Health

20
Nov
Regeron launches new type of medicine

Those who work at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals received great news on the eve of Thanksgiving Day. The company announced yesterday that it had received a green light from FDA to start selling afilbercept (Eylea) as a new treatment for the "wet" form of macular degeneration. The drug that is also known as VEGF Trap-Eye aims to stop the development of abnormal blood vessels that endanger the sight and can ultimately lead to blindness in some... [read news]

17
Nov
Cases of STD rise in St.Louis

Unfortunately, recent studies have revealed that the number of new cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis in the St. Louis area have increased in 2010, as compared to the prior years. The annual report was released today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This particular area was ranked second for chlamydia, third for gonorrhea, but luckily only 20th for syphilis. The area was compared to other US counties and... [read news]

16
Nov
New findings in treating atrial fibrillation

A new study shows that minimally-invasive surgery meant to correct drug refractory atrial fibrillation apparently works much better than catheter-based ablation techniques. A release from atrial arrhythmias that lasts more than 30 seconds was achieved in 65.6% of the cases where catheter technology was used. The study was reported to the American Heart Association and published in Circulatio. Moreover, the lead author of the study, Lucas Boersma... [read news]

10
Nov
New drugs against malaria

A vaccine or new drugs against malaria might be developed according to British scientists. The researchers have managed to make an important discovery regarding the way species of malaria parasites are able to invade the red human cells. The scientists from the Sanger Institute managed to find a single receptor for the protein that is the parasite’s key to entering the red blood cells.If scientists manage to block it they can stop the killer... [read news]

10
Nov
Possible cause of autism revealed

A study made by researchers from the University of California, San Diego Autism Center of Excellence revealed that boys that have been diagnosed with autism have an abnormal number of neurons in the areas of the brain that are associated with social, communication and cognitive development. The study that was published in Journal of the American Medical Society (JAMA) confirms a recent theory about possible causes of autism. “Brain imaging... [read news]

03
Nov
Drinking increases risk of breast cancer

Light to moderate alcohol female drinkers have unfortunately found out that they have an increased risk of developing breast cancer as opposed to those who do not drink beer, wine or any other kind of liquor. A study published on Tuesday revealed that those women who drink three to six glasses of alcohol every week have an increased risk of 15 percent of developing breast cancer. The study was led by Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard... [read news]

02
Nov
Risk of genetical obesity reduced by sport

A new study suggests that those which are genetically predisposed towards obesity can reduce their chances of gaining weight by starting to be physically active. A group of scientists revealed that the "fat mass and obesity associated" (FTO) gene which increases chances of obesity, is weaker on physically active adults as compared to inactive ones. "I think it is important to highlight that you don't have to run a marathon or necessarily join... [read news]

01
Nov
Conjoined twins to undergo surgery

At a hospital located in Northern Carolina a surgery has started in order to separate conjoined twins Angelica and Angelina Sabuco. The complicated surgery whose aim is to separate the two children will start at 6:30 a.m. local time at Stanford University's Lucile Packard Children's Hospital located in Palo Alto. The operation is due to finish by mid-afternoon according to hospital spokeswoman Reena Mukamal. The doctors will have to cut the... [read news]

27
Oct
Would you choose the vaccine against HPV for your child?

U.S. vaccine advisers announced on Tuesday that not only girls, but also boys should receive a vaccine against the human papillomavirus (HPV). The vaccine protects them and their future partners from resulting cancers. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, the one that advises the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted unanimously to recommend the use of the Merck & Co's Gardasil vaccine for 11 and 12 year old... [read news]

26
Oct
A new policy regarding HIV and health care

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) are working their hardest to place into motion their health reform and make health care available to more and more people. The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and the Ryan White Medical Providers Coalition (RWMPC) wrote a new policy in order to make sure that all people suffering from HIV benefit from proper treatment. Their goal is also to find... [read news]


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