The following stories appear in full on Today's Vidyya Medical News Service Web site.
A team of academic and government researchers reports today on a promising new "prime-boost" HIV vaccine approach that is currently on a development fast-track for human clinical trials. This vaccination strategy kept an HIV-like virus in check in monkeys, even when the animals were exposed to very high virus doses months after immunization. The study appears March 9 in Science Express, an online publication of the journal Science.
For more information: New Prime-Boost HIV Vaccine Strategy Shows Promise In Monkeys
Variation in the ability of humans to recognize musical pitch appears to be primarily due to highly heritable differences in auditory neural functions. These functions are not measured by conventional audiologic methods, according to the lead article in Science, March 9, 2001.
For more information: Twin Study Reveals Genetic Link To Musical Pitch Recognition
March is colorectal cancer screening month. For the last three days, Vidyya has run a number of stories for patients and professionals regarding the importance of the screening tests. This final handout for patients illustrates the risk of developing colorectal cancer (cancer of the colon or rectum). This risk increases with age. Most cases (93%) occur in people 50 and older. But screening tests can help prevent colorectal cancer (CRC), by finding pre-cancerous polyps (growths in the colon) so they can be removed before they turn into cancer. Screening can also find CRC early, when treatment is most effective. Get a handout for your patients that educates them on the variety of screening tests and explains which test will be most effective for their needs.
For more information: Information For Patients: Colorectal Cancer Screening
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