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Archive for February, 2006

Rehab Helps Partially Paralyzed Walk Again

February 28th, 2006 by

02.28.06, 12:00 AM ET

TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) — Two very different kinds of therapy provided positive results for some people with partial spinal cord injury, new research finds.

The multi-center study of 117 people who’d suffered a partial spinal cord injury within the previous eight weeks found that 12 weeks of body weight-supported treadmill training was equally effective as the same amount of conventional rehabilitation for restoring movement.
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Neural Transplant Extends Huntington’s Survival

February 28th, 2006 by

02.28.06, 12:00 AM ET

TUESDAY, Feb. 28 (HealthDay News) — Replacing nerve cells lost to Huntington’s disease, a strategy called neural transplant, provided several years of improvement and stability to some Huntington’s patients, French researchers report.
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Senate debates stripped-down health care reform package

February 28th, 2006 by

Associated Press Writer

The Massachusetts Senate prepared to launch debate Tuesday on a stripped-down version of a health care reform package that would make insurance plans available to about half of the state’s uninsured.

Senate President Robert Travaglini unveiled the bill Monday after House and Senate negotiators failed to come up with a compromise version of two more ambitious health care reform bills. Read the rest of this entry »

FDA approves patch to treat adult depression

February 28th, 2006 by

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WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new delivery system for a drug to treat depression in adults. Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts of the day

February 28th, 2006 by

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

A new now

There are things you will soon know that you’ve never yet considered. There are places you will soon go that you now do not even know are there.

How foolish it would be to ever give up hope or to turn loose of your dreams. For every moment that comes to you arrives with a fresh new load of possibilities. Read the rest of this entry »

Autistic Intelligence Inaccurately Measured

February 21st, 2006 by

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — New research from University of Montreal reveals traditional ways of measuring autistic intelligence are inaccurate.

Autistic intelligence is usually measured by averaging scaled scores of Wechsler scales subtests, which are composed of oral questions requiring oral responses and oral questions requiring non-verbal answers. Both require mastery of oral language. Read the rest of this entry »

Technology Helps Disabled Children

February 21st, 2006 by

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Computer-based technology may be the best way to help children with disabilities learn and communicate.

Penn State researchers say laptop computers combining features from popular toys with innovative technology are quickly accelerating disabled children’s skills. More than 2-million Americans are unable to use speech to communicate. Children are a big part of this population. Read the rest of this entry »

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Reducing Heart Attack and Stroke Risk

February 21st, 2006 by

By Shanida Smith, Ivanhoe Health Correspondent

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — The most recent statistics from the American Heart Association reveals coronary heart disease is the single leading cause of death in the United States. There were more than half a million deaths in 2000 and there are more than one million new and recurrent cases of coronary attack each year. However, an elevated risk of two common CHD conditions does not mean you will definitely get them, but it does mean you can help prevent them.\\ Read the rest of this entry »

Help for Eye Disease

February 21st, 2006 by

BALTIMORE (Ivanhoe Broadcast News) — Inflammatory eye disease is the fifth-leading cause of blindness in the United States and affects more than 2 million Americans. Many times there is no known cause for the inflammation and patients are desperate for help to save their sight. Now there’s a new treatment.
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Laparoscopic Surgery Effective for Colon Cancer

February 21st, 2006 by

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — A new study shows laparoscopic surgery for colon cancer is as effective as open surgery in the short term.

Laparoscopic surgery does not necessitate a large incision as with open surgery and may lead to a quicker recovery, less pain and a shorter hospital stay. However, it does not have large-scale trial data to support its adoption. Read the rest of this entry »

Chewing gum Speeds Recovery From Colon Surgery

February 21st, 2006 by

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Chew on this new research … a small study shows gum chewing after colon surgery may help you recover quicker.

Researchers from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in Calif. studied 34 patients who had sigmoid colon resection, a surgery to remove part of the large intestine for cancer or recurrent diverticular disease. Half of the study participants chewed sugarless gum three times a day starting the morning after the surgery. The other half did not chew gum. Read the rest of this entry »

New Goal for Aging

February 21st, 2006 by

Hit 50 With Few Heart Risk Factors, And Brag Longer

By January W. Payne
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 21, 2006; HE01

It’s a truism that healthy aging begins long before you hit old age. Now a large study has confirmed that and suggested a new approach for those hoping to live a long and healthy life: Aim to reach age 50 with as few risk factors for heart disease and stroke as possible. Read the rest of this entry »

Thoughts of the day

February 21st, 2006 by

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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

What you choose

You can make it happen when you truly choose to do so. You always have, and you always will.

If something is important enough to you, you’ll surely find a way. Look back on your life up to this point, and you’ll see a manifestation of what you’ve cared most about. Read the rest of this entry »

The World Today - Nitschke faces conviction over euthanasia workshops

February 20th, 2006 by

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The World Today - Monday, 20 February , 2006 12:38:00
Reporter: Liv Casben
ELEANOR HALL: The Medical Council of New Zealand has referred euthanasia campaigner Dr Philip Nitschke to the country’s Ministry of Health for practising medicine in New Zealand without a license.

The Council says Dr Nitschke needs to be registered as a doctor to carry out his euthanasia workshops, which inform participants of their legal rights about ending their lives.

Dr Nitschke, who was advised of the ruling this morning, denies that he needs a licence. He faces a criminal conviction if he’s found guilty of the charge. Read the rest of this entry »

Anti-ageing drugs point to retiring at 85

February 20th, 2006 by

· Scientists predict sharp rise in life expectancy
· Living to 100 could be commonplace by 2030
by Ian Sample, science correspondent
Monday Feb. 20, 2006, London: Britain’s workforce will face a retirement age of 85 by 2050, as novel anti-ageing therapies trigger a sharp rise in life expectancy, scientists have claimed.

Researchers in California believe new drugs capable of slowing the ageing process will start to become available in rich countries in 2010, increasing lifespan by 20 years within the following two decades, suggesting that living to 100 years old will become commonplace with the ageing workforce employed in physically undemanding jobs. Read the rest of this entry »