Tuesday, 2 September 2014

ESC: NO Therapy Fails to Prevent Reperfusion Injury

(MedPage Today) -- BARCELONA ?- Heart attack patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions who inhale nitric oxide before and during the procedures did not appear to benefit in controlling the size of reperfusion injury, researchers reported here. via MedPageToday.com - medical news plus CME for physicians Read More Here..

MSF calls for military medics to help tackle West Africa Ebola

By Misha Hussain DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders must immediately deploy civilian and military medical teams to fight the world’s biggest outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, the head of an international medical charity said in New York on Tuesday. The international response has so far relied on overstretched health ministries and nongovernmental organizations to tackle the exceptionally large outbreak of the disease, Medecins sans Frontieres President Joanne Liu told U.N. member states at their New York headquarters. Liu accused world leaders of "failing to come to grips with this transnational threat,” and said they had “essentially joined a global coalition of inaction," despite the World Health Organization's Aug. 8 announcement that the epidemic constituted a ‘public health emergency of international concern.’ Her remarks followed World Bank President Jim Yong Kim’s declaration on Monday that many people were dying unnecessarily from a “disastrously inadequate response" to the disease and that wealthy nations ought to share their knowledge and resources to help African countries. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Teva finds positive results in advanced trials for asthma drug

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries said a drug under development had positive results in reducing the frequency of clinical asthma exacerbations in two advanced trials in patients with moderate to severe asthma. Reslizumab, an investigational antibody, showed statistically significant reductions in the frequency of asthma exacerbations - episodes of progressively worsening shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness - compared to patients taking a placebo in both Phase III studies, Israel based Teva said on Tuesday. Reslizumab also demonstrated a positive effect on lung function and asthma control, Teva said, noting the data will be presented at the European Respiratory Society Congress next week. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Texas voter ID law heads to trial in U.S. court

The trial heard by District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos is expected to last two weeks with a decision handed down before the Nov. 4 congressional election. State Republican leaders have said the law aims to prevent fraud at the ballot box and that there is no evidence to show that the law is discriminatory. Attorney General Eric Holder in July said Texas would be the start of his push to overturn the voter ID laws. via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age

Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age You cannot get a good answer to a lousy question. The current diet study making headlines purportedly asked, and answered this question: Which is better for weight loss and improving cardiac risk, a low-fat or a low-carb diet? For starters, that is a truly lousy question, resurrected from something like the Stone Age. I doubt even the Paleo...




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Japan: Dengue Outbreak Affects at Least 22

In Japan, an outbreak of dengue fever has affected at least 22 people, say sources. The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week. All are believed to have visited Tokyo's Yoyogi Park or its environs, one of the major green lungs of the metropolis, popular with residents and tourists alike. The park, one of the largest open spaces in central Tokyo, is believed to be the source of the mosquito-borne disease. ...

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CorMatrix Reports FDA Clearance of CanGaroo ECM Envelope

Implantation of medical devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators can cause significant damage to nearby tissue, while afterwards the implants can move around, causing more problems. With this in mind, strongCorMatrix/strong has developed a special bioscaffold known as CanGaroo ECM Envelope that holds a cardiac implantable electronic device (CIED) in order to create a stable environment when implanted in the body. The company, ...

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Triathlons test the mettle of the middle-aged athlete

Runners and bikers compete in the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes, according to U.S. “It’s not about who goes the fastest, it about who slows down the least,” said Connecticut-based running coach Tom Holland, 45, who has run more than 50 triathlons. USA Triathlon, the sport’s governing body in the United States, said the 40 to 44 age group comprises the highest percentage of its members and just over 30 percent of its annual membership base. “It’s an attainable challenge,” explained Lindsay Wyskowski of USA Triathlon.




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Is Personal Training Dead?

I recently received a newsletter titled "Personal Training Is Dead." That's a pretty bold statement, if you ask me. And pretty interesting, given that the number of personal trainers in the United States has grown at a rate of more than 20 percent per year for the past five years. What's more, over the next few years, this rate is only... via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Lundbeck says Northera available in U.S. after FDA approval

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lundbeck said on Tuesday its drug used to treat disorders caused by an underlying neurological disease had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the capsules are available to the country's market through specialty pharmacies.















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Liberia doctors strike, U.N. warns of food shortages due to Ebola

MONROVIA (Reuters) - Scores of healthcare workers at Liberia's main hospital have gone on strike over unpaid wages, complicating the fight against the world's worst Ebola epidemic that the U.S. disease prevention chief said was spiraling out of control.


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What Kind Of Macaroni And Cheese Should You Be Eating Right Now?

Isn’t it always Mac & Cheese O’Clock?



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UK withdraws warrant for ill boy's parents

This is an undated handout photos issued by England's Hampshire Police on Monday Sept. 1, 2014, of Brett King and Naghemeh King, the parents of Ashya King, who have legal proceedings against them continuing in Spain after they took the five-year-old brain cancer patient out of hospital without doctors' consent. Critically-ill 5-year-old boy Ashya King driven to Spain by his parents is receiving medical treatment for a brain tumor in a Spanish hospital as his parents await extradition to Britain, police said Sunday Aug. 31 2014. Officers received a phone call late Saturday from a hotel east of Malaga advising that a vehicle fitting the description circulated by police was on its premises. Both parents were arrested and the boy, Ashya King, was taken to a hospital, a Spanish police spokesman said. (AP Photo/Hampshire Police) LONDON (AP) — U.K. prosecutors have withdrawn the arrest warrant in the case of a British couple who took their 5-year-old son to Spain in hopes of getting a new type of radiation therapy for his brain tumor.




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Lundbeck says Northera available in U.S. after FDA approval

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lundbeck said on Tuesday its drug used to treat disorders caused by an underlying neurological disease had been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the capsules are available to the country's market through specialty pharmacies. Northera is only approved for use in the United States and treats patients who complain of dizziness caused by neurological diseases such as Parkinson's, the company said. (Reporting by Sabina Zawadzki) via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Loving Food That Loves Us Back, Extra Space at The Table

Loving Food That Loves Us Back, Extra Space at The Table There is a geographical midpoint between living to eat, and eating to live. It's where health comes from the pursuit of pleasure, and pleasure comes from the pursuit of health. It's where you love the food you eat, and the food you eat loves you back -- by nurturing your health and vitality, by contributing years to life, and life to years....




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Liberia doctors strike, UN warns of food shortages due to Ebola

MSF health workers prepare at ELWA's isolation camp during the visit of Senior U.N. System Coordinator for Ebola David Nabarro, at the camp in Monrovia By James Harding Giahyue MONROVIA (Reuters) - Scores of healthcare workers at Liberia's main hospital have gone on strike over unpaid wages, complicating the fight against the world's worst Ebola epidemic that the U.S. As well as the quickly mounting human toll, the United Nations warned the spread of the fever could lead to food shortages in West Africa, potentially further depleting the resources of governments frantically trying to contain it. The World Health Organisation and other international bodies are scrambling to support of fragile healthcare systems in some of the world's poorest countries, but so far additional staff and resources have been slow to arrive on the ground. More than 120 healthworkers have died during the Ebola outbreak amid shortages of equipment and trained staff in the region.




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Morning Break: Taint on ESC Prez, Prostate Ca Drug Fails

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Wealthy nations must send medical teams to halt Ebola outbreak: MSF

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The worst ever outbreak of the Ebola virus will not be halted unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams to West Africa to stop its spread, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said. “Six months into the worst Ebola epidemic in history, the world is losing the battle to contain it,” MSF President Joanne Liu said in a speech to U.N. member states. She said that aid charities and West African governments did not have the capacity to stem the outbreak and needed foreign states to intervene. ... via Health News Headlines - Yahoo News Read More Here..

Ivory Coast qualifier against Sierra Leone to go ahead

Greece's Karagounis takes a free kick which is blocked by Ivory Coast's national soccer players during their 2014 World Cup Group C soccer match at the Castelao arena in Fortaleza Ivory Coast will host their African Nations Cup qualifier against Ebola-affected Sierra Leone this weekend following a special meeting of the country’s national security council. The decision, announced in a government statement published in local media on Tuesday, comes one week after the government said it would not allow the match to go ahead, citing concerns over a possible Ebola outbreak. As of Aug. 29, the World Health Organization had confirmed 935 cases of the deadly virus in Sierra Leone including 380 deaths. In response to the spiraling health crisis in West Africa, Ivory Coast last month banned air travelers and all incoming flights from Sierra Leone as well as its affected neighbours Liberia and Guinea.




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Dengue outbreak affects at least 22 in Japan

A worker sprays insecticide at Yoyogi Park, believed to be the source of a dengue fever outbreak, on August 28, 2014 An outbreak of dengue fever in Japan -- the first since World War II -- has affected at least 22 people, the government said Monday, with all cases believed to be linked to a Tokyo park. The health ministry said 19 new infections have been confirmed since last week. All are believed to have visited Tokyo's Yoyogi Park or its environs, one of the major green lungs of the metropolis, popular with residents and tourists alike. The park, one of the largest open spaces in central Tokyo, is believed to be the source of the mosquito-borne disease.




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More Evidence Breast-Feeding Lowers Child's Risk of Infections, Allergies

Human milk contains important immunological protection for children, study authors say via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

'Spare Tire' May Be Especially Bad for Your Blood Pressure

Weight gain around the middle was key to rising risk for hypertension, study found via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Obesity Fueling Rise in Diabetes Rates, Study Finds

Increase was greater for men, yet only about half could be explained by excess weight via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

ADHD Medications Won't Stunt Kids' Growth, Study Finds

Research suggests that stimulant drugs don't affect adult height via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

Health Highlights: Sept. 2, 2014

First Human Tests of Ebola Vaccine Begin This Week, 'Keeping Fingers Crossed,' Joan Rivers' Daughter Says via Resurrection Health Care - Daily News More READ

How much has the ice bucket challenge achieved?

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What to do for blood pressure in the "grey zone", 120–139/80–89 mm? Try DASH diet

Dr. Nissen from the Cleveland Clinic recommends to try the DASH diet. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet based on high intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, low-fat dairy products, and whole grains, and low intake of sodium, sweetened beverages, and red and processed meats.



The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet has been shown to lower blood pressure, but little is known about its long-term effect on cardiovascular end points. In this 2008 study, adherence to the DASH-style diet was associated with a lower risk of CHD and stroke among middle-aged women during 24 years of follow-up.



This is a suggested mnemonic:



DASH

Diet

Decreases risk of CAD and CVA



Dr. Nissen also talks about the new blood pressure guidelines – what do you do with patients in the grey zone and the principles of blood pressure management







References:



DASH-Style Diet Reduces Risk of Coronary Heart Disease and Stroke in Women. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168(7):713-720.



Disclaimer: I am an Allergist/Immunologist at Cleveland Clinic.




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India and Japan to Enhance Cooperation in Science and Technology

During comprehensive and fruitful talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe pledged to boost cooperation in science and technology. India and Japan welcomed the development of a researchers' network through the alumni association organized by Indian researchers, who have research experience in Japan under fellowship programme of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). India also hailed Japan's intention ...

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