Dealing With Unexplained SymptomsHow to deal with symptoms that are not explained by conventional medical diagnosis? There is no clear answer to this question. Now some doctors from Michigan State University are trying to answer this question. They have developed a revolutionary therapy plan that will allow primary care physicians to more effectively treat people who suffer from medically unexplained symptoms.
This is a problem that affects millions of people and can affect........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/12/2006 8:02:51 PM)
Teen Cancer Patient And Treatment DecisionNo more chemotherapy! That’s what Starchild Abraham Cherrix telling the judge. He received three months of chemotherapy and this has made him nauseated and weak some times so weak and unable to walk by himself.
When he learned that he is having a recurrence of cancer, he said to the doctors, “No more chemotherapy”. Abraham is only 16 years old. The question is: can he decide about his own treatment.
"I think it would kill me the second........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 7/12/2006 5:42:07 PM)
Physical activity does not protect from ovarian cancerThere are several benefits to a regular exercise program. It keeps you fit, it prevents heart attack, and it protects you from breast cancer. But the benefits of exercise do not extend to the field of ovarian cancer.
A new research has found that exercise programs do not protect women from developing ovarian cancer. This is as per reports published in International Journal of Cancer.
"However, despite not protecting for ovarian cancer,........Go to the Ovarian cancer blog (Added on 7/12/2006 7:26:08 AM)
Obesity Map Of The United StatesUsing data from CDC, MSN has created this interesting obesity map of the United States.
With such a large percentage of the population weighing more than is healthy, the public-health implications of being overweight have taken on greater importance. The burgeoning percentage of heavy Americans has economic consequences, too. Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and RTI International estimated that 2003 health-care costs........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/11/2006 10:09:30 PM)
Hypertension Provokes Cardiac InsufficiencyThe Journal of the American College of Cardiology has just published, in its electronic edition, an article by scientists from the CIMA of the University of Navarra and the Hospital Donostia of San Sebastián. The article describes a newly-discovered mechanism through which the hearts of persons with high blood pressure can suffer structural damages, which can impede functioning and provoke cardiac insufficiency in these patients.
The authors........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 7:22:34 AM)
Higher risk for cervical cancer with multiple HPV typesThe risk for developing the tissue abnormalities, or lesions, that typically precede cervical cancer is much higher for women infected with multiple genotypes of the human papillomavirus (HPV) than previously reported, as per a research studyreported in the recent issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
Eventhough doctors have known that the cervical tissue at the opening to the womb can harbor multiple HPV types, this study........Go to the Uterine cancer blog (Added on 7/11/2006 7:15:28 AM)
Exercise Reduces Recurrence Of Colon CancerPatients with stage III colon cancer who walked at an average pace six days a week or had equivalent exercise had a 51% reduced risk of having their cancer return compared to those who were less active.
As part of a study comparing two chemotherapy regimens, patients were enrolled in an evaluation of their exercise levels after therapy. Scientists compared exercise using a standardized unit called a MET or metabolic equivalent task. One MET........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 7/10/2006 6:44:13 AM)
Medication Use And Farmers' InjuriesOlder farmers are at high risk for injury when they stop taking prescribed pain medications, shows a study done in part by the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
A case review of farmers aged 66 and older in Alberta, Canada, revealed some previously unknown relationships may exist between the use of pain medications and subsequent injury. For instance, when farmers stopped taking prescribed pain or anti-inflammatory medications........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 7/9/2006 7:48:03 PM)
Link Between Pesticide and Parkinson's DiseaseA team of Emory University scientists has found a connection in laboratory mice between developmental exposure to the pesticide dieldrin (now banned from use) during gestation and lactation and an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD). The findings are significant because most studies aimed at determining the disease process in PD have been focused on events occurring during adulthood, not during developmental stages. The study........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 7/7/2006 7:02:30 AM)
New sleep gene discoveryProteins that regulate sleep and biological timing in the body work much differently than previously thought, meaning drug makers must change their approach to making drugs for sleep disorders and depression and other timing-related illnesses.
The surprise finding is an about-face from prior research, said Daniel Forger, assistant professor of math at the University of Michigan. Forger and his collaborators from the University of Utah's........Go to the Neurology news blog (Added on 7/7/2006 6:52:32 AM)
Chornobyl Radiation Increases Thyroid Cancer RiskExposure to radioactive iodine increases the risk of thyroid cancer in children and adolescents, a study of thyroid cancer prevalence after the Chornobyl accident shows. The study is reported in the July 5 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.
In 1986, an accident at the Chornobyl nuclear power plant exposed large numbers of people in Belarus, Ukraine, and the Russian Federation to radioactive material high in isotopes of........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 7/5/2006 8:17:25 AM)
Higher Death Rates With ObesityWhile obesity has generally been viewed as a single significant health concern, a University of Pittsburgh study suggests that not all obese women share the same health risks. This multi-center study of more than 90,000 women published recently in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows extremely obese women to be at significantly higher risk of dying than women at normal weight and links the risk of death to specific categories........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/5/2006 7:51:32 AM)
Eggs Survive In Older OvariesIn research that could have broad implications for women's fertility therapys, researchers have found that despite their age, female mice have a renewable egg supply in their ovaries.
The discovery, by Professor Jock Findlay from Prince Henry's Institute and Associate Professor Jeff Kerr from Monash's Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, has sparked controversy among biologists and challenged the theory, held for more than 50 years, that........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 7/5/2006 7:43:24 AM)
fruit Experiments lead to cancer knowledgeExperimental work aimed at improving the quality of fruit has led to the discovery by Hebrew University of Jerusalem agricultural scientists of a promising new avenue of drug therapy for halting the growth and spread of cancer cells in animals and humans.
Their approach has been shown to inhibit the cancerous cells without affecting normal cells and without the severe side effects of traditional therapys such as radiation and chemotherapy.........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 7/4/2006 10:03:11 AM)
Path To Miscarriage Traced To Placental InfectionFor years, doctors have puzzled over why pregnant women are 20 times more likely than others to be infected by the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, now think they have the answer, and it isn't pretty.
Their research, conducted in guinea pigs, shows that the bacteria can invade the placenta, where - protected from the body's immune system - they proliferate rapidly before pouring out to........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 7/4/2006 9:44:06 AM)
Duke To Test Flu VaccineA clinical trial to test an influenza vaccine manufactured in Australia begins this month at Duke University Medical Center.
The Duke study is part of a multi-center trial that will test the immune response and reactions of people given the vaccine. CSL Limited, the company manufacturing the vaccine, has been making flu vaccines for nearly 40 years. The trial is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 7/3/2006 9:45:32 AM)
Milk Thistle Against Lung CancerA derivative of milk thistle has shown a significant ability to reduce lung tumour growth in mice say scientists.
"We have been studying milk thistle components, silymarin and silibinin, to examine their efficacy and mechanisms against different cancers for over a decade," noted lead investigator Dr Rana Singh.
In the current tests, mice were given silibinin as part of their diet.
Those that had received the supplement developed on........Go to the Lung-cancer-blog (Added on 7/3/2006 9:25:21 AM)
Graduated Driver Licensing Reduces Fatal CrashesGraduated driver licensing programs reduce, by an average of 11 percent, the incidence of fatal crashes of 16-year-old drivers, according to a study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health's Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. When examining the most comprehensive programs, which include at least five of seven components [see list below], the researchers found about a........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 7/3/2006 9:10:26 AM)
Aspirin may not reduce the risk of colorectal cancer in smokersIt is widely known that the use of aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by up to 40 percent, but this protective effect may not extend to long-term smokers, who already face an increased risk of the disease, as per a research studyled by scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
In a large, population-based study comparing risk factors in people with and........Go to the Colon-cancer-blog (Added on 7/1/2006 11:48:04 AM)
Pomegranate Juice Keeps PSA Levels StableDrinking an eight ounce glass of pomegranate juice daily increased by nearly four times the period during which PSA levels in men treated for prostate cancer remained stable, a three-year UCLA study has observed.
The study involved 50 men who had undergone surgery or radiation but quickly experienced increases in prostate-specific antigen or PSA, a biomarker that indicates the presence of cancer. UCLA scientists measured "doubling time," how........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 7/1/2006 9:56:25 AM)
Who Eat More FruitsThose who are sweet lover may be eating more fruits compared to those who love salty-snacks. People who like fruit eat more sweets than vegetable lovers do. These findings are according to scientists from Cornell University analyses.
"If we know a person likes one type of food, this kind of study helps us better predict what other types of foods he or she might prefer," said the researcher and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab that........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/12/2006 8:25:56 PM)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)The ovaries are two small organs, one on each side of a woman's uterus. A woman's ovaries have follicles, which are tiny sacs filled with liquid that hold the eggs. These sacs are also called cysts. Each month about 20 eggs start to mature, but usually only one becomes dominant. As the one egg grows, the follicle accumulates fluid in it. When that egg matures, the follicle breaks open to release the egg so it can travel through the fallopian........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 7/12/2006 5:51:20 PM)
Removal Of Ovaries Does Not Completely Eliminate RiskEven after having their ovaries and fallopian tubes removed on a preventive basis, women who carry one of two gene mutations known to be linked to high rates of breast and ovary cancer are still at risk of developing a form of ovary cancer, cancer in the peritoneum, a large international study released Tuesday confirms.
About four per cent of women who had the preventive procedure, called a salpingo-oophorectomy, went on to develop........Go to the Ovarian cancer blog (Added on 7/12/2006 7:10:13 AM)
Type 2 Diabetes Increases The Risk Of GlaucomaA 20-year study of women in the Nurses' Health Study has shown that Type 2 diabetes is associated with primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), the most common form of glaucoma, accounting for about 60 to 70% of all glaucomas. The study is reported in the recent issue of the journal Ophthalmology.
Scientists at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School........Go to the Diabetes-watch-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 11:35:53 PM)
Secrets Of Metastasis Viewed In 3DA story begins! A cancer cell acquires capacity to break away from the main tumor and move to relocate in a new surrounding. Once settled in the new environment, the cancer cell would start dividing again.
Pharmaceutical companies typically use simplistic two-dimensional assays for this process, which is known as metastasis, to evaluate anti-cancer therapeutics. In these assays, cells crawl across the surface of a matrix, traveling in a........Go to the Cancer-blog (Added on 7/11/2006 5:00:23 PM)
How Group Dynamics Affect Fitness, Eating HabitsImagine break-room vending machines featuring fruit juice and vegetables instead of cookies and soda pop. Consider colleagues who insist on mid-morning group exercise breaks and applaud a lunchtime workout rather than criticizing the cut of the sweat suit. Ponder an organizational culture that encourages walking the stairs instead of riding the elevator.
A UCLA-evaluated study of a demonstration project led by Community Health Councils, Inc.........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/11/2006 7:05:06 AM)
Why Do Statistics About Overweight And Obesity Differ?The definitions or measurement characteristics for overweight and obesity have varied over time, from study to study, and from one part of the world to another. The varied definitions affect prevalence statistics and make it difficult to compare data from different studies. Prevalence refers to the total number of existing cases of a disease or condition in a given population at a given time. Some overweight- and obesity-related prevalence........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/10/2006 6:57:40 AM)
Statins stop hepatitis C virusA new study shows that statins, which are typically used as anti-cholesterol medications, can inhibit the replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV). They could replace ribavirin in combination treatment with interferon. These findings appear in the July 2006 issue of Hepatology, the official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD). Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hepatology is available online via........Go to the Infectious disease blog (Added on 7/7/2006 7:40:41 AM)
light on cystic fibrosis-related diabetesA growing number of cystic fibrosis patients are battling a second, often deadly complication: a unique form of diabetes that shares characteristics of the type 1 and type 2 versions that strike a number of Americans.
A number of of these patients are teens who take enzymes to help digest their food and undergo daily physical treatment to loosen the thick, sticky mucus that clogs their lungs. But despite therapys that are helping thousands........Go to the Diabetes-watch-blog (Added on 7/7/2006 7:36:09 AM)
Antihistamine Does Not Improve Infant SleepAn antihistamine often recommended to parents whose infants do not sleep through the night may not be effective in reducing nighttime awakenings or improving parents' happiness with their children's sleep, as per a report in the recent issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Between 20 and 46 percent of parents have reported that their infants have trouble sleeping, as per background........Go to the Pediatric news blog (Added on 7/5/2006 8:25:06 AM)
Medication Helps Smoking CessationThe drug varenicline shows effectiveness in helping smokers quit and abstain from smoking when compared to placebo and the smoking cessation medicine bupropion, as per three studies in the July 5 issue of JAMA.
Eventhough nearly 41 percent of smokers try to quit smoking each year, relapse is common, and only about 10 percent achieve and maintain abstinence. The negative effects of nicotine withdrawal account, in part, for low success rates,........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/5/2006 8:10:21 AM)
Heat Stops Pain Inside The BodyThe old wives' tale that heat relieves abdominal pain, such as colic or menstrual pain, has been scientifically proven by a UCL (University College London) scientist, who will present the findings today at the Physiological Society's annual conference hosted by UCL.
Dr Brian King, of the UCL Department of Physiology, led the research that found the molecular basis for the long-standing theory that heat, such as that from a hot-water bottle........Go to the Rheumatology news blog (Added on 7/5/2006 8:05:09 AM)
Early drinking linked to higher lifetime alcoholism riskData from a survey of 43,000 U.S. adults heighten concerns that early alcohol use, independent of other risk factors, may contribute to the risk of developing future alcohol problems. Those who began drinking in their early teens were not only at greater risk of developing alcohol dependence at some point in their lives, they were also at greater risk of developing dependence more quickly and at younger ages, and of developing chronic,........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 7/4/2006 10:10:18 AM)
Healing The Heart With Bone MarrowScientists at the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine at Toronto General Hospital have discovered the 'SOS' distress signal that mobilizes specific heart repair cells from the bone marrow to the injured heart after a heart attack.
While it has long been known that bone marrow cells have the ability to clear the dead tissue after a heart attack, what has not been known until now is the critically important role of bone marrow adult stem........Go to the Heart-watch-blog (Added on 7/4/2006 10:06:28 AM)
Infections Link With DiabetesA major study has added weight to the theory that environmental factors such as common infections may be a trigger for diabetes in children and young adults.
The study, the biggest of its kind, analysed information from a register of over 4,000 people aged 0-29 years old diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes over a 25-year period. The findings for young adults have not been published before.
A quarter of a million people in the UK have Type 1........Go to the Diabetes-watch-blog (Added on 7/4/2006 9:41:02 AM)
Grammar School Improves Grandma's HealthConfining activities to the rocking chair, the beach and the TV couch may be some retirees' idea of good living, but as per new research by experts at Johns Hopkins, published this month on the Journal of Urban Health's Web site, spending some time with young children in the classroom might give them a lot more time to enjoy life.
"Volunteering in a grade school may not seem immediately appealing to older Americans," said Erwin Tan, Ph.D.,........Go to the Society medical news blog (Added on 7/3/2006 9:39:09 AM)
Tips To Reduce Your Cancer Risk While GrillingSummer is officially here and it's time to fire up the grill. But there's something you should know about some of your summertime favorites. All that barbecuing could be cooking up chemicals that may increase your risk of cancer. As per the American Institute for Cancer Research, these chemicals may be linked to breast, stomach, prostate, and colon cancer.
But Dana-Farber Cancer Institute nutritionist Stephanie Vangsness, RD, LDN, CNSD, says........Go to the Weight watcher's blog (Added on 7/3/2006 9:33:21 AM)
Clozapine Has Serious Health ConsequencesPatients who take clozapine, the most effective antipsychotic drug, have significantly higher rates of metabolic syndrome, according to a first-of-a-kind study by University of Rochester Medical Center researchers.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that increase the risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The conditions include high blood pressure, excess body fat around the waist, abnormal levels of cholesterol and........Go to the Psychology news blog (Added on 7/1/2006 11:55:26 AM)
Gabapentin Cools Hot FlashesUniversity of Rochester researchers, who have been investigating new therapies for hot flashes for several years, report in the July Obstetrics and Gynecology journal that the seizure drug gabapentin is as effective as estrogen, which used to be the gold standard therapy for menopause symptoms.
Estrogen is no longer the preferred treatment because recent, large studies have shown that the hormone increases the risk of heart disease, stroke,........Go to the OBGYN news blog (Added on 7/1/2006 10:00:01 AM)
Prostatic Radiation Does Not Increase Rectal Cancer RiskMen who receive radiation treatment for prostate cancer are not at any appreciable increased risk of developing rectal cancer compared to those not given radiation treatment, as per a new study reported in the July 1, 2006, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.
This year, 235,000 American men will be diagnosed with........Go to the Prostate-cancer-blog (Added on 7/1/2006 9:52:43 AM)