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Can a new finger-stick test accurately measure cholesterol?


Back To Vidyya Laser Surgery Beneficial For Angina
In one of the largest studies to date, researchers have shown that transmyocardial revascularization, or TMR - a surgical procedure that uses a laser to drill holes in the heart - can reduce or alleviate angina (chest pain) in a majority of individuals for at least five years, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2000. More...

Back To Vidyya Know Your Cholesterol Level In Three Minutes
A painless three-minute test to measure cholesterol in the skin may offer a simple new way to assess a person's risk of developing heart disease. Unlike the test for serum cholesterol, which involves extracting blood with a needle, the non-invasive skin test consists of placing a few drops of fluid in the fleshy area of the palm near the base of the thumb and measuring the resulting color change with a special meter. More...

Back To Vidyya The Hazards Of Buying Prescription Drugs On The Internet
The growth of the Internet in recent years has created countless opportunities for patients to access health-related information, products, and services. The Internet offers convenience and privacy for persons buying on-line while providing expanded access to prescription drugs and health care practitioners. Through the Internet, the disabled, the elderly, and patients living in remote areas can easily obtain information, products, and services that were previously acquired only with great difficulty. More...

Back To Vidyya AHRQ Issues the Phase One Final Report With New CD-ROM on Stroke Study
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has announced the availability of the phase one final report of the patient outcomes research team (PORT) on stroke. The final report pulls together the literature review and all of the findings developed since the study was funded in 1991. More...

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FDA Grants Roche's Tamiflu Approval For The Prevention Of Influenza
Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. and Gilead Sciences, Inc., announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Roche marketing approval for a prophylaxis indication for its influenza antiviral Tamiflu(TM) (oseltamivir phosphate). Tamiflu received government approval in October 1999 for the treatment of uncomplicated acute illness due to influenza infection in adults. This flu season, Tamiflu will be available for the prevention of naturally occurring influenza A & B in adults and adolescents 13 years and older. More...


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