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Monday 05, Dec 2011

  Steroids Could Help Heal Some Corneal Ulcers

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A UCSF study has given hope to those suffering from severe cases of bacterial corneal ulcers that can result in blindness, if left untreated.

During the study, the use of topical corticosteroids in a randomized controlled trial was found to be neither beneficial nor harmful in the overall patient population.

“It’s important to note that in the worst ulcer group, not only do we not find a safety problem, we actually found that steroids resulted in a benefit in vision,” Acharya said.

Monday 16, Aug 2010

  Potential treatment for Smoker’s lung

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Potential treatment for Smoker's lungA potential form of treatment in context of one of the most common and fatal diseases in the UK – smokers lung – is about to be identified by scientists from the Imperial College, London that can solve problems in treatment with steroids.

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) – chronic bronchitis and emphysema, or ‘smoker’s lung’, is considered to affect approximately 6 percent of population in the United Kingdom.

It was discovered by Professor Peter Barnes and his colleagues that steroids play the role of molecular bridges for recruiting HDAC2 in the context of respective genes where they can be made to switch off.

Tuesday 27, Jul 2010

  Chicken pox and steroids may be difficult to handle for children

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Chicken pox and steroids may be difficult to handle for childrenPediatric oncologists at the Brenner Children’s Hospital, a part of the Wake Forest University BaptistMedical Center , have disclosed that young children suffering from chicken pox and treated with steroids could be at a risk for a more severe virus incidence that may lead to death.

This finding is expected to act as a warning bell for medical practitioners who have been treating their young patients afflicted with chicken pox with steroids.

Chicken Pox, though mild in its nature, could be devastating in some cases. It is worthwhile to note here that as many as 12,000 people used to die because of this disease every year before the varicella vaccine was discovered.

Sunday 11, Jul 2010

  Steroids useful for pneumonia patients, study suggests

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Steroids useful for pneumonia patients, study suggestsA study by a team of researchers from the UT Southwestern Medical Center has revealed that steroids can be better than antibiotics alone for facilitating the recovery process for patients with pneumonia.

The study disclosed that a combination of antibiotics and steroids can prove better than antibiotics alone for restoring health of patients with pneumonia.

The combination of steroids and antibiotics is useful even for patients in midst of an asthma attack (M pneumoniae infection). Clinical trials will soon be conducted to confirm these findings, as per Dr. Robert Hardy, Study’s Senior Author & Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics.

Thursday 24, Jun 2010

  High risk patients get relief with early use of steroids

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High risk patients get relief with early use of steroidsThe possible risks of reintubation and stridor in selected high-risk patients could be minimized when use of steroids is made at least four hours before extubation, as per a report.

A quantitative meta-analysis of seven studies was conducted by Dr. Samir Jaber from University of Montpellier I in France and colleagues for ascertaining the efficacy of prophylactic steroid therapy to prevent reintubation and post-extubation stridor.

It was indicated by the study that the risk of reintubation gets reduced in trials enrolling high-risk patients treated with steroids. It was, however, remarked that risk cannot be completely eliminated since it is not well-defined when conducted trials did not select patients for reintubation risk.

Saturday 19, Jun 2010

  Abuse of steroids not restricted to muscle building alone

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Abuse of steroids not restricted to muscle building aloneAnabolic steroids have been long accused by medical practitioners for bringing health complications to people. What most people visiting dermatologists in the United States are unaware is the fact that dermatologists treat as many as 15 million patients affected with chronic skin conditions with steroids.

The worst part is that the treated patients are never told about the use of steroids.

It is worth noting here that long-term steroid use for skin may lead to complications such as steroid therapy resistance, allergies, skin thinning, and even Cushing’s disease.

Monday 07, Jun 2010

  Joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis reduced by low steroid doses

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Joint damage from rheumatoid arthritis reduced by low steroid dosesAccording to a review of evidence, low doses of steroids when used in the early phase of rheumatoid arthritis could inhibit joint damage.

It was remarked by review authors led by John Kirwan of Liverpool Women’s Hospital in England that treatment involving steroid pills with standard medications in the first two years after diagnosis should be made readily available to the patients.

The benefits from this treatment option were statistically significant when reviewers made use of statistical methods for focusing on only the highest-quality data.

Tuesday 01, Jun 2010

  Steroid therapies can be eliminated after transplantation

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Steroid therapies can be eliminated after transplantationUse of modern immunosuppressive drugs eliminates the need for steroid therapy as early as one week following a transplant surgery besides maintaining kidney function.

Steve Woodle, MD, chief of UC’s transplant surgery division, principal investigator and designer of the study, said that elimination of a daily dose of steroids after transplant reduces chronic health conditions common to kidney transplant recipients.

This study also involved researchers from the University of Wisconsin; the University of Utah; the Methodist Hospital, Houston; and Weill Cornell Medical College and was funded by Astellas Pharma U.S., Inc.

Friday 28, May 2010

  Abstaining from some immunosuppressive drugs can benefit kidney transplant patients

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Abstaining from some immunosuppressive drugs can benefit kidney transplant patientsWithdrawal of certain immunosuppressive drugs after transplantation of the kidney could prolong survival and help in saving a considerable amount of money when compared with keeping patients on these medications for life.

This finding was disclosed in a study that appeared in an issue of the Journal of the American Society Nephrology (JASN).

Funding for this analysis was provided by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals in Collegeville, PA.

Sunday 23, May 2010

  Abuse of steroids not limited to muscles alone, extends to skin

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Abuse of steroids not limited to muscles alone, extends to skinAnabolic steroids have long been accused of risking health and well being of people pursuing the obsession of raw power but steroid abuse is not just about muscles but also about skin. It may sound strange but most dermatologists in the United States administer steroids to as many as 15 million patients with chronic skin ailments without the patients ever knowing about the steroid aspect.

It is worth noting here that steroid use in the long run can result in possible side effects such as thinning of skin, resistance to steroid therapy, allergies, and even Cushing’s disease.

These findings are considered to offer critical implications for understanding the use and pros and cons of steroids.

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