"Buying Prescription Drugs (Meds) Online"
First order and use only prescription medicines that have been prescribed by your physician or other licensed healthcare professional. This is the first vital line of defense to be sure you get the correct medicine at the proper dose. Delivery of medicines from online pharmacies usually takes days or occasionally weeks. Therefore, prescriptions to treat emergency or urgent conditions such as an infection or pain from an injury should be ordered from your local drugstore so that you get immediate benefit from the meds your doctor prescribed.

* HRT drugs may help blood pressure
Women weighing the pros and cons of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) now have one additional factor to consider -- a new generation of HRT treatments containing drospirenone are touted as beneficial for lowering the blood pressure of hypertensive post-menopausal women. Santiago Palacios, the director of the Palacios Institute of Women's Health, said drospirenone is a Progestogen with Aldosterone Receptor Antagonism (PARA). "The PARA effect is what differentiates drospirenone from other progestines," Palacios said. Progestines are chemicals that mimic the action of the hormone progesterone.

|| DukeMedNews || Postmenopausal Women with Heart Disease Should Take Aspirin
DALLAS – Aspirin can significantly reduce death rates for postmenopausal women with heart disease, according to a new analysis by Duke University Medical Center cardiologists. Furthermore, the researchers found the same beneficial effect for low-dose aspirin (81 mg a day) as for higher dose aspirin (325 mg). These findings are important because they provide a scientific basis for recommending that more postmenopausal women should take aspirin, the researchers said. In their analysis of 8,928 women, the researchers found that fewer than half were taking any aspirin at all.

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Two decades ago, children who failed to grow got a big boost with the creation of a synthetic version of the human growth hormone. Suddenly they could look ahead to normal heights and normal lives. Google HGH today and see what the drug has become. It’s an all-purpose elixir for aging baby boomers. The drug supposedly sharpens the mind, builds muscles, revives potency and even turns the user into a “Superman.” For better and worse, we are a society steeped in drugs.

10 things your hospital won't tell you
"Oops, wrong kidney." In recent years, errors in treatment have become a serious problem for hospitals, ranging from operations on wrong body parts to medication mix-ups. At least 1.5 million patients are harmed every year from being given the wrong drugs, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. That's an average of one person per U.S. hospital per day. One reason these mistakes persist: Only 10% of hospitals are fully computerized and have a central database to track allergies and diagnoses, says Robert Wachter, the chief of medical service at UC San Francisco Medical Center.

8 ways to avoid the flu naturally
Couple the recent media predictions of a pandemic-proportion flu season with talk of more vaccination shortages, and the spread of panic isn't far behind. However, the flu does not have to be inevitable for you or your family and can be avoided naturally by strengthening your immune system. Taste the rainbow Eating a wide variety of fresh, wholesome foods packed with powerful vitamins and minerals is the first step to ensuring a strong immune system. Vitamins A, B6, C and E and the minerals zinc, iron, copper and selenium are critical for maintaining strength and immunity.

A febrile convulsion is a fit that occurs in children when they have a high fever. It is not epilepsy.
Fever - febrile convulsions A febrile convulsion is a fit or seizure that occurs in children when they have a high fever. This can happen in children aged six months to five years. The fit can last a few seconds or up to 15 minutes, and is followed by drowsiness. Most fits last less than two to three minutes. One in every 20 children will have one or more febrile convulsion. A febrile convulsion is not epilepsy and does not cause brain damage. Around 30 per cent of babies and children who have had one febrile convulsion will have another. There is no way to predict who will be affected or when this will happen.

A Lifestyle of Pain: Managing the Chronic Pain of Fibromyalgia and More
Jody Gardner had joints in her feet removed to reduce the pain and enable her to walk "more like normal." She had a hot tub installed at home to supplement the warm-water exercise she enjoys and needs. She watches what she eats, exercises regularly and has developed a close working relationship with her doctor. When you have chronic pain, as she does, you keep trying things until something brings relief. Gardner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 22; doctors figure she'd already had it for some time even then. Forty years later, chronic pain is just one aspect of the woman's active life.

A Real Fat Fight
Researchers from Harvard's School of Public Health and decision makers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have launched separate campaigns to downplay and undermine a recent study, led by CDC researcher Katherine Flegal, attributing 25,814 deaths to overweight and obesity. The CDC had previously said the number was 400,000, more than fifteen times higher. These efforts come in spite of a near-consensus that Flegal's study, published in JAMA, surpasses all previous work in the field. Science magazine reported last month: "Scientists agree that Flegal's study is superior.

A.A. History -- Let's Ask Bill W.
1A - Early in A.A.'s history, very natural questions arose among theologians. There was a Mr. Henry Link who had written "The Return to Religion (Macmillan Co., 1937). One day I received a call from him. He stated that he strongly objected to the A.A. position that alcoholism was an illness. This concept, he felt, removed moral responsibility from alcoholics. He had been voicing this complaint about psychiatrists in the American Mercury. And now, he stated, he was about to lambaste A.A. too. Of course, I made haste to point out that we A. A.'s did not use the concept of sickness to absolve our members from moral responsibility.

AARP Continues National Assault on High Drug Prices
A new prescription drug price report issued by the AARP today found that the manufacturer prices for brand name prescription drugs continue to rise at an average rate that greatly outpaces general inflation. AARP state offices from Connecticut to California are fighting back with renewed efforts to bring down costs for all health care consumers. The drug price study, conducted by AARP's Public Policy Institute in conjunction with the PRIME Institute at the University of Minnesota, found prices for nearly 200 of the most commonly used brand name medications rose 6.1 percent during the 12 month period from July 2004-June 2005.

ACS :: Hair Loss
The normal scalp contains approximately 100,000 hairs. They are constantly growing, with old hairs falling out and being replaced by new ones. Some cancer treatments will cause some people to lose some or all of their hair (alopecia). For example, with chemotherapy, drugs travel throughout the body to kill cancer cells, and some of these drugs damage hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out. Hair loss is highly variable. Some people experience it and others do not, even when they are taking the same drugs. While some drugs can cause hair loss on the scalp and elsewhere on the body, others can cause only the loss of head hair.

ACS :: Prostheses
Prostheses are manmade substitutes for body parts that have been removed. Prostheses help a person appear as if the body part has never been removed. Some, such as artificial legs, help the person with cancer function as independently as possible. While there are many different types of prostheses, those most commonly needed by people with cancer are prostheses for the breast, leg, testicles, or penile implants. Wigs used for people who experience temporary hair loss due to chemotherapy are also considered prostheses.

Active Vaccine Prevents Mice From Developing Prion Disease
Although no cure for these diseases -- which include scrapie, mad cow disease, and chronic wasting disease -- is on the horizon, many research groups in both the United States and Europe are working on prion vaccines. But the NYU study is important because it breaks new ground in demonstrating that active immunization can protect a significant percentage of animals from developing symptoms of prion disease, explains Thomas Wisniewski, M.D., Professor of Neurology, Pathology, and Psychiatry, and the lead author of the study. The vaccines that provide active immunization are made, in part, from proteins found on disease-causing organisms.

Activists take on Eli Lilly over off-label sale of Zyprexa
On February 23, a new grassroots advocacy group issued a press release to rally support for attorney Jim Gottstein in his legal battle with Eli Lilly over his role in providing secret company documents, obtained in litigation, to the media to alert the public about the health risks associated with Zyprexa that were kept hidden since the mid-90s. In turning the document over to the press, Mr.

ADHD 101: What Every Beginner in ADHD Needs to Know
The medications used to treat adult ADHD are the same ones used to treat ADHD in children. The first medicines tried are typically the stimulants: Ritalin, Dexedrine, Cylert, Desoxyn, Adderall. Some clinicians shy away from prescribing stimulants because they are controlled substances, i.e., physicians and pharmacists have extra paper work when prescribing these medications. The prescription cannot be "phoned" into a pharmacy; and it cannot be written for more than a month's supply.

Alesse (100 mcg levonorgestrel/20 mcg ethinyl estradiol tablets)
Approval Status: Approved April 1997 Treatment for: birth control General Information Alesse (100 mcg levonorgestrel/20 mcg ethinyl estradiol tablets), a new low-dose birth control pill, has been approved for marketing. New Alesse represents the lowest dose combination of levonorgestrel and ethinyl estradiol marketed in the United States. Alesse contains 100 mcg of the progestin levonorgestrel, the most widely prescribed contraceptive progestin, and 20 mcg of ethinyl estradiol, the estrogen most frequently used in oral contraceptives.

Allergies and Health Insurance

People like many things, such as pets, jewelry, and seafood, but these things are not always safe. For those who have allergies, coming into contact with these things can result in discomfort and pain.
 
An allergy is a reaction of a person’s immune system to an object that is usually not harmful to human beings. People who have allergies are usually allergic to many things. These can include pollen, pets, insect bites, food, dust mites, mold, and medications. Allergies are believed to be acquired through one’s environment and through one’s genes. When an allergic reaction happens, the person’s immune system generates a "false alarm." Sneezing, a runny nose, itching, rashes, swelling, and asthma are some of the common symptoms of an allergic reaction.
 
An allergy exam will identify a person’s allergies. This involves a thorough documentation of a person’s medical history. The person will also be screened for allergy-related disorders. His/her body will also be assessed as to how it responds to various allergens. An allergy exam also includes blood and skin tests.
 
Allergies can be treated in different ways. Decongestants are used to lessen swelling. They are also used to bring back blood to the blood vessels in a person’s nose. Metered-dose inhalers are used to expand bronchial tubes. Sneezing and itching are treated with antihistamines. Getting allergy shots will lower a person’s body’s capacity to produce an allergic reaction. There are also alternative treatments that are done to treat allergies.
 
A person’s individual health insurance plan can be affected if he or she has allergies. Coverage for medication is usually limited in most plans. Only a small number of plans, mainly HMOs, provide coverage for preventive care.

Allergies worse this season
SUMMIT COUNTY - In the past week, the yellowish-green film of pine pollen has covered cars, but some say you can't blame it for your runny or stuffed-up nose. According to allergist Dr. William Silvers, pine pollen is hypoallergenic. "While the pine pollen is floating around and people can see it, it's really microscopic grass pollen that causes the problems," Silvers said. "The truth is, even a high pine pollen count does not cause symptoms. Cedar and aspen pollen can cause big-time allergies, but those end in mid-May." However, some health care professionals disagree with Silvers.

Alphabetical
Rituxan (Rituximab)- Mabthera for Arthritis Treatment - Information Information on the development of the medication Rituxan, generic drug name rituximab, for the treatment of arthritis. Rituxan, also known as MabThera, is currently a drug for cancer treatment but also offers long-term relief to rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, according to results of clinical studies. Articles & Resources Sort By: Guide Picks | Alphabetical | Recent Arthritis Drugs: What Are My Options?Medications have long been considered "traditional" treatment.

Alternative medicines as back up to health plans

Health care is an ever-growing need, and with the cost of insurance premiums it is very important to consider every option available to you related to your health. Health insurance really is vital and careful comparisons can and should be made when choosing the best health plans offered in the market.
 
The use of alternative medicines is sometimes relied upon these days as a back up to health plans by some people.  Since the start of civilization, man has been using herbs to solve health issues. From simple colds and digestive issues to depression, many medicinal herbs have been proven effective against a wide range of diseases. The good thing about these alternative medicines, aside from being cheap, is that they can be grown in your own backyard.
 
Oregano is one of the most popular medicinal herbs in the world. Aside from enhancing immunity to disease, this herb can provide relief from cold and flu. When placed in hot water, the vapors produced by this plant contain antibacterial and antiviral properties. It also serves as a good decongestant.
 
Rosemary on the other hand is a popular brain tonic used in Chinese traditional medicine. Its volatile oils help increase brain activity and alertness. This plant also helps digestion and boosts the immune system.
 
Another popular alternative medicine is St. John’s wort. Researchers from the Center for Complementary Medicine in Munich concluded that the herb’s extract provides a more effective treatment against depression symptoms than any antidepressant. According to the studies, St. John’s wort actually worked better than the placebos given. It provides the basic medical effects of tricyclics and SSRIs with fewer side effects.
 
The best option is to be covered by a comprehensive health insurance policy, but having medicinal plants in your own backyard can also be helpful when treating minor illnesses.

Alternative perspectives on depression
Abraham Lincoln once said, ";People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be."; Funny thing: the 16th president spent his life suffering from ";melancholia,"; as depression was described in the mid-1800s. The concept that happiness is a question of choice has long since been overturned, and yet ";buck up"; and ";try harder"; admonitions are routine. Depression is now primarily viewed as a biologically-based, difficult-to-treat, and oh-so-common condition. About 1 in 20 people in the United States seek treatment for some form of depression-related disorder each year.

Alternative Treatments and Medicines

Although acupuncture seems to relieve pain, many insurance companies still consider similar therapies, including herbal supplements and massage, to be outside the medical mainstream. They are still considered as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). However, some insurance companies do offer coverage for selected alternative medicines and therapies on a case-by-case basis.
 
The easiest way to get insurance companies to cover your alternative therapies is by making a good case that a certain alternative treatment is necessary for you. The best way to do this is to ask for a prescription from your doctor. This should include the length and frequency of your treatment. Among the frequently covered alternative therapies are massage therapy, chiropractic care, herbal remedies, acupuncture, mind-body stress management, and homeopathy.
 
For some insurers, covering alternative medicine is a good way to save money. For instance, common treatments for chronic back pain are more expensive than alternative therapies, such as acupuncture and biofeedback. Also, some people sometimes find these conventional treatments less effective. Acupuncture therapy only costs $200, while medication costs around $600 and surgery costs $10,000, but getting frequent alternative therapies may also cost more than the conventional treatments.
 
If your medical insurance does not cover your alternative therapies, you may be able to find affordable alternative treatments by alternative medicine college interns, who often offer therapies at discounted rates. The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, for instance, has treatment centers located in New York, Chicago, and San Diego that offer herbal medicine consultations and acupuncture therapies for only $10 to $60. You may also save money on your alternative therapies through your Health Savings Account’s pretax money or Flexible Spending Arrangement.

Americans doubt cancer coverage

A survey released last Wednesday revealed that only a little less than half of the American population believes that their health plans would cover their cancer treatment costs in full, while around two-thirds have the false notion that Medicare will not cover anything.


Out of the 1,000 adults who participated in the survey, 70% stated that they were “very concerned” about shouldering cancer treatment costs if they ever had cancer, while 59% fear putting their families in financial trouble.


Released by the Community Oncology Alliance, the survey implies that Americans are worried and at the same time misinformed about the country’s health care system, as well as the modifications that might take place after Congress and the White House finish working on the overhaul.


According to Dr. Patrick Cobb, president of the Community Oncology Alliance and a managing associate of Hematology-Oncology Centers of the Northern Rockies in Billings, Montana, it is right for people to fear the costs of cancer treatment since cancer is the second leading cause of death in America.


When it comes to health insurance comparisons, only a small number of private insurance plans provide full coverage for cancer treatment. These plans could have premiums of $5,000 or more.


Cobb further explained, "Monthly out-of-pocket costs for cancer care and treatment, not covered by private insurance plans or Medicare, can easily run to $1,000 or more. For many cancer patients, the costs of diagnostic imaging, surgery and expensive cancer medications, especially in the first few months of treatment, can add up to well beyond $2,500 per month."


As part of the proposed health care reform, President Obama has begun to push for a government-managed insurance option that will be offered along with the traditional private and employer-sponsored insurance.



Americans Value the Health Benefits of Prescription Drugs, But Say Drug makers Put Profits First, New Survey Shows
This Featured Topic uses current and historical public opinion data from the Kaiser Family Foundation and other polling organizations to examine the public's attitudes towards prescription drugs and pharmaceutical companies. Views On Prescription Drugs And Drug Safety Prescription drugs play a part in half of all adults' daily lives, and most agree that these medications have a positive value to society.

America's Obese: A Food Source For America's Even More Obese?
WASHINGTON, DC - America's morbidly obese are hungry. For years, the processed-food industry has desperately tried to placate them with empty-calorie foodstuffs with a satisfying texture, but their appetites have proven insatiable. A new report released Monday by the National Health Council, however, suggests that the answer to morbidly obese Americans' problems could be standing right behind them in the buffet line. Dr.

An epidemic
November 27, 2005 - If you don't have diabetes, you probably know someone in this city who does. The Texas Diabetes Council counts 68,000 diabetics in Brownsville. That's about 42 percent of the city's 161,255-person population, according to the U.S. Census in 2004. And, that's not counting an estimated 40,000 who are undiagnosed and untreated. There are 20.8 million diabetics in the United States, roughly 7 percent of the 293.7 million population, according to the American Diabetes Association. Another 6.2 million are unaware that they have the disease, the ADA estimates.

Annual Report to the Nation Finds Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop; Lower Cancer Rates Observed in U.S. Latino Populations
Annual Report to the Nation Finds Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop; Lower Cancer Rates Observed in U.S. Latino Populations A new report from the nation's leading cancer organizations finds that Americans' risk of dying from cancer continues to drop, maintaining a trend that began in the early 1990s. However, the rate of new cancers remains stable. The "Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer, 1975-2003, Featuring Cancer among U.S. Hispanic/Latino Populations" is published in the October 15, 2006, issue of Cancer*. The report includes comprehensive data on trends over the past several decades for all major cancers.

Are we being fed big fat lies?
Our excess weight, the MPs concluded, was costing the NHS 7.4 billion a year, a figure expected to rise quickly. With childhood obesity having tripled in 20 years, this would be the first generation in which children died before their parents. "Wholesale cultural and societal changes" were needed urgently, they wrote, including an end to television advertising of unhealthy food to children, greater control over food labelling, and the threat of "direct regulation of the food industry" if it failed to co-operate.

Arthritis and diet
Arthritis is a general term describing over 100 different conditions that cause pain, stiffness and (often) inflammation in one or more joints. Everyone with arthritis can benefit from eating a healthy well balanced diet. There is no special diet or 'miracle food' that cures arthritis, but some conditions may be helped by avoiding or including certain foods. For example, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis seem to respond to an increased dietary intake of fish oils, while gout benefits from avoidance of alcohol and offal meats. Always seek the advice of your doctor or dietitian before changing your diet in an attempt to treat arthritis.

Arthritis Relief Study Sparks Debate
BOSTON -- For the 21 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, safe and effective pain relief is hard to find. When a major study by the National Institutes of Health found the dietary supplements glucosamine and chondroitin eased the pain for people with moderate to severe osteoarthritis, it should have been cause for celebration. Instead, it has sparked debate, reported WCVB-TV in Boston. In Europe, the pills have been sold as drugs for decades, but in the United States, glucosamine and chondroitin are dietary supplements and are not regulated by the government.

Article on Personal Success
So many times the a criticism of anecdotal is leveled at alternative therapies. Here is my success story. Not a friend of a next door neighbor's cousin or some such but me personally. Like too many of us, I was diagnosed with a local recurrence two years after a lumpectomy. I opted for a second lumpectomy against recommendations. That was nothing new for me, I had refused radiation based on my discovery that it offered no survival benefit for women with no lymph node involvement and small tumors(under 2 cm.). That same month I began an intensive program of alternative treatment. I began the "Kelley" program using metabolic enzyme therapy.

Artificial Light May Raise Breast Cancer Risk
Results from a new study in laboratory mice show that nighttime exposure to artificial light stimulated the growth of human breast tumors by suppressing the levels of a key hormone called melatonin. The study also showed that extended periods of nighttime darkness greatly slowed the growth of these tumors. The study results might explain why female night shift workers have a higher rate of breast cancer. It also offers a promising new explanation for the epidemic rise in breast cancer incidence in industrialized countries like the United States.

Baby Steps To Medicare Drug Plan
A prescription plan is vitally important to senior citizens and disabled people, yet it has never been offered as part of Medicare coverage. Until very recently, drug industry officials have locked horns with Clinton administration officials over this important issue and any hint of a government-mandated program to include drug coverage has been resisted. Drug industry leaders have equated a government program with potential price controls.

Back Exercises Not The Answer To Low Back Pain
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Exercise may help ease lower back pain -- just as long as the exercise is not specifically targeting the back, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of the nearly 700 patients with low back pain they followed for 18 months, those who walked and got other forms of "recreational" exercise had a lower risk of pain over time. In contrast, those who performed exercises specifically for their backs appeared to make matters worse. Lower back pain is one of the most common reasons for Americans' trips to the doctor, and the top reason people seek alternative therapies like acupuncture.

Bad news for MS patients
Then she got the call that dashed that expectation. Her doctor told her that Tysabri had been taken off the market on Feb. 28. Becker already had gotten two doses of the drug and was scheduled for a third just days after the announcement that Tysabri had been yanked for safety reasons. "I pretty much cried the whole day because I was so let down," she says. Many people with MS had been holding onto the hope that Tysabri would bring relief because the disease can cause permanent disability or, in some cases, paralysis.

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute - Home: Patient Care: Support Groups
The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute is committed to helping cancer patients, their family, friends and the health professionals who care for them. By providing educational and supportive services and programs, the Institute is dedicated to offering reliable, helpful and accurate information to the public. The goal of the Patient and Family Services Department is to educate patients about their diagnosis and treatment, while empowering them through the support of cancer center staff, their peers, literature, videos, survivorship programs, community networking and support groups.

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute - Home: Patient Care: Treatment: Clinical Trials
Many cancer patients are eligible for and encouraged to consider participating in clinical trials. These are studies widely-believed to be among the best options for most cancer patients. They seek to answer questions that we hope and expect will lead to better ways of preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. Or they are designed to improve the quality of life for patients. The Institute conducts more than 300 clinical trials. Many are developed by our own physicians and researchers.

Battling breast cancer: One woman’s struggle to defeat a disease
Her cancer is aggressive, fast-growing and ruthless. A bone marrow transplant is an extremely expensive and experimental option. Chemotherapy will slow the cancer, but it will not kill it. A bone marrow transplant offers the only chance for cure. Yet if she doesn’t at least try, it’s like giving up. She can’t do that to her kids: Dylan 2, Jacy, 4, and Drew 11. She can’t do that to Johnny, her husband of 13 years, her high school sweetheart, her soulmate and the love of her life.

Battling Teen Depression

The adolescent years can be very difficult for young people who are going through this stage. Feeling melancholic or short-tempered is quite normal, and having an emotional high once in a while is natural for teenagers who are constantly bombarded with different kinds of educational demands and activities. However, if these strong emotions don’t go away or become so intense that you’re unable to handle them, you might be experiencing teenage depression. But you don’t need to keep on suffering this way. Help is just around the corner, and all you need to do is seek it out. Always remember that you are stronger than your depression.
 
An important thing to know is that you’re never alone in this battle. Depression is more common in teenagers than you might think, and the solution for this problem is within your reach. No matter what you may feel and believe, a lot of people are concerned about you. You just have to have the courage to speak up about it, because that’s the first step in overcoming depression.
 
Although depression is not your fault, there are steps that you can take to steer your emotions towards feeling better. Keep your body healthy. If you are stressed, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your parents or a trusted adult. Although it may seem as if you and your parents don’t always see eye to eye, their love and concern for you will drive them to seek therapists and specialists that will give optimal treatment for your condition. If you don’t have student health insurance, your parents’ medical insurance will come in handy for the necessary arrangements. Also, it is best to form your own strong support group that will help and encourage you every step of the way to regaining good health.

Beat the Press
Talking Seriously About Medicare Drugs The pharmaceutical and insurance industries both profit enormously from the current design of the Medicare drug benefit. They also are both powerful lobbies that make large contributions to politicians. Therefore it is not surprising that many politicians are willing to spew utter nonsense to defend the program from its critics. However, there is no obvious reason that the media should just repeat the same nonsense.

Better Dead Than Bed say Older Women
MATURE MARKET HEADLINES updated 3/2/2000 Empty Wallet New Cause of Elder DeathBetter Dead Than Bed say Older WomenPSA Level Predicts Future Prostate GrowthFeeling Low Makes Blood Pressure Run HighSo Old, So Sick, So What . Age vs Disabilitythe media may use these headlines free-of-chargeattribute headline source to: "AgeVenture NewsService, www.demko.com"Click here to view more Headlines Empty Wallet New Cause of Elder Death Too bad the elderly don't want to colonize Mars, because our government seems to have given space travel a higher priority than affordable medicine for the nation's oldest citizens. Yes, it's finally happened.

Beware Salon Infection
"Nail and hair salons may be a source of blood-borne as well as other infectious diseases," says Dr. Sekula who practices in Houston, Texas, and chairs the Legislation Committee for the Texas Dermatological Society. "There is good evidence that razors, nail files, barber's scissors, tattoo needles, and body piercing instruments are risk factors for transmitting hepatitis B and C." Dr. Sekula's interest in this area began when she saw one patient with a contagious fungal infection on her toes and feet. When questioned, the patient remarked that she had noticed just "one little cut" after the pedicure. "And the red warning flags went up," Dr.

BioMed Central | Abstract | 1471-2334-5-57 | Hospitalization for pertussis: profiles and case costs by age
Background Pertussis, a highly contagious respiratory illness, affects people of all ages and can have serious clinical consequences. It has been reported that from 1997-2000, 20% of all pertussis cases required hospitalization in the U.S. This analysis examined demographics, case fatality rate, resource use and costs of hospital care related to pertussis by age. Methods ICD-9 codes (033.0, 033.9) were used to identify cases of pertussis in hospital discharge databases from roughly 1,000 U.S. hospitals in 4 states (California, Florida, Massachusetts, Washington). Data from 1996-1999 were examined by age group.

Bipolar Disorder Coping
On the "Live, Survive, Thrive" blog - there is an interesting blog entry that we thought conveyed something that would be of interest to everyone: A recent study conducted under clinical criteria highlighted something terrifying for those of us who live with, love someone with, or care for people in our community with bipolar disorder. (extract) Relapse and impairment in bipolar disorder MJ Gitlin, J Swendsen, TL Heller and C Hammen Department of Psychiatry, University of California, Los Angeles 90024- 6968, USA. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the outcome of bipolar disorder in the context of Read more.

Bird flu would cause serious recession in the U.S.
According to the latest estimates a bird flu pandemic could cost the U.S. economy between $500 billion and $675 billion, and cause a serious recession. Two reports make the assumption that the H5N1 avian influenza now destroying flocks of poultry across Asia and parts of Europe will make the jump into humans and causes serious disease. To date the H5N1 virus has killed 70 people and infected as many as 135, however world health experts predict it is very close to mutating into a form that easily passes among people.

Blood clot risk increased by long distance travel
RESEARCH PUBLISHED yesterday by the Department for Transport confirms that long-distance travel leads to a small but increased risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The risk, which applies to all forms of travel, appears to be predominantly the result of prolonged immobility. Following the largest ever study of its kind, it was found that all forms of transport involving a journey of four hours or more led to an increase in the risk of blood clots forming in the veins of the legs. And in a study of air passengers of working age, for example, one case of DVT was found for every 6000 journeys that lasted four hours or more.

Blue Earth County: News/Public Information
March 30, 2005 Yesterday national news reports featured an outbreak of E. coli bacterial infections among people who attended one of two fairs that included petting zoos in Tallahassee, Florida. In Blue Earth County and across the nation there are risks of contracting E.coli bacterial infections, but there are also ways to prevent it. There are hundreds of strains of the bacterium Escherichia coli. Although most strains are harmless and live in the intestines of healthy humans and animals, E. coli O157:H7 produces a powerful toxin and can cause severe illness.

Board of Trustees
H. R. Shepherd, D.Sc. Chairman Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute Dr. Shepherd is founding Chairman of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute. In addition, he is an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University. Previously he was Chairman and CEO of Armstrong Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which he founded as Aerosol Techniques in 1955. A world-recognized expert on aerosol medications, he holds several patents on aerosol products and spearheaded the development of the metered dose inhaler.

Born in the Lap of Luxury
Hospitals have been quick to cash in on this concept that celebrates the idea that the birth of a baby involves the entire family. Apollo Hospitals plans setting up stand-alone birthing centres under the brand name of 'The Cradle'. Says Ratan Jalan, CEO, Apollo Health and Lifestyle Limited (AHLL), "The project, costing between Rs 10 crore and Rs 20 crore, will be launched in Bangalore soon, followed by another one at Gurgaon.

Boy, 3, who fought off ten superbugs
Doctors once said Joe - who caught the superbugs over eight months at two hospitals - was one of the sickest children in the country. He suffers from Angelman syndrome - a disorder which has left him with severe learning difficulties, epilepsy and jerky body movements. His battle with the bugs began after he contracted Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a rare illness that causes blisters and sores. That saw Joe taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, last June close to death.

Breast Cancer Issues for Elderly Women
Home > Coping & Quality of Life > Survivorship: After Treatment Ends Breast Cancer Issues for Elderly Women Like most grandmothers, Edie Fitts wanted to be around to watch her grandchildren graduate from high school, go on to college and someday walk down the aisle at their weddings. But when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 62, she worried she wouldn’t live to see any of that. “I was concerned about survival,” said Fitts, who lives in Wheaton, Ill. Older women face a range of issues that differs greatly from those of younger women.

BREAST CANCER: The invisible killer
Transcript Features Editor Every three minutes, a woman in the United States learns she has breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society. nationally an estimated 211,240 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and more than 40,000 will die from the disease. On the local front, more than 2,800 Oklahomans will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005 and an estimated 540 of someone's friends, neighbors and loved ones will lose their battle with breast cancer.

CalorieKing Library - Health and Fitness resources for weight loss. Calorie Counter
When you eat saturated and trans fats, cholesterol is deposited in the arteries. When you eat too much of these fats, high deposits of fatty substances and cholesterol in the arteries (among other things) cause a plaque to form and the arteries to harden and narrow; artherosclerosis is the medical term that describes this hardening and narrowing of the arteries. (Athero is Greek for paste; sclerosis means hardness). Eventually, the build up of plaque can get large enough to actually restrict blood flow through the artery, or it can rupture and cause a clot to form. This clot then travels to other parts of the body.

Cancer in the Workplace and the ADA
whether he can lift up to 50 pounds; whether he can travel out of town; or, whether he can work rotating shifts. The ADA also does not require applicants to voluntarily disclose that they have or had cancer or another disability unless they will need a reasonable accommodation for the application process (e.g., additional time to take a pre-employment test due to fatigue caused by radiation treatments). Some individuals with cancer, however, choose to disclose their condition to dispel any rumors or speculation about their appearance, such as emaciation or hair loss.

Case Studies In Painful Diabetic Neuropathy
Approximately 800,000 new cases of diabetes mellitus are diagnosed each year. The disease affects over 18 million people, approximately 6 percent of the population of the United States. Type 2 diabetes, which is typically not diagnosed in patients under age 45, is overwhelmingly the most prevalent of all types of diabetes as it affects nearly 17 million Americans. Symptoms of Type 2 diabetes are often not detected until they are severe or until patients seek treatment for related complications. Diabetes complications can result in blindness, end-stage renal disease, stroke, heart disease and neuropathy.

CBC News Indepth: Avian Flu
Is there a vaccine for avian flu? No. There are at least 15 strains of avian influenza. And while some of them are very deadly among bird populations, none of them has been linked to human-to-human infection on any scale. Dozens of people have come down with avian influenza since it first appeared in people in Hong Kong in 1997. More than 40 people have died from the disease. But far, far more people contract – and die from – regular strains of the flu. Vaccine makers concentrate on flu strains that are likely to circulate that year. Flu viruses mutate often – their characteristics change rapidly and permanently.

CBS News | Snoring May Be Health Warning | November 9, 2005 22:00:03
But a new study shows it may cause serious health problems for the person doing the snoring, reports CBS News medical correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin. If you've ever slept next to someone who snores, you probably consider it just a noisy nuisance. But new research says it can actually be a warning. Snoring is one of the main signs of sleep apnea - when people stop breathing in the middle of the night. For the first time, this new study makes a crucial connection. "It's given us the best evidence that we have that sleep apnea is a likely cause of stroke," says Dr. Varind Somers of the Mayo Clinic.

CDC's National Leadership Role in Addressing Obesity
As part of its Futures Initiative, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established an obesity Trailblazer Team to bring an agency-wide cross-cutting focus to combating the problem of overweight and obesity in the United States. About 15 CDC divisions and programs currently conduct overweight and obesity-related public health activities. The trailblazer effort aims to ensure maximum coordination and synergy among these activities and to define additional unique roles for CDC to play.

Ceche.org News Story
The March 2003 World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization Joint Expert Consultation's report is a wake-up call to citizens and governments around the globe, reminding them that over-nutrition is a major cause of lost quality of life, illness and premature death. (Indeed, for non-smokers, diet is the leading cause of death in many countries.) The report does not break new ground. Yet it is especially significant, because never before has an authoritative global agency weighed in so clearly on diet as a cause of chronic disease.

Ceche.org News Story
Calorie- and fat-laden diets, as well as sedentarism, are major culprits in modern-day chronic-disease pandemic. "Less saturated fats, sugar and salt, [and] more fruit, vegetables and physical exercise [are] needed to counter cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and obesity," concludes a joint expert consultation of the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization (WHO/FAO) in a report on diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases. Released March 3, 2003, these updated recommendations are based on analysis of the best available evidence and the collective judgment of 30 experts.

Celera Identifies Novel Genes Associated With Late-Onset Alzeimer's Disease
Celera (NYSE:CRA), an Applera Corporation business, today announced the publication of data from its research studies identifying several candidate genetic markers associated with late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD), including markers in multiple genes that have never been associated with LOAD. Two of these genes are PCK1, a gene that regulates blood glucose levels, and GALP, a gene that is modulated by insulin and regulates food intake, suggesting a link between Alzheimer's disease and irregular glucose/insulin levels.

Charity warns over drug delays
A leading cancer charity today launches a "dossier of delay", claiming that patients are dying unnecessarily because 23 new drugs have not yet been given approval for use in the NHS by the under-funded National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice). Cancer Bacup is leading the charge, but other patient groups are close behind in the growing criticism of the sluggishness of the drug approval process. Nice, whose task is to assess new drugs on suitability and cost effectiveness grounds for use in the NHS, has admitted that it has had to close down one of its three appraisal committees because its government funding was cut by 3.5 m.

Chelation Therapy
Chelation therapy, as discussed in this article, is a series of intravenous infusions containing disodium EDTA and various other substances. It is sometimes done by swallowing EDTA or other agents in pill form. Proponents claim that EDTA chelation therapy is effective against atherosclerosis and many other serious health problems. Its use is widespread because patients have been led to believe that it is a valid alternative to established medical interventions such as coronary bypass surgery. However, there is no scientific evidence that this is so.

Cleveland Clinic and NexCura, Inc. forge agreement to provide cancer patients with interactive treatment decision tools
SEATTLE and CLEVELAND -- April 17, 2002 -- The Cleveland Clinic and NexCura, Inc. announced today an agreement to offer, free of charge, Cancer treatment decision tools that help newly diagnosed and recurrent Cancer patients better understand the treatment options, outcomes and side effects relevant to their own diagnoses. Director of the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center Dr. Maurie Markman says NexCura's evidence-based Cancer treatment decision tools will enhance The Cleveland Clinic's community support programs aimed at improving the health of the community through health education for the public and medical professionals.

Clinical Trials
One of the reasons is that advances in treatment depend on a combination of laboratory research and careful evaluation in patients with cancer. New drugs and procedures that look promising in test tubes, and even in mice, have to be evaluated in people. This process is known as a clinical trial. And with so few women with breast cancer participating in clinical trials -; only 5% -; it takes a long time to collect enough information to decide if a new treatment is better than the current standard treatment. By comparison, over 90% of children with cancer are treated in a clinical trial setting.

Collapse of p53 into clumps might be linked to cancer, according to St. Jude
(MEMPHIS, TENN.--Dec. 1, 2005) The disruption of a molecular bridge that holds together the molecule p53 tends to destabilize this protein, allowing it to form potentially disease-causing aggregates, or "clumps," according to a study by investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The mutation that causes clumps to form is associated only with the pediatric cancer adrenocortical carcinoma (cancer of the outer layer of the adrenal gland), suggesting a link between clump formation for mutant p53 in adrenal cells and the resulting cancer.

Colon Cancer Symptoms and Treatment > Be Aware of the Dangers of Colorectal Cancer
Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) officials are urging Kentuckians to be aware of the seriousness of colorectal cancer, and are encouraging Kentuckians to talk to their health care providers about screening for the disease. March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the time of year when public health officials, health care providers and educators work to raise awareness about the disease. In Kentucky, the incidence rate of invasive colorectal cancer is 62.1 per 100,000 people, significantly higher than the national rate of 52.9 per 100,000. Screenings and early detection are crucial in treating this disease.

Colon-cancer screening costs may rise
Home Analysis & Briefs Security & Terrorism International Intelligence Consumer Health Daily Health Business Hi-Tech NewsTrack Top News Science Business Entertainment Sports Quirks Newspictures RSS | Search 11/9/2005 4:17:00 PM -0500 Newstrack: The Japanese government announced Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun will meet Nov. 18 during the Asia-Pacific summit. A Belgian Catholic priest accused of genocide crimes in Rwanda will be transferred home for trial. A Norweigan appeals court has upheld a woman's rape conviction for forcing sex on a sleeping man.

Columnist: Andrea Dorey
Avian influenza, or "bird flu," is a contagious disease of animals caused by viruses that normally infect only birds and, less commonly, pigs. Avian influenza viruses are highly species-specific, but have, on rare occasions, crossed the species barrier to infect humans. Despite the destruction of an estimated 150 million birds, the avian virus (H5N1) is now considered endemic in many parts of Indonesia, Vietnam, in some parts of Cambodia, China, Thailand and possibly the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Most of these countries had never before experienced an outbreak of highly contagious avian influenza.

Committee discusses side effects of Vioxx use; studies show that health problems are common even at low doses
Highlight: David Graham, who became well known as the FDA whistleblower who raised questions about Vioxx last fall, spoke before the FDA committee and again voiced his concerns over the health problems associated with Vioxx. He said studies show that even low dosages of the drug can cause significant heart problems. The committee is set to make a decision on Friday regarding the outlook for Vioxx and similar drugs. Original source: http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?

Consequences of nontreatment
An estimated 4.5 million Americans today suffer from the severest forms of mental illness, schizophrenia and manic-depressive illness (2.2 million people suffer from schizophrenia and 2.3 million suffer from bipolar disorder). The National Advisory Mental Health Council estimates that 40 percent of these individuals, or 1.8 million people, are not receiving treatment on any given day. The consequences of non-treatment are devastating: Homelessness People with untreated psychiatric illnesses comprise one-third, or 200,000 people, of the estimated 600,000 homeless population. The quality of life for these individuals is abysmal.

Consumer Affairs Page
The theme for the World Consumer Day for this year is "Unethical Drug Promotion". Drug Promotion is normal and is being practised vigorously by multi national companies. This is a money spinner. It is an industry with the largest profit margins all over the world. Drugs is needed for healthy living to cure diseases, thereby not only for human beings, even the animals looked after by human beings are at the mercy of the Drug Companies. Drug Promotion is implemented in various ways.

Contract biomanufacturing market continues to climb
- The biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing sector is set to expand substantially in the next few years as biotech companies increasingly rely on outsourcing to improve efficiency and reduce costs, new research suggests. According to a report published by consulting firm HighTech Business Decisions, pharmaceutical and biotech firms are relying more and more on contractors to provide more production capacity and a wider range of services. "Biopharmaceutical companies outsource for various reasons.

Corporate Responsibility
Shire is committed to the search, research, development and marketing of pharmaceutical products for the treatment and prevention of diseases and the improvement of health of people who suffer from these disorders, throughout the world. We conduct our business based on our values - integrity, and respect, customer focus, global teamwork, openness and innovation and excellence in execution. We care for the interests of those with whom we have relationships - our patients, our customers, our suppliers, our shareholders, our employees, the environment and the communities where we conduct our activities.

Cough Relief:
Drugstore shelves are crowded with cough syrups promising speedy, often nondrowsy relief without a prescription. But "the best studies that we have to date would suggest there's not a lot of justification for using these medications because they haven't been shown to work," said Irwin, a professor of medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester. The group's new cough treatment guidelines discourage use of over-the-counter cough medicines.

Dealing with Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is manifested through a person’s alternating moods, from extreme elation to deep depression. In truth, this disorder is more complicated than was previously perceived. It is an illness that influences the behavior, feelings, thoughts, perceptions, and physical condition of the individual who has the illness.
 
It is important for a person experiencing the symptoms of this depressive disorder to seek help right away. The person suffering from this illness should be examined and treated immediately to ensure his/her safety and wellbeing. A medical practitioner would be able to outline the proper treatment and medication for your condition.
 
Bipolar Disorder is a lifelong illness. If untreated, this disorder will make it difficult to live a fruitful and productive life, due to the recurring manic and depressive incidents it will produce. Having the proper treatment for this disorder would help you continue living your life on your own terms, preventing the disruptions caused by extreme mood swings. Medication is not enough to cure it. A combination of educating yourself about the illness, seeking help from doctors and therapists, a reliable support group, making healthy decisions, and sticking to the right treatment plan will help you keep the mood swings under control.
 
Finding the right treatment is vital. Your primary doctor is a good place to start seeking advice for therapists appropriate for your condition. You can also try to make a list of therapists that your medical insurance or health plan will allow you to see, if your policy has some restrictions. When you have found the right therapist for you, an accurate diagnosis would be your next goal. Knowing what you are up against will help you prepare mentally and physically for the treatment you need.
 

Dealing with Sleep Problems

Sleep is vital for everyone because it is the body’s opportunity to energize and repair itself after a tough or tiring day. Sleep is essential for making us feel refreshed in the morning and for staying mentally and physically alert during our daily activities.
 
Almost everyone has encountered sleep problems at some time. This may lead to daytime sleepiness, which will greatly affect one’s performance in work, school and community life. Sleepiness not only reduces an individual’s productivity but can also cause other problems such as accidents, irritability and slow mental processing. You may be physically present at your meeting but your mind seems to wander because of an irresistible urge to sleep.
 
Difficulty sleeping may be caused by stress brought about by tough deadlines, failing relationships, or increasing debt. It may also be caused by poor bedtime habits or a change in time zone. You may get back to your regular sleeping pattern after the stressful ordeal has passed or after your body has adjusted its natural clock. However, if you are still having trouble getting the right amount of sleep on a regular basis, then you may be suffering from a sleep disorder. You can tell the difference if you are just having an occasional sleepless night or a sleep disorder by addressing the symptoms.
 
Some of the common sleep disorders include insomnia, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and sleep paralysis. Some of the sleep disorders, such as insomnia, can be treated through a change in lifestyle, but some of them require medication and can be potentially dangerous. You can seek medical help through your health plan or your preferred Health Maintenance Organization.
 

Defeating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Having problems getting back on track and communicating with people around you after a traumatic ordeal? You might be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is an illness where a person feels that there is no hope and she/he will not be able to live a normal life again after surviving a harrowing and life changing experience. These people should bear in mind that help is available and that recovery from this illness is possible. All you have to do is be open to the idea of seeking treatment, joining a strong support group, and sticking to the recovery plan.
 
Having PTSD is not easy and overcoming it is definitely not a walk in the park. But, to get your life back in order, you will need courage to face the truth. Seek help immediately. The earlier the disorder is diagnosed and treated, the earlier you will be able to live normally again. It is not a sign of weakness to admit that you have PTSD, and the only option to defeat it is to get professional help and guidance.
 
An expert and well-informed approach to crisis intervention and management can help individuals and their families with PTSD, in a way that promotes healing and growth. There are several managed health plans that support PTSD treatment facilities to provide an environment that gives plenty of privacy and comfort. Some medical insurance companies also cover mental health services that may also include consultation with a therapist. Coordinate with your health insurance agent to get information on your policy coverage.
 



Defend Yourself Against Colds and the Flu - Vitacost
Your child's throat is sore, the office is a symphony of coughing, and your head is pounding: It must be cold and flu season! It is estimated that there are about 1 billion colds each year in the U.S. On average, influenza kills 36,000 Americans, while 115,000 need to check into the hospital. The period from November to March finds cold and flu rates much more pronounced, as the weather forces more people to stay indoors, thus exposing them to drier conditions, as well as those already infected. Luckily, a variety of effective and all-natural supplements may reduce and even eliminate cold and flu symptoms.

Democrats reject health care fees for vets
Democrats who control the House and Senate veterans'; affairs committees have rejected the Bush administration';s call for new enrollment fees and higher drug co-payments for some veterans and have proposed bigger budgets for health care. In the Senate, Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii, the veterans'; committee chairman, and his fellow Democrats are asking for a $2.9 billion increase over the Bush budget proposal for the Department of Veterans Affairs, specifically for medical care. The Bush administration had requested $39.4 billion for the VA for nonbenefits items, including $34.6 billion for health care-related costs.

Depression

Depression is an illness that affects millions of people around the globe. In the United States alone, the number of adults who suffer from depression is estimated at 33 to 35 million. The good news is that it can be successfully managed, if not always completely cured. One only needs to reach out to medical professionals, family, or even just friends. Some health plans have also adapted higher deductibles and co-payments for prescription drugs.
 
Everyone, regardless of age, gender, economic status, or race, may be affected by depression. However, studies show that women are more prone to the illness and experience episodes of depression twice as often as do men.
 
As to what causes depression, no specific cause has yet been singled out. However, there is a consensus that it is caused by a mixture of environmental, genetic, psychosocial, and biochemical factors.
 
Major depressive disorder (MDD), commonly known as depression, is diagnosed when a patient manifests a depressed mood or loss of interest and if this manifestation is accompanied by at least four symptoms. Symptoms include difficulty in concentrating, fatigue, feeling of worthlessness or guilt for no reason, irritability, difficulty in sleeping, and hopelessness.
 
As no one can deny the importance of the mind and body connection, a person who suffers from depression may find it helpful to adopt a lifestyle that is good not only for the mind, but also for the body. This lifestyle entails maintaining proper hygiene, having a well-balanced diet, managing anxiety under the supervision of a health professional, setting realistic goals in order to avoid disappointment, and, of course, having a social network or close and intimate relationships.

Depression Concern With Acomplia
Depression Concern With Acomplia Written by JDPGlobal | Monday, 10 July 2006 The Ukmedix newsroom has previously informed its readers that there is evidence and research that shows that overweight or obese people are likely to be victims of depression. In fact the figures show the likelihood of any type of psychiatric disorders is 25% for obese people. This is of some concern as in the independent testing done on the new weight loss drug Acomplia it was noted that around 1 in 30 obese and overweight participants developed psychiatric disorders when using the drug.

Dermadoctor.com News Story
Is your natural beauty hidden behind a mask of melasma? While best known as the "mask of pregnancy", melasma literally means dark skin. You dont have to be pregnant (or even a woman!) to develop melasma. And if you think youre silently suffering alone, think again. An estimated six million women throughout the U.S. are currently affected by this distressing, albeit cosmetic concern. Here A Spot, There A Spot, Everywhere A Spot, Spot. Melasma is a darkening of the facial skin, commonly affecting the apples of the cheeks, the mid forehead, jawline and areas around the mouth. Overachieving melanocytes are to blame.

Diabetes Basics: What is Diabetes?
Published in the September/October 2003 issue. Most likely, you knew very little about diabetes before you learned that you had it. After your diagnosis, your next few doctor visits were probably a crash course in diabetes: learning how to check your blood glucose level, inject insulin or follow a schedule for taking pills, adjust your eating habits, etc. Your doctor may also have mentioned what diabetes is and what causes it in this blitz of information, but with so much to learn at once, you may not remember what he said-or remember him saying anything at all on these topics.

Diabetic Retinopathy
The chemical changes caused by diabetes can damage blood vessels throughout the body, including the fine blood vessels in the retina, or the seeing part of the eye. This damage is called diabetic retinopathy of which there are two kinds: Nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) occurs when the retinal blood vessels start to leak, causing blood or fluid to seep into the retina. The retina becomes thick and swollen and does not work correctly. If the leaking happens in the macula, (the central part of the retina), vision will be blurred.

Diabetic Retinopathy Occurs in Pre-Diabetes
June 2005 - Diabetic retinopathy has been found in nearly 8 percent of pre-diabetic participants in the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), according to a report presented at the American Diabetes Association's 65th Annual Scientific Sessions. Diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to vision loss, was also seen in 12 percent of participants with type 2 diabetes who developed diabetes during the DPP. No other long-term study has evaluated retinopathy in a population so carefully examined for the presence or development of type 2 diabetes.

Diagnostic imaging in line with other hospital costs
Diagnostic imaging in line with other hospital costs OAK BROOK, Ill. - Dramatic increases in the utilization of high-technology imaging studies have raised the argument that diagnostic imaging has replaced prescription drugs as the driver of healthcare costs. However, a study in the June issue of the journal Radiology shows that imaging cost increases have remained in line with other hospital costs and that diagnostic imaging may be associated with shorter hospital stays. The study was based on a review of hospital costs for 17,139 patients admitted to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston between 1996 and 2002.

Diagnostic Tests & Procedures
What are some diagnostic tests used to diagnose neurological disorders? What lies ahead? Diagnostic tests and procedures are vital tools that help physicians confirm or rule out the presence of a neurological disorder or other medical condition. A century ago, the only way to make a positive diagnosis for many neurological disorders was by performing an autopsy after a patient had died.

Diet and Exercise Work in Slowing Prostate Cancer
According to Carroll, "This study provides important new information for men with prostate cancer and all men who hope to prevent it. This is the first in a series of trials attempting to better identify the exact role of diet and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer." "Changes in diet and lifestyle that we found in earlier research could reverse the progression of coronary heart disease may also affect the progression of prostate cancer as well.

Disability tips -- March is Disability Awareness Month
Speaking of disabilities. "People first" is the most important principle in communicating with and about people with disabilities, said Vicki Pappas, director of the Center for Planning and Policy Studies at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community. This standard applies in a literal sense when describing people -- "person with autism" is appropriate; "autistic person" is not -- and in a figurative sense when interacting with someone who has a disability. "People with disabilities would prefer to be seen as people, not as objects of pity or as heroes who have overcome adversity," she said.

Doctors get busy as flu season hits UAE
Sharjah: People with runny noses, coughs and body ache are queuing up at clinics and pharmacies as the flu season takes hold in the UAE. "It starts off as a cough, then you get phlegm in your throat, and then fever," said Noor Allah Khan, a pharmacist at Remedia on the busy Jamal Abdul Nasser Street. A doctor said while there is no treatment for the common cold, people can take precautions. "A healthy lifestyle, exercise and intake of Vitamin C helps," said Dr Atiq Ur-Rahman, general practitioner at Zulekha Hospital.

Doctors Say Over-Counter Cough Syrups Don't Help
CHICAGO -- It's the part of the common cold that keeps you up at night -- the dreaded cough. According to experts, Americans spend billions of dollars each year on cough syrups and drops. But now, new research found there is no evidence that they work, reported WCVB-TV in Boston. The American College of Chest Physicians released new guidelines Monday that discourage the use of over-the-counter cough suppressants for adults and children. They also warned that some cough suppressants can be harmful to a child. Dr.

Duke Student Health Center :: Health Topics :: HPV
HPV is a common virus that affects men and women. There are at least 100 different strains of the virus, and about 30 of these are sexually transmitted and can infect the genital area. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United Sates. As many as 20 million Americans are already infected with HPV, and there are more than 6 million new infections diagnosed each year. HPV can cause changes to the cells of the cervix, penis, and anus. Some types of HPV cause genital warts and other cellular changes that are benign (abnormal but noncancerous).

Early Warning System Seen for Deadly Leg Clots
ISLAMABAD: An early warning system can help doctors prevent many cases of deep-vein thrombosis, the so-called "economy-class syndrome" that causes potentially fatal blood clots, researchers said. Up to 2 million Americans develop the clots each year, usually because of inactivity, cancer or dehydration. The condition has been known to afflict passengers on long airline flights, and such a clot claimed the life of NBC television news reporter David Bloom in 2003 when he was covering the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Eat your way free of allergies - Allergies - Health In Focus - theage.com.au
People who endure the seasonal misery of pollen allergies may one day find relief in a bowl of rice, researchers say. In experiments with mice, Japanese scientists found an edible vaccine produced in genetically modified rice prevented the immune response that triggers allergies. Mice fed the vaccine showed a dampened immune reaction to pollen and sneezed far less often than their non-vaccinated brethren. The findings were published recently in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Immunotherapy, or allergy shots, has long been a treatment option for certain allergies.

Eating Disorder Websites May Sway Teens
May 16, 2005 -- Many teens with eating disorders visit web sites promoting eating disorders, and they often adopt dangerous diet practices as a result, a new study shows. Teens with eating disorders who visit those sites spend more time in the hospital and less time on schoolwork, say researchers from Stanford University, including medical student Jenny L. Wilson. They presented their findings in Washington at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies. Eating Disorders: Millions Affected, Severe Health Dangers As many as 10 million women and 1 million men in the U.S.

Eating disorders gaining more national attention
Eating disorders are gaining more national recognition as more women begin to tell about their personal experiences with the silent and complex disease. Eating disorders affect only 1 percent to 2 percent of the general population, scientists say, but those numbers are much higher among female college students. Experts say the numbers may even be higher than suspected due to the discreet nature of the disease’s symptoms and the strict criteria doctors use to officially make a diagnosis.

Eczema explained
Eczema in children is a non-contagious skin condition. It usually appears in early childhood and disappears around six years of age. It is sometimes called atopic dermatitis. The skin becomes dry, cracked and itchy, and may weep. Eczema can vary in severity and alter on a daily basis. In some cases, eczema may continue into adulthood. Eczema symptoms may flare up or subside from day to day. This is part of the condition and is not caused by bad care. Most children grow out of eczema by six years of age, although small number of children have severe eczema which continues into adulthood. Eczema is not contagious.

Erectile Dysfunction Can Signal Heart Trouble
HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Erectile dysfunction may be a warning sign of serious heart disease, researchers from the University of Chicago report. Recent studies have tied erectile dysfunction to vascular disease, but this study links it with abnormal results on cardiac stress testing. One recent report found that men who had no problems with sexual function at the start of the seven-year study but later developed erectile dysfunction were 25 percent more likely to have a heart attack or stroke compared with those who did not develop erectile dysfunction. The latest study appears in the Jan.

Ethics in a Pandemic
Coping effectively with a predicted influenza pandemic that threatens to affect the health of millions worldwide, hobble economies and overwhelm health care systems will require more than new drugs and good infection control. An international medical ethics think-tank says that all-important public cooperation and the coordination of public officials at all levels requires open and ethical decision making.

EurekAlert! - Business/Economics
Public Release: 13-Mar-2007 Nursing Research New Washington study shows OB anesthesia equally safe when provided by CRNAs or anesthesiologists Obstetrical anesthesia, whether provided by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAs) or anesthesiologists, is extremely safe, and there is no difference in safety between hospitals that use only CRNAs compared with those that use only anesthesiologists, according to the results of a new study published in a recent issue of Nursing Research. Contact: Marlene McDowell mmcdowell@aana.

Europeans for Medical Progress
Two huge industries affecting the lives of millions of people are currently subject to big health alerts. Concern over serious side-effects has cast a long shadow over promising new painkillers, known as cox-2 inhibitors, developed by the pharmaceutical industry. Evidence linking the drugs to an increased risk of heart attacks led the US giant Merck to withdraw its version, known as Vioxx, from the market last September, and an investigation by the -US Food and Drug Administration is currently under way.

Every Second Counts When It Comes to Treating Stroke
Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination Sudden, severe headaches with no known cause The minute you notice one or more of these symptoms, call 911 immediately. Early detection and treatment of stroke may prevent some of its brain injury. New treatment therapies require immediate, rapid response. Every second counts! Stroke is not a hopeless matter. New breakthroughs in treatment and rehabilitation therapies are available to help stroke survivors and their families cope and recover.

Exercise helps recovery from chemotherapy for breast cancer
Exercise after chemotherapy for breast cancer boosted the activity of infection-fighting T cells in women who worked out regularly, according to data from a study conducted at Penn State University under the direction of Andrea Mastro, professor of microbiology and cell biology. Mastro's findings indicate that exercise can help restore immune systems damaged by anti-cancer drugs, which destroy healthy as well as malignant cells. Mastro will present the research at the "Era of Hope" meeting of the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 10 June 2005.

Exercise reduces risk of diabetes for women with polycystic ovary syndrome
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke University Medical Center researchers have shown that moderate exercise - without accompanying weight loss - can improve insulin sensitivity in women with polycystic ovary syndrome, a group with a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Polycystic ovary syndrome affects between six and 10 percent of women of child-bearing age in the U.S. -- more than four million people. Women with PCOS often have chronic weight problems and carry the excess pounds in their abdomens, giving them an "apple" figure.

Experts say obesity still a health risk
Picture dated July 2003 shows a young girl walking with her mother. A survey by the National Centre for Social Research showed that obesity among under-11s is rising fastest in poor, inner-city households. [AFP] The new data, released by the government two weeks ago, confirm that obesity can kill, even if the numbers are squishy, said Dr. David Katz, a Yale University obesity researcher. "Clearly it isn't a license to gorge yourself." Even so, the new report, drastically reducing the number of annual obesity-linked deaths, was confusing and quickly became a target for critics of "food police" efforts by the government.

Facing Depression

Everyone has felt emotionally down at some point in their lives. Many people have experienced depression that manifests itself as having very little energy to perform their jobs. Some people who are suffering from it prefer to be detached from the world for no clear reason. The symptoms of depression may vary from one person to another and it can have a negative impact on your daily routine and it can also put a strain on your relationships.
 
Depression is not just a state of mind and there may be several reasons for it. It can also be caused by the chemical activities that take place in our brains, which we cannot control. Chemical imbalances may affect the transmission of impulses to our brains that may lead to a change in our mood and behavior. Other factors such as genetics, stress levels, trauma, illnesses and other psychological disorders may cause depression. A person who has undergone traumatic pain or experiences may also suffer from depression for a while. Difficulty in work, in school, or peer pressure may elevate stress levels and may also cause depression.
 
If you have been feeling depressed for more than two weeks, then you may be experiencing clinical depression. If you have a health plan or Health Maintenance Organization, it is advisable that you seek the help of medical professionals. If you seek your doctor’s help early, you can prevent your condition from worsening. Overcoming depression will not happen overnight and it may occur again in the future. With the help of your doctor, you can manage depression and evolve ways to help you live a more productive life.

Family, community cradle of comfort for injured woman
SIERRA VISTA -; Those who know Darian Aira describe a pretty, highly motivated, happy and successful woman with a passion for helping children. With a doctorate in pediatric physical therapy, Darian dedicated her life to children with special needs. Her friends say Darian has a rare gift when it comes to working with her kids. But on Aug. 5, 2006, Darian';s life changed drastically when the car she was driving was struck by a drunk driver, clocked traveling more than 100 miles per hour. The driver of the speeding vehicle was killed at the scene, while Darian sustained a life-threatening traumatic brain injury that left her in a coma.

FDA SAFETY ALERTS AND MEDICATION SAFETY VIDEOS
(posted 2/6/2007) FDA is issuing this advisory to alert consumers to the potential hazards of using skin numbing products, also known as topical anesthetics, for cosmetic procedures. These topical anesthetics contain anesthetic drugs such as lidocaine, tetracaine, benzocaine, and prilocaine in a cream, ointment, or gel. Topical anesthetics are widely used to numb the skin for medical and cosmetic procedures, and to relieve pain and burning and itching due to a variety of medical conditions. Applying topical anesthetics for a medical procedure is usually done in a doctor's office by a trained medical professional.

FLU FEARS: How a Virus Morphs to Pandemic Proportions
Modern defense plan In response to the threat of a possible pandemic flu, the United States has published a "National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza" that outlines a three-pillar approach to preventing a major disaster. Pillar One – Preparedness and Communication: In this stage the focus is on educating the public about the risk of a pandemic flu and producing and stockpiling vaccines and antiviral medications so that people will be prepared if a pandemic breaks out. Pillar Two – Surveillance and Detection: The best offense is a good defense.

Flu pandemic "inevitable" and to cost $800 billion say World Bank, WHO
While the bank concedes that "there are great uncertainties about the timing, virulence, and general scope of a future human flu pandemic," it uses figures from the 2003 SARS outbreak and WHO projections to conclude that a flu epidemic could cause at least $800 billion in economic damages over the course of a year. WHO says that "Best case scenarios, modeled on the mild pandemic of 1968, project global excess deaths in the range 2 million to 7.4 million. Other estimates that factor in a more virulent virus, similar to that responsible for the deadly 1918 pandemic, estimate much higher numbers of deaths.

Flu-shot supplies finally in
Times Herald-Record tlogan@th-record.com If you're still waiting for a flu shot, the wait might be over soon. After a fall full of delivery delays, more local health-care providers say they've finally received their orders of flu vaccine, just in time for the traditional holiday party germ swap. As flu-shot season started last month, many providers, especially small doctors' offices, had to turn away patients after vaccine maker Chiron fell behind on production and was slow to distribute millions of doses.

FOXNews.com - Child Leukemia Again Linked to Power Lines
Living near high-voltage power lines raises children's risk of leukemia by 69 percent, a British study shows. That doesn't prove that power lines cause the deadly blood cancer, the study's authors are quick to point out. Despite 30 years of research, scientists still can't come up with a plausible reason why the weak magnetic fields near power lines might cause leukemia. Gerald Draper, DPhil, director of the childhood cancer research group at Oxford University, led the study. Draper's team compared more than 29,000 children with cancer, including 9,700 children with leukemia, to age-, sex-, and birthplace-matched children without cancer.

FOXNews.com - Spending Slows Down on Prescription Drugs
Spending on prescription drugs continues to rise but not at the white-hot pace of a few years ago. Does your wallet beg to differ? The company reporting this trend considered drug utilization as well as drug costs. Most of last year's drug spending increase was due to a 5.4 percent jump in utilization, while unit costs rose 3.1 percent, says the report. In other words, more people are using certain types of prescription drugs — and some of them might surprise you. Slower Growth In 2004, the cost of prescription drugs increased 8.5 percent, says the 2005 Drug Trend Report from Medco Health Solutions.

Friends of the AHMA
You are a very special person to us! Perhaps you or a loved one has benefited from treatment by a holistic doctor, or maybe you just know there's a better way to practice medicine. In either case, you can be an ambassador and a great help to our cause. We want you to know about the American Holistic Medical Association. We are the doctors you have found, and others are still seeking! The mission of the AHMA in its 26 years has been to encourage doctors to learn about natural healing.

FuturePundit: Dietary Fiber Does Not Lower Colorectal Cancer Risk
In an analysis combining data from 13 studies, high intake of dietary fiber was not associated with reduced risk of colorectal cancer, according to a study in the December 14 issue of JAMA. Dietary fiber has been hypothesized to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, according to background information in the article. However, the results of numerous epidemiological studies have been inconsistent. Ecological correlation studies and many case-control studies have found an inverse association between dietary fiber intake and risk of colorectal cancer.

Garlic Boosts Lung Health in Rats
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- New research adds more luster to the sterling reputation of garlic, suggesting its key ingredient prevents rats from developing a kind of lung disease. Garlic has already been linked to a variety of beneficial effects on health in humans, from reducing blood pressure and cholesterol to treating cancer. The new study found that it seems to improve blood circulation in the lungs of rats and assist breathing.

Gathering Place
Vaccine could wipe out cervical cancer soon GATHERING PLACE Barbara Marumoto THE GOVERNOR of Texas recently mandated that 11- and 12-year-old girls would receive a new vaccine to protect them from cervical cancer. Gov. Rick Perry did allow several "opt out" provisions. But, will something similar happen in Hawaii? No, judging by current legislative activity, there are no surprises regarding cervical cancer vaccines in store here. The state Department of Health and legislators are glad that there soon will be several brands of vaccines on the market. Good news for women and girls who wish to avail themselves of this medical advance.

Generic Medications Often More Expensive Than Expected
Prescription Drugs | Generic Medications Often More Expensive Than Expected [Mar 13, 2007] The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday examined how the prices of generic medications "can vary wildly and may not be nearly as cheap as expected." Patients with prescription drug coverage in most cases pay the lowest copayments for generic medications when they reach the market, but those without coverage are subject to different, and in some cases high, prices charged by pharmacies.

Genes influence how heart failure patients respond to drugs
Now University of Florida researchers have discovered that patients with heart failure can harbor genetic variations that determine whether they will tolerate the common heart drugs known as beta-blockers. In a separate study, they also determined certain genes influence whether beta-blockers successfully restore the heart to a more normal shape and size in these patients.

Genes May Override Exercise in Cholesterol War
July 13, 2005 -- For some people, no matter how much time they spend at the gym or on the couch, it may have little effect on their cholesterol levels. A new study of identical twins suggests that genes play a major role on how sensitive our bodies are to fat in the diet, regardless of physical activity levels. Researchers say the findings may help explain why some sedentary people can eat a high-fat diet without suffering the artery-clogging consequences while others who exercise regularly still suffer from high cholesterol levels.

Getting Closer to Parity
Illness is illness. Those who struggle with mental illness ought not be treated as second-class citizens by the health insurance industry. They ought be entitled to the same benefits as those who experience physical illness. A bill is currently making its way through Congress that would help to remedy the current inequity in insurance coverage. It is a long overdue step in a healthier direction. From the McClatchy Newspapers: A mental-health insurance parity bill might finally pass Congress He was a pioneer by circumstance, not by choice. But 35 years after former Democratic Sen.

Ginkgo May Ease Some Attention Problems in MS
May 6, 2005 -- New research shows that ginkgo biloba may help ease attention problems related to multiple sclerosis multiple sclerosis (MS). Ginkgo biloba is derived from the leaves of the ginkgo tree. It's been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years for various ailments. Several studies suggest it improves mental function and protects nerves in some patients with Alzheimer's disease. This new study shows that ginkgo biloba may help people with multiple sclerosis. ginkgo biloba may help people with multiple sclerosis.

GPhA Kicks Off Annual Meeting With Focus On Biogenerics Legislation
The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) today kicked off its 2007 Annual Meeting by calling on Congress to move forward with legislation to bring safe and effective biogenerics to patients in need and remove barriers that delay consumer access to affordable generic medicines. In her opening remarks, GPhA President and CEO Kathleen Jaeger encouraged Congress to approve the Access to Life-Saving Medicine Act, bipartisan legislation that would mandate that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) create a clear and efficient abbreviated approval pathway for generic versions of biopharmaceuticals.

Grids To Aid Breast Cancer Diagnosis And Research
The MammoGrid project is studying the commercial possibilities for its distributed computing environment that employs existing Grid technologies for the creation of a European database of mammogram data. By using Grid computing, the system allows hospitals, healthcare workers and researchers to share data and resources. It supports effective co-working, such as obtaining second opinions that reduce the risk of misdiagnosis, and opens the door to powerful statistical analysis of the incidence and forms of breast cancer to assist future research.

Grids To Aid Breast Cancer Diagnosis And Research, Europe
The millions of mammography exams performed each year in Europe save thousands of women's lives, but if the data from all breast cancer screening procedures was made available to clinicians and researchers across the continent they could save many more. That is the vision behind MammoGrid. The MammoGrid project is studying the commercial possibilities for its distributed computing environment that employs existing Grid technologies for the creation of a European database of mammogram data. By using Grid computing, the system allows hospitals, healthcare workers and researchers to share data and resources.

Growth in Spending on Cancer Therapies Nearly Doubles on the Heels of New Oral Oncologics
FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., May 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The infusion and uptake of new oral oncology agents to treat an ever-expanding number of cancer patients has altered the landscape in the cancer therapy category, creating more opportunity to treat those afflicted with the disease, but also generating a management challenge for health plan sponsors and employers, according to a new report by pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions . The data is being released as thousands of oncologists gather in Orlando, Fla. for the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.

Guardian Unlimited Money | News_ | When illness damages your wealth
Despite its many problems, our healthcare system remains free at the point of delivery. Nevertheless, being ill can be very expensive these days. New cures and treatments have enabled many people to survive serious illness, but the price, in financial terms, can be very high. So much so that a recent survey of the Cancervoices network by the charity Macmillan Cancer Relief found that financial worries after a cancer diagnosis were almost as acute as distress caused by pain and treatment. The cost depends to a large extent on where you live and the nature of your illness.

Hangover Cure
4 Men.Org > mens health > hangover prevention > hangover cure Hangover Cure A night of heavy partying often leads to a morning of misery. To cure a nasty hangover, remedies include everything from eating greasy food to drinking a bloody mary. But there may be a better way. A study conducted at Tulane University and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concludes a cactus may be the best cure for a hangover. Can an extract of the skin of the prickly pear cactus alleviate some of the symptoms associated with hangovers?

Health : News : KRCG13
CT scans and lung cancer Tuesday, March 13, 2007 Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in this country. CT scans have been recently shown to detect lung cancer early, and some hope it will decrease the number of deaths. But in this Healthwatch, other doctors say there are still too many questions and worry that the scans cause more harm than good. Soldiers and mental well-being Thursday, March 08, 2007 More than 150 people from across the country are gathering in Columbia this week to talk about how to better serve soldiers returning from war.

Health Care Policy
The role of preventive medication is now well recognised as a helpful - sometimes indispensable - way of forestalling osteoporosis, but it is not without problems. Contrary to the dictates of public policy in most countries, medication is not a matter of one-size-fits-all. It needs to be adapted to the needs and medical status of each individual patient. For preventive medication, this is even more important than for drug treatment of actual disease, because the patient is not driven by tangible symptoms to take drugs.

Health insurance promotes weight gain

President Obama might face another hurdle in his push for universal health care. This time, it’s not from lawmakers but from a recent paper on economics, which argues that health insurance makes people fat.
 
Authors Jay Bhattacharya and Kate Bundorf from Stanford University, Neeraj Sood from the RAND Corporation, and Noemi Pace from University College London all stated that Americans with either public or private health and medical insurance coverage have a higher tendency to become obese. According to weight-gain estimates in the paper, “private insurance increases body mass index by 1.3 points and public insurance increases body mass index by 2.1 points.”
 
Even before the paper came out, economists already mentioned that fat people are a burden on taxpayers.
 
According to a study that came out today, overall obesity-related health-care treatment costs have doubled in the last 10 years to $147 billion. The costs have even outgrown the obesity rates, which “only” climbed by 37% for the same period.
 
The new evidence supports the authors’ argument that health insurance is not just a simple transition of financial wealth from thin taxpayers to fat ones, but instead a “true economic subsidy for obesity.” The study suggests that obesity is literally encouraged by health care coverage. Knowing that insurance coverage provides protection against expenses caused by some weight-related issues, people tend to take weight gain for granted.
 
Even if the study only gathered weak evidence about more-generous coverage encouraging more people to gain weight, there is “strong” statistical evidence pointing to health or medical insurance coverage boosting obesity and body mass index.
 
The question now is how the universal health care system, which is still a work in progress, would affect the obesity rates of Americans in the near future.

Health Issues for Men

Although a number of health issues affect people despite their age, gender, or geographic location, there are some health issues that usually only affect a specific group of people. An example of this is men’s health issues.
 
Prostate cancer occurs when there is abnormal growth in this male sex gland. Normal sexual functions, as well as bladder control, are impeded when a man’s prostate has a tumor. One of the disease’s symptoms is manifested by urination problems.
 
Heart disease is usually caused by atherosclerosis, which happens when fatty substances amass on the inner walls of an artery. Together with stringy tissue and calcium, the fatty substance will harden and block the artery.
 
Another health issue for men is high blood pressure, or hypertension. There are various factors that lead to hypertension. These include one’s hormonal levels, the state of one’s nervous system, kidneys, and blood vessels, and the salt and water in one’s body.
 
One of the major diseases affecting American men is lung disease. Its symptoms include cyanosis, wheezing, swelling, chest pain, and breathing difficulties.
 
There are many things men should do to stay healthy. It is important to be physically active and to eat a balanced diet. It is also wise for men to get screening exams for diabetes, depression, cholesterol, blood pressure, cancer, and obesity.
 
The health issues that plague men are not just significant to them, but to the people who care for them as well. To be able to receive preventive care and to maintain good health, it is important for a man to get an individual health insurance plan that is right for his needs.

Health Markets without Third-Party Payers
Many other entrepreneurs are launching similar limited-service clinics. Wal-Mart leases space for walk-in clinics to MinuteClinic and RediClinic (among others) in a number of stores and has begun to expand these operations nationwide. RediClinic also allows patients to order numerous lab tests for fees that are nearly 50 percent less than tests ordered by physician offices. Solantic is a small Florida-based chain of free-standing, walk-in urgent care clinics staffed by physicians who can provide a higher level of care than a clinic staffed by nurse practitioners.

Health Policy Research
New Developments in Medicare. The resources needed to sustain the Medicare program are growing as baby boomers begin to retire and the elderly and disabled population expands. We are at the forefront of studying how Medicare is changing and meeting the needs of elders. We are assessing health plan and provider participation and implications for beneficiary access in the Medicare Advantage program. To inform debates leading up to passage of the Medicare prescription drug benefit, we estimated the costs and structure of such a benefit, using information from Medicare beneficiaries who also have Medicaid coverage.

Healthcare Workers Exposed to HIV on Job Need Preventive Treatment
A review of existing research confirms that healthcare workers should undergo a month of preventive drug treatment if they are exposed to HIV on the job. Still, the reviewers say that there's been little research into occupational postexposure prophylaxis, and it's still not clear what should be done when healthcare workers are exposed to patients who are resistant to some drugs. The review appears in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research.

Health-Care Workers Exposed To HIV On Job Need Preventive Treatment
The review appears in the current issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates medical research. Systematic reviews draw evidence-based conclusions about medical practice after considering both the content and quality of existing medical trials on a topic. Doctors, nurses and other health-care providers have worried about HIV exposure since the AIDS epidemic first began in the early 1980s. Since the virus that causes AIDS is transmitted through blood, a simple needle stick could infect anyone treating a patient. The risk, however, is quite low.

HealthWrap: Fitness help for mentally ill
WASHINGTON, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- The British government has begun an effort to improve the physical fitness of people with mental illness. Those living with severe mental illness have much worse levels of physical health and are more likely to develop diseases such as coronary heart disease and diabetes, according to government officials. As part of the program, "well-being nurses" will work in partnership with doctors, health trainers and mental health staff to deliver health checks and blood tests, provide advice on diet and exercise, and offer ongoing support and help to access services to the mentally ill.

Healthy Skin
Chickenpox vaccine protection may wane over time; 2 shots may be best: study TORONTO (CP) - Children given two separate vaccinations against chickenpox may be better protected against the disease than those given just a single shot, say U.S. researchers, who found that immunity after the initial dose can wear off over time. .more MRI contrast agent linked to potentially fatal skin disease: Health Canada OTTAWA (CP) - Health Canada has notified Canadian hospitals about safety concerns over certain contrast agents used in diagnostic imaging that have been linked to a rare and potentially fatal skin disease. .

Healthy-america.org News Story
NEWS More than 40 percent of N.Y.C. kids overweight Updated: 6:16 p.m. ET Aug. 30, 2004WASHINGTON - City kids, like their country cousins, are struggling with weight problems, U.S. researchers reported Monday. More than 40 percent of New York City public-school students are overweight, and nearly one-quarter are obese, meaning their health is significantly threatened, New York City health department researchers found in a study published as part of a series in the American Journal of Public Health. The findings on the New York students were similar to those of a highly publicized study release in June of children in highly rural Arkansas.

heart failure
Heart failure is a condition in which the heart has lost the ability to pump enough blood to the body's tissues. With too little blood being delivered, the organs and other tissues do not receive enough oxygen and nutrients to function properly. Description According to the American Heart Association, about4.9 million Americans are living with congestive heart failure. Of these, 2.5 million are males and 2.4 million are females. Ten people out of every 1,000 people over age 65 have this condition. There are about 400,000 new cases each year.

Heavy Periods Treatments
Medications (hormone therapy with oral contraceptives/birth control pills, progesterone or progesterone-like medications) can help regulate ovulation and reduce heavy or prolonged menstrual bleeding. Hormone therapy is often prescribed as a first step when attempting to bring heavy periods under control. It can be effective in decreasing bleeding without the need for surgery, and has no effect on fertility when discontinued. However, finding the right prescription for you can take time and daily use is often required until menopause.

Hemorrhoids: Very Common, But Usually Not Dangerous
About half of the adult population in the US has hemorrhoids by age 50, according to the National Institutes of Health, but they usually aren't dangerous or life threatening and in most cases the symptoms go away within a few days. Still, the condition can be very painful and also discomforting to the point that many people can't deal with it on their own. Severe hemorrhoids may even require surgical treatment. So, while no treatment at all is a reasonable option for many, knowing the signs of hemorrhoids and learning about how to reduce the chances of getting them is quite valuable in terms of one's quality of life.

Hope lives on for Bonnie's friends
In a letter she wrote in the depths of despair, Bonnie thanked friends Dale Eastman and Joy Moose of the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation for their help. She also lamented her situation. "I'm on a learning expedition, learning how to access a system that I never had to use before," she wrote. "It is so difficult being poor. I would rather get up and go to work as I have been doing every day of my life than sit in offices begging for services that are so caught up with bureaucracy." Joy and Dale, president and vice president of the breast cancer foundation, did whatever they could to help and bolster Bonnie.

Hormone Therapy and Heart Disease
Medical Editor: Carolyn Janet Crandall, MD, MS, FACP After menopause, the production of estrogen by the ovaries gradually diminishes over several years. Along with this reduction, there is an increase in LDL ("bad" cholesterol) and a small decrease in HDL ("good" cholesterol). These changes in lipid levels are believed to be one of the reasons for the increased risks of developing coronary heart disease (CHD) after menopause. Women who have had their ovaries surgically removed (oophorectomy) or experience an early menopause also have an accelerated risk of CHD.

Hot Peppers Could Be The Cure For Springtime Allergy Woes
Just as people everywhere are opening their windows in search of fresh spring air, Mother Nature is brewing up her annual cocktail of pollen, dust and mold that can be downright hazardous. Welcome to yet another allergy season, but this year science may hold a true breakthrough using an age old remedy. Albany, NY (PRWEB) April 11, 2005 -- Just on the heels of another long drawn out winter, April kicks off the highly anticipated springtime warm up, but this hopeful month also ushers in the official start of allergy season for most of the country.

How Effective Is The PTB Test In Diagnosing Osteomyelitis?
There has been some recent debate within the profession about the effectiveness of the probe-to-bone (PTB) test in diagnosing osteomyelitis. A new study in Diabetes Care has found that the PTB test has a relatively low positive predictive value when it is utilized for diabetic patients with foot wounds. The two-year study tracked 1,666 patients with diabetes who underwent regular foot exams and were instructed to come to the clinic if they developed signs of lower-extremity complications. For those with infections, researchers compared PTB test results to a culture of infected bone.

How Expert Testimony Distorts the Standard of Care
This clinical strategy is imminently reasonable because, in the vast majority of cases, if a beneficial response to treatment doesn't occur, opioids may be safely and uneventfully withdrawn.[2] Consequently, a diagnosis of incurable pain is an absolute indication for a therapeutic trial of opioid analgesics. In the following testimony, a government witness rejects this wisdom, and instead accuses a well-intentioned physician of recklessly exposing patients, carrying histories of substance abuse, to unacceptable risks of addiction. It's clear that a number of his patients were drug use potential. Potential candidates.

How to Deal with Drug Abuse and Addiction

Understanding how loved ones fall into drug addiction may be hard for you to grasp. Watching them fall into the vicious cycle over and over again even after swearing that they will never do it again is a very difficult and painful experience. However, we have to recognize the fact that drug abuse is not an issue of moral limitations and flawed resolve, but a cruel cycle that affects the brain and causes the person to fall deeper and deeper into the quicksand of addiction.
 
The damage drug abuse and addiction can cause might snowball from one disaster to another and can lead to death. It would take a great amount of courage and resilience to recover from drug abuse and addiction. The first step towards a full recovery is admitting that you have a drug problem. Being ashamed and trying to do the healing process alone will not help you. A strong support group goes a long way in providing you with the strength to battle the internal conflict.
 
Drug addiction is a very tricky disorder. Relapses often happen, even if you thought you were fully recovered, which might be very exasperating and discouraging. But don’t lose hope. There are various drug treatments that can help lead you towards recovery. Being sober is only one of the initial steps you need to make. You’ll need trained health professionals to outline a recovery program for you and there are rehabilitation centers that offer a wide range of programs with the most appropriate treatment for you. The treatment cost should not be a problem if you are familiar with what services your medical insurance covers. Other financial concerns can be discussed with the management and will provide choices that match your arrangement.
 

How to prevent another Vioxx-like situation
ANN ARBOR, MI - The arthritis drug Vioxx eased the pain of millions of patients - but it also greatly increased the risk of heart attack and stroke among some of them. And that extra risk only came to light through after-the-fact analysis of data from Vioxx research studies. Failure to identify such medical safety problems may often go unnoticed but could frequently be prevented if medical researchers changed the way they evaluate new medicines, medical devices and other treatments, according to a new paper in the journal Health Affairs.

Ibuprofen works best for kids
CHICAGO (AP) - Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains. Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital. The youngsters, aged 6 to 17, randomly were assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups.

India and Antacids -- Warning: Side Effects May Be Severe
SALINA, Kansas -- THE UNITED STATES has become the number-one market for India's pharmaceutical exports, with purchases reaching $250 million in 2003. But by the time those medicines are swallowed in Chicago or Shreveport, their side effects are already felt by villagers downstream or downwind from the drug factories. India's pharmaceutical industry is concentrated in a few areas, one of the most prominent -- and notorious -- being near the town of Patancheru, in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Over the past two decades, a growing chain of industrial estates has turned this 20-mile stretch of countryside into an ecological sacrifice zone.

Indiana Holds Health Summit on Obesity Prevention
INDIANAPOLIS - To combat the negative health effects of Hoosiers being overweight and obese, INShape Indiana hosted its first-ever Health Summit on obesity prevention today in Indianapolis. Indiana ranks ninth in the nation for obesity. "We all know the bad statistics. Obesity is limiting lives and life quality and holding us back economically as a state," said Governor Mitch Daniels. "With more than a third of Hoosiers overweight, it's time for community leaders to show leadership in encouraging healthy choices.

Injured Sania to undergo treatment for f ...
Tennis star Sania Mirza, who sustained injury to her right knee during the Qatar Open, was Saturday admitted to a private hospital here for treatment, which could last four weeks. Doctors at Apollo Hospitals said Sania, who hurt her knee's anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), would undergo an intense four-week physiotherapy and rehabilitation regimen. "She will be reviewed after four weeks before taking a decision on the further course of action," said K. Hari Prasad, chief executive officer of Apollo Hospitals. Doctors, however, said she need not undergo surgery and would be discharged from hospital in a couple of days.

Interim data suggest major response with Aranesp(R) in anemic patients with MDS
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif., Jul 06, 2005 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), the world's largest biotechnology company, today announced new interim data from a Phase 2 study evaluating the use of 500 mcg of Aranesp(R) (darbepoetin alfa) every three weeks to treat anemia in patients with a bone marrow disorder known as myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). The data were presented at the 17th International Symposium of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) in Geneva.

Internet Drugs Report
The FDA regulates safety, effectiveness and manufacturing of pharmaceutical drugs. Domestic sites selling prescription drugs without a valid prescription are doing so illegally. When sites are found to be dispensing pharmaceuticals without a valid prescription, the FDA works in collaboration with the Department of Justice to take criminal or civil enforcement actions. However, with the worldwide web reaching millions of people each second, oversight by regulatory as well as law enforcement agencies is a daunting task. Foreign web sites are especially challenging for U.S regulators because of the jurisdictional issues.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome Study Shows That Targeted Antibiotics Lead To Long-lasting Improvement In Symptoms
The research was presented at the recent American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting in Honolulu, HI. "This study is important as it is the first to show that the use of targeted antibiotics results in a more significant and long-lasting improvement in IBS symptoms," said Mark Pimentel, M.D., first author on the study and director of the GI Motility Program at Cedars-Sinai. "These results clearly show that antibiotics offer a new treatment approach – and a new hope – for people with IBS." The randomized, double blind study involved 87 patients.

Irritable Bowell Syndrome and Women
NetWellness experts receive many questions about Irritable Bowel Syndrome or IBS, the most commonly diagnosed gastrointestinal condition. Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with IBS than men, but this may be due to the fact that women are more likely to seek medical care than men. Younger people are also more likely to be diagnosed with IBS. The common features of IBS are chronic abdominal pain and a change in bowel habits. The specific cause of irritable bowel syndrome is uncertain, but it is believed that the intestines of patients with irritable bowel syndrome may be more sensitive to stimulation than other people.

Is Insulin Pump Therapy Better Than Insulin Injection Therapy for Toddlers With Type 1 Diabetes?
For a number of reasons, it’s hard to achieve good blood glucose control in infants and toddlers with type 1 diabetes: how infants’ bodies will react to insulin is hard to predict, and the eating and activity patterns of young children change often. These things, among others, can lead to widely changing blood glucose levels in infants and toddlers with type 1 diabetes. Why did the researchers do this particular study? There isn’t much information that compares insulin pump therapy with traditional insulin injection therapy in toddlers and infants.

Ivanhoe's Medical Breakthroughs - Hope for Chronic Pain
ROCKVILLE, Utah (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) -- Thousands of Americans are out of work and permanently disabled because of chronic pain. Usually these patients are treated with heavy doses of medication, however, a new program combines the best of several therapies to pack a serious punch. Today, Myrna Soderquist makes sure every customer leaves her store with a pair of shoes and a smile. Soderquist was in severe pain and didn't have much to smile about a few months ago after two hip replacements, back surgery and a leg lengthening procedure. Soderquist has chronic pain.

Jill Stanek - Part II: Stanek WND column, "3rd annual Abortionist of the Year award"
"Alyssa & many others say . to protect my body integrity - really 'my control'. [this argument is very tricky for non-native North Americans. All of us, are 'leeches' who took land that was not theirs (our ancestors). We are the progeny (the result) of exactly this circumstance.] ; Michael C & Phil + his wife & Jill too say . to protect family (my ideas) At most times, these are mixed so one gets armies . bosses . gallantry, on and on." The case of colonists who "leeched" land from the native americans seems analogous in some ways to that of a pregnancy. But there is one crucial difference that makes the cases disanalogous.

Job Stress and Cardiac Risk
We have previously discussed the relationship between stress and heart disease. Now a new study, published in Circulation, reports that men working in jobs in which they have little control over their daily tasks had a reduced variability in their heart rates - and heart rate variability is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease. It has long been known that men with low-paying jobs and little education have a higher risk of heart disease than other men. Much of this increased risk has been attributed to relatively poor eating habits and a greater likelihood of smoking often seen in such individuals.

Joslin Diabetes Center Announces New Nutrition Guidelines
April 2005 - As Americans' waistlines continue to expand, contributing to a burgeoning epidemic of type 2 diabetes, the scientific jury is in and the verdict is clear: weight loss and increased physical activity is directly related to improved diabetes control. To help Americans fight the dramatic increase in type 2 diabetes, Joslin Diabetes Center has crafted new nutrition and physical activity guidelines for overweight and obese individuals with type 2 diabetes and those at risk for developing diabetes (pre-diabetes).

Jury hands Merck a split decision on Vioxx cases
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A state jury dealt Merck & Co. a mixed verdict Friday in the drug maker's latest trial over its former painkiller Vioxx. The Atlantic City jury ruled Merck was negligent and did not properly warn doctors about the cardiovascular risks in the case of one former Vioxx user who survived a heart attack. The ruling sets the stage for a second trial phase, starting Monday, to consider whether Vioxx caused the heart attack suffered by Frederick "Mike" Humeston, 61, of Boise, Idaho, and whether he deserves compensatory damages.

Karinya.com News Story
The following is an update on this rapidly spreading syndrome with a possible defense using natural and readily available items: Like me, I'm sure you've been following the news reports on the progress of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Although well over 2,000 cases of this unusually virulent virus have resulted in 78 deaths, most of the cases are still contained in Asia, primarily in China. And while for most of us that may seem like a safe distance, I was reminded of how our world is more like a global village every day when I received this e-mail from an HSI member named Michael.

KCBD - NewsChannel 11 / Lubbock, TX: $4 Generic Drugs: Too Good To Be True?
You may have been enticed by the new $4 drug plan promoted by several major retail chains. So, is it a big marketing scheme or the real deal in making your prescriptions more affordable. The average price of a generic prescription is $28. For a brand name drug, the average price is $95. That's according to researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Pharmacy. So, $4 prescriptions sound great, but they add the problem that only about 10 percent of generics are included in the $4 drug plan. "Tricky thing about the list they say it is over 300 drugs, but if you really look at it it's only about 120 drugs or so," said Dr.

Learning and memory can become toxic with neurodegenerative diseases
In an article in the Nov. 1 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation, the Rochester scientists describe a new mechanism by which brain cells can be damaged during chronic neurodegenerative diseases. When inflammation occurs in the brain, nerve impulses that are passed between cells during routine activities like learning and memory can become toxic. Instead of triggering the formation of memories, these impulses can inflict injury on neurons and disrupt neurologic function. Understanding this mechanism could provide a new path for drugs to treat the diseases.

Lifestyle and diet may stop or reverse prostate cancer progression
For men, age is the strongest risk factor for prostate cancer. According to the National Institutes of Health, 75% of cases are found in men over age 65. However, a new study from the University of California, San Francisco, demonstrated that intensive lifestyle changes can stop or even reverse the progression of cancer during the early stages. A group of 93 men who had declined conventional treatment were divided into a diet and lifestyle group and a control group. The lifestyle group ate a vegan diet consisting primarily of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes supplemented with soy, vitamins and minerals.

Lobbying, advertising and bad PR aside, vaccine saves lives
You know, the kind you find on every little prescription bottle? Caution: Too much lobbying might result in an overdose of suspicion. Push too hard and you might experience political acid reflux. As it is, Merck seems to have rolled a million - or many millions - into a shoestring. And the real losers might be girls and women who need access to the vaccine against cervical cancer. Let's return to that magical moment when clinical trials proved that a new vaccine was nearly 100 percent effective in preventing two strains of the HPV virus that causes most cervical cancer. This is the second-leading cancer killer of women in the world.

Lost in the Lobbying
BOSTON-;Hasn';t anyone ever told drug companies to put a warning label on their lobbying? You know, the kind you find on every little prescription bottle? Caution: Too much lobbying may result in an overdose of suspicion. Push too hard and you may experience political acid reflux. As it is, Merck seems to have rolled a million-;or many millions-;into a shoestring. And the real losers may be girls and women who need access to the vaccine against cervical cancer.

Lou Dobbs on Drugs
CNN's Lou Dobbs is out to revitalize the war on drugs, claiming in a recent commentary that we've “been in retreat” for three decades, and promising ongoing coverage of “a war that is inflicting even greater casualties than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan” on his show in the following week. Drug reporting often brings out the worst in the media - partial reporting, dodgy, context-free statistics, and moral posturing. So how did the “Dobberman” do?

Low-Fat Dairy May Lower Risk of Diabetes
CHICAGO (AP) -- Eating low-fat dairy products may help slightly lower the risk of developing diabetes, a new study of more than 40,000 middle-aged men suggests. Each additional serving of low-fat dairy per day resulted in a 9 percent drop in risk. The link could be due to whey proteins or magnesium, ingredients thought to enhance the action of insulin in regulating blood sugar. But those ingredients are contained in high-fat dairy products, too, so researchers said they don't really know what caused the drop in risk. They cautioned against making major changes in diet based on the study.

Low-Fat Diets
Is this for me? If you're a post-menopausal woman and have breast cancer and want to learn about how your diet may influence the risk of the cancer coming back, you might want to read this article. Background and importance of the study: Researchers have suspected that reducing the amount of fat in your diet might reduce the risk of breast cancer coming back (recurrence). But earlier studies have not found any conclusive evidence of this. Studying the relationship between diet and breast cancer is complicated.

Lyme Disease Benches FSU Football Quarterback
He is the associate director for Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, N.J. Bransfield also serves as an advisor to the Lyme Disease Association and is a board member of the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. "We often see a broad spectrum of symptoms that may be aggression, irritability, depression, anxiety, cognitive impairments, joint problems, [and] other musculoskeletal problems," Bransfield tells WebMD. "It can affect every system of the body. That's sometimes a giveaway," he says. Like Gluckman, Bransfield can't comment on Sexton's particular case.

Mail Tribune - Cool care - March 3, 2007
Doctors and nurses have been lowering some heart-attack patients' body temperature to give them a better chance to avoid brain damage that can occur in connection with cardiac arrest. Patients are rapidly cooled to 91.4 degrees Fahrenheit, maintained at that temperature for 24 hours, then gradually rewarmed to the normal temperature of 98.6. The technique known as "induced hypothermia" is a relatively new treatment, said Dr. Ken Lightheart, RVMC's chief of cardiovascular medicine, "but within the last year it's become the standard of care in large teaching hospitals.

Major study links chronic noise exposure to risk of heart attacks
Research published online (Thursday 24 November) in European's leading cardiology journal, European Heart Journal[1], links exposure to chronic noise with an increased risk of heart attack. Furthermore, the risk seems to be associated more with the physiological effect of environmental and work noise than with the annoyance it causes individuals, although there are differences in effects between men and women.

Management of Iron Deficiency Anemia: Beyond Chronic Kidney Disease
Iron deficiency anemia is the most common form of anemia in the United States, affecting more women than men, its prevalence rate rising rapidly after age 50. In fact, greater than 20% of the population age 85 and older are anemic. Anemia is very common in hospitalized patients and nearly universal among dialysis patients. Causes of anemia include blood loss (such as menstrual or gastrointestinal [GI] bleeding), impaired red blood cell (RBC) production (found with malignancy or severe infection), or RBC destruction (associated with hereditary disorders and sepsis-associated hemolysis).

Managing chronic pain
When you have chronic pain, as she does, you keep trying things until something brings relief. Gardner was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when she was 22; doctors figure she'd already had it for some time even then. Forty years later, chronic pain is just one aspect of the woman's active life. "I do so much better now than I ever did when I was young. I do know how to manage it," she said. Others are still learning to live with pain. The American Chronic Pain Association says people in the United States are living a "lifestyle of pain.

Many Women Delay, Skip Care Because of Cost, Survey Says
Coverage & Access | Many Women Delay, Skip Care Because of Cost, Survey Says [Jul 08, 2005] Twenty-seven percent of women under age 65 and 67% of uninsured women delayed or went without needed medical care in the last year because they did not think they could afford it, according to a new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports (O'Rourke, Scripps Howard/Minneapolis Star Tribune, 7/7). For the survey, researchers questioned 2,766 women ages 18 and older by telephone from July though September 2004 (Reuters/New York Post, 7/8).

Mapping Cancer's Genetic Makeup
(AP) If all the ways genes run amok to cause cancer were laid out in a dictionary, scientists would be able to decipher only a small part of the first page. Hoping to change that, the government is set to begin a $100 million pilot project to begin unraveling the genetic makeup of cancer, aiming to speed the discovery of culprits and treatments that today is largely a matter of scientific luck. The Cancer Genome Atlas will "go beyond and behind the front lines and enumerate the complete list of genomic insurgents that lead to cancer," said Dr.

Marijuana, the wonder drug, BY Lester Grinspoon The Boston Globe
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts: A new study in the journal Neurology is being hailed as unassailable proof that marijuana is a valuable medicine. It is a sad commentary on the state of modern medicine that we still need "proof" of something that medicine has known for 5,000 years. READ WHOLE ARTICLE: http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/03/01/opinion/edgrinspoon.php :::::::: PETE writes: I have never personally taken any sort of "Illegal drug," and only under extreme health danger do I take prescribed drugs. Reason: Most of them deliver more suffering that what ails you.

Mayo Clinic - Mayo Clinic researchers find hole in heart does not make stroke inevitable
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Mayo Clinic researchers have found that -- contrary to current thinking by some in the medical community -- a patent foramen ovale (PFO), a small hole between the two upper chambers of the heart, does not predestine an individual to a stroke later in life. Findings will appear online on Friday, Dec. 9, in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Bijoy Khandheria, M.D., chair of the Division of Cardiology at Mayo Clinic in Arizona and study author explains, "Our findings show that the hole is not always the guilty party in a stroke; it may be an innocent bystander.

Medical Consequences of Drug Abuse
Drug addiction is a brain disease. Although initial drug use might be voluntary, drugs of abuse have been shown to alter gene expression and brain circuitry, which in turn affect human behavior. Once addiction develops, these brain changes interfere with an individual's ability to make voluntary decisions, leading to compulsive drug craving, seeking and use. The impact of addiction can be far reaching. Cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, and lung disease can all be affected by drug abuse. Some of these effects occur when drugs are used at high doses or after prolonged use, however, some may occur after just one use.

Medical Practice Business Center
Introduction This industry consists of offices and clinics of licensed medical doctors, excluding doctors of osteopathic medicine (covered in SIC 8031: Clinics of Doctors of Osteopathy). These establishments are engaged in general or specialized medicine or surgery. This category includes the offices of the following types of medical specialists: anesthesiologists, dermatologists, gynecologists, neurologists, obstetricians, oculists, ophthalmologists, orthopedic physicians, pathologists, pediatricians, plastic surgeons, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, radiologists, medical surgeons, and urologists.

Medicare drug plan likely a hot holiday topic
Medicare drug plan likely a hot holiday topic Sunday, Nov 27, 2005 By Aaron Sadler Arkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK - In addition to talking turkey around the table this holiday season, chances are senior citizens around Arkansas will be discussing Toprol, Tramadol or hundreds of other prescription drugs.That's just what representatives of a health care education network want.Representatives of a group called the Medicare Rx Access network hope Medicare recipients discuss with their families the new Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit over the holidays.Medicare beneficiaries began enrolling in the program Nov.

Medication is Not Enough: Job and Family Counseling Needed as Well
Medication is Not Enough: Job and Family Counseling Needed as Well Read more. Psycho-social Treaments Schizophrenia Advocacy Based on the outcome of a new CATIE study announced in a press release issued by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the USA Today reported on the study's finding that in order to live independently with a better quality of life, more community services in the areas of job training and family counseling are needed.

Medicine Winning Some Battles Against Childhood Cancer
Cancer is the leading cause of disease-related deaths in children under the age of 20. Every year, about 12,400 children and teens are diagnosed with cancer, and approximately 2,300 children die. Despite these grim statistics, it is important to note that childhood cancer is still relatively rare, affecting only about 14 of every 100,000 children on average each year, according to the National Cancer Institute. More importantly, survival rates for some childhood cancers have improved greatly over the last generation as medical research uncovers new treatment options. Childhood cancers follow the same disease process as adult cancers.

Men Have Time To Choose Best Prostate Cancer Treatment
When men receive a prostate cancer diagnosis, their doctor often gives them a myriad of treatment options, noted the researchers. Possible treatments include removing the prostate, radiation, brachytherapy seeds, cryosurgery and watchful waiting. While there is no medical benefit to postponing treatment for prostate cancer for six months, the researchers said delaying treatment can allow a patient time to understand the options and pick the best one for him. The side effects of any prostate cancer treatment can include incontinence, impotence and erectile dysfunction.

Mental Health Association in Tulsa - Education
Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery innovator Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular, Time Warner Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her first book, Staying Well with Guided Imagery, is a widely used wellness primer. Her second, Your Sixth Sense, has been translated into 8 languages and called one of the most thoughtful and sophisticated looks at intuition in print. Her new book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award and came out in paperback January of 2006.

Mental Health Services Underutilized By Cancer Patients
The prevalence of major psychiatric disorders is as common in cancer patients as they are in the general population, with the exception of panic disorder which had elevated rates compared to the general population (5 percent versus 1.7 percent, respectively). However, fewer than half of advanced cancer patients with major psychiatric complaints receive care from a mental health provider, according to a study published in the December 15, 2005 issue of CANCER (http://www.interscience.wiley.com/cancer-newsroom), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

Methamphetamine threat is nothing to sneeze at
Strange isn't it, but that last "right" - the one that isn't a right at all - is the one that gripes a lot of Wisconsinites who want fast, fast, fast relief when they're coming down with a cold. That won't be quite as easy under legislation that zipped through the both the Senate and Assembly this week and landed on Gov. Jim Doyle's desk, where it is expected to be quickly signed. The new law puts limits on the sales of pseudoephedrine as part of a crackdown on the manufacturing of methamphetamines - known as meth, crystal or speed - that is easily converted from the over-the-counter cold pills.

Meth's youngest victims
Staff Writer Three-year-old Samantha is busy exploring the fast-food restaurant. She doesn't want to sit still, not even when a sound-effects book is offered. But she consents to show off her newly acquired knowledge of colors by pointing out a yellow and a red. Then she runs off to talk to a stranger in the next booth. Samantha is suffering from ADHD and asthma. Little Josh is tiny for 5 months and hasn't yet rolled over. The drugs caused stomach problems so he can't eat like a regular 5-month-old. His foster parents are waiting to hear if he also has vision problems and possibly even mental retardation.

Mind/Body Health: Heart Disease
You might think heart disease is linked only with physical activities-a lack of exercise, poor diet, smoking, and excessive drinking. While these habits do heighten the risk of high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular problems, your thoughts, attitudes, and emotions are just as important. They can not only accelerate the onset of heart disease, but also get in the way of taking positive steps to improve your health or that of a loved one.

Mindful Living
As fundamental in Chinese culture as the Great Wall and dim sum, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) - with its acupuncture needles and herbal remedies - seems to have been around forever, and always will be. Or will it? As reported in The Boston Globe, a philosophy professor at a regional university in China launched a controversy in October with an online petition calling to oust Traditional Chinese Medicine from the national medical system. Four days later he had 10,000 signatures.

MITRE - News and Events - MITRE Publications - The MITRE Digest - Enterprise Modernization - Where the Rx Meets the Bottom Line
Your daughter is hard of hearing. A doctor examines her and orders a computed axial tomography (CAT) scan, which would uncover any inner ear malformation contributing to her deafness. The problem is, a CAT scan was performed several weeks ago by another physician and didn't locate the problem-;something the second doctor doesn't know. But what if he or she can find out that information easily? What if a computer search could turn up your child's medical history and, instead of a CAT scan, the doctor orders an MRI-;which could reveal, among other things, a brain lesion?

MLB to raise skin cancer awareness
Fact No. 2: Skin cancer is the fastest growing cancer in the U.S., claiming one life per hour. One out of every five children will grow up to develop skin cancer, which also is the leading cancer killer of women between the ages of 20 and 30. Those inescapable facts go hand-in-hand and have the rapt attention of Major League Baseball, which on Tuesday kicked off its biggest campaign yet to help raise awareness and prevention of skin cancer.

Money Can Buy Happiness When Ill
FRIDAY, April 8 (HealthDay News) -- Being financially comfortable appears to ease the woes of disability, at least in the short term, reports a University of Michigan study. "When you get a major new problem in your life, you are likely to get over it -- people are amazingly resilient -- but it is easier and faster with financial resources," said study author Dr. Peter Ubel, a professor of internal medicine and psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

More men to turn to less invasive prostate surgery option
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National Psoriasis Foundation: Tar
Tar used for medicinal purposes is derived from both coal and wood (e.g., juniper, pine). However, coal tar is the type used most commonly to treat psoriasis. It became available from the technology of coal gas production developed in the latter part of the 19th century. Coal tar is available over the counter in crude and refined forms to treat mild, moderate and severe psoriasis. For decades, tar was viewed as the "traditional" treatment for psoriasis. As new treatments have emerged in recent years, tar has taken on a more supportive role, but it is still a safe, effective and readily available treatment option for many people.

Natural Treatment for Yeast Infections
Although there are many over-the-counter remedies and natural treatments, you should see a doctor to get properly diagnosed and evaluated, especially if: this is your first yeast infection you've had other types of vaginal or urinary tract infections you've already tried treating yourself and symptoms persist you have a weakened immune system due to cancer treatments or diseases such as AIDS you have a fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, abdominal or back pain, bloody discharge, or difficult or increased urination.

New exam improves detection of breast cancer
A hospital gown over the top half of her body, Sally Hinshaw curls up on an examination table - knees together and bent to the right - at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Her left arm stays outside the gown, with the wrist resting on her forehead - as if she were sighing with relief. "Just pretend that you're going to go to sleep," Dr. Leesa McCauley, a firstyear resident in family medicine, says as she adjusts the shoulders. Hinshaw, a resident of Upper Arlington, was about to have a breast exam - her fifth this year.

New heart failure guidelines stress early diagnosis and treatment
DALLAS, Aug. 16, 2005 - Early diagnosis and new treatments can help battle heart failure -- a growing national problem that causes 1 million hospital admissions each year, according to new guidelines released today by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). The document is available today on the Web sites of the ACC (www.acc.org) and the AHA (www.americanheart.org) and will be published in the Sept.

New Hope for Stroke Patients
If more than three hours pass between the time a patient experiences a stroke and when they arrive at the hospital, it is too late for the only FDA-approved treatment for acute stroke - intravenous tPA, a clot-busting drug. Now a new device called the Merci Retriever - a tiny corkscrew designed to physically remove the source of the stroke, a blood clot in the brain - is giving hope to patients who arrive late. The device is offered to patients as part of an ongoing clinical trial offered at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

New Jolt Of Hope For Bulimics
(CBS) Karen Eckstrom had a secret so debilitating that getting into the swing of life was almost impossible. "It's like an old lover," she says. "It doesn't leave you, you have to leave it." Chris North is saddled with the same problem. "It pretty much ruled my life in every respect," says North. As CBS News Correspondent Lee Cowan reports, both are battling bulimia, an eating disorder characterized by binging on huge amounts of food, then purging. "A typical binge would be oh, a dozen donuts, a box of macaroni and cheese and a large package of Twizzlers," says North.

New orders for Gen. Shalikashvili
The general, who goes by "Shali" for short, was driving home from his biweekly haircut near his home in Steilacoom just south of Fort Lewis when a numbing sensation crept through one side of his face and his left hand. Both his parents had died of strokes, and he knew the signs, so he about-faced his car and headed for Madigan Army Hospital. Doctors at Madigan confirmed he'd had a transient ischemic attack, or TIA, a temporary blockage in the brain that sometimes precedes a stroke, but it appeared to have caused no damage.

New Procedure Cuts Pain Out Of Tonsillectomies
OMAHA, Neb. -- If your child snores, the problem could be his or her tonsils, and doctors say removing them may be the best option. Many parents don't want to subject their child to the pain, but a new procedure may make tonsillectomies more bearable. Dr. Ann Edmonds, of Alegent Health, is an Omaha ear, nose and throat surgeon who offers the new procedure. "We've been taking tonsils out since the first century -- probably with a fork and knife back then -- you're lucky you weren't living then, 'cause it wasn't so good," Edmonds said.

New scans may speed chest pain diagnosis
Millions of people with chest pain enter emergency room limbo, spending up to 24 hours waiting for tests to tell if a heart attack really is brewing or if it's something less dire. A computerized heart scan may start easing the wait, giving doctors a faster picture of clogged arteries to help determine who can go home - within just four hours - and who needs more care. If these souped-up CT scans pan out - and major studies of several thousand chest-pain sufferers are to begin soon - they may do more than send the worried well home faster. "To be able to show the patient what's going on in their arteries is very powerful," says Dr.

New technology could lessen breast biopsy
Newstrack: Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld contradicted the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who said U.S. troops are obligated to halt inhumane treatment in Iraq. European Union states appear divided on the future of Kosovo as negotiations begin on its status. Protesters against the treatment of Gaza settlers set up an encampment near the Israeli foreign ministry in Tel Aviv Tuesday. A controversial package of anti-terrorist laws passed the lower house of the Australian parliament Tuesday. Police in Tampa, Fla., say a local strip club has been operating a mobile annex outside the stadium before Buccaneers football games.

New York Counties File Lawsuit Against HHS To Prevent Funding Cuts Under Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization Bill
Nassau and Suffolk counties in New York state on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against HHS to prevent funding cuts for HIV/AIDS programs under the recently passed Ryan White CARE Act Reauthorization Bill (HR 6143), the Long Island Newsday reports. Under previous CARE Act allocations, the counties received $6.1 million annually in funding for services for people living with HIV/AIDS, according to the Newsday. However, previous CARE Act allocations were scheduled to run out on Wednesday, and HHS officials have said they will announce on Thursday how much the counties will receive under the reauthorization bill, the Newsday reports.

News Article - The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Preventing High Blood Pressure: How Lowering Sodium Intake Can Help OU Physicians (405) 271-5067 Oklahoma City, OK -- Oklahomans can help control high blood pressure by reducing the amount of sodium in their diet. The body only requires half a gram of sodium per day, however, the average American consumes at least nine grams of sodium per day, which can lead to high blood pressure. According to Jorge Saucedo, M.D., an OU Physicians cardiologist, "Unfortunately, most people do not read nutritional labels and a lot of processed foods contain high amounts of sodium.

Newswise.com News Story
Newswise -; Based on a new study released today, researchers urge more comprehensive imaging for patients presenting to hospitals with stroke symptoms. Using both MRI and echocardiography to image the heart greatly enhances the detection of the cause and selection of the best treatment of cardioembolic strokes, the "meanest" type of stroke. A cardioembolic stroke occurs when a thrombus (clot) dislodges from the heart, travels through the cardiovascular system and lodges in the brain, first cutting off the blood supply and then often causing a hemorrhagic bleed - a double whammy of both types of stroke, ischemic first and then hemorrhagic.

NIH to Study Genetic Makeup of Cancer
If all the ways genes run amok to cause cancer were laid out in a dictionary, scientists would be able to decipher only a small part of the first page. Hoping to change that, the government is set to begin a $100 million pilot project to begin unraveling the genetic makeup of cancer, aiming to speed the discovery of culprits and treatments that today is largely a matter of scientific luck. The Cancer Genome Atlas will "go beyond and behind the front lines and enumerate the complete list of genomic insurgents that lead to cancer," said Dr.

No Benefit to Dietary Counseling Prior to Gastric Bypass
By Lauren Collie, Ivanhoe Web Correspondent (Ivanhoe Newswire) -- According to a new study, people who participate in six months of dietary counseling prior to gastric bypass surgery show no improvement over those who do not. Gastric bypass surgery is the most common form of weight loss surgery and can prevent numerous diseases related to obesity such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, asthma and problems with joints and infertility. The surgery involves reducing stomach size and bypassing a section of the small intestine in order to limit the amount of food ingested.

Northwest Indiana News: nwitimes.com
For nearly two decades now, Dr. Eric Bell has served as the guiding light for people with myriad sleep disorders throughout the region at the Sleep Disorder Center. Located at Methodist Hospital's Southlake Campus in Merrillville at 8701 Broadway, Bell founded the center in 1987 and evaluates patients that potentially could be diagnosed with more than 80 well-known sleeping and waking disorders and disturbances.

Novel Therapy Tested In Mice Could Chase Away Cat Allergies
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, funded the research. "This novel approach to treating cat allergies is encouraging news for millions of cat-allergic Americans. Moreover, these results provide proof-of-concept for using this approach to develop therapies to prevent deadly food allergy reactions as well," says NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. The injectable treatment puts a brake on the release of a key chemical from cells involved in cat allergy reactions.

On the Cover - North Coast Journal - May 19, 2005 - Measuring up: How a local diabetes project may help change the face of medicine
November 2002 was not a good month for Cindy Dobereiner. [photo below right] Her husband had been laid off from Pacific Lumber Co. for about a year. He was collecting unemployment while he took courses in computers, an attempt to find a career that paid at least as well as his old job. She was on disability. The family was living in Scotia, but the Dobereiners would soon have to move from their company-owned home. So the stress had already been building when, in mid-November, Dobereiner was diagnosed with diabetes. A few days later, her mother died.

On-going Programs
Whatever your prognosis, it's wise to have plans in place to assure that your wishes will be carried out. Not only will this protect your loved ones against having outsiders (hospitals, courts, government agencies) dictate what must happen to you and to them, it will provide you with peace of mind - a valuable asset in coping with any major disease. This process is estate planning, and it is by no means limited to the wealthy. Each of us has the right and the responsibility-to ourselves and our families-to set certain decisions down on paper.Come have your questions answered by a local estate planning attorney ,Lisa Vira. Ms.

Ore. lawmakers consider controversial birth control bill
SALEM - Oregon lawmakers are considering a controversial bill that would require health insurance companies to cover birth control pills if they cover other prescriptions. The Access to Birth Control bill, also known as the "ABC Bill", additionally would require hospitals to offer emergency contraception to sexual assault victims. Twenty-six states already have birth control parity laws, which treat the pill like other drugs, and many Oregon women say it's time for their state to pass similar legislation.

Orleans County Government Web Site
Annual Report The County Department of Mental Health offers a full range of services designed to meet the needs of area residents. This state-licensed clinic offers comprehensive programs representing a broad range of disciplines including psychiatry, psychology, nursing and social work. Counseling and crisis intervention can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Regional Action Phone Line (RAP). Their number is (800) 889-1903. The emergency services staff respond to hundreds of calls per year.

Our Bodies Ourselves - HIV and AIDS - Women and HIV/AIDS
Women and HIV/AIDS As of December 2003, nearly 50 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide were women. In the United States, about 25 percent of people with HIV/AIDS are women. Between 1998 and 2002, new AIDS diagnoses increased 7 percent among U.S. women, compared to a 5 percent decline in diagnoses among U.S. men. In the United States and worldwide, the majority of women are infected through heterosexual sex, and women of color continue to be disproportionately affected. While representing only 12 percent of the U.S. population, African-Americans account for half of new infections in the country, and that proportion is increasing.

our history
I am the parent of a teen-ager with complex congenital heart disease. We bought our first home computer after our son's third surgery in 1993 as a "get well" present, to give him something constructive to do during his time at home. Like most kids of that era, he took to the computer quite naturally, and within a short period of time, was surfing the Internet and teaching himself how to use programs and software. I had never used a computer before, I couldn't even figure out how to turn the darn thing on! Seth taught me a lot, and before long, I found myself totally fascinated by the Internet and by this new technology.

Pain-free mobility available at a price
Email this storyPrint this story5:00AM Thursday March 15, 2007 By Martin Johnston Under the knife: Waiting for treatment Public sector keeps respectable distanceGP says skin patients are caught out by board rules Pat Inskip and Tika Rayner have two things in common. Both are grandmothers disabled by worn-out hips. Both are having private surgery because the public system could not guarantee them attention soon enough. But West Aucklander Mrs Rayner will be able to rely on her family's $70-a-month hospital and specialist insurance to pay for the operation, to be done next month.

Paracetamol causes headaches - The Other Side - Breaking News 24/7 - NEWS.com.au
POPULAR painkillers such as aspirin and paracetamol may cause the headaches they are supposed to treat. A paper published in the latest issue of the medical journal Australian Prescriber claims the recommended daily dose of some over-the-counter medications can cause headaches. "Medication-overuse headache is estimated to be responsible for 30 per cent of chronic daily headache and accounts for 10-60 per cent of patients attending specialist headache clinics," said David Williams, director of neurology at John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

Parents vs. prevention
Lawmakers could face a dilemma this spring: whether the state should play guardian angel to Illinois' preteens. A proposal is in the works to require vaccinations for 11- and 12-year-old girls that are designed to stop certain types of the human papillomavirus, the most common sexually transmitted disease. The virus, HPV for short, also is linked to cervical cancer. Sen. Debbie Halvorson, a Democrat from Crete and her chamber's majority leader, has a personal interest in cervical cancer prevention. After her pap smear came back with abnormal cells in 2002, she was given a high-risk diagnosis for the disease.

Partnership for Safe Medicines Says New Book Reveals How Counterfeit Drugs Enter and Compromise America's Drug Supply
WASHINGTON, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Partnership for Safe Medicines, a coalition of patient, physician, pharmacist, university, industry and professional organizations, today said the new book Dangerous Doses is a wake up call for America on the growing consumer threat of counterfeit drugs. Partnership drug safety experts said governments, regulators and industry must take steps across the drug supply chain to halt the fake medicines trade, including harsher penalties for counterfeiters, stricter licensing standards, stronger enforcement and the use of new technologies.

Passive Smoking Is Breast Cancer Risk Factor
NEW YORK - The results of studies "with thorough passive smoking exposure assessment" indicate that passive smoking raises the risk of breast cancer, especially in premenopausal women, to a similar degree as active smoking. Dr. Kenneth C. Johnson, of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, examined the association between breast cancer risk and passive and active smoking in an analysis of 19 published studies that met basic quality criteria. The results are published in the International Journal of Cancer .

Penicillin, Amoxicillin: Step Aside for Strep Throat Treatment - URMC Press Room
The most common medications used to treat the strep germ, the bug that causes millions of sore throats in U.S. children every year, simply aren’t doing the job and aren’t as effective as newer antibiotics known as cephalosporins. In results presented this weekend at a large infectious disease meeting, the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy in Washington, doctors who reviewed the treatment given to 11,426 children showed that even a short course of the newer drugs is more effective than the traditional 10-day dose of the older antibiotics.

Pfizer goes ahead with UniChem deal
Pfizer's controversial deal with drugs wholesaler UniChem, making it the exclusive distributor of the pharmaceutical group's medicines in the UK, goes ahead today after a last-ditch attempt to block it failed on Friday. Eight wholesalers, including Phoenix Healthcare Distribution and AAH Pharmaceuticals, sought an injunction against the deal. But after a four-hour hearing in the high court, the judge decided against an injunction, "pending an effective hearing." Steve Dunn, group managing director at AAH, said the court's decision was disappointing.

Pharma Reformulates
The luster of the pharmaceutical industry has dimmed. Sales continue to grow, but many leading products are in decline owing to competition from generics or safety concerns. The latter has contributed to a waning public confidence in drug marketers and regulators and has helped to tarnish the industry's reputation. New product approvals remain near a 25-year low, and major companies are increasingly dependent on external sources of innovation. Niche blockbusters and personalized medicines hold some promise, but companies face a struggle to burnish the industry's image and create sustainable business models.

Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturing Assn News Story
Innovative prescription medicines and treatments are saving lives and giving patients new hope for a healthier future. Learn about how innovative research by America's pharmaceutical companies is giving patients better health care choices From Laboratory to Pharmacy Shelf Only one of every 10,000 potential medicines investigated by America's research-based pharmaceutical companies makes it through the research and development pipeline and is approved for patient use by the United States Food and Drug Administration. Winning approval, on average, takes 15 years of research and development and costs over $800 million dollars.

Pharmaceutical Research & Manufacturing Assn News Story
Prescription medicines are helping patients fight disease and live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Learn about how your medicines are developed and how they can add value to you and your family's healthcare. Naomi Hoffman Kensington, Maryland Leukemia survivor "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." Emerson's quote describes the essence of medical research. It also is the motto that Naomi Hoffman lives by. Naomi is a 24-year-old woman, a recent college graduate, and engaged to be married. She is active, outgoing and positive. She is also a cancer survivor.

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THE MAJORITY of women, whether they're pro-choice or not, are more familiar with the look and feel of their local drugstore than they are with the inside of an abortion clinic. An estimated 95 percent of women use some form of artificial contraception at some point during their child-bearing years, while statistics from the New York-based Alan Guttmacher Institute show that if current rates continue, about 35 percent of American women will have an abortion during their reproductive years.

Placebo Effect
The Placebo Effect There is a vast array of alternative remedies, many of which purport to treat a wide range of different illnesses. Some of these treatments are based on relaxation or meditation and only claim to reduce stress, while others make wild claims, unsubstantiated by any sort of scientific tests, that they can cure illnesses such as CFS. Even though many of these remedies have very questionable theories behind them, and could not possibly work for the reasons given by their practitioners, the fact remains that many of these remedies do in fact lead to miraculous recoveries, due to the placebo effect.

Poll: The Politics Of Health Care
(CBS) Americans think the U.S. health care system is in need of major repairs, according to a CBS News/New York Times poll. Nine out of 10 say the system needs at least fundamental changes, including 36 percent who favor a complete overhaul. Although most Americans say they are generally satisfied with the quality of their own health care, including 41 percent who say they are very satisfied, it's a different story when it comes to the cost of care. Just one in five are very satisfied with what they pay for health care, while a majority (52 percent) are dissatisfied, including a third who are very dissatisfied.

Polypharmacy in children on the rise in the US
Providence, RI - Pediatric polypharmacy, the practice of prescribing two or more medications for psychiatric symptoms in children, is on the rise in the United States, raising concern about unknown side effects, according to a new study appearing in the August issue of the journal Psychiatry 2005.

Pregnant women need more exercise
Home Analysis & Briefs Security & Terrorism International Intelligence Consumer Health Daily Health Business Hi-Tech NewsTrack Top News Science Business Entertainment Sports Quirks Newspictures RSS | Search 11/9/2005 7:44:00 PM -0500 Newstrack: The Japanese government announced Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun will meet Nov. 18 during the Asia-Pacific summit. A Belgian Catholic priest accused of genocide crimes in Rwanda will be transferred home for trial. A Norweigan appeals court has upheld a woman's rape conviction for forcing sex on a sleeping man.

Prescription Drugs > Cost control measures limit patient, physician choice in psychotropic medications
Antibiotics Are Not For Flu or Other Viral Illnesses The Pharmacy Profession in UK to Undergo Historic Changes Rules Filed to Clarify Pharmacists' Responsibilities in Filling Prescriptions ADHD Drug Manufacturers to Notify Patients about Cardiovascular and Psychiatric Adverse Events A new Brandeis University study published online in Clinical Therapeutics suggests that private health plans increasingly rely on escalating copayments to manage drug costs, as opposed to administrative controls.

Prescription Drugs > New Hampshire to Encourage E-Prescriptions
If New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch (D) and the New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative have their way, all health care providers statewide will be able to prescribe medication electronically, or use e-prescribing, by 2008. Critics, though, say that plan could invade patients' privacy. Moreover, since financial incentives are being offered to use e-prescription, those who don't use it will be penalized. A federal program--the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006--calls for health care quality measures, including the use of e-prescribing, to be in place by 2008. Congress is creating a Physician Assistance and Quality Initiative Fund with $1.

prevent heart disease
Heart disease is our nation';s number one killer! The gradual clogging, hardening and damage done to the interior walls of our blood vessels is the primary cause of heart attacks and strokes. This process of atherosclerosis, the hardening of the arteries, results in poor circulation to the extremities, the brain and other organs. Ailments such as senile dementia, leg pain and even erectile impotence have their origin in atherosclerosis. The accumulation of fatty plaque on the inner walls of our blood vessels begins early in childhood and progresses gradually throughout life due to modern day dietary practices.

PRI's 'The World' Examines Increased Support for Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV-Positive African Children
Drug Access | PRI's 'The World' Examines Increased Support for Antiretroviral Treatment for HIV-Positive African Children [Nov 29, 2005] Positive experiences providing antiretroviral treatment to children with HIV/AIDS in Uganda and other parts of Africa have "changed minds and attracted new support" for such programs, "The World" -- a co-production of BBC World Service, PRI and WGBH Boston -- reports.

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CCA disseminates information to educate craniofacial patients and their families, health care providers and the general public regarding craniofacial conditions. CCA also promotes public awareness of craniofacial conditions and social acceptance of individuals with facial disfigurement. Craniofacial patient families often call CCA seeking emotional support and to discuss problems, and to identify resources. Through our database we are able to network families with support groups and/or others who have similar conditions and experiences.

Psychology and endometriosis
Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. These two are closely linked, because what we think, feel and believe influences how we behave. Within the traditional “biomedical” approach to health and illness, psychology had a very small role to play. This approach viewed mind and body as independent. Physical illness may have had psychological consequences, but a person’s psychological state was not considered to be related to the progression of illness. Treatments were therefore aimed at bringing about physical changes.

Psychology Today: Back From the Drink
The new approach to alcoholism puts practicality before ideology.What works? Keeping motivation high, for starters. And it's not even necessary to admit you are an alcoholic to curb drinking. Each year it kills 40,000 Americans. It can damage and destroy every organ in the body, scarring and pocking the liver until it looks like a lump of drying lava, laying waste to the heart, pancreas, arteries, throat, and stomach, snuffing out receptors in the brain. Every year alcoholism costs our country over $80 billion, is implicated in 30 percent of suicides and 46 percent of teen suicides, and is a factor in one of four hospital admissions.

Public Health Experts Concerned Proponents of Mandatory HPV Vaccination Are Acting Too Soon
Public Health Experts Concerned Proponents of Mandatory HPV Vaccination Are Acting Too Soon Kaiser Network | February 20, 2007 Some public health experts recently have expressed concern that proponents of human papillomavirus vaccination legislation -- including Merck , producer of the HPV vaccine Gardasil -- have acted "far too fast" and are "potentially undermining eventual prospects for the broadest possible immunization," the New York Times reports (Pollack/Saul, New York Times , 2/17).

Quarter of Women Not Getting Health Care They Need
THURSDAY, July 7 (HealthDay News) -- Costs are getting in the way of women's health care, with about a quarter of American women not getting the care they need, a new national report finds. While most women surveyed are in good health and satisfied with the care they get, a sizable minority cannot afford such basics as seeing a doctor or filling a prescription. The problem is particularly pronounced among women without health insurance and women in failing health. "Health-care cost is an important women's issue," said report author Alina Salganicoff, vice president and director of women's health policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Written by a pediatric nurse from the perspective of a mother of a child with chronic illness, Mary Burkett's book provides practical and very useful information for parents. Based on the premise that our children's medical conditions can impact their social, scholastic and behavioral skills, as well as their concept of self, Mary presents numerous strategies to help parents raise confident and well-adjusted young people. Issues such as effective and honest communication, allowing children to make choices whenever possible with regard to their medical care, handling school issues and social pressures are frankly discussed.

Read the press release.
Menssana Research, located in the small business incubator program at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), is seeking companies to license its federally-approved Heartsbreath test, a life-saving technology. Since 1985, Menssana has been developing a unique series of two-minute breath tests. The Heartsbreath Test is the company’s first to secure Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Several more tests, including one for lung cancer, are in the pipeline. The Heartsbreath test determines whether patients with heart transplants are showing signs of rejecting their new heart. It is non-invasive and risk-free.

Reason: Free Advice for the FDA: As safe as aspirin is safe enough
Headlines have been screaming recently about dangerous drugs and supplements being pulled off the market by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Last year the FDA banned the dietary supplement ephedra, which millions of Americans took to control their weight and boost their energy. Ephedra is derived from a Chinese herb, Ma Huang, that has been used for centuries. This year, the FDA asked Pfizer to stop selling the prescription pain reliever Bextra. Bextra belongs to a class of painkillers called COX-2 inhibitors which are supposed to be gentler on the stomachs of patients.

Recovery From a Cesarean Section
Giving birth is a life-altering experience for every woman. But if you deliver by cesarean section, or c-section, you'll have additional considerations that women who deliver vaginally aren't faced with. Breastfeeding generally is not affected by surgical delivery. But a cesarean is major abdominal surgery, so you need to be careful during your recovery period and follow your doctor's orders. Here's what to expect.

Remarks to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Remarks to the NIEHS/NIH Conference on Environmental Solutions to Obesity in America's Youth Good morning. Thank you, Dr. Carmona, for that kind introduction. And welcome, everyone, to this conference on obesity and the environment. I'd like to congratulate Dr. Schwartz on his recent appointment as Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. I'd also like to thank Dr. Julie Gerberding and Lynn Swann for their inspiring comments and for encouraging Americans to be healthy.

Report Finds Medicare Drug Price Rise
By Mary Agnes Carey, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor Twenty-eight percent of Medicare prescription drug plans tracked in five zip codes across the country increased their costs for a group of selected drugs by 5 percent or more in 2006, with prices for one Florida plan rising by nearly a third, according to a new report from Consumers Union. Such increases also might continue in 2007, according to the report, which was released late Wednesday.

Report: Sunscreen May Lead To More Cancer Deaths
But unlike fads that sizzled and fizzled, the evidence this time is strong and keeps growing. If it bears out, it will challenge one of medicine's most fundamental beliefs: that people need to coat themselves with sunscreen whenever they're in the sun. Doing that may actually contribute to far more cancer deaths than it prevents, some researchers think. The vitamin is D, nicknamed the "sunshine vitamin" because the skin makes it from ultraviolet rays. Sunscreen blocks its production, but dermatologists and health agencies have long preached that such lotions are needed to prevent skin cancer.

Research News & Features - Washington State University Study Points to Role of Toxins in Inherited Disease
Researchers at Washington State University reached that remarkable conclusion after finding that environmental toxins can alter the activity of an animal's genes in a way that is transmitted through at least four generations after the exposure. Their discovery suggests that toxins may play a role in heritable diseases that were previously thought to be caused solely by genetic mutations. It also hints at a role for environmental impacts during evolution. "It's a new way to think about disease," said Michael K. Skinner, director of the Center for Reproductive Biology.

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)
RSV usually goes away on its own and does not require a hospital visit or specific medical treatment. Symptoms may last for 1 to 2 weeks, and a cough may last for 2 weeks or more. Symptoms in older children and adults are usually milder. Can RSV be serious? Yes. Infants or young children who have RSV for the first time may get a serious infection in their lower respiratory tract; they will need to be treated in hospital. Most children with RSV who are sick enough to go to the hospital are either very young (infants) or have an underlying condition, like heart or lung disease. RSV can be more serious in premature or newborn babies.

Reverse Osteoporosis?
A machine that stimulates bone growth is undergoing FDA testing. This may be the first treatment for osteoporosis that actually fixes the problem of bone loss. Osteoporosis weakens the bones and makes them susceptible to fracture. In addition to traditional prevention and treatment techniques, electrical stimulation may actually repair some of the damage. Mary Vasquez was diagnosed with the beginning stages of osteoporosis at age 42. "At first I thought I had strained my hand while moving to a new house," she says. "It hurt really badly below the thumb - and only on my left hand.

Rheumatoid Arthritis -TNF-Part II
Rheumatoid Arthritis- TNF- Part II (12/25/05)- The FDA has granted approval to Bristol-Myers Squibb to sell its anti-TNF rheumatoid arthritis drug Orencia. Please see our item below dated 9/10/05 for the advisory panel's decision on this matter. Bristol said it hoped to begin to market the drug in February using a special sales force that has extensive experience in rheumatoid arthritis. Orencia is administered as a 30-minute intravenous infusion on a monthly basis. The company has not indicated yet what the cost for the drug will be.

Robotic surgery: will it be evidence-based or just “toys for boys”?
Robot-assisted surgery has been evolving over the past decade, from simple adjustable arms to support cameras in laparoscopic surgery, through to the more sophisticated four-armed machines now being installed in a number of hospitals in Australia.1 The name “robot” is somewhat misleading, as these devices do not perform autonomous tasks, but are under the direct control of a surgeon who usually works from a remote console to insert robot-controlled instruments into a patient.

S.1821 Pandemic Preparedness and Response Act
(1) The Department of Health and Human Services reports that an influenza pandemic has a greater potential to cause rapid increases in death and illness than virtually any other natural health threat. (2) Three pandemics occurred during the 20th century: the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918, the Asian flu pandemic in 1957, and the Hong Kong flu pandemic in 1968. The Spanish flu pandemic was the most severe, causing over 500,000 deaths in the United States and more than 20,000,000 deaths worldwide.

Sedentarism Runs Rampant Worldwide
Traditionally, prevention of chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) focused on tobacco control and improved diet. In its new NCD prevention strategy outlined in a 2003 report on diet, nutrition and the prevention of chronic diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) underscores increased physical activity as a key component. This new emphasis, first introduced by WHO in 2002, is based on several facts.

Shift in diagnosis of selective mutism transforms treatment
Emily would not color, sing or participate in any classroom activities; in fact, she would not say a word to anyone. It was not the first time Christine had received such a call. Emily had not talked at preschool, either. She did not make eye contact with store clerks or talk to nurses at the pediatrician's office. She ran off the playground if another child approached. Stanley asked her sister, a special-education teacher, what she thought. Stanley had to explain the problem because at home and with family Emily's behavior was perfectly normal.

Someday, There Will Be a Fat Pill - The science of hunger management. By Amanda Schaffer
Last week, the USDA cast aside its iconic food pyramid for a new design, with color-coded wedges and a stair-climbing stick figure, which was greeted with mostly mediocre reviews. The graphics still don't tell people to avoid junk food, the most obvious factor contributing to national chub. As McDonald's celebrated its 50 birthday with 50-cent cheeseburgers and Domino's promoted a new cheeseburger pizza with the help of Donald Trump, government regulators looked like small fries, as usual. Fortunately, the scientists and drug developers working on appetite and weight loss are better at what they do.

Sometimes What Feels Like an Infection May Be an Allergy
Pollen from flowers is a common cause of allergies. An allergy is an unusually strong reaction to a substance. Many different things can cause allergies. The most common cause is pollen. Trees and many other kinds of plants release pollen into the air to reproduce successfully. Different kinds of plants produce pollen at different times of the year. For example, trees usually produce pollen in the spring. Grasses pollinate in the summer. Weeds produce pollen in the autumn. Many other things can cause allergies.

Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Announces Achievement Of Target Enrollment In Satraplatin Phase 3 Registrational Trial (SPARC) For Second-Line Chemotherapy Of Hormone Refractory Prostate Cancer
Most patients diagnosed with prostate cancer initially receive surgery or radiation therapy, and some of these patients are cured. For many others, though, the disease recurs. At this point, the recurrent disease is treated with hormone therapy, and most patients initially respond well to this treatment. Eventually, however, the tumor cells become resistant to the hormones -- or "hormone-refractory" -- and the tumor again progresses. Increasingly, chemotherapy is being used as an effective first-line treatment for HRPC.

Star Micronics and Standard Register Team Up to Slow a Growing Epidemic -- Prescription Fraud
Those fighting the war on drugs have enlisted the services of Standard Register and Star Micronics America for a new battle -- prescription fraud. A growing epidemic that costs the American healthcare system an estimated $5 billion annually, prescription fraud has drawn the attention of the healthcare industry, and led to an innovative, secure prescription solution by Standard Register incorporating Star's TSP800Rx locking printer that is a solid deterrent to prescription drug abuse.

Statins decrease risk of colon cancer (05/25/05)
ANN ARBOR, MI - People who took a type of cholesterol-lowering drug for five years had nearly half the risk of developing colon cancer, even when they had a family history of the disease or other risk factors, according to researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. Results of the study appear in the May 26 New England Journal of Medicine. Statins, such as Zocor, Pravachol or Lipitor, are typically used for lowering cholesterol and have been shown to be effective at preventing cardiovascular disease. "This is an important piece of the puzzle.

Stem cells tested in adult heart patients
Home Analysis & Briefs Security & Terrorism International Intelligence Consumer Health Daily Health Business Hi-Tech NewsTrack Top News Science Business Entertainment Sports Quirks Newspictures RSS | Search 11/9/2005 11:02:00 PM -0500 Newstrack: The Japanese government announced Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun will meet Nov. 18 during the Asia-Pacific summit. A Belgian Catholic priest accused of genocide crimes in Rwanda will be transferred home for trial. A Norweigan appeals court has upheld a woman's rape conviction for forcing sex on a sleeping man.

Still Debating DTC Marketing
Pharmaceutical companies are spending more than $4 billion a year on direct-to-consumer advertising, and it is working. Patients ask for the medications they see on TV and in magazines, and physicians prescribe them. Health systems are also lining freeways with billboards boasting "remarkable care," and marketing campaigns that tout the advantages of CT scans for cancer screening have members calling health plans to see if such services are covered. A debate is growing about the rationale for advertising health care products and services, and a growing body of evidence is being unveiled about its effects.

Stomach stapling: A last resort for weight loss
Stomach stapling is a major surgical procedure for severely and/or morbidly obese individuals who have made numerous, unsuccessful attempts with traditional methods of losing weight (e.g., changing eating patterns, working with nutritionists on eating plans, dieting, regular physical activity), all with the knowledge and supervision of their primary care provider. This surgery is getting a lot of notice lately due to celebrities such as Carnie Wilson, who has gotten the procedure done as a last resort treatment for her morbid obesity.

Strang Intl Cancer Prevention Conference 1998
"Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE) Prevents Tumors in Min/+ Mice and Regulates p53 Function In Vitro" by A.M. Carothers, C. Chiao et al, Strang Cancer Prevention Center, NYC CAPE is a phenolic antioxidant derived from honey bee propolis which decreased tumor formation in the mice used, by 63%. The authors then used human colon carcinoma cells (cancerous) and these showed a decrease as well. - - "Micronutrients Prevent Cancer & Delay Aging" by Bruce N. Ames Approximately 40 micronutrients are required in the human diet.

Studies Highlight Problems With Anti-Clotting Drug
By Ed EdelsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 9 (HealthDay News) -- Two new studies show why doctors wish they had a blood clot-preventing drug that could work better than warfarin, the current standard. Warfarin is taken by many people for a number of reasons -- to prevent clots from forming on an artificial heart valve, for example. Most notably it is prescribed for people with atrial fibrillation, an abnormal heartbeat common among older individuals that increases the risk that a clot will form in the heart and travel to the brain, causing a stroke.

Studies: Statins Don't Cut Risk of Colon, Other Cancers
One study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed more than 2 dozen previous studies of statins and different types of cancer and found that the drugs didn't have any protective effect at all. The other study, conducted by American Cancer Society researchers and published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that statins did not protect users from colon cancer. The results are in direct contrast to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last May, which found a significant drop in colon cancer risk among people who used statins for at least 5 years.

Study finds ibuprofen beats 2 other painkillers in study of kids' pain
CHICAGO (AP) - Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains. Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital. The youngsters, aged 6 to 17, were randomly assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups.

Study finds ibuprofen beats 2 other painkillers in study of kids' pain
CHICAGO - Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains. Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital. The youngsters, aged 6 to 17, were randomly assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups.

Study rates painkillers for children
CHICAGO -- Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains. Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital. The youngsters, ages 6 to 17, were randomly assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups.

Study Shows X-Rays Can Find Lung Cancer Early
Summary: Chest x-rays can find lung cancer at an early stage, according to a new report in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. That's potentially good news, since people have a better chance of surviving lung cancer if it's caught early. However, the researchers say it's still too soon to know for sure whether getting regular chest x-rays can really reduce the number of lung cancer deaths in the US. Why it's important: Lung cancer is the top cancer killer in the United States, claiming more lives (an estimated 163,000 in 2005 alone) than colon, breast, and prostate cancer combined.

Study suggests way to re-energize immune response to chronic viral infection
Like boxers wearied by a 15-round bout, the immune system's CD8 T cells eventually become "exhausted" in their battle against persistent viral infection, and less effective in fighting the disease. In a study to be published Dec. 28 on the journal Nature's website, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Emory University have traced the problem to a gene that turns off the infection-fighting drive of CD8 T cells in mice.

Study: CT Scans Still Not Advised for Lung Cancer Screening
The potential use of imaging tests like CT to screen for lung cancer has been the subject of lively debate in recent years. Some previous studies have suggested that such tests can find lung cancer earlier, when tumors are smaller and more likely operable. The question is whether this translates into helping people live longer and whether it has an adverse affect on their quality of life. In the latest study, researchers looked at the CT scans of more than 3,200 adults with a history of smoking but no symptoms of lung cancer.

Study: Exercise Helps Odds Against Breast Cancer
The findings add strong new support to the growing body of evidence that healthy lifestyle factors such as eating well and exercising regularly provide significant health benefits, possibly even offering protection against cancer recurrences about on par with radiation and chemotherapy. While physical activity is no substitute for medical treatment -- and often difficult for exhausted cancer patients -- the researchers who conducted the study and other experts said the findings indicate breast cancer patients should try to exercise regularly after undergoing standard care to maximize their chances of surviving.

Study: Fewer teens use Ecstasy.
Tighter airport security since the 9/11 attacks has pinched the flow of the drug into the USA from chief suppliers in the Netherlands and Belgium, making it less available and more expensive. Meanwhile, federally funded anti-drug campaigns have produced poignant TV spots warning that Ecstasy users risk brain damage or death. OXYCONTIN/VICODIN What it is: Oxycontin and Vicodin are brand names for opioid or narcotic painkillers. OxyContin is the brand name for a pill that is purely oxycodone. Other brand name formulations including Percocet and Percodan, contain other active ingredients, such as aspirin and aceitominiphen.

Study: For kids, ibuprofen best at killing pain
CHICAGO -; Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains. Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency-room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital. The youngsters, ages 6 to 17, were randomly assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups.

Study: Heart pump causes no mental damage
Home Analysis & Briefs Security & Terrorism International Intelligence Consumer Health Daily Health Business Hi-Tech NewsTrack Top News Science Business Entertainment Sports Quirks Newspictures RSS | Search 11/9/2005 9:57:00 PM -0500 Newstrack: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has stopped his campaign to remove current nurse to patient ratio caps at state hospitals. Police hunt for the cell phone bank bandit as national media broadcasts her image from her suspected fourth robbery in a month. President George Bush advised Medicare beneficiaries to enroll in the U.S.

Study: Ibuprofen beats 2 other painkillers in study of kids' pain
CHICAGO (AP) - Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains. Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital. The youngsters, aged 6 to 17, were randomly assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups.

Study: Ibuprofen Best Painkiller for Kids
Deciding which medicine to give a child in pain just got easier: The first head-to-head study of three common painkillers found that ibuprofen works best, at least for kids with broken bones, bruises and sprains. Available generically and under the brand names Advil and Motrin, ibuprofen beat generic acetaminophen and codeine in an emergency room study of 300 children treated at a Canadian hospital. The youngsters, aged 6 to 17, were randomly assigned to receive standard doses of one of the three medicines. They then periodically rated their pain. Half an hour later, ratings were similar in the three groups.

Study: Weary immune cells can recharge
Advertise | Site Map About UPI | Content Solutions | Support | Contact Us | Affiliates Home Analysis & Briefs Security & Terrorism International Intelligence Consumer Health Daily Health Business Hi-Tech NewsTrack Top News Science Business Entertainment Sports Quirks Newspictures UPI Merchandise Store RSS | Search 12/29/2005 5:42:00 PM -0500 Newstrack: Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England is giving up his post as secretary of the Navy, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

Study: Weekend Heart Attacks Riskier
Even so, doctors say you shouldn't avoid a weekend hospital visit if you think you are having a heart attack or stroke. A delay of even an hour or two raises chances of death or serious heart or brain damage. The new study of nearly a quarter-million first-time heart attack patients in New Jersey reflects what smaller previous