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Saturday 31, Jul 2010

Topical steroids beneficial for acute psoriasis patients

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Topical steroids beneficial for acute psoriasis patientsAccording to a study conducted by Alexander Kreuter, M.D, from Ruhr University of Bochum, Germany, and colleagues, the application of topical corticosteroids and maintaining with a less potent agent in the short-term can help patients afflicted with intertriginous psoriasis (IP).

The finding nullified all myths associated with side effects in context to use of topical corticosteroids in the long run.

The finding is expected to offer implications for providing significant relief to intertriginous psoriasis patients who often have complains about intense itching, irritation from sweating, and soreness.

Saturday 31, Jul 2010

New technique identification by researchers

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New technique identification by researchersA new technique meant to prevent doping in sports has been identified according to a finding revealed by a research published in the journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.

This technique has the potential of identifying the presence of natural and synthetic steroids in the body.

The technique was formulated by scientists from Imperial College London and the University of Nottingham and could be used by anti-doping officials to examine cheating in sports.

Friday 30, Jul 2010

Alex Rodriguez different from other steroid users

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Alex Rodriguez different from other steroid usersAlex Rodriguez is about to end up hitting more home runs than anybody in history, he is presently eyeing on 600 home runs. The misery of his life is similar to that of golfer Tiger Woods and the only difference between the two is that while Woods cheated on his wife, Rodriguez cheated on his sport when he used steroids.

Woods is presently finding it difficult to keep “curtains” on his cheating affair but Rodriguez is not troubled with accusations any more. The reason – Tiger Woods has not tasted any success in the recent past, while Alex Rodriguez remains a winner even now.

Rodriguez is expected to pass 600 runs before he turns 35 in the month of July.

Friday 30, Jul 2010

Multiple steroid courses show efficacy for improving survival rate

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Multiple steroid courses show efficacy for improving survival rateAccording to a recently concluded study, multiple courses of steroids to expectant mothers could be more than just useful for improving the survival rate of preterm babies.

It was disclosed in the study that use of steroids by women in preterm labor can considerably reduce the need for preterm babies to be put on ventilation.

Babies need to be placed on ventilation when nursing mothers avoid steroid treatment, as per Sanjiv Amin, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical center and author of the study.

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According to a recently concluded study, multiple courses of steroids to expectant mothers could be more than just useful for improving the survival rate of preterm babies.

It was disclosed in the study that use of steroids by women in preterm labor can considerably reduce the need for preterm babies to be put on ventilation.

From Bio-Medicine.org:

“The consensus in recent years has been to no longer give women in preterm labor more than one course of steroids because of possible adverse effects, but it means more babies are born needing ventilation,” said Sanjiv Amin, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical center and author of the study. “These findings may give us back a tool to help give these fragile babies a better chance of survival.”

Before concerns arose in 2000 about safety of multiple courses of steroids, many mothers in on-and-off preterm labor received several rounds before delivering. Now, when mothers go into preterm labor, obstetricians will often administer only a single course of steroids to help strengthen the baby’s lungs upon birth. But if the birth is successfully held off for more than seven days, the mother does not receive another course of medication and the baby’s lungs may not be protected.

This is regrettable, because one of the biggest challenges for babies born preterm is breathing on their own. Many develop respiratory distress syndrome because their lungs have not developed a protective film over their air sacks, called surfactant, which aids in the transfer of oxygen and decreases the work of breathing. Because of that, they may receive medications and supplemental oxygen, which can cause problems of their own.

Babies need to be placed on ventilation when nursing mothers avoid steroid treatment, as per Sanjiv Amin, M.D., assistant professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical center and author of the study.

Friday 30, Jul 2010

COPD patients could benefit with steroids

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COPD patients could benefit with steroidsReduced mortality risk can be noticed in patients afflicted with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) when they are treated with inhaled steroids.

It was remarked by Christine Macie, MD, FCCP, Cambridge Hospital, Ontario, Canada and author of the study that patients on steroids are relatively better protected than those not making use of them.

Dr. Macie also remarked that inhaled corticosteroids could be highly effective to prolong lives of patients with COPD.

Friday 30, Jul 2010

Heart treatment drug may be useful for preeclampsia

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Heart treatment drug may be useful for preeclampsiaExpecting mothers with severe preeclampsia can benefit from a drug that is presently used for treating patients afflicted with complications of the heart.

Digibind, the drug, is presently under the evaluation stage in the hands of researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.

Dr. Nicole Ruddock, the study’s principal investigator and an instructor in UTMB’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, remarked that this study has significant implications to treat preeclampsia, particularly when there are no presently available options for providing relief to patients with the complication.

Thursday 29, Jul 2010

Tumor progression could be delayed with Avastin

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Tumor progression could be delayed with AvastinA retrospective study of 22 patients conducted by a researcher at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance has suggested that the use of Avastin to treat a subgroup of recurrent Grade 3 brain tumors is safe and effective at the same time.

Bevacizumab (also known as Avastin) emerges out as a potential therapy for gliomas, according to Marc Chamberlain, who is director of the Neuro-oncology Program at the SCCA and a professor of neurology and neurological surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and author of the study.

It is worthwhile to note here that Avastin is the first-approved therapy to inhibit angiogenesis, which is the process wherein new blood vessels are developed and important nutrients are transported to a tumor.

Thursday 29, Jul 2010

Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with steroids

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Diabetic retinopathy can be treated with steroidsTriamcinolone, a corticosteroid (steroid) when administered in injectable form, could be highly useful to slow down the progression of proliferative diabetic retinopathy, which is a complication of diabetes leading to vision loss or blindness.

Treatment based on steroids cannot be routinely recommended at this point of time because of safety issues despite of the fact that steroids work, according to Neil M. Bressler, the James P. Gills Professor of Ophthalmology and chief of the Retina Division of the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, chair of the government-sponsored Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network.

The finding was revealed in a study by researchers led by specialists at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute and this study was published in an issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology.

Thursday 29, Jul 2010

Low doses of steroids can help myeloma patients

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Low doses of steroids can help myeloma patientsAccording to results of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Phase III clinical trial E4A03 for multiple myeloma, patients with multiple myeloma can experience dramatically improved results when they are administered with a combination of lenalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone therapy when compared to a combination of lenalidomide plus high-dose dexamethasone.

This finding was reported by S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D. at the American Society of Hematology‘s annual meeting.

Dr. Rajkumar, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center hematologist and lead investigator of the study, noted that it is surprising to know that side effects are increased and survival rate is reduced when high doses of steroids are administered.

Wednesday 28, Jul 2010

Short steroid therapy effective after asthma attack

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Short steroid therapy effective after asthma attackThe chances of an asthma attack relapsing are reduced significantly when patients afflicted with asthma are given a short course of corticosteroids after they are discharged from the hospital, according to a Cochrane Systematic Review.

It was remarked by Carol Spooner, a colleague, that this review strongly supports the administration of systematic corticosteroids for treating outpatients after getting them discharged from the hospital post an asthma attack.

It was concluded by the review that use of steroids could possibly minimize the need of inhalers and may even prove effective for prolonging lives by as much as three weeks.

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