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IMS Health draws up list of best-selling drugs in 2010

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which is a part of the renowned healthcare research firm IMS Health, has recently published a study titled “The Use of Medicines in the United States: Review of 2010”. The report compiles a list of best-selling drugs in America in 2010. Interestingly, at a time when most brand-name drugs have [...]

Group of biomarkers may be able to predict metastatic melanoma

Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Risks of metastasis in patients with melanoma (a type of skin cancer) can be detected by the presence of a group of plasma biomarkers in blood. A study conducted by researchers at the Yale Cancer Center, New Haven, identified seven plasma biomarkers–osteopontin, CEACAM, MIA, ICAM-1, TIMP-1, GDF-15 and S100B—which were found to be in excess [...]

FDA approves use of Invega in schizophrenic adolescents

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Invega (paliperidone), a drug from Johnson & Johnson, has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treatment of schizophrenia in patients in the age group of 12-17. The approval came following a six-week randomized clinical study that was double-blind and placebo-controlled.
During the study a fixed dose of Invega was administered [...]

Experts set new guidelines for Alzheimers disease

Friday, April 29th, 2011

In order to better diagnose the degenerative condition called Alzheimer’s disease, a group of scientists has introduced a new set of guidelines. This is first time in three decades that the diagnostic guidelines of Alzheimer’s disease have been overhauled to better assist doctors in identifying the early symptoms of the disease. This would not only [...]

Dietary supplement intake on the rise

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of American adults use dietary supplements. According to a report by the National Center for Health Statistics, which is a part of the CDC, 53 percent of US adults above the age of 20 took at least one dietary supplement a day [...]

Being Proactive: Changing Lifestyle and Habits

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Lifestyle – this word resonates from every doctor and healthcare specialist in today’s times. In the high profile living that most of us indulge in today it has become very difficult to monitor the way our lifestyle is changing. From good to bad, bad to worse and worse to worst; the situation is deteriorating at a [...]

Blueberries may help in fighting obesity

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Blueberries are often referred to as “superfood” because of the beneficial effects they have on our health. Being rich in antioxidants, blueberries are believed to reduce cancer risks as well as improve heart conditions. But if a recent study is to be believed, blueberries can also help to fight obesity.
The study was conducted by [...]

Sleep-deprivation makes you eat more

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

So far sleep deprivation has been associated with drowsiness and slow thinking. But a recent study by researchers from Columbia University has revealed the sleep deprivation also induces hunger. To put it simply, people with normal weight tend to eat more when they get less sleep, the study suggested.
For the study the researchers randomly [...]

Seasonal allergies on the rise

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Allergic rhinitis or seasonal allergies prevent over 60 million Americans from appreciating the colors of spring as they suffer from allergies to trees, shrubs or pollens. According to National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, 10% of the entire American population suffers from seasonal allergies while another 10% have year-round allergies, viz. allergies to pets [...]

Rx Drug Shortages threatening the healthcare industry more than ever

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Shortage of prescription drugs has created a headache for hospitals in the USA as the hospitals have been compelled to spend more than $200 annually to acquire the drugs. Not only that, this is putting patients’ lives at risk with a majority of the recommended drugs being unavailable.
From an analysis released by Premier Healthcare [...]

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