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[31 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 11,058 views]
Menveo – a new meningitis vaccine available in Europe for the first time

Menveo, a new meningitis vaccine, is available in Europe for the first time. The vaccine protects against four major strains of the disease and could be used as a travel vaccine to protect people who travel in sub-Saharan Africa.
Menveo can protect people who have not been vaccinated and will offer longer lasting protection against the disease.  According to Dr. Jane Zukerman at the University College London Medical School: “Travellers should consider visiting a specialist travel health centre where they can be advised and provided with expert knowledge on the diseases …

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[30 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 7,576 views]
Breast cancer patients are being under-treated

Breast cancer patients who undergo radiation treatment after mastectomy lower their risk of the cancer coming back in the chest wall or surrounding areas to as low as 10% and the overall survival is improved, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

“A substantial number of breast cancer patients are being under-treated. One in five women with strong indications for radiation after mastectomy failed to receive it.  Radiation can be a life-saving treatment,” says study author Reshma Jagsi, M.D., D.Phil, assistant professor of …

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[29 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 10,659 views]
Diabetic patients have a higher risk of death after cancer surgery

Diabetic patients who undergo cancer surgery have a 50% higher risk of death in the month following their operations than those who have cancer but not diabetes, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins University.
The higher risk of death could be linked to infection or cardiovascular compromise, because is well known that diabetes is a risk factor for infection as well as a strong predicator of heart attack and death from cardiovascular disease.
The researchers, led by Hsin-Chieh “Jessica” Yeh, reviewed and analyzed 15 previously published medical studies and found that patients …

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[26 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 4,083 views]
Gastric cancer risk higher in people who preffer salty diets

South Korean researchers found that a salty diet may increase the risk of gastric cancer (stomach cancer), after studying more than 2 million adults aged 30 to 80 years old.
During the research 2.2 million South Korean adults provided information on their lifestyle and diet and had health checkups between 1996 and 1997.  Over the course of seven years, 2773 women and 9620 man developed gastric cancer. According to researchers the risk of developing gastric cancer was 10% higher in people who preferred salty diets.
Although it’s unclear how the salt may …

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[25 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 26,162 views]
HIV breakout prevented with minocycline – acne drug

Recently, scientists from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have discovered that an already in used medicine, that was treating acne since 1970s, targets immune cells in which HIV lies dormant and preventing their reactivation and replication.
Minocycline, in combination with a drug cocktail known as HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy) will likely improve the treatment regimens of HIV-infected patients. Scientists state that the major advantage of the new treatment is that the virus appears less able to develop drug resistance because the drug targets cellular pathways and not viral proteins …