Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 1 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Jan-2003
little clear gif used for spacer

Anti-cholesterol statins do not reduce reproductive hormones in women of child-bearing age
Physicians have been concerned that relatively new prescription medications called statins, which are being increasingly prescribed to reduce blood cholesterol levels, might also decrease reproductive hormone levels and cause women of child-bearing age to be less fertile.  more

Smoking, airway narrowing, and sudden infant death syndrome
After studying airway and other tissues, together with autopsy data, from 32 infants who died of sudden infant death syndrome, Australian researchers have concluded that maternal smoking during pregnancy alters airway structure which can lead to excessive airway narrowing in exposed babies.  more


Substantial improvements in cancer trials not likely caused by placebo effects
An analysis of placebo effects in randomized double-blinded placebo-controlled trials of cancer treatments has found that placebos are sometimes associated with improved control of symptoms such as pain and appetite but rarely with objective tumor response.  more

Exposure to contaminated poliovirus vaccine not likely linked to rare cancer
The poliovirus vaccine used in mass immunization programs in the late 1950s and early 1960s was contaminated with the monkey virus SV40, which has been detected in some human tumors, particularly pleural mesothelioma. However, the rise in incidence of pleural mesothelioma between 1975 and 1997 is not likely the result of immunization with the SV40-contaminated vaccine, according to an analysis in the January 1 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  more

Combination hormone therapy associated with increase in breast density
A new study suggests that the use of combination hormone therapy, but not estrogen alone, is associated with a modest increase in breast density, a known risk factor for breast cancer. The findings appear in the January 1 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  more

little clear gif used for a space