There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

There’s hope for cancer patients. A jet lag drug could ease chemotherapy-induced pain

A drug used to ease the effects of jet lag may also prevent the painful side effects of cancer medications, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and University of Aberdeen in the UK found that a drug known as melatonin appeared to prevent pain caused by chemotherapy damage to nerves by blocking the harmful effects on nerve health. They focused on a common condition known as chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain (CINP), which causes tingling and pain to touch and cold temperatures, that can be severe enough to cause…

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High-Dose Radiotherapy May Increase Lifespan of Pancreatic Cancer Patients

High-Dose Radiotherapy May Increase Lifespan of Pancreatic Cancer Patients

Cancer is a deadly disease that affects millions worldwide. There are various treatments available to help combat the disease; a common technique being radiotherapy. Radiotherapy, also known as radiation therapy, is commonly used as a treatment for cancer as well as thyroid and blood disorders. With the use of radiation, the DNA of cancerous cells are broken to disrupt their growth or to kill them completely. For cancer treatment, ionising radiation method is used, which are a high-energy form of radiation. While it has proved to show good results in…

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A 30-Minute Walk May Help Advanced Cancer Patients

A 30-Minute Walk May Help Advanced Cancer Patients

For good health, some amount of physical activity is imperative. Even something as basic as walking can help you in numerous ways. The hectic lives that we lead today, not all of us find the time to stay active or hit the gym. This is why sedentary lifestyle is now scarily becoming one of the leading causes of major diseases like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, etc. Of course, one’s diet is another factor that plays a crucial role. But in you day-to-day life, if you want to start living…

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Green Tea May Help Patients With Rare Bone-Marrow Disease

Green Tea May Help Patients With Rare Bone-Marrow Disease

Green tea is that health benefiting potion that fights a host of diseases. It is easily available in the market and is fuss-free to prepare at home. Regular green tea consumption has been tied to a host of health benefits. It is known to help the body flush out toxins and promote healthy hair and skin. Stephanie Watson of Harvard Women’s Health Watch explains how regular consumption of green tea can lower the risk of cardiovascular ailments including heart attack and stroke. Green tea is power-packed with natural agents like…

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The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet for Diabetics & HIV Patients

The Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet for Diabetics & HIV Patients

A lot has been researched and talked about the miraculous Mediterranean diet and how beneficial it can be. As the name suggests, this popular diet is typically followed in the Mediterranean countries. It is characterized by high consumption of plant-base foods, grains, vegetables, nuts and olive oil and limits the consumption of protein and unhealthy fats. This sort of a diet is known to be heart-healthy, boosts brain power and has also been linked to reduced incidence of cancer. A new study throws light on another benefit of following the Mediterranean…

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Yoga Can Benefit Lower Back Pain Patients: Study

Yoga Can Benefit Lower Back Pain Patients: Study

Good news for people suffering from chronic non-specific lower back pain, yoga can help alleviate the condition. Yoga asanas, if performed under proper guidance and supervision, can help reduce pain and allow movement in patients. The trials for the study were conducted in India, the UK and the US. All participants had chronic non-specific lower back pain. “Our findings suggest that yoga exercise may lead to reducing the symptoms of lower back pain by a small amount,” said lead author Susan Wieland from Centre for Integrative Medicine at University of…

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Study says diabetes spikes death risk in patients on dialysis

Study says diabetes spikes death risk in patients on dialysis

Kidney disease can be a silent killer. Before symptoms are seen or experienced by the patient, the kidneys can degenerate to the point of not working. And diabetes only makes it worse.The risk of death is several times higher for diabetics on haemodialysis, scientists have found. The final stage of chronic kidney disease, called end stage renal disease, is when the kidneys are no longer able to remove enough wastes and excess fluids from the body . At this point, patients are put on dialysis or advised a kidney transplant.A…

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Capsule sized pacemaker: A boon for patients

Capsule sized pacemaker: A boon for patients

It was the size of a capsule, but for Kumar*, it provided a new lease of life. The 87-year old, with a heart rate of less than 60 a minute, received a pacemaker, one-tenth the size of a traditional device, directly in the heart. After a 20-minute minimally invasive procedure at Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre’s cath lab, the device began sending electrical impulses to stabilise the heart rate and he was discharged in three days. Dr T R Muralidharan, cardiology department head, said the new generation pacemaker made of a…

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One Fifth of Brain Stroke Patients Aged 40 and Below

One Fifth of Brain Stroke Patients Aged 40 and Below

Neurosciences experts from around the world on Friday warned that patients with brain stroke are continuously rising in India and nearly one-fifth of patients with first-ever stroke admitted to hospitals are aged 40 years or less. Doctors participating at a three-day international meet to discuss the epidemic of stroke cases, also said that India had witnessed a extreme rise in smoking, systolic hypertension, high fasting blood glucose level, and lower high-density lipoprotein cholesterol in the population at a younger age predisposing to a stroke sooner. The first day on Friday…

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Electro-acupuncture may improve sleep in breast cancer patients

Electro-acupuncture may improve sleep in breast cancer patients

Electro-acupuncture may be an effective method in improving sleep quality in patients suffering from breast cancer, a study has shown. Electro-acupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles. Compared with women who undergo natural menopause, nearly 30 to 40 per cent of women with breast cancer are at a greater risk of experiencing hot flashes, partially as a result of the premature menopause that results from chemotherapy and surgery, as well as estrogen deficiency caused by the use of breast…

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