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HOMEOPATHY HELPS 70% OF PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC DISEASES, 6 YEAR STUDY

A study carried out at Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, UK, has revealed that more than 70% of patients with chronic diseases said homeopathy helped them feel better. The 6-year study involved over 6,500 patients. 89% of under 16s who had asthma said homeopathy helped them. In the same age group, 68% of eczema patients said they felt better after treatment.


15,000 PEOPLE WITH MEDICAL PROBLEMS FROM 9/11 FALL OUT

According to information gathered for the BBC, 15,000 people have suffered medical conditions as a result of breathing the dust from the collapse of the WTC Twin Towers during 9/11. Several people who have had to receive medical treatment are suing after authorities assured the public that the air was safe.


SIDE EFFECTS SEND 701,547 AMERICANS TO HOSPITAL EACH YEAR

701,547 Americans suffer such side effects from prescription medications, OTC drugs and herbal supplements that they have to go to hospital emergency rooms, according to a study carried out by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). You can read about this study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


NEW 9/11 HEALTH WEBSITE LAUNCHED

Mayor of New York, Michael R Bloomberg announced on Sunday during his weekly radio broadcast the launch of a new website called 9/11 Health to provide a "one stop shop" for people who may have health problems as a result of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 11th September, 2001. The website was developed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and is aimed at a wide range of people whose health may have been affected by the events of 9/11, for example: emergency, rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, city employees and many others.


LOW TESTOSTERONE AMONG OVER 60S MEN LINKED TO FRACTURE RISK

A man over 60 who has low blood testosterone levels may have a higher risk of bone fractures, compared to men with normal testosterone levels for their age, according to an article published in Archives of Internal Medicine (JAMA/Archives), January 14th issue. Approximately one third of all osteoporotic fractures caused by porous bones happen in men, explain the authors.


ACNE GLOSSARY - 40 TERMS COMMONLY USED WHEN TALKING/WRITING ABOUT ACNE

Acne: The general term for clogged skin pores which includes blackheads and whiteheads, as well as severe kind like cysts or nodules, usually found on the face, neck, chest, back, and shoulders. Acne vulgaris: The medical term for common acne, which manifests itself as blackheads, whiteheads, papules and pustules.


STUDIES QUESTION £100 MILLION/YEAR SPENT ON DIABETES SELF-MONITORING

According to two studies published on bmj.com, the UK's National Health Service (NHS) spends £100 million each year to assist people with non-insulin treated type 2 diabetes control their own blood sugar levels. However, rather than providing long-term health benefits, the process increases a patient's likelihood of becoming depressed and anxious.


ADULTS SHOULD EXERCISE AEROBICALLY FOR AT LEAST 2.5 HOURS A WEEK SAYS US GOVERNMENT

The US government's Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced its first ever guidelines for physical activity for Americans that say adults should have 2.5 hours of moderate physical aerobic exercise a week, and children should have an hour or more of physical activity a day. The new HHS publication is titled "2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans"; it covers all ages, and it can be downloaded from the HHS website.


RAD001 SHOWS PROMISE IN RENAL CELL CANCER PATIENTS WHO HAVE FAILED TARGETED THERAPIES

The investigational once-daily oral mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitor RAD001 (with the proposed brand name Afinitor), formerly known as RAD001, significantly prolongs disease-free survival in patients with metastatic renal cell cancer who have stopped responding to targeted therapy, investigators reported here at the 33rd Annual Congress of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO).


DISCOVERY OF CELLULAR PROCESS THAT FIGHTS TYPE 1 HERPES SIMPLEX

A report on the online edition of Nature Immunology informs that our immune system has a new means to fight off the virus of Type 1 herpes simplex (HSV-1). Scientists from the Université de Montréal, in a teamwork effort with American colleagues, have discovered a cellular process to identify and fight herpes.


SOME ASPECTS OF COGNITIVE ABILITY START TO DECLINE IN LATE 20S

New research from the US suggests that some aspects of cognitive or mental performance such as speed of thought, reasoning and spatial visualization peak at age 22 and start to decline at around age 27. The study was the work of Professor Timothy Salthouse of the University of Virginia and is published in the April issue of the journal Neurobiology of Aging.


7 OUT OF 10 AMERICAN CHILDREN LOW IN VITAMIN D

New research suggests that 7 out of 10 children in the US have low levels of vitamin, nudging millions of them toward higher risk of bone disease, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. The study was led by Dr Michal L. Melamed, assistant professor of medicine and of epidemiology and population health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York, and is published in the 3 August online issue of Pediatrics.


MEASLES ERADICATION BY 2010 UNLIKELY SAY EXPERTS

The global plan to eradicate measles by 2010 is unlikely to come about say epidemiology experts because of high rates of infection in some parts of Europe where many children go unvaccinated. The research was the work of Dr Mark Muscat, of the Department of Epidemiology at Statens Serum Institut in Copenhagen, Denmark, and colleagues, and is published early online on 7 January in The Lancet.


BUSM RESEARCHERS UNCOVER CELLULAR MECHANISM RESPONSIBLE FOR CHRONIC INFLAMMATION, TYPE 2 DIABETES

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have demonstrated that certain T cells require input from monocytes in order to maintain their pro-inflammatory response in people with type 2 diabetes (T2D). The study also showed, for the first time, how a loss in homeostasis in this group of T cells most likely promotes chronic inflammation associated with T2D.


10,563 GROUND ZERO 9/11 WORKERS AGREE ON $625 MILLION SETTLEMENT

10,563 Ground zero workers who inhaled toxic dust and risked health consequences have agreed on a $625 settlement and ceased suing - the amount could go as high as $815 million. 520 individuals have rejected the offer. However, the required minimum 95% of workers accepting the offer was reached, so the settlement went through.


BOTOX MAKER ALLERGAN AGREES TO PAY $600 MILLION AND PLEADS GUILTY TO MISDEMEANOR

Allergan Inc., the makers of BOTOX (onabotulinumtoxinA) announced that it has agreed to pay US $600 million and to plead guilty to misdemeanor, thus reaching a resolution with the DOJ (US Department of Justice) regarding a previously reported Government investigation into the company's past sales and marketing practices related to specific therapeutic uses of BOTOX.


GROUND ZERO WORKERS 9/11 SUIT EXTENDED BY ANOTHER 8 DAYS

An eight-day-long extension has been granted by federal judge Alvin Hellerstein so that Ground Zero workers can decide whether or not to opt into a $815 million settlement. It appears their legal representatives found the previous deadline difficult. The Ground Zero workers include policemen and women, construction workers, firefighters, and other employees who carried out rescue and clean up duties related to the 9/11 tragedy.


MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SYSTEM ACCOUNTS FOR 2.4% OF AMERICA'S HEALTH CARE SPENDING, $54.4 BILLION ANNUALLY

A new report reveals that $54.4 billion is spent annually on medical malpractice systems; 2.4% of America's health care spending. America's health care has existed with two separate, but related crises - its high rates of medical errors, and dissatisfaction with the malpractice liability system. The Institute of Medicine, in a 1999 study estimated that between 44,000 and 98,000 thousand patients died annually as a result of avoidable errors in inpatient hospital treatment.


BABIES AGED 2 TO 12 MONTHS INSUFFICIENTLY PROTECTED AGAINST MEASLES, STUDY FINDS

There appears to be a gap in the protection against measles for young infants aged 2 to 3 months until 12 months of age (when they are vaccinated), say Belgian researchers in a report published today in the British Medical Journal (BMJ). Measles antibody levels in infants, which they get from their mothers, fall over time, leaving them susceptible to the disease until they are vaccinated.