Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 6 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Jan-2005
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C-reactive protein (CRP) key to heart health
In a study appearing in the 6 January 2005 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine patients who were found to have low C-reactive protein levels after treatment fared better than those with higher CRP levels, regardless of their post-therapy cholesterol level. So, when trying to thwart heart disease s it CRP or cholesterol doctors and patients should monitor. More and more research shows that it's CRP.  more

80% of extremely premature infants experience impairments, life-long consequences.
Severe cognitive defects, death, and neuromotor impairment are common among extremely premature infants (fewer than 26 weeks' gestation), according to a British study published in The New England Journal of Medicine for 6 January 2005.  more

Cervical cancer, secondhand smoke linked
Secondhand cigarette smoke exposure increases the risk of developing cervical cancer. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and School of Medicine also corroborated past studies that found an association between active cigarette smoking and cervical neoplasia—the growth of a tumor. The concept of the Hopkins study was the result of collaboration between several researchers supported by the Maryland Cigarette Restitution Fund. The study is published in the January 2005 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  more


Study: Herpes virus found in 98% of asymptomatic, healthy individuals
Research from Louisiana State University found that 98% of study participants--healthy individuals with no evidence of any symptoms--shed herpes simplex virus type I (HSV-1) DNA in their tears and saliva at least once during the course of the 30-day study. The study was undertaken to assess the frequency of shedding of HSV-1 DNA in tears and saliva of asymptomatic individuals.  more

Prescription transactions safer in the middle of the month when pharmacy workload lighter
The first days of each month demonstrated increased fatalities due to medication errors by as much as 25 percent above normal, according to new research by University of California, San Diego sociologist David Phillips.  more

Update #6: South Asia earthquake and tsunami
The overriding concern remains of potential associated disease outbreaks throughout the region. With isolated cases of diarrheal disease confirmed in temporary shelter camps in India and Sri Lanka, focus must be on improving hygienic and sanitation conditions for the estimated 3-5 million displaced people. more

Young men are least likely to use seat belts, but almost 90 percent of American adults wear them regularly
Men between the ages of 19 and 29 are the group least likely to wear a seat belt while driving or riding in a car and are three times as likely not to use their seat belt as women of the same age, according to a new data analysis from HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  more

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