US has approved a breakthrough therapy for treatment of chronic hepatitis C that is expected to offer a more palatable cure to millions of people infected with the liver-destroying viral disease. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the pill, Sovaldi (sofosbuvir) is the first drug that has demonstrated safety and efficacy to treat certain…

For the first time, an artificial heart that may give patients up to five years of extra life has been successfully implanted in a 75-year-old French man. The artificial heart, designed by French biomedical firm Carmat, is powered by Lithium-ion batteries that can be worn externally. The heart that was put into the patient at…

Non-medical personnel can operate the devices and diagnose in seconds Researchers in the U.S. have come up with a way to rapidly diagnose malaria simply by shining brief pulses of light from a laser through the skin. “This method is distinct from all previous diagnostic approaches, which all rely upon using a needle to obtain…

A team of surgeons from Johns Hopkins recently came up with a safer, better method of replacing skull fragments after brain surgery. This is good news for anybody who might need a little work done on their noggin in the near future, as doctors have been using the same method since the 1890s. The difference…

Menopause could be eliminated within 20 years as anti-ageing treatments are extended to the ovaries, a US scientist has predicted. Aubrey de Grey, co-founder of the Sens Research Foundation in California, said that rapid progress in stem cell and regenerative therapies meant that current age limits on when women can conceive and give birth were…

Nearly half of Indian men with erectile dysfunction are diabetic Diabetes is emerging as a leading cause of erectile dysfunction among Indian men. A recent study says that nearly half of Indian men above the age of 40 years suffering from the condition are diabetic. The study conducted by Alpha One Andrology Group – an…

Implantable defibrillators currently on the market apply between 600 and 900 volts to the heart, almost 10 times the voltage from an electric outlet, says Ajit H. Janardhan, MD, PhD, a cardiac electrophysiology fellow at the Washington University’s School of Medicine. After being shocked, he says, some patients get post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients may even…

Kidney Failure Patients’ Heart Risks May Be Due To Damage To Blood Vessel Lining Individuals with kidney failure often develop heart problems, but it’s not clear why. A study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN) provides evidence that their kidneys’ inability to excrete waste products in…

Donor milk bank opened Women”™s Centre recently inaugurated a human milk bank. A release from the organisation, quoting S. Ramakrishnan, Chief Neonatologist, says that the milk bank will benefit preterm and very low birth weight babies whose mother”™s milk production has not either not started on time or there was an interrupted supply of milk…

Fatally ill nurse makes herself the lesson for students South Hadley: It was early November when Martha Keochareon called the nursing school at Holyoke Community College, her alma mater. She had a proposal, which she laid out in a voice mail message. “I have cancer,” she said after introducing herself, “and I’m wondering if you’ll…

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