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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Revolutionary Stem Cell Transplant Amongst Non-Blood Donors
July 28, 2009 – 10:45 am | No Comment
Revolutionary Stem Cell Transplant Amongst Non-Blood Donors
Ideally stem cell transplants have been undertaken between blood relations. Factors like blood group and the human leukocyte antigen(HLA) need to be matched. The immune system takes the aid of the human leukocyte antigen to make a distinction between host cells in the body and the alien cells. This revolutionary technique was first pioneered by the Japanese who have effectively broken the barrier. In the past years, there have been close to thirty experiments been carried out with an effectiveness rate of 80%. This was the premier instance that it was been implemented in India, wherein the stem cells taken from the cord blood of a new born child was infused into an unrelated donor, an elderly patient who was ailing from aplastic anaemia. It was a path breaking approach employed by the doctors of the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute in Kolkata who have successfully undertaken the approach after being motivated by a Japanese research that proved it was indeed  [...]

Radical Method To Mend Heart Damage
July 26, 2009 – 8:09 am | No Comment
A revolutionary discovery has the potential to create a sweeping breakthrough in the health industry with the novel method of repairing tissue damage caused by cardiac arrests. A proficient team of scientists in US have identified a new-fangled approach to effectively treat heart attack patients, those with heart ailments and children with heart abnormalities. Cells that evolve into fully developed adult heart muscle cease to divide and are thus incapable of restoring tissue damage caused by disease or abnormality. This major hurdle has been overcome with the Boston team having found a means to facilitate cells division, with widespread anticipations that they had the potential to play a major role in the cell renewal process. The findings that were published in the Cell journal stated that the preliminary research was carried out on rats and mice at the Children’s Hospital Boston who were injected with NRG1 or neuregulin1 believed to be the key growth factor. It was found that  [...]

FDA Places Black Box Warnings On Smoking Cessation Drugs
July 25, 2009 – 1:43 am | No Comment
The proof obtained from varied trials undertaken by Pfizer for Chantix has shown greater probability of success rate in cessation of the smoking habit. The antagonistic nature of Chantix or Champix is known to inhibit craving for nicotine, causes decreased smoking pleasure and other tobacco derived produce. There are a reported three million people in America that consume Chantix. Several patients on Chantix have undergone precarious and adverse side effects comprising of most common ones like nauseous feeling, headaches, insomnia and recurrent bad or unpleasant dreams, while many others feel extremely worked up, depressed or show strange withdrawal behaviour patterns. Chantix side effects also include the inception of mental illness like lunacy, manic behaviour, bipolarity, delirium or schizophrenia. Chantix may cause a relapse of past mental illness. Chantix users have also been reported to tend to have suicidal tendencies, tried or committed suicide. Fatal accidents inclusive of  [...]

Nanotechnology Breast Cancer Drug Under Scanner
July 24, 2009 – 3:39 am | No Comment
Abraxane, the nanotechnology breast cancer drug, developed by Abraxis BioScience, Inc, is widely advertised in the United States under a co-endorsement agreement between Abraxis and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP. According to the agreement signed with the US based company, Biocon has rights to sell Abraxane in India, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and some South Asian and Persian Gulf countries. In 2005, the U.S. FDA approved the use of Abraxane in Injectable Suspension for breast cancer treatment taking into consideration its side effects, post the not so desirable effects of chemotherapy. However, when Natco Pharma’s Albupax , the cancer remedy did not pass the vital safety trials, the Drug controller general of India (DGCI), that is India’s drug regulator has instructed a fresh rounds of tests to be carried on Abraxane, the medicine’s original version. The new rounds of tests are on way as a safety measure subsequent to Natco’s drug that showed high endotoxin levels  [...]

Arduous Work Outs Strongly Correlated With Memory Loss
July 19, 2009 – 12:10 am | No Comment
A latest study has revealed that those women, who regularly took up laborious exercises like running, swimming or aerobics for a period of decades or so, incurred a major slump in memory, remembering skills along with other key functions. This comes out as a vociferous warning to female marathon runners amongst others engaging in physically taxing activities for extended periods of time. It has been proven that restrained form of moderate exercises like golf, volleyball, softball, quick walking or cycling on even levelled streets, aid in honing mental skills in women. Researcher Mary C. Tierney, a PhD holder of University of Toronto was of the viewpoint that many people think that if a small amount of exercise is good then a significant amount would be even better, which is not right. This finding was presented at the Alzheimer’s Association 2009 International Conference by Tierney who revealed that breast cancer risk reduced when moderate exercise was employed and was further  [...]

Risk Of Dementia Higher If Better-Half Has It
July 18, 2009 – 7:46 pm | One Comment
A revolutionary original research has proposed that partners of persons suffering from Dementia are at a significantly higher danger of themselves contracting dementia. A detailed study that was carried out for close to a decade on 1200 couples have revealed that women who took care of their dementia afflicted husbands were close to four times more prone to developing dementia than the wives of men that did not have dementia. Maria Norton, an associate gerontology professor at Utah University stated that husband care providers were found to be close to 12 times more prone to get dementia in comparison to those husbands of healthy women. Ralph Nixon, a practising psychiatrist and an Alzheimer’s disease specialist at New York University said that though Dementia is non-communicable, the level of stress that a person encounters whilst tending to a dementia-stricken spouse is quite high. Stress is the proven potential risk factor to cause dementia. Stressed out persons tend to neglect  [...]

FDA Toughens Stance On Accentuating Admonition On Propoxyphene Based Pain Relievers
July 16, 2009 – 10:49 am | No Comment
On 7 July, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has enunciated that the makers of pain allaying drugs that have propoxyphene as their component must compulsorily underline the probable risk by overuse on the warning label of such medicines. The locally available drugs like Darvon and Darvocet-N are amongst them that come under the scanner from this latest announcement. The FDA has issued instructions to undertake in-depth research to gauge propoxyphene’s side effects on the heart in addition to the frequency of its prescription in aged patients and its safety details in comparison to other market medicines. The FDA is aware that propoxyphene is usually recommended and has been used since 1957. The director of FDA- Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Janet Woodcock has stated that those who seek prescriptions and ailing patients must be made conscious about propoxyphene’s possible hazards, with doctors offering treatment only after proper evaluation of the patient’s past  [...]

H1N1 vaccine production insufficient
July 15, 2009 – 10:31 pm | No Comment
The alarming global count of 6.8 billion people who are mostly likely vulnerable to the new H1N1 virus, far surpasses the present production capacity of the influenza vaccines. The WHO Director General, Margaret Chan, during her speech at the Intellectual Property and Public Policy Issues Conference stated that the seemingly limited production of the vaccines would mostly likely be absorbed by the affluent countries that would leave many other people worldwide devoid of the vaccine. According to Chan, the preferred vaccine would be one that provides all rounded protection from the seasonal along with the whole range of associate endemic viruses. The director-general of WHO egged on the R&D sector along with the scholastics to actively pursue such a progress. She termed it as the finest and significantly logical insurance policy for augmenting production and supporting better unbiased access. Chan pointed out the call for latest innovation stating that the global shortage of  [...]