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Ginseng

Ginseng has been used as a medicinal herb for at least 5,000 years in the Far East.1 It was introduced to the rest of the world in the early 18th century after the emperor of China ordered French missionary Pierre Jartoux to compile an atlas of the region. An exhausted Jartoux was given ginseng as…

This is not your mother’s birth control pill

Oral contraceptives (OCs) no longer pose the higher risk of heart attack for women they once did, a recent investigation concludes. The 48,321 women in the study were between age 30 and 40 years. They lived in Sweden in 1990-91 and were participating in a larger project. Using data collected over the next 11 years,…

Knee pain may signal lung cancer in men

Monoarthritis in the knee can be an early warning for incipient lung cancer, especially for middle-aged men who are heavy smokers. Researchers in Tuscany, Italy, discovered the paraneoplastic association while reviewing the clinical records of new outpatients at a regional rheumatology clinic. Among 296 patients who presented with isolated asymmetric arthritis of the knee, they…

New HbA1c formula in the works

Glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) tests will soon become more patient-friendly. In addition to the traditional percentages, results will be available in terms of average blood glucose levels, just like the meters diabetics use for self-monitoring. David Nathan, MD, director of the diabetes center at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, is leading a project to find a…

Throat cancer experts urge male HPV vaccine

Citing a strong link between human papillomavirus (HPV) and throat cancers, a pair of researchers say that vaccination should not be for women only. About half of oropharyngeal cancers contain DNA from HPV, usually type 16. These cancers are becoming more common and typically occur in men, reported Erich M. Sturgis, MD, MPH, and Paul…

Adverse drug reactions soar

The number of serious adverse drug events (ADEs) reported to the FDA has more than doubled in recent years, according to a new analysis from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices.Between 1998 and 2005, ADEs increased 2.6-fold (from 34,966 to 89,842), while the number of fatalities almost tripled (from 5,519 to 15,107). However, the rate…

Panic attacks may signal heart disease

Look out for potential coronary heart disease (CHD) in older women who have experienced panic attacks, a recent study urges. They face substantially higher risks of MI, stroke, and death. Almost 10% of 3,369 healthy postmenopausal women reported at least one “full-blown” panic attack within six months of the research baseline. That proportion confirmed earlier…

Tai chi reduces risk of falls among the elderly

Community tai chi classes are “an effective and sustainable intervention” to prevent falls among elderly people, a recent study suggests. Researchers in Sydney, Australia, randomly assigned 702 subjects to either a weekly tai chi program or to a waiting list. They then assessed the number of falls during 16 weeks when the classes met and…

Influenza vaccination coverage among adults*

Healthy People 2010 objectives include increasing vaccination levels to90% for adults aged ≥65years and 60% for persons aged 18-64 years who have one or morehigh-risk conditions (i.e., diabetes, asthma, MI, and congenital heart disease). *During the 2005-2006 influenzaseason Source: MMWR. 2007;56:953-959.

BP control improved in statin users

STATIN use is associated with higher rates of BP control, according to researchers. A team led by Dana E. King, MD,of the Medical University of SouthCarolina in Charleston, studied2,584 hypertensive patients aged40 years and older with no historyof cardiovascular disease. The patientshad participated in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey,which looked at a nationally…

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