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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…

The spread of a new influenza virus A(H7N9) is the latest medical scare in the world. As in the case of some new strains of viruses which caused infection and spread fast, the origin of the A(H7N9) virus is also in China. It has affected about 130 people in that country and caused 27 deaths…

A brain-damaged woman has the capacity to take a decision about having sex, an appeal court in Britain has ruled despite her family insisting otherwise. The woman, in her 40s, has been at the centre of litigation in the Court of Protection over whether she has the mental capacity to make decisions about having sexual…

K.G. Hospital performs a marathon cadaver transplant surgery 38-year old P. Balasubramanian, who does not have right arm, son of R. Palaniswamy, working as an Accountant in a Central Government office in Coimbatore and staying in the government quarters was proceeding to Vadavalli in his two wheeler at 7.30 p.m. on the 16th November to…

Medical Advances

The word “Bank” implies any supply, store, or reserve for future use. Semen Banking (alternative terms used are Semen cryopreservation and semen freezing), denotes the storage for future use of semen (more specifically sperm), by cryopreservation. This sperm can be stored indefinitely and used as and when required. Human semen samples have been successfully stored…

Sharjah: State-of-the-art technology has come to the aid of two Emirati heart patients at Al Qasimi Hospital who were unable to undergo open-heart surgery. A tiny clip (which looks like a mini clothespin) implanted through an artery was safer and nearly as effective as surgery for the patients who had leaky heart valves, Dr Arif…

Scientists have, for the first time, induced skin cells to produce hair through tissue culture. This may bring hope to millions of men and women suffering from age or sex related baldness. In mice, dermal cells, surrounding hair follicles, can be grown in laboratories to make more cells, when these are put back in the…

Biomedical engineers are set to give people suffering from complete paralysis new hope. By implanting electrical stimulators in the lower spinal cord, they are bypassing the injury site and directly activating spinal neurons that control the lower body. The early experiments have met with great success. With the help of this spinal stimulation, the first…

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…

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