Monthly Archives: June 2010

Want to Cure Your Asthma for Good? – Weather-based Moxibustion 天灸療法 (A special Form of Moxibustion) might be an Option.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) emphasizes that men needs to live in harmony with the heaven (weather) and the earth (environment) (天人合一).  Thus, when practicing medicine, TCM doctors make their therapeutic decisions (acupuncture, moxibustion or herbal medicine) not only on the patient’s … Continue reading

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Why do Women get Bossy when they get Older but Men become Couch Potatoes?

Wives always complain their husbands of getting uninterested as they get older while husbands criticize their wife of being too energetic or bossy.  Why is that so? According to the Chinese medicine, everything in the Universe is governed by Yin … Continue reading

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New Hope for Heavily Pretreated Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

A new chemotherapy agent, eribulin (developed by Eisai), was shown to improve significant survival benefit in heavily pretreated breast cancer, according to the EMBRACE study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2010 Annual Meeting. The new drug … Continue reading

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Another New Anticoagulant, Apixaban, Shown to Provide Stroke Reduction Benefit in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation:AVEROSE

The Apixaban versus Acetylsalicylic Acid to Prevent Strokes (AVERROES) trial, a study that compared the safety and effectiveness of apixaban (Pfizer/Bristol-Myers Squibb) and aspirin in patients with atrial fibrillation, has been stopped early after a predefined interim analysis by the … Continue reading

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Pradaxa is as Effective as Lovenox in Preventing VTE-event in Patients Setting Undergoing Hip Surgery: RE-NOVATE 2 study

In a randomized trial that was reported at the 2010 Congress of the European Hematology Association (EHA), the oral anticoagulant dabigatran (Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim) was found to be as effective as subcutaneous enoxaparin (Lovenox, Sanofi-Aventis) in preventing venous thromboembolism (VTE) … Continue reading

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Violent Video Games Linked to Aggression And Diminished Cognitive Function

Male players of violent video games, particularly first person shooter games (FPSG), have more feelings of aggression than nonplayers, according to a small study presented at the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 2010 Annual Meeting. The study involved 28 men who … Continue reading

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Is Shark Cartilage Helpful For Cancer Patients?

Shark cartilage has been touted as a potential alternative or complementary cancer treatment for several decades. Dozens of shark cartilage products are sold as dietary supplements, but none have been studied in humans. A recently published study indicated that adding a … Continue reading

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Avastin Boosts Progression-Free Survival in Ovarian Cancer Patients

Adding bevacizumab (Avastin) to chemotherapy, followed by bevacizumab as maintenance therapy, can significantly prolong progression-free survival in women with advanced ovarian cancer.  The study consisted of 1873 women with newly diagnosed stage III (macroscopic residual disease) or stage IV ovarian, primary peritoneal, … Continue reading

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Ipilimumab – new option for Metastatic Melanoma patients

At ASCO this past weekend, Dr. Steven O’Day reported that ipilimumab alone or in combination with vaccine increased overall survival (OS) in patients with unresectable stage III/IV melanoma for whom previous treatment had failed (Abstract 4).  Metastatic (stage IV) melanoma is very … Continue reading

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Who lived longer? The Emperors, The Chinese Medicine Doctors or The Monk?

‘‘Long Live Your Imperial Majesty’’ was the formal address to the Chinese emperors who reigned for more than 2,000 years (between 221 BC and AD 1911) in China. The emperors had the absolute power, as well as supreme rank and … Continue reading

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