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Archive for October, 2005

New Alzheimer’s drug?

October 26th, 2005 by

Trial anti-cancer agent may enhance learning, and animal studies indicate a brain-protecting effect

October 25, 2005

An experimental cancer drug seems to have a surprising effect: It may aid in learning and memory, according to new animal studies.

The finding, reported this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was so striking that the investigators are already talking to the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to begin human clincal trials. Read the rest of this entry »

No shortage of flu vaccine expected in US this season

October 26th, 2005 by

Over 70 million doses available, CDC says
By Stephen Smith, Globe Staff | October 25, 2005

Influenza vaccine supplies appear to be sufficient to meet demand this year nationally and in Massachusetts, health authorities said yesterday on the first day shots were made available to any patient who wanted one.

The chief of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Julie Gerberding, said her agency expects more than 70 million doses to be available this flu season, a year after an unprecedented shortage of shots sent patients scrambling to secure vaccine. Read the rest of this entry »

Complications of Diabetes

October 26th, 2005 by

Over time, diabetes can lead to heart and blood vessel disease, blindness, kidney failure, and foot ulcers, among other conditions. FDA regulates many products to treat these conditions.
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Lancing Devices & Sharps Disposal

October 26th, 2005 by

Lancets and other lancing devices are sharp blades or needles used to obtain blood samples for glucose testing. Manufacturers often provide lancing devices as part of glucose monitoring kits. After you use a lancing device, you must dispose of it in a safe container to prevent needle sticks.
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Diabetes Pills

October 26th, 2005 by

Many people with type 2 diabetes take diabetes pills (oral diabetes medications). Diabetes pills only work for people whose pancreases still makes some insulin, so they can not help people with type 1 diabetes. Diabetes pills are not insulin. Instead, they help lower blood sugar (glucose) in other ways.
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October 26th, 2005 by

Many people with diabetes take insulin to control their blood sugar (glucose). Insulin cannot be taken by mouth because it would be destroyed by digestion. Instead, most people who need insulin take insulin shots. Other ways to take insulin include insulin pens, insulin jet injectors, and insulin pumps. Someday people with diabetes may no longer need needles or shots to take insulin; researchers are testing news ways to get insulin into the bloodstream.
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Food and Meal Planning

October 26th, 2005 by

Because food intake affects the body’s need for insulin and insulin’s ability to lower blood sugar, diet is the cornerstone of diabetes treatment. Today, diabetes experts no longer recommend a single meal plan for all people with diabetes. Instead, they recommend meal plans that are flexible and take into account a person’s lifestyle and particular health needs. The American Diabetes Association recommends that people with diabetes consult a registered dietician to design a meal plan.
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Glucose Meters & Diabetes Management

October 26th, 2005 by

When people with diabetes can control their blood sugar (glucose), they are more likely to stay healthy. People with diabetes use two kinds of management devices: glucose meters and other diabetes management tests. Glucose meters help people with diabetes check their blood sugar at home, school, work, and play. Other blood and urine tests reveal trends in diabetes management and help identify diabetes complications.
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FDA Provides Important Safety Information on Blood Glucose Meters

October 26th, 2005 by

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is notifying health care providers and patients of a problem with blood glucose meters made by Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda, Calif. The meters can unintentionally be switched from one unit of measurement to another, resulting in an inaccurate blood glucose interpretation by the user. Users in the United States should make sure that their meter reading is displayed as mg/dL because an inaccurate reading can lead to taking the wrong dose of insulin or dietary changes, resulting in higher levels of sugar in the blood or hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia can be a serious and even life-threatening condition and several cases of hyperglycemia have been reported to FDA.
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Thoughts of the day

October 26th, 2005 by

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Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Make a place

Give joy a place to dwell in you and it will fill that space.
Set aside time for sincere, simple enjoyment of life, and enjoyment will surely fill that time.

When you make a place for something in your life, you create a powerful, authentic intention. And whatever Read the rest of this entry »

Seasonal Flu Is the Real and Present Danger

October 25th, 2005 by

By Amanda Gardner
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) — Concerned about apparent confusion between traditional seasonal flu and a possible avian flu pandemic, U.S. health officials stressed Monday that avian flu is not yet affecting humans to a great degree and has not yet arrived in the country.

“Our nation has recently been focused on avian or bird flu and the threat it presents for a future worldwide pandemic,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt said at a news conference. “I want to emphasize that we do not have a human flu pandemic right now.” Read the rest of this entry »

Fighting the Common Cold

October 25th, 2005 by

Does Ginseng-Based Herbal Weapon Work?
Oct. 25, 2005 — - A ginseng-based cold remedy called COLD-fX (pronounced cold effects) has taken Canada by storm. A recent study says it can help prevent colds, relieve symptoms once you have a cold and cut down the duration of a cold.

The common cold affects most Americans with 1 billion cases expected this year, and some adults average up to six colds per winter.
ABC Medical Contributor Dr. David Katz, a professor of public health at Yale University, joined “Good Morning America” with a reality check on what this latest herbal weapon against colds really means.
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Miracle Drugs vs. Superbugs

October 25th, 2005 by

Preserving The Usefulness Of Antibiotics
by Tamar Nordenberg

The historical scourge known as the bubonic plague killed up to one-third of Europe’s population in the 1300s. But in modern times, it has been controlled handily with the help of antibiotic drugs such as streptomycin, gentamicin and chloramphenical.
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The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance

October 25th, 2005 by


The triumph of antibiotics over disease-causing bacteria is one of modern medicine’s greatest success stories. Since these drugs first became widely used in the World War II era, they have saved countless lives and blunted serious complications of many feared diseases and infections. After more than 50 years of widespread use, however, many antibiotics don’t pack the same punch they once did.
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Battle of the Bugs: Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

October 25th, 2005 by

By Linda Bren

Ever since antibiotics became widely available about 50 years ago, they have been hailed as miracle drugs–magic bullets able to destroy disease-causing bacteria.

But with each passing decade, bacteria that resist not only single, but multiple, antibiotics–making some diseases particularly hard to control–have become increasingly widespread. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), virtually all significant bacterial infections in the world are becoming resistant to the antibiotic treatment of choice. For some of us, bacterial resistance could mean more visits to the doctor, a lengthier illness, and possibly more toxic drugs. For others, it could mean death. The CDC estimates that each year, nearly 2 million people in the United States acquire an infection while in a Read the rest of this entry »