuberculosis. The N-95 (American name for it), P2 (the European and Australian name) and HEPA masks or respirators are to a significant extent the same thing. Though the gelatinous layered paper made surgical mask prevent entry  [...]

Can Electrodes Drilled Into The Brain Assist In Weight Loss?
August 7, 2009 – 10:30 am | No Comment
How far can you go in an attempt to lose flab, fraught enough to have your brain drilled with electrodes? Well, that the newest advancement to combating obesity now under testing. With the experts cautioning about the obesity wave riding high, many pharmaceutical companies and medics are constantly evolving novel ways and means to deal with overweight issues. Prescription medicines have been the latest line of treatment with tablets like Alli been administered that work by decreasing the quantity of fat absorption in the body. There are lot more people opting for gastric banding operation that re-structures the stomach so that people eat lesser. But the radical advancement in US to inhibit obesity called Deep Brain Stimulation or DBS literally takes the cake. In this treatment, electrodes are inserted into the brain to convey tiny spurts of electricity that modify the eating behaviour of the person. Though DBS is currently the treatment given for disorders related to movement like  [...]

FDA Cautions About Weight Loss Products
August 7, 2009 – 10:30 am | No Comment
In a news relay, FDA has warned end users that sibutramine that is a component of the weight loss products that are vended online and by Young You Corp. have considerable health risks. The products in question are sold by Young You’s Weight Loss and Rejuvenation Centre located in Tarzana, California. A total of four products including the thirty pill packets of Slimbionic, One Weight Loss Pill, Botanical Weight Loss and SlimDemand have been voluntarily recalled following FDA’s disapproval to the presence of the non-affirmed drug called sibutramine whose safety and efficiency is under the scanner. Sibutramine is known to be an active component in Meridia that is a treatment given alongside a low calorie diet to assist obese individuals to hasten the weight loss process. Sibutramine functions essentially as an appetite repressor by influencing a part of the brain that controls hunger pangs, thus giving a feeling of a full stomach and gratification. FDA has pinpointed out to the  [...]

Opioids Addiction – A risky teen habit
August 7, 2009 – 6:03 am | No Comment
Many teenagers especially in the U.S. are totally into the use of prescription medicines, opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet and codeine with no doctor’s instructions. This risqué behaviour is catching significant momentum with nearly twelve percent of high school going senior students going full throttle in their consumption just for the purpose of alleviating stress and getting a high rather than for the actual purpose of pain relief that these medications are actually meant for. The abuse of these narcotics is widely used by teenagers just to get a sense of well-being. Opiates are innate derivatives of the opium poppy. Opiates comprise the set of drugs called as opioids or narcotics that are largely prescribed by doctors to mitigate pain in chronic ailments like cancer, kidney stones, bone fractures, eye grazes and other severe medical conditions in dosages just enough to decrease the consciousness of the pain. Most teens cited varied reasons for consuming opioids. Some  [...]

Stem Cells Are Used To Grow New Teeth
August 5, 2009 – 10:05 pm | One Comment
Stem Cells Are Used To Grow New Teeth
With the wonders of stem cells back in focus, one would not need dentures anymore when there is a new-fangled technique to grow new teeth. In a revolutionary finding, Japanese scientists have successfully been able to cultivate teeth derived from stem cells. This advancement could make the need for dentures redundant. The scientists from the University of Tokyo have successfully accomplished producing a tooth germ that is a seed similar part of a tissue that comprises of the cell structure and instructions needed to grow into a tooth. The researchers then transplanted the tooth germ in the jowl bone of a mouse. It was observed that the hormones present in the animal’s body responded positively to the transplant and assisted the growth of the teeth. This latest research unravels a multifarious procedure that possibly will lead the way to expansion in the area of bioengineered organ replacements.  During the journal proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Takashi Tsuji who  [...]

Tanning Beds - A High Risk Category Causing Cancer
July 30, 2009 – 11:52 pm | No Comment
Tanning Beds – A High Risk Category Causing Cancer
Global cancer experts have enlisted tanning beds and other ultra-violet radiation sources among the top listing for cancer risk alongside known potent causes like tobacco, hepatitis B virus, chimney sweeping and considering sun beds as lethal as arsenic and mustard gas. Though, for many years, researchers have depicted tanning beds and UV radiation as likely carcinogens. A latest study on twenty cases revealed that those under 30 individuals who start off using tanning beds increase their chances of getting skin cancer by 75%. Researchers have also uncovered that all forms of ultraviolet radiation lead to disturbing mutations among mice, that points directly to the carcinogenic nature of this radiation. Earlier just one form of ultraviolet radiation was believed to be harmful. The experts at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer wing of the World Health Organization (WHO) have illustrated in their latest medical publication, Lancet Oncology, that the lights mainly  [...]

Novel Brain Tumour Research Unravels Potentially Curative Genes
July 29, 2009 – 12:05 am | One Comment
Novel Brain Tumour Research Unravels Potentially Curative Genes
The most widespread and malevolent form of brain tumours, Gliomas, are pesky trouble mongers characteristically resistant to treatments. The gliomas dispatch tentacles that make the surgical removal of these tumours extremely difficult. Though there might not be any detectable tumour, infinitesimal glioma cells habitually linger, ultimately reproducing, by taking advantage of the immune cells of the brain, the microglial cells for their growth. The Microglial cells take the aid of sensors like Toll-like receptors to spot any discrepancies in their surroundings owing to brain injury or infectivity. But the point to be noted is these microglial cells instead of launching an assault on the invading glioma cells, they assist in the expansion of the tumour, thus further deteriorating the situation. Researchers have discovered a group of close to 31 genes that are known to be correlated to glioma brain tumours, inclusive of a crucial one that would be targeted for latest treatments. These  [...]