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Thoughts on Personalizing Medicine to Prevent Pandemics

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 30, 2010 @ 6:38 pm
image Some viral infections are fatal and others much less severe. The reason for this is largely a mystery. It is thought that a part of the variability can be attributed to differences in how individuals respond to infection. Professor Michael Katze, presenting at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh today, describes how computer modelling could be a powerful tool to allow treatments to be tailored to individuals. This approach could ultimately p...

Common Antibiotics Cut Deaths in African AIDS Patients: Study

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 29, 2010 @ 6:56 pm
image Use of a cheap, commonly-prescribed antibiotic dramatically reduced the death toll among African patients whose immune systems had been ravaged by the AIDS virus, says a paper appearing on Monday. The drug, co-trimoxazole, marketed as Septrim, Bactrim and other brands, is widely used to combat pneumonia and ear and urinary tract infections and has also been found to have some antimalarial properties. The investigation covered 3,179 people in Uganda and Zimbabwe who were s...

UNAIDS Calls for Lifting Travel Bans on HIV Patients

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 6:56 pm
image UNAIDS, backed by hundreds of parliamentarians, called Sunday for the lifting of travel restrictions on HIV-positive people which are still by imposed by 52 countries. Complete entry bans on HIV-positive visitors are in place in 11 countries, including Singapore and China, while other restrictions including the refusal of residency rights remain elsewhere, including Australia and New Zealand. "There's no reason to have these travel restrictions now, it's not based in publ...

China Reports Surge of HIV/STD Among Men Who Have Sex With Men

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 28, 2010 @ 11:10 am
image HIV/STD disease is on a rise among 'men who have sex with men' (MSM) in Africa and Asia, according to a new study. Three articles in the April issue of the Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, points at the fact that increasing HIV/STD disease is being reported in MSM with high risk behaviors in Africa and Asia. In a particular article, Dr Yang and colleagues addressed the associated factors and increasing spread of HIV among MSM in Nanjing, Ch...

WHO Criticizes Philippine Bishops’ Advice on Condoms

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 23, 2010 @ 3:53 pm
image The World Health Organisation (WHO) Monday defied the Philippines' Catholic Church by criticising its bishops' opposition to the use of condoms as a means of preventing the spread of HIV-AIDS. Although the WHO statement did not mention the church by name, its statement directly contradicted bishops' recent claims that condoms are too porous and do not work in preventing the spread of infection. Dr Massimo Ghidinelli, the WHO's regional adviser on HIV-AIDS, said the WHO st...

Shocker: Six Out of Every 554 Street Children in Kolkata are HIV Positive

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 3:53 pm
image At least six out of every 554 street children in the age group of five to fourteen in Kolkata are HIV positive, a study conducted by the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) has found. Kolkata has an estimated number of over 11,000 street children. Sexual abuse was identified as the main cause for these children suffering from sexually transmitted diseases. Nine per cent of the children interviewed during the study reported some for...

Uzbek Doctors Infected Some 150 Children With HIV: Report

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News @ 3:53 pm
image The Central Asian news website Ferghana.ru, said nearly 150 children in eastern Uzbekistan were infected with HIV in 2007-2008 through doctors' negligence. "Due to doctors' negligence 147 children in Namangan and Namangan region alone were infected with HIV, including 20 in regional hospitals," the website quoted a state television documentary as saying. "By January 2009, when an investigation was complete and its findings made its way to court, 14 of those children were ...

World Tuberculosis Day 2010 – “On the Move Against Tuberculosis, Innovate to Accelerate Action”

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 22, 2010 @ 1:54 pm
image World Tuberculosis Day which falls on March 24supth/sup, 2010, is tailored to increase public awareness about a disease which is still an epidemic in many regions of the world, annihilating the lives of many millions each year. March 24supth/sup is also a remembrance of the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch bowled the world over with his breakthrough discovery, the TB bacillus, and the cause of Tuberculosis. His discovery was really opportune as TB had begun to unleash ...

HIV Breakout can be Prevented by Acne Drug

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 21, 2010 @ 2:52 am
image Johns Hopkins researchers have revealed that a cheap acne drug targets infected immune cells in which HIV lies dormant and prevents them from reactivating and replicating. The drug, minocycline, likely will improve on the current treatment regimens of HIV-infected patients if used in combination with a standard drug cocktail known as HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy), according to research published now online and appearing in print April 15 in The Journal of Infectious Di...

Loneliness Raises High Blood Pressure Risk in Elderly

Filed under: Hypertension — Medindia Health News March 19, 2010 @ 10:11 am

image Loneliness may have adverse impact on blood pressure in older adults, a new study reveals. The new study at the University of Chicago shows, for the first time, a direct relation between loneliness and larger increases in blood pressure four years later-a link that is independent of age and other factors that could cause blood pressure to rise, including body-mass index, smoking, alcohol use and demographic differences such as race and income. The researchers also looked ...

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