Month: July 2007

Counterfeit pharmaceuticals

Public release date: 16-Jul-2007 Agencies worldwide are cracking down on counterfeit pharmaceuticals, and much of the focus has been on China, where an official was recently executed for approving fake medicines. While most of these drugs reach consumers through online or illegal suppliers, there’s a growing threat to outlets considered more safe, like the neighborhood…

Probiotic drinks can help reduce diarrhoea associated with antibiotics

Drinks containing probiotic bacteria can help reduce diarrhoea among older people, which may reduce length of stay in hospital and save the NHS money, say Imperial College researchers at Hammersmith Hospital in a study published on bmj.com today. Between 5% and 25% of patients experience diarrhoea, including Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea, as a complication of…

Papworth breathing technique cuts asthma symptoms by a third

Public release date: 2-Jul-2007 A sequence of breathing and relaxation exercises known as the Papworth method has been shown to reduce asthma symptoms by a third by the first randomised controlled trial to investigate the technique, which is published online ahead of print in Thorax. And this improvement in symptoms was still maintained one year…

POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice may improve erectile dysfunction

Research published in the International Journal of Impotence Research finds drinking 8 ounces of POM Wonderful 100% Pomegranate Juice daily may help the management erectile dysfunction     This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover pilot study examined the efficacy of pomegranate juice versus placebo in improving erections in 61 male subjects. To qualify, participants had to…

UT Study Reveals Inaccuracies in Cardiac PET-CT Imaging – And Finds Solution

Public release date: 3-Jul-2007 HOUSTON—(July 3, 2007)—Current PET-CT scanners with standard commercial software designed to provide images of the heart are falsely indicating coronary artery disease in as many as 40 percent of patients, according to a study published today on the cover page of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The technology showed false-positive results…

Common environmental chemicals in diet affect fetal ovarian development

Public release date: 4-Jul-2007 Lyon, France: Exposing a developing female sheep fetus to low doses of chemicals commonly present in the environment can disturb the development of the ovary, a scientist told the 23rd annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology today (Wednesday 4 July). Dr. Paul Fowler, of the University…

Can an apple a day keep asthma away?

  (NORTHBROOK, IL, JULY 9, 2007) –Teenagers who forego a healthy and balanced diet may have a harder time catching their breath. A new study, published in the July issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), shows that a low dietary intake of certain nutrients increases the likelihood…