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Allergy drug slows pancreatic tumor growth in preclinical studies

An anti-allergy drug in use for more than 40 years significantly reduced tumor growth in animal models of human pancreatic cancer and also increased the effectiveness of standard chemotherapy, say researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.


Moderate drinking may help older women live longer

Significant benefits found in cardiovascular health and overall quality of life.


Just how useful are animal studies to human health?

Animal studies are of limited usefulness to human health because they are of poor quality and their results often conflict with human trials, argue researchers in a study on bmj.com today.


Do low-fat foods make us fat?

Mindless eating leads us to eat 28-45 percent more calories when foods are 'low-fat'


The Dangers of Psychiatry

Not so long ago, the actor Tom Cruise made a few pointed criticisms of psychiatry on the Today Show and was widely attacked for doing so. It seems that anyone who speaks out publicly risks drawing the ire of the defenders of psychiatry. Hardly surprising. A great many families in the US and Canada have members who are receiving psychiatric treatment, even if it happens to be one of the kids on a daily dose of Ritalin.


In-Home Sensors Spot Dementia Signs In Elderly

OHSU study shows cognitive changes can be detected by tracking daily activity


Message to Older Adults: Embrace, Don’t Fear the Effects of Sensible Exercise

A Johns Hopkins study should ease the concerns held by many older adults with mild high blood pressure about the strain or harm exercise could cause their hearts.


Laughter Can Be The Best Medicine

Research scientists have spent considerable time investigating the effects of laughter. They have found that laughter can help patients recover from illnesses because it tends to lower blood pressure, reduces stress hormone levels, and recharges the body’s immune system.


Alternative Medicine Re-defined

Orthodox and natural medicines are both man's attempt to ensure better health, making use of the intelligence and materials that nature has provided him; thus, one approach might not be placed above the other, both should be seen as different approaches to the same problem.


Vatican Studying Limited Condom Use

The Vatican is currently involved in an examination of the question whether condom use can be justified when one partner in a Catholic marriage has HIV/AIDS.


The Riddle of Pleomorphic Microorganisms

Pleomorphism refers to the belief that microorganisms can adopt multiple forms during a single growth cycle. It was originally proposed by a French Scientist and contemporary of Louis Pasteur named Antoine Bechamp.


Stop Smoking Efforts Being Made Ineffective

This doctor’s not-for-profit insights suggest that only one and rarely-used approach to stop smoking tobacco is effective. He is outspoken when stating his stronger beliefs: “No one who knows the root cause of chronic smoking accepts the data indicating the nicotine substitutes for cigarettes truly work.” “Anti smoking and smokers’ rights groups will hate what I’m telling and for the same reason.”


Improved Detection, Better Therapies Mean Higher Survival Rates for Patients with Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is no longer the immediate death sentence that most people think it is.


Pfizer and Microsoft Team Up Against Viagra spam

Ever since pharmaceutical giant Pfizer promised to cure erectile dysfunction once and for all with its blue pills containing the drug sildenafil citrate, spammers have tried to tap into male anxiety by offering prescription-free sales of unapproved "generic" Viagra and clones such as Cialis soft tabs.


World Health Organization declares tuberculosis emergency in Africa

The number of Tb cases in African countries per year has quadrupled since 1990, and continues to rise. Now 540,000 people die of the disease in Africa every year.