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Tuesday 11, Jan 2011

  Illegal drug supply attacked by global initiatives

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Illegal drug supply attacked by global initiativesIn an attempt to inhibit the supply of illegal and dangerous medicines, Operation Pangea II was coordinated by INTERPOL and the World Health Organization’s International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT).

This global initiative, aimed at highlighting the dangers of buying drugs online, lasted for a week and characterized by a series of arrests and seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.

The operation received significant support from the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime (PFIPC) the World Customs Organization, the UK’s Medicines and Health Care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Health Canada.

Monday 13, Dec 2010

  New target for tailored antibiotics identified by researchers

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New target for tailored antibiotics identified by researchersA promising target to a new class of antibiotics has been identified by Technische Universität München (TUM) researchers.

The discovery is believed to have implications on dealing with bacterial stems that develop resistance to previously considered life-saving antibiotics.

The results were presented in an issue of the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie.

Professor Michael Groll, Dr. Jörg Eppinger and Dr. Tobias Gräwert, biochemists at the Technische Universität München and their team of researchers disclosed in detail the structural basis for new reaction steps important to micro-organisms but playing no relevant role among humans.

Sunday 26, Sep 2010

  Inhaler type used in treatment of asthma termed crucial

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Inhaler type used in treatment of asthma termed crucialAsthma is one of the most prevalent diseases in today’s times with more than 5 million people being affected with the disease in the United Kingdom alone.

According to a major study in the UK that was highlighted by the researchers examining the medical records of 900,000 asthma patients across the UK, non-prescription of the most suitable inhalers is the biggest reason why asthma sufferers are dying needlessly.

The study compared asthma control levels and the need and quantity of doctor appointments for patients making use of different devices and it was disclosed that asthma patients had far better control over their disease by making use of inhalers they would activate by breathing in, when compared with the traditional devices commonly recommended by medical practitioners.

Wednesday 11, Aug 2010

  GVHD treatment could be improved with blood test

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GVHD treatment could be improved with blood testResearchers have noted that a simple blood test could solve a treatment-based issue presently faced by doctors in managing patients who develop rashes on a regular basis after transplantation of the bone marrow.

A biomarker was identified by researchers that could make it effective and easier for doctors to ascertain which all of their patients are likely to run a high risk of death due to graft-versus-host disease, or GVHD.

The blood test is believed to help in making informed decisions, according to James Ferrara, M.D., Ruth Heyn Endowed Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and director of the bone marrow transplant program at U-M and senior author of this study.

Tuesday 06, Jul 2010

  Steroids bring hopes for patients with pneumonia

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Steroids bring hopes for patients with pneumoniaPatients with pneumonia could expect significant relief coming their way with steroids, even better than what could have been achieved with the use of antibiotics alone, as per a study by researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Health of a patient with pneumonia can be restored back with a combination of steroids and antibiotics, according to the study.

Clinical trials will soon be conducted to confirm the findings, as per Dr. Robert Hardy, Study’s Senior Author & Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Thursday 01, Jul 2010

  Double vision can happen with bacterial infection antibiotics

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Double vision can happen with bacterial infection antibioticsA class of antibiotics, systematic fluoroquinolones, which is used as a treatment option for bacterial infections, could possibly lead to double vision, as per a review of the safety and efficacy of a commonly-used corneal transplant procedure that was highlighted by September’s Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Administration of fluoroquinolone in a systemic manner to treat a wide range of bacterial infections could result in diplopia or double vision in some of the patients, as per the review.

Before the review, it was considered that double vision is caused by tendinitis in the muscles around the eyes.

Monday 28, Jun 2010

  Supply of illegal drugs tackled with global initiatives

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Supply of illegal drugs tackled with global initiativesIn a bid to highlight the dangers of purchasing drugs online, Operation Pangea II was coordinated by INTERPOL and the World Health Organization’s International Medical Products Anti-Counterfeiting Taskforce (IMPACT). This joint operation was exercised to curb the supply of dangerous and illegal medicines.

The global initiative, lasting for a week, was marked by a series of arrests and seizure of thousands of potentially harmful medical products.

The operation received significant support from the Permanent Forum on International Pharmaceutical Crime (PFIPC) the World Customs Organization, the UK’s Medicines and Health Care products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Health Canada.

Sunday 27, Jun 2010

  Breast cancer without lump identified

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Breast cancer without lump identifiedA lump in the breast region is a possible sign of breast cancer for many of us but we may not be aware of one type of breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer that may not be characterized by any lump.

Sofia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the Breast Oncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, remarked that this complication warrants urgent diagnosis so that life of afflicted patients could be saved.

It was also remarked by Merajver that U-M Inflammatory Breast Cancer Clinic will be turning into a clearinghouse to communicate information pertaining to tertiary care and advice.

Tuesday 11, May 2010

  Single steroid dose can do wonders for treating sore throat

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Single steroid dose can do wonders for treating sore throatA study published on bmj.com has reported that a single dose of corticosteroid drugs together with antibiotics can be used for alleviating pain and this treatment is more effective than with antibiotics alone. However, it was not indicated that this finding holds equally good for children with sore throat.

Dr Matthew Thompson at the University of Oxford and collaborators expected the premise that corticosteroids can successfully ease sore throat symptoms because of their anti-inflammatory effects.

It was acknowledged by an associated editorial that steroids can minimize pain in the first day but the editorial cautioned about lack of information on the possible harmful effects.

Sunday 11, Apr 2010

  New target identified for tailored antibiotics

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New target identified for tailored antibioticsA promising target for a new class of antibiotics has been identified by researchers at the Technische Universität München (TUM). This finding is expected to provide insights on how to tackle with bacterial stems developing resistance to previously life-saving antibiotics.

The new target is expected to cast light on a metabolic step, which appears in many aggressive microorganisms such as malaria or tuberculosis pathogens.

Results of the work by involved researchers were presented in an issue of the chemistry journal Angewandte Chemie.

The structural basis for new reaction steps critical to microorganisms but playing no relevant role in humans was described in detail by Professor Michael Groll, Dr. Jörg Eppinger and Dr. Tobias Gräwert, biochemists at the Technische Universität München, and their team of researchers.

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