Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 112 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Apr-2003
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Lucky mice: Murine gene therapy apparently cured their diabetes
A gene therapy developed by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has apparently cured diabetes in mice by inducing cells in the liver to become beta cells that produce insulin and three other hormones. "It's a proof of principle," said Dr. Lawrence Chan, professor of medicine and molecular and cellular biology as well as chief of the division of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism at the College. "The exciting part of it is that mice with diabetes are 'cured.' "  more

What FDA studies say about the impact of direct-to-consumer advertising
When it comes to advertising prescription drugs on radio and television and in magazines, doctors say that, for the most part, the ads help people more than hurt them. Preliminary results of a Food and Drug Administration survey, released in January, also indicate that most physicians view direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads as one of many factors that affect their medical practices and their interactions with patients. more


Information for patients: Questions and answers about stroke
Recent news about R & B performer Luther Vandross' stroke has led to questions about stroke from several sources. Here is a stroke Q & A fact sheet that patients may reference for knowledge of this medical condition. The American Stroke Association is available as a resource at or 1-888-4STROKE.  more

Archives of Internal Medicine study reveals fear of pain and waiting for results the worst parts of mammograms
According to information appearing in the month's Archives of Internal Medicine, fear of pain should not deter women from being screened for breast cancer. Experts say some are put off from having the potentially life-saving scan because they are worried it will hurt.  more

Hypertension poses a growing health threat, with current products often ineffective in treating severe cases, according to the 'New MD Treatment of Hypertension Study'
As the US population grows older, hypertension represents an increasing health risk, with physicians reporting that one-third of their patients with severe high blood pressure do not have their conditions under control. According to the new MD Treatment of Hypertension Study from Market Measures/Cozint, efficacy for severe hypertension patients remains a major unmet need, with current products often ineffective in treating the most extreme cases.  more

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