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Duma adopted the budget of the health insurance Fund

Duma adopted the budget of the health insurance FundThe state Duma adopted the budget of the compulsory health insurance Fund in 2004 and adopted the relevant bill in the second and in the third final reading. According to the law Fund revenues in 2004 will be 6,406 billion rubles, expenses - 6,391,2 billion. In addition, according to the law, 10% of the funds in the Fund's budget providing for expenditures for the alignment of financial conditions the activity of the territorial mandatory health insurance funds will be directed on financing of regional target programs for the protection of motherhood and childhood. RIA "Novosti"". . . Читать полностью -->

Scientists have grown a beating heart

Scientists have grown a beating heartAmerican scientists for the first time in the world has grown in the laboratory the tissue of the heart muscle (myocardium), which are able to decrease exactly the same as "natural" human heart. In order to achieve this result, the staff of the Massachusetts Institute of technology have placed the cardiac muscle cells of the rat on a special polymer substrate, the form of which repeated the heart muscle. Along with the growth of a cell culture substrate were dissolved, giving the cells the ability to form a complete fabric. The researchers then subjected grown myocardium to the effects of electrical impulses, similar to those, which creates a so-called conductive system of the heart (the group of cells in the thickness of the heart muscle, providing the generation and conduction of electrical signals) - and found that he is able to fall exactly on the same pattern as "natural" cardiac muscle. Moreover, it turned out that electrical stimulation was the last factor necessary for the development of adequate structure and biophysical characteristics of the myocardium. Scientists expect that they have developed the technique of artificial myocardium will be used in transplantation and in the treatment of myocardial infarction. Читать полностью -->

the Ministry of health has identified how to treat lung disease

 the Ministry of health has identified how to treat lung diseaseOn Tuesday in Moscow hosted a meeting of the Collegium of the Ministry of health dedicated to respiratory diseases, their treatment and prevention. At the meeting of doctors and specialists of the Ministry of health approved the concept of development of pulmonary services in Russia. As reported by the health Minister Yuri Shevchenko, the concept should be laid not curative and preventive measures: "once again We are talking about the treatment, about the intensive and oxygen therapy, but there are huge opportunities for prevention. These measures are known and inexpensive". As noted in his report to the Director of the Institute of pulmonology of the Ministry of health of Russia, academician of the Russian Academy of medical Sciences Alexander Chuchalin, now in Russia respiratory diseases occupy the first place in the structure of all other diseases. According to chukalina, the highest incidence rates are found in children: annually respiratory tract infections and lung disease carry 90 percent of young Russians. Читать полностью -->

In the UK, first aid will be provided to the healers

In the UK, first aid will be provided to the healersIn the UK, first aid will be provided to the healers The Prince of Wales is launching a new project aimed at using the methods of alternative medicine by the health service in England. Prince Charles, who is President of the Foundation for integrated medicine (Foundation of Integrated Medicine), seeks to increase cooperation between the national health service of the country and healers. The first step of the Project integrated health Integrated Healthcare Initiative) will increase the availability of alternative therapies for people who don't can afford them. The project will create a system of integrated services first aid, use methods of alternative medicine. In his report, Prince Charles reported the successful results of the pilot project integrated first aid. The goal of the program v the partnership between the structures representing the ambulance service (NHS Alliance, National Association for Primary Care) and organizations alternative medicine. Читать полностью -->

Statins reduce the risk of coronary death in elderly patients with existing heart disease

Statins reduce the risk of coronary death in elderly patients with existing heart diseaseStatins reduce the risk of coronary death in elderly patients with existing heart disease In the randomized PROSPER (PROspective Study of Pravastatin in the Elderly at Risk) 5804 patients 74-82 years with heart disease or factors of cardiovascular risk took pravastatin (40 mg/day) or placebo. Initial cholesterol levels varied about 4.0 to 9.0 mmol/l Time of follow-up was 3.2 years. Who led the study, Dr. James Shepherd (University of Glasgow) reported that in the treatment group the level of cholesterol low-density lipoprotein (LDL) decreased by 34%. Combined parameter outcome (frequency of coronary death, myocardial infarction, stroke) was reduced by 15%: the number of these events in the group intervention amounted to 408, in the placebo group - 473. Mortality from coronary heart disease decreased by 24%. Читать полностью -->

Tests for the rapid diagnosis of SARS did not live up to expectations

 Tests for the rapid diagnosis of SARS did not live up to expectationsA few days ago the media reported the development of a system of rapid diagnosis of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. It was assumed that the creation of such a rapid test that allows for several hours to differentiate SARS and other respiratory diseases and to identify patients for immediate isolation, will almost instantly distribute the spread of infection. But, unfortunately, these hopes were not realized. As shown by studies conducted by specialists of the American and canadian Centers for prevention and disease control (CDC), a significant number of cases of infection with coronavirus causing SARS, are not accompanied by the appearance in the blood sufficient for a study of the number of viral particles. Thus, in various situations, the rate of false-negative results (negative results from obviously sick people) reaches 60 percent, which makes the study is almost meaningless. In addition, even in the absence of humans, the virus that causes SARS, does not mean that it does not need to be hospitalized - SARS heavy flow with a high probability of fatal outcome can cause a variety of infectious agents. Читать полностью -->

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