Month: February 2008

Europe’s most common genetic disease is a liver disorder ( hemochromatosis )

Public release date: 6-Feb-2008 Researchers discover the origin of hereditary hemochromatosis, a common iron overload disorder, is a genetic defect in the liver Much less widely known than the dangerous consequences of iron deficiencies is the fact that too much iron can also cause problems. The exact origin of the genetic iron overload disorder hereditary…

Study suggests new therapy for lung disease patients (Current Therapy Wrong)

Public release date: 7-Feb-2008 CHICAGO — A new study by researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine may change current thinking about how best to treat patients in respiratory distress in hospital intensive care units. It has been commonly believed that high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) or hypercapnia in the blood and lungs…

Cell phone-cancer link found by Tel Aviv University scientist

Public release date: 14-Feb-2008   An Israeli scientist, Dr. Siegal Sadetzki, has found a link between cell phone usage and the development of tumors. Dr. Sadetzki, a physician, epidemiologist and lecturer at Tel Aviv University, published the results of a study recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology, in which she and her colleagues found…

As depression symptoms improve with antidepressants, hopelessness can linger

Public release date: 18-Feb-2008   A sense of hopefulness does not improve as quickly as other symptoms ANN ARBOR, Mich. — People taking medication for depression typically see a lot of improvements in their symptoms during the first few months, but lagging behind other areas is a sense of hopefulness, according to new research from…

FDA ties pneumonia deaths to infant vaccine

Public release date: 18-Feb-2008   WASHINGTON – GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s rotavirus vaccine is associated with increased pneumonia-related deaths and other adverse reactions, U.S. regulatory staff said in documents posted on Friday. The review comes ahead of a Food and Drug Administration advisory meeting next Wednesday to consider approval of the oral vaccine to prevent the most…

OTC cough medicine: Not worthwhile for children or adults?

Public release date: 22-Jan-2008   Over-the-counter medicine is commonly and casually used by millions of cold sufferers every year, but there is no good evidence for or against the effectiveness of OTC cough medicines, concludes a new systematic review of studies. “I do not give my kids over-the-counter cough medicine,” said Thomas Fahey, professor of…