Monthly Archives: December 2010

Grow Your Hair Back with Chinese Herbal Medicine

Rogaine (Minoxidil) and Propecia (finasteride) are the 2 most popular western medicines to treat hair loss.  However, not all patients respond to these medicines and some patients might develop unwarranted side-effects such as libido and dermatological reactions.  For those patients, … Continue reading

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How to Get Rid of Toddlers Cough when Cough Syrup does not Work?

Infants and toddlers have narrow airways and are prone to cough when they have bronchitis or respiratory infections.  The most common symptoms associated with bronchitis or respiratory infections are cough that comes with phlegm.  It is important to distinguish bronchitis … Continue reading

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Physical Activity and Risk of Breast Cancer Among Postmenopausal Women

Physical activity has many health benefits, including weight loss and maintenance, improved insulin sensitivity and improved lipid profile.   An analysis, which was based on the Nurses’Health Study, reported that moderate physical activity was associated with a reduced risk of postmenopausal … Continue reading

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Chocolate can Prevent Heart-Failure

Although many studies have reported intake chocolate, especially flavanol-rich dark chocolate, can improve blood pressure and provide other cardiovascular benefits, a new study suggested chocolate can reduce the risk of heart failure.  The results came from the Swedish Mammography Cohort, … Continue reading

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Bevacizumab Beneficial in Newly Diagnosed Glioblastoma?

A large study of patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme suggests that the addition of bevacizumab (Avastin) and irinotecan (Camptosar) to standard chemoradiation can extend survival (progression and overall survival) by 6 months.  Bevacizumab (Avastin) is an inhibitor of vascular … Continue reading

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Afatinib Extend Time to Tumor Progression in Advanced Lung Cancer

Currently, no treatment exists for lung cancer patients with epidermal growth-factor receptor (EGFR) mutation who have failed tyrosine kinase inhibitors, getifinib (Iressa) or erlotinib (Tarceva).  However, an investigational drug, afatinib (BIBW 2992), was recently found to increase progression-free survival and … Continue reading

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Aspirin Can Prevent From Several Common Cancers

If you are taking aspirin to prevent heart attack, you should be glad to know that you might also be protected from a variety of cancers.   According to a new study published in Lancet, taking aspirin over a long period … Continue reading

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Chocolate Consumption Lower Blood Pressure and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

We previously have reported 2 studies that indicated chocolate could lower blood pressures and reduce risk of cardiovascular disease.  Now, there is another study that supports the previous findings.  The latest news came from a German study that evaluated the … Continue reading

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FDA Panel Supports the Use of Vandetanib in Medullary Thyroid Cancer

An FDA advisory committee reported that they supported the use of AstraZeneca’s vandetanib for the treatment of patients with medullary thyroid cancer (MTC).   However, they also indicated the drug should be reserved for patients who are experiencing symptoms of their … Continue reading

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Europe Approved Sutent for Rare Pancreatic Cancer

The European Commission has recently approved Sutent (sunitinib) as a medicine for treating patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (NET).   The drug is now indicated to treat unresectable metastatic, well-differentiated pancreatic NET in adults with disease progression.  The approval was based … Continue reading

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