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Volume 13 Issue 6
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Today in Vidyya - 6 January 2011


Did Dr. Andrew Wakefield commit elaborate fraud during his work on the link between autism and vaccines? Are there better ways to test people for pre-diabetes? What does television do to a child's body image? If scientists could identify the gene that causes glioblastoma multiforme to grow, could it lead to better treatments? These are just a few of the questions that you can get answered in today's issue of Vidyya. Enjoy!

Autism-vaccine researcher a "fraud": medical journal

(Reuters) - Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the-now disgraced British doctor who published studies linking vaccines with autism, committed an "elaborate fraud" by faking data, the British Medical Journal said on Wednesday. (MORE)

Routine blood test may identify people with pre-diabetes, cutting later treatment costs

INDIANAPOLIS – A simpler form of testing individuals with risk factors for diabetes could improve diabetes prevention efforts by substantially increasing the number of individuals who complete testing and learn whether or not they are likely to develop diabetes. (MORE)

Secondhand television exposure linked to eating disorders

Boston, MA (January 5, 2010) — For parents wanting to reduce the negative influence of TV on their children, the first step is normally to switch off the television set. (MORE)

Loss of gene promotes brain-tumor development, reduces survival, study finds

COLUMBUS, Ohio – New research shows that loss of a gene called NFKBIA promotes the growth of glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and deadly form of brain cancer, and suggests that therapies that stabilize this gene may improve survival for certain glioblastoma patients. (MORE)

Less invasive techniques help manage complications of severe pancreatic disease

The use of combined treatments for severe acute pancreatitis is safe and effective in managing the disease, resulting in shorter hospitalizations and fewer radiological procedures than standard therapy, according to a study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute. In a related study, doctors found that patients with infected pancreatic necrosis were able to avoid surgery through primary conservative treatment, which is in-patient medical treatment. (MORE)

Metabolic syndrome found in 52 percent of patients after liver transplantation

Researchers from Israel have determined that more than half of liver transplant recipients develop post-transplantation metabolic syndrome (PTMS), placing them at greater risk for cardiovascular disease. Prior to transplantation only 5% of the patients were diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, but rates of obesity, hypertriglyceridemia, hypertension, and diabetes were significantly higher post transplantation. Full details of this retrospective-prevalence study are available in the January 2011 issue of Liver Transplantation, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases. (MORE)

Weight-loss surgery improved female urinary problems but male erection issues got worse

Women who underwent gastric band surgery to lose weight reported significant improvements in urinary function and quality of life after the operation, according to research published in the January issue of the urology journal BJUI. (MORE)

Yale researchers find double doses of chicken pox vaccine most effective

When vaccinating children against varicella (chicken pox), researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found, two doses are better than one. In fact, the odds of developing chicken pox were 95 percent lower in children who had received two doses of the vaccine compared with those who had received only one dose. (MORE)

New findings show vitamin D accelerates recovery from TB

New research findings which show that vitamin D can speed up antibiotic treatment of tuberculosis (TB) have been revealed by scientists at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry. The study - which gives fresh insight into how vitamin D may affect the immune response - is published today (6 January 2011) in The Lancet. (MORE)

Antibiotic resistance is not just genetic

Genetic resistance to antibiotics is not the only trick bacteria use to resist eradication– they also have a second defence strategy known as persistence that can kick in. (MORE)