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Hair loss - still a big problem

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

Millions suffer from hair loss - It is one of the most
common health and beauty troubles. A standard person  has roughly 100,000
hair follicles. They are regenerated to ensure their protetive properties, a
regular rhythm of growing, rest and destruction ( falling or shedding of hair).
It is typical to shed more or less 50-100 hairs each day during bathing, drying
hair, combing, and so on. and is nothing to worry about.
Nevertheless, losing to a
higher degree than 100 hairs on a homogenous basis, requires to be soundly
looked into. Most people suffer from an androgenous alopecia, induced by the
genes of the family. More information about the genetic influences of hair loss here (also available
in German language: Haarausfall). Beside thsi cause - which barely
can be altered - some different usual reasons. are

Hormonal Disorders: Particularly women to have a fragile hormon system, in
which even natural developments like maternity or menopause may lead to severe
alterations and haiir loss in consequence.

Medical reasons:  Hair loss could also be indicative of an
underlying medical condition and earliest intervention will not solely care
for/hold your medical cause, but rejuvenate hair growth. Some medical causes of
hair loss are :

  • a. hormonal preconditions like uncontrolled diabetes, thyroidal disorders,
      polycystic ovary syndrome.
  • b. kidney diseases, liver diseases, lupus.
  • c. Medicines like chemotherapy, diet tablets incorporating amphetamines,
      acne medications.
  • d. cancers like cancer of the blood and lymphoma even earlier treatment

It is extremely recommended to visit a physician instantly if you observe
excessive hair loss on a consistent basis.

Dietary Causes: Lack of right alimentation is a very
usual and well treatable cause of hair loss. Looking in detail, hair is
assembled of protein, named keratin. If you are not having a well-balanced meal
every day comprising of all various food groupings, your body will not acquire
the required vitamins, minerals, proteins and trace chemical element in adequate
amounts. Especially women may suffer from the lack of iron due to their monthly
bleedings. A lack of these all important substances can weaken the hair shaft
which will not be able to keep up hair development. People with bulimia and
anorexia, 2 most common eating disorders, undergo severe hair loss.

Lifestyle Causes: Crash diets, steady use of air-conditioners, beauty
treatments incorporating noxious chemicals, use of hair color and hair
straightening rods, day-to-day use of hair dryers, fuming, etc., all result to
hair loss. Likewise issues like surgical procedure and undergoing anaesthesia
could lead to transient disturbance of the hair-growth cycle. Such condtions
will correct itself in the long run.

Traumatic Causes : abrupt trauma like unforeseen decease of a loved one,
accidents, depressive disorder lead to a impaired immune system. A imperfect
body easily downfalls target to contagions, and this may lead to hair loss.

No quantity of cosmetic treatments will aid you stop hair loss if the causal
agency is untreated. So looking for for the reason and choosing corrective
action is an evidentiary step.

In any case, particularly when there is a prominent genic influence,
treatment should begin as early as feasible. Alongside the well know drugs
finasterid and minoxidil a operative choice in form of a hair transplantation
gets more favourite today.

Hair transplant

In a hair
hairs are displaced from the rear of the head to the front,
filling up the hairless regions. It is critical to recognise that a hair
transplant operation should be accompanied by drug treatment to delay more
balding. But it has an significant advantage: So within a day with a hair
transplant it is accomplishable to regenerate a lot younger picture within
shortest time.

Michigan patient safety study gets HHS approval to resume

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

A patient safety project that helped more than 100 Michigan hospital intensive care units cut their average catheter-related bloodstream infection rate by 66% can start collecting outcomes data again. That was the ruling last month from the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ Office for Human Research Protections.

The move was viewed widely as a reversal of OHRP’s controversial decision last fall to order the hospitals to suspend data collection. OHRP acted then because researchers had misclassified the project as being exempt from federal human research subject regulations and did not obtain informed consent from ICU patients.


Finding one’s place (book excerpt: Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation)

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

In the fall I rotated through the geriatrics ward. One of the attending physicians was an irritating woman whose idea of the Socratic method was pimping you with really vague questions, then acting like she had already thought of whatever answers you gave and that you were only telling her what she already knew. The other attending was a throwback to “the days of the giants,” when pneumococcal pneumonia was diagnosed by injecting sputum into mice and antibiotics for urinary tract infections were tested on agar plates. One morning, one of my interns presented a case to him of an elderly man who had been hospitalized with fever and a cough producing green sputum. “He has pneumonia,” she proclaimed confidently. “Take a look at this chest X-ray.” She pulled up a digital image on a computer screen showing a distinct pneumonic streak. The senior physician waved it off. “First tell me about your lung exam,” he said.


How to Reduce Puffy Eyes (Cure For Allergies)

Friday, February 15th, 2008

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Reduce puffy eyes and by allergies, sinus conditions, premenstral syndrome or even excess salt intake, as salt also causes water retention. Most people have puffy eyes when they

Do you have frequent or intense episodes of:
Do you have allergies? Take the Test! Give yourself one point for each “yes” answer and Puffy Eyes? Yes . No . Headaches? Yes . No . Facial Pain? Yes . No . Ear Popping? Yes . No


Post Traumatic Stress Is a Risk Factor for Chronic Disease

Friday, February 15th, 2008

(Ivanhoe Newswire)  Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are just as likely to have long term health problems as people with chronic disease risk factors like high white blood cell counts.  However, very few healthcare providers screen PTSD patients for these biological markers.

“Exposure to trauma has not only psychological effects, but it can take a serious toll on a person’s health status and biological function as well,” said Geisinger Health Systems Senior Investigator Joseph Boscarino, PhD, MPH.  “PTSD is a risk factor for disease that doctors should put on their radar screens.”


President Signs Prescription Drug Safety Bill

Friday, December 21st, 2007

President Bush today signed a comprehensive Food and Drug Administration bill that focuses on prescription drug safety reforms. The bill holds the prescription drug industry more accountable for the safety of their products by requiring them to publicly disclose drug safety studies, even the ones that show their medicines in an unflattering light. It also increases the budget for drug safety reviews at the Food and Drug Administration.

Statement by CALPIRG Advocate Emily Rusch:


GlaxoSmithKline antibiotic goes to FDA review

Friday, December 21st, 2007

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has begun its review of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) investigational antibacterial retapamulin. GSK submitted a new drug application (NDA) for retapamulin in November last year and expects to receive approval later this year.

Retapamulin was developed as a treatment for skin and skin structure infections due to susceptible strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. A GSK spokesman explained the importance of the new antibiotic.

Pliva Pharma buys Novartis subsidiary

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Pliva is to buy a Spanish subsidiary from Novartis’ generics division Sandoz. The Croatian firm will pay 21.5 million euros for Uso Racional (UR), a well known and established generic brand in Spain with expected sales of 12 million euros for 2006.

A Pliva spokesman said: “The acquisition of UR represents a strong strategic fit with Pliva’s current Spanish operations, which Pliva expects to help it significantly strengthen its position and performance on this market.” The move comes as Pliva leaves the proprietary focussing solely on the generics following GlaxoSmithKline’s purchase of its Croatian research and development institute for $50 million.

Healthy Snack Alternative

Friday, December 21st, 2007

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Boehringer Ingelheim and Eli Lilly change Yentreve AriClaim deal

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Eli Lilly is to buy back worldwide marketing rights for Yentreve/AriClaim (duloxetine hydrochloride) from Boehringer Ingelheim. As a stress urinary incontinence (SUI) treatment, along with future related urinary incontinence indications, the drug will continue to be marketed outside the US by Lilly but other treatments using duloxetine will remain under both firms.

Lilly president and chief operating officer John Lechleiter said: “Based on our collective experiences to date in the marketplace, both companies believe that the Yentreve/AriClaim opportunity is best suited and can be best commercialised in markets outside the US with the support of one company. “This is about ‘right sizing’ our investments to address our greatest opportunities and the greatest patient needs.” Dr Alessandro Banchi, Boehringer Ingelheim chairman of the board of managing directors, added: “There has been an excellent spirit of collaboration in our alliance with Lilly.