Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 298 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Oct-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Oct-2004
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Secondhand exposure to drugs may be an occupational hazard for anesthesiologists
On-the-job exposure to low doses of powerful medications commonly administered to patients intravenously in the operating room may be a factor leading some anesthesiologists to abuse drugs, a theory University of Florida researchers will present Saturday at the 34th annual Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego.  more

Early reports of thrombosis after insertion of drug-eluting stents
Authors of a research letter in this week’s issue of The Lancet highlight how the use of drug-eluting stents (DES) may carry a risk of subsequent thrombosis if stenting is accompanied by a withdrawal of antiplatelet therapy.  more

Treatment benefits of beta interferon for multiple sclerosis
Results of a European study in this week’s issue of The Lancet provide further evidence that patients with early symptoms of multiple sclerosis given a weekly injection with interferon beta are less likely to progress to full clinical disease after two years follow-up.  more


Accelerated heartbeart mystery: Is odd electrical wave the key?
For people who suffer from a rapid heartbeat condition called tachycardia, an implanted device can usually nudge the racing blood pump back into a normal rhythm by applying electrical pulses to the heart. But on rare occasions, in a twist that has baffled physicians, the anti-tachycardia pulses produce the opposite effect: they trigger an even faster and more dangerous heartbeat.  more

Human spinal cord cells help rats with Lou Gehrig's disease
Human primitive spinal cord cells delayed symptoms and paralysis by a week when implanted in the spinal cord of rats destined to develop amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig's disease, researchers from Johns Hopkins report.  more

Intoxicated honey bees may clue scientists into drunken human behavior
Inebriated bees could give researchers better insight into alcohol's effects on human behavior, a new study suggests. more

Estrogen or stimulating environment boost memory
Estrogen treatment had less beneficial effect on memory in female mice that raced on running wheels and played with other toys than in mice raised in non-stimulating environments, according to a Yale study published this month. more

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