Medicine

Trasylol (Aprotinin) During Heart Surgery Shown Elevated Risk of Death After Operation

Trasylol (Aprotinin) During Heart Surgery Shown Elevated Risk of Death After Ope Trasylol (aprotinin) is a broad spectrum protease inhibitor which modulates the systemic inflammatory response (SIR) associated with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) surgery. SIR results in the interrelated activation of the hemostatic, fibrinolytic, cellular and humoral inflammatory systems. Aprotinin, through its inhibition of multiple mediators [e.g., kallikrein, plasmin] results in the...

Statin Drugs Such as Lipitor, Zocor..Beneficial for Diabetes; Study Confirmed

Statin Drugs Such as Lipitor, Zocor..Beneficial for Diabetes; Study Confirmed What is Statins? Statins are a group of medicines which are commonly used to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood. They include atorvastatin, fluvastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin, and simvastatin. They each have different brand names. Statins work by blocking the action of a certain enzyme (chemical) in the liver which is needed to make cholesterol. Statins therapy to reduce the risk of...

Infants Spitting up Won't Prevent with Acid Reflux Medications

Infants Spitting up Won't Prevent with Acid Reflux Medications "Spitting up", or regurgitation, is very common during a baby's first few months of life. About 40% of normal, healthy babies spit up, usually right after feeding. In older children and adults, an elastic-like muscle at the entry to the stomach closes like a valve to prevent liquids from being pushed back up. Since it isn't fully developed yet until between 6 and 12 months of age, the valve is...

Risperidone (Belivon, Rispen, Risperdal) has been Approved for Autism

Risperidone (Belivon, Rispen, Risperdal) has been Approved for Autism Autism (say: aw-tih-zum) causes kids to experience the world differently from the way most other kids do. It's hard for kids with autism to talk with other people and express themselves using words. Kids who have autism usually keep to themselves and many can't communicate without special help.There is no cure for autism, but doctors, therapists, and special teachers can help kids with autism...

Ramelteon Might be a Useful Alternative to Existing Sleeping Pill

Ramelteon Might be a Useful Alternative to Existing Sleeping Pill Doctors and nurses often administer sedation to patients in order to dull the patient's anxiety related to painful or anxiety-provoking procedures.A sedative is a substance that depresses the central nervous system (CNS), resulting in calmness, relaxation, reduction of anxiety, sleepiness, slowed breathing, slurred speech, staggering gait, poor judgment, and slow, uncertain reflexes. Sedatives...

Flu Vaccination can Greatly Reduce Mortality in Adults and Children with Heart Disease Patients

Flu Vaccination can Greatly Reduce Mortality in Adults and Children with Heart Influenza, commonly known as "the flu," is a highly contagious viral infection of the respiratory tract. Although the flu affects both sexes and all age groups, kids tend to get it more often than adults. The illness even has its own season - from November to April, with most cases occurring between late December and early March. Each year 10 to 20 percent of the population gets hit with the...

New Meningitis Vaccine Launched

New Meningitis Vaccine Launched Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes (meninges) covering the brain and the spinal cord, usually due to bacterial or viral infections elsewhere in body that has spread into the blood and into the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Other causes of meningitis such as fungal, protozoal, or certain non-infectious etiologies are much rarer. Although the most common cause of meningitis is viral what...

Low-Cost System to Detect Bacteria

Low-Cost System to Detect Bacteria Researchers at Purdue University have developed a low-cost system that analyzes scattered laser light to quickly identify bacteria for applications in medicine, food processing and homeland security at one-tenth the cost of conventional technologies. The technique - Bacteria Rapid Detection Using Optical Scattering Technology - works by shining a laser through a petri dish containing bacterial...

Combination of Diuretics and Ace Inhibitors may Protect Diabetes Heart Disease

Combination of Diuretics and Ace Inhibitors may Protect Diabetes Heart Disease In general, calcium-channel antagonists have not been found to have any deleterious metabolic effects, such as glucose intolerance. However, data from both short-term and long-term studies indicate that ACE inhibitors may actually improve insulin sensitivity and decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes. Indeed, in the recent Heart Outcomes Prevention Evaluation trial, there was a 30 percent decrease...

Combination of Gleevec (Imatinib) and Sprycel (Dasatinib) May Decrease Relapse Rate Against Cml

Combination of Gleevec (Imatinib) and Sprycel (Dasatinib) May Decrease Relapse R Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML or chronic myelogenous leukemia) is a disease in which too many white blood cells are made in the bone marrow.Chronic myelogenous leukemia (also called CML or chronic granulocytic leukemia) is a slowly progressing blood and bone marrow disease that usually occurs during or after middle age, and rarely occurs in children. Normally, the body produces bone marrow stem...

Difference Between Nonproprietary/ Generic Name and Trade/ Brand Name

Difference Between Nonproprietary/ Generic Name and Trade/ Brand Name Nonproprietary/ generic name: Medical professionals choose the nonproprietary name which is simpler than, the chemical name and easier to remember. The nonproprietary name may be inaccurately called generic name (it designates a family relationship among drugs). The nonproprietary name is always concise and meaningful.For example, the chemical name 2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole-l-ethanol is...

Erection Disability Not Associated with Finasteride (Proscar, Fincar) for The Prevention of Prostate Cancer

Erection Disability Not Associated with Finasteride (Proscar, Fincar) for The Pr Prostate cancer is the abnormal growth of cells in a man's prostate gland. The prostate gland is part of the reproductive system of men. It is a doughnut-shaped gland located between the base of the penis and the bladder. It surrounds the urethra, which is the tube through which urine and semen pass. The prostate makes the fluid that nourishes and carries sperm. The prostate gland is the male...

Reduce Recurrence Breast Cancer Without Cardio Toxicity by Adding Herceptin (Trastuzumab) with Chemotherapy

Reduce Recurrence Breast Cancer Without Cardio Toxicity by Adding Herceptin (Tra THE MANAGEMENT of patients with invasive breast cancer has changed substantially over the past few decades. A large proportion of such patients is now treated with breast-conserving surgery rather than mastectomy. Increasing numbers of patients (including those with histologically negative axillary lymph nodes) receive systemic therapy. Diseases like breast cancer usually affect adult women -...

Avandia (Rosiglitazone) for Type 2 Diabetes may Deteriorate Cardiovascular Disease

Avandia (Rosiglitazone) for Type 2 Diabetes may Deteriorate Cardiovascular Disea The blood glucose level is the amount of glucose in the blood. Glucose is a sugar that comes from the foods we eat, and it's also formed and stored inside the body. It's the main source of energy for the cells of the body, and it's carried to each cell through the bloodstream. Insulin is a hormone that allows the glucose to get into the cells. In type 2 diabetes, the body doesn't respond normally...

Humate P Is For Patients with Von Willebrand Disease (vWD)

Humate P Is For Patients with Von Willebrand Disease (vWD) Von Willebrand disease, or vWD, is an inherited disorder that impacts the blood's ability to clot properly. It takes its name from Dr. Erik von Willebrand, who first described the condition in 1926. As a group, bleeding disorders (including hemophilia) are rare. Von Willebrand disease is the most common inherited bleeding disorder, affecting as much as 1% of the population or more.It is the most...