Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased risk of developing bladder cancer, according to a systematic review of seven studies presented at the Society for Endocrinology Annual Conference (SFE-BES 2016) in Brighton. Though further clinical studies are needed to confirm the findings, the study adds to a growing body of evidence on the importance of maintaining adequate vitamin D levels. Vitamin D, which is produced by the body through exposure to sunshine, helps the body control calcium and phosphate levels. Vitamin D can also be obtained from food sources such as fatty fish and egg yolks. Previous studies have linked [...]
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An experimental ‘four days on, three days off’ antiretroviral regimen kept viral load fully suppressed in 96% of people for 48 weeks in a French study presented recently at the International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection (HIV Glasgow). The study recruited people whose viral load had been fully suppressed on treatment for a median of four years, not people who had started treatment recently. Although people living with HIV are recommended to take antiretroviral drugs every day as prescribed, there is evidence from therapeutic drug monitoring that sufficient blood levels of many antiretroviral drugs persist for several days after [...]
Blood Testing Market – Advanced Technologies & Growth Opportunities in Global Pharmaceutical Industry by 2020Lab 24 2018-07-24T14:22:14+00:00
Blood testing is a laboratory based analysis that is performed in order to determine general state of health, presence of a bacteria or virus and to assess disease progression. It is usually performed by taking a small sample of blood from the patient’s body with the help of a needle or finger prick. Cancer, cardiovascular diseases, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)/HIV, anemia and diabetes are some major diseases for which blood testing is recommended so as to confirm the diseased condition. Blood testing is also performed in order to assess how well body vital organs such as liver, kidney and thyroid are [...]
- by DR SHIVA ROY, DR DANIEL ISHAK AND DR VINAYAK NAGARAJA While the majority of patients presenting to a GP with chest pain will not have a life-threatening condition, a significant minority will be experiencing an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). In Australia, 68,200 ACS events were recorded in 2012. There is strong evidence that delay in diagnosis and management of acute coronary syndrome leads to poor prognosis and avoidable complications, including heart failure, ventricular arrhythmias, mechanical complications and sudden cardiac death, therefore early recognition and management is essential. In this article, we present a case report of a patient presenting to their general [...]
Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Health Department is sitting on a R4.1 billion irregular spending black hole, and things are in such a sorry state that the auditor-general cannot fathom the full extent of what is a growing problem. The damning findings emerged when a qualified audit of the department’s 2015-16 finances was scrutinised in the legislature on Tuesday. MPLs heard a litany of problems and recurring excuses and explanations, prompting Maggie Govender, chairwoman of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts (Scopa), to conclude that officials perhaps thought the department was a place to “go and eat”. “You have to stop the [...]
Durban – Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan on Saturday night called on professionals in the pharmaceutical fraternity to take a stand against fraud and corruption in the health care sector. “Stolen bed sheets, medication, food, lack of care in our public hospitals and sometimes private hospitals as well. Supply chain interference, good invoice for but not delivered, public servants and businesses people exchanging favours in the form of brown enveloped in order for things to be done, that is corrupting us from delivering efficient human rights t our people,” said Gordhan. The minister, who began his career as a pharmacist at King [...]
Using a simple decision rule and a finger prick to test blood, general practitioners can now detect serious infections in children very quickly. This ensures that seriously ill children don't have to wait for a diagnosis until they're hospitalized - a delay that may have fatal consequences. The procedure also prevents unnecessary hospital referrals for less serious cases. That is the conclusion of a study conducted by a clinical team at KU Leuven (University of Leuven, Belgium) in collaboration with Ghent University and University of Oxford. In the early stages, serious infections such as meningitis, pneumonia, kidney or bone infections, or [...]
A 44-year-old British man is the first of 50 people to complete a trial of a treatment which scientists say eradicates HIV cells in the entire body––including dormant cells which evade current HIV treatments. Doctors declined to identify the patient, who is a social care worker in London. “It would be great if a cure has happened. My last blood test was a couple of weeks ago and there is no detectable virus. I took part in the trial to help others as well as myself,” he said. “It would be a massive achievement if, after all these years, something is found to [...]
[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] There have been several studies into the link between breast cancer survival and the ‘sunshine vitamin’ (vitamin D). Although it is too early to refer to vitamin D as a new weapon in our armamentarium, the association has created a lot of interest and indeed may lead to important new discoveries in the future. The results of these studies are worth exploring. Published earlier this year in the Anticancer Research Journal is a study by the University of California’s San Diego School of Medicine (led by Prof Cedric Garland), which showed [...]
[et_pb_section admin_label="section"][et_pb_row admin_label="row"][et_pb_column type="4_4"][et_pb_text admin_label="Text" background_layout="light" text_orientation="left" use_border_color="off" border_color="#ffffff" border_style="solid"] A genetic test could identify people at risk of a heart attack a decade in advance, scientists claim. Calculating someone’s coronary ‘risk score’, based on their genetic make-up, could help doctors prevent countless heart attacks, experts say. Coronary heart disease, in which the major arteries become clogged, kills nearly 70,000 people in Britain each year. While in the US, nearly 380,000 die from hearts attacks as a result of the disease annually. Many of these cases are avoidable, with lifestyle factors - particularly drinking, smoking, diet and exercise - having an [...]