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Friday, August 26, 2011

Citalopram High Dosage May lead to Heart problems !! Research Study shows.

Why The Cardiologist Cares About Your Antidepressant

by Scott Hensley

The Food and Drug Administration is telling doctors and patients not to use high doses of the popular antidepressant Celexa anymore because they can raise the risk for potentially harmful changes in heart rhythms.

The agency's safety advice says that doctors shouldn't prescribe more than 40 milligrams a day of Celexa (or citalopram, generically) to minimize the chances of trouble. Some patients with heart conditions or taking other medicines that came make the problem worse, such as the antacid Tagamet, should take even less.

High doses of citalopram can lead to problems with what cardiologist call the "QT interval," a sort of electronic reset of the heart between beats. If the QT interval is prolonged, as can happen with high-dose citalopram, it can cause "a very rapid, disorganized rhythm of the pumping chamber of the heart," says Dr. Westby Fisher, director of cardiac electrophysiology at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Ill.

The episodes often don't last long, but can be dangerous if they persist. Fisher recalled the case of a woman who blacked out while driving because too little blood was being pumped to her brain. In extreme cases, called torsade de pointes, the abnormal heart beats can be life-threatening.

Fisher praises the FDA's advice on Celexa, as well as similar advisories on other drugs, saying the information would help raise awareness among doctors.

Fisher has seen patients with cardiac rhythm issues related to psychotropic medicines, including Celexa. The biggest risks come from combinations of drugs, he says.

It's especially important for doctors to know patients' medical histories before prescribing drugs with this kind of risk, says Fisher. If patients have congestive heart failure, or some other conditions, such as liver disease that may interfere with their ability to break a drug down, then doctors should get an electrocardiogram, before and after starting the therapy.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Dogs Sniff Out Lung Cancer in Humans

Dogs Sniff Out Lung Cancer in Humans
Study Shows Some Dogs Can Be Trained to Identify Lung Cancer When They Sniff a Person's Breath
By Brenda Goodman
WebMD Health News
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
Close up of dogs nose
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Aug. 17, 2011 -- German researchers say that highly trained dogs are able to reliably sniff out lung cancer in human breath.

In its early stages, lung cancer has few symptoms, making it difficult for doctors to catch it early, when it's still treatable.

"This is the holy grail," says Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, associate professor and director of the lung program at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta.
"The whole field is focused on using something that's readily available that does not involve an expensive surgery or scan that would allow us to find early cancers," says Ramalingam, who is developing technology that aims to replicate the ability of dogs to smell trace amount of chemicals produced by cancerous tumors. He was not involved in the research.

Music Therapy May Ease Anxiety of Cancer Patients
Study Shows Benefits of Listening to Music and Working With a Music Therapist
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Please, for Heavens Sake, Remove the Sewage from the Roads of Valasaravakkam, Chennai.

.     சென்னை வளசரவாக்கம் ராதா கிருஷ்ணன் சாலை யின் சாக்கடைகள் தூர் வாரப்பட்டு பக்கத்திலேயே அந்த கும்பி போடப்பட்டுள்ளது.  இதைத் தவிர கட்டிட மேம்பாடு இடிசல்கள் , அக்கம்பக்கத்து பிளாட் களில் இருந்து தூர எறியப்படும் பிளாஸ்டிக் பொருள்களும் சேர்ந்து ரோட்டில் நடக்கவே முடியாத சூழ் நிலை உள்ளது. சாக்கடைகளில் இருந்து எடுக்கப்பட்ட கும்பி எப்போது அகற்றப்படும் என்றே தெரியவில்லை. மழை வந்தால், இந்த கும்பி மறுபடியும் சாக்கடைகளில் சேர்ந்து விடும். அக்கம்பக்கத்து வசிப்பவர்கள் இந்த துர் வாடையை இன்னும் எத்தனை நாட்கள் சகித்துக்கொண்டு, வியாதி வராமல் இருப்பார்கள் என்று தெரியவில்லை.
 பொது மக்களை, குறிப்பாக வயதானவர்களையும், குழந்தைகளையும், 
ஆண்டவன் காப்பாற்றுவாராக. 

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Salmonella .. The dreaded Bacteria. How to Avoid ?

Salmonella is a dreaded bacteria. When the environment is unclean, dirty and polluted, the bacteria sticks to almost anything, particularly food, vegetables, pets, unclean hands and all that that allows sticking.

Salmonella when ingested gets into the intestines and starts havoc. It causes poisoning of the inner membranes of intestines and results in frequent watery diarrohea, vomiting, abdominal pain, cramps and what not?

Fluids plenty is required to wash out the bacteria. If vomiting is present, fluid balances have to be maintained by drips directly into the blood stream through veins.

Though no anti biotics are necessary at the first instance, elderly as well as kids may need some sort of anti bacterial preparations like ciprofloxacin, norfloxacin, oflaxin combined with metrogyl / tinadazole etc.

Please consult the doctor / your health provider immediately on symptoms. Do not allow the affected to get dehydrated.

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