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Researchers question IOM report on chronic pain

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

A latest report published by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) was blamed for being influenced by a drug company. The report was on chronic pain. The claim was made by a group led by Andrew Kolodny, MD chair of the department of psychiatry of Maimonides Medical Center in New York City and the founder of [...]

Progesterone gel fails to get FDA approval to treat prenatal birth

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

A vaginal progesterone gel was rejected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stating that the gel failed to prove that it is more effective than placebo. The 8 per cent gel was made to avoid preterm birth in pregnant women who have shorter cervix. The gel was manufactured by Columbia Laboratories and Watson Pharmaceuticals.
The [...]

Sodium phosphate enema causes death in elderly

Monday, February 27th, 2012

A new study has revealed that sodium phosphate enemas are likely to cause kidney failure in elderly people. The drug used to treat constipation may even result in the death of old people, says the study.  The study was conducted by Dr. Yaacov Ori and his research team from Rabin Medical Center in Petah-Tikva, Israel. [...]

Naltrexone found effective in reducing pain in fibromyalgia patients

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Naltrexone will help in reducing chronic pain in patients with fibromyalgia, says a latest study. The study was conducted by Jarred Younger, PhD and his research team from Stanford University School of Medicine. The study was funded by the American Fibromyalgia Syndrome Association. The results of the study were presented at the American Academy of [...]

FDA to address shortage of drug supply in the US

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently stated that it will take immediate steps to increase the supply of most important cancer drugs. This decision came in wake of an Executive Order of the US President Barack Obama to prevent the shortage of drugs in the future.
“A drug shortage can be a [...]

Computer training improves brain capacity in schizophrenia, MS patients

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Computer training improves the cognitive capacities in people suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS) and schizophrenia, say tow recent studies.
The fist study was conducted by a group of researchers headed by Karuna Subramaniam, PhD from University of California San Francisco.
The main problem patients face in schizophrenia is the inability to separate the stimuli that originates from [...]

Endometriosis increases risk of ovarian cancers in women

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Endometriosis increases the chances of ovarian cancers in women by three times, says a latest pooled data. The data was published by the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium in the website ‘The Lancet Oncology’.
The scientists hold that ovarian cancer in itself is not a single disease. It is a group of several diseases that have different [...]

Pooled data underlines efficacy of linagliptin in treating Type II diabetes

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

A recent pooled data analysis shows that dipeptidyl peptidase (DPP)-4 inhibitor linagliptin is a well tolerated drug for patients with Type 2 diabetes. The research was conducted by a group of researchers headed by Guntram Schernthaner at Rudolfstiftung Hospital in Austria.
The probability of occurrence of adverse affects was the similar for patients on placebo as [...]

Complications During Pregnancy May Indicate Cardiovascular Disease

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

According to a research published in the Journal of American Heart Association on February 17, 2012, women who develop hypertensive disorders or diabetes during pregnancy have increased risks of developing a cardiovascular disease in their later life.
Abigail Fraser, School of Social & Community Medicine, University of Bristol, UK, said that they wanted to [...]

Cognitive Stimulation Can Help Patients with Dementia

Monday, February 20th, 2012

It has been recently found that a series of group activities designed for stimulating thought, memory and conversation can be helpful in improving the mental functions of patients with mild to moderate dementia.
Robert Winningham, Professor, University of Western Oregon, says that people working in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and memory [...]

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