New Cabazitaxel Drug Improves Life Expectancy in Advanced Prostate Cancer Patients

Posted in Cancer, Disease & Disorders, News No discussion yet on March 5th, 2010

A new-fangled chemotherapy drug, cabazitaxel by Sanofi-Aventis, shows potential in improving life expectancy among men having advanced prostate cancer, as a final recourse in a clinical study. Men, in whom cancer had metastasized beyond the prostate gland, generally undergo treatment with medications intended on reducing testosterone being produced in the body, a hormone which believed to be feeding cancer spread. However, when such treatment is unsuccessful, then the sole accepted choice presently is Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug that has frequently been observed to not succeed. Cabazitaxel was tested during a large-scaled study involving 755 males from twenty-six countries having cancer in a continual state of progression in spite of being administered Taxotere. In that study, half of those men who were administered cabazitaxel (intravenous administration in three weekly interval) survived a median of over fifteen months in comparison to the around thirteen months in those males who  [...]

Vitiligo – Disregarding an Agonizingly Apparent Condition

Posted in Skin No discussion yet on March 1st, 2010

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder causing loss of pigmentation in blotches of skin. About 3 million people from the U.S. have this disorder. The precise cause of vitiligo is unclear and experts are yet to decipher why the body makes antibodies which assault and obliterate pigment-producing cells. The colourless skin patches appear more apparent when the skin tone is darker. However for individuals of all skin tones, vitiligo could be immensely distressing due to all the public gawking, work interviews becoming digressed among several other harrowing incidents faced on a daily basis. An array of vitiligo treatments ranging from topically applied creams, UV-light treatment to surgery exist, yet not one of them being ideal enough to be able to cure this disorder. Several dermatologists unequivocally inform patients about no cure existing and that it is a kind of cosmetic disorder that could not be treated. Several patients are unaware of their choices, which is quite a distressing trend. Adding  [...]

Hip Replacement – Minimally Invasive Procedure Makes Headway

Posted in Disease & Disorders, Musculoskeletal No discussion yet on February 24th, 2010

Hip replacement has been among those operations that has earned immense success in the medical field due to minor complications and speedy recuperation rates. The method that orthopaedic surgeons employ is known as anterior hip replacement, one among numerous less invasive surgical procedures that are linked to briefer hospitalization, smaller-sized slit, lesser muscle injury, less painfulness and bleeding, lesser chances of the hip dislocating post-surgery, swifter recuperation and a faster revert to normal existence. Patients have cited being capable of walking with no need of walkers or canes and being capable of putting complete weight on their operated side. Within a day’s time post-surgery, patients are discharged from hospital and are able to walk home sans any limping. An exhaustive physical therapy is to be followed by such patients recommended five times per week for a fortnight that they could do in the confines of their home. A specially designed operating table was developed  [...]

Tourette’s syndrome – Taming the Tics

Posted in Brain & Nervous System, Disease & Disorders, Mental health No discussion yet on February 24th, 2010

Tourette’s syndrome is a perplexing disorder causing peculiar tics, abrupt jerkiness and bizarre vocalizations. Frequently, tics ailments and tic-associated obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) happen collectively and mostly assuage or even subside in early adulthood. However, lamentably at times elevated dosages of SSRI antidepressants (for instance, Prozac) would be needed for deriving a favourable response. Furthermore, sometimes augmenting the SSRI with another medicine is required. The outcomes of a latest study showed that several of the obsessive compulsive disorder cases in remission continued their intake of an SSRI antidepressant medicine. The ideal treatment in case of early inset, tic-associated O.C.D is generally a merger of medicines and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mostly a definite method known as exposure and response deterrence. During a remedial session of exposure and response deterrence, the patient and the analyst start off with a reciprocally decided upon  [...]

2 or more Soft Drinks Weekly Doubles Pancreatic Cancer Risk

Posted in Cancer, Disease & Disorders No discussion yet on February 17th, 2010

According to a new-fangled study, those who drank even two beverages or soft drinks weekly seem to almost raise their risk of developing pancreatic cancer by two folds or eighty-seven percent heightened risk in comparison to those that did not consume aerated drinks. There have been sharp reactions from the beverage industry to the study outcome terming it as erroneous and pointed to other studies that detected no link in-between consuming soda and pancreatic cancer. During 2009, Cancer affecting the pancreas was diagnosed in over forty thousand individuals in the United States. Pancreas located at the rear the stomach produces hormones like insulin for balancing sugar in blood and producing fluids with enzymes to assist in breaking down fats and protein present in food items. Study Facets As earlier research has shown diverse results regarding if consuming soft drinks would heighten pancreatic cancer risk, hence Mueller and his associates examined over sixty thousand entrants from  [...]

Herbal Supplements Could Turn Dicey With Heart Medications

Posted in Cardiovascular, Disease & Disorders No discussion yet on February 8th, 2010

A study conducted by researchers from the Mayo Clinic reveals that those patients who took heart medications were risking potential grave reactions when they additionally consumed herbal remedies like St. John’s wort, garlic, ginkgo biloba among several others. Researchers spotted several alternative, herbal remedies which must not be taken by heart patients on drugs for treating cardiac ailments. They claimed that these herbal remedies could be problem-causing when consumed with medicine prescriptions for lowering blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, stabilizing irregular cardiovascular rhythms or preventing blood clot formations. Investigators pointed out that heart patients mostly do not keep their physicians informed about any herbal or alternative products they were taking as they fail to identify the likely harm that these remedies could cause. For such individuals natural synonymously translated to being risk-free. Though these medications have been used for hundreds of  [...]

Treatment Overview for Lyme disease

Posted in Disease & Disorders No discussion yet on February 4th, 2010

Lyme disease is a form of infection that spreads after being bitten by infection-ridden ticks that are carriers of Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium leading to bulls-eye type rashes, weariness, headaches, rigidity in neck, fever, muscular or joint aches and swell up. In case prompt treatment is not given complications that involve the cardiovascular, nervous system, joint and skin could imminently develop. Lyme disease is generally effectually treated with a brief antibiotic course and often recommended in the advanced staging of the disease. Prescription of antibiotic medicines is based on the age, signs and staging of the disease and given via oral, jab or intravenously. The span of antibiotic treatment would vary in accordance to severity of the disease, signs experienced, and normally lasting lesser than four weeks. Antibiotics Prescribed Amoxicillin, cefotaxime or ceftriaxone sodium, erythromycin, penicillin, tetracycline hydrochloride, doxycycline hyclate, cefuroxime axetil. Preliminary  [...]

Pituitary Gigantism – The Towering Gentle Giants

Posted in Disease & Disorders No discussion yet on February 3rd, 2010

Pituitary Gigantism is an atypical type of gigantism developing due to excessive production of pituitary growth hormone, generally the outcome of a pituitary adenoma. This hyper secretion of growth hormone or GH happens prior to epiphyseal growth plates in an infant could fuse or in adolescence. There is disproportionate growth and excessive height due to unremitting overactive behaviour of the pituitary gland that is situated at the base of the brain. In this scenario there is high serum GH and IGF-1 levels leading to quick, unwarranted linear development and in case not checked could lead to towering adult height. Contrastingly, excessive levels of Growth hormone that commence during adulthood following total closure of epiphyseal plates have no outcome on the build and known as acromegaly. Though several chronological assertions of gigantism have been overstated, actual pituitary giants having statures nearly eight feet, eleven inches have been acknowledged in medical narratives. Pituitary  [...]

Innovatory Remedial Strategy Discovered for Lupus Kidney Disease

Posted in Disease & Disorders No discussion yet on February 2nd, 2010

Researchers have spotted a novel disease means and curative strategy for a form of advanced kidney ailment which is a widespread reason for complications developing among Lupus sufferers. Usually blocking the inflammation is the normative treatment in case of lupus kidney disease. The new-fangled study indicates that one may desire targeting the macrophages – a particular form of white blood cells that are entailed in the ailment. Since long, physicians are aware of the harm done to kidney occurring among several lupus sufferers and identify how the ailment elicits the onset of kidney ailment. There is dearth of knowledge on the kind of lupus kidney ailment - proliferative crescentic disease which is linked with detrimental effects and lowered survival rates. This form of kidney disease is typified by anomalous growth noted in kidney cells leading to irrevocable harm to internally placed kidney constitution which assist in filtering waste-products and fluids from the blood stream. This  [...]

Toilet Seat Dermatitis Makes a Novel Resurgence

Posted in Skin No discussion yet on February 1st, 2010

There has been a recent resurfacing of toilet seat dermatitis, a type of skin disease that was at one point of time believed to have been overcome in the United States. Exotic-appearing wood-based loo seats and harsh-natured chemical cleansing agents may be the reason for this comeback. A new-fangled study has documented 5 latest cases of toilet seat dermatitis among infants, several of whom ailed for years prior to receiving an accurate identification. During a news release, Dr. Bernard Cohen, MD, John Hopkins Children’s Center, Director, paediatric dermatology department and part of the research team explained that toilet seat dermatitis was one of the well-known skin conditions that has been widely illustrated in health manuals and observed in third world countries, however is one condition that several younger child specialists have not yet encountered in their every day practice. Dr. Cohen further added that in case their diminutive investigation is any suggestion of what is transpiring  [...]

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