Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 118 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-April-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Apr-2003
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Type 1 diabetics can get 'double diabetes' from insulin resistance, says University of Pittsburgh
Insulin resistance, a condition commonly associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, is likely a major cause of heart disease in people with type 1 diabetes, according to study results published by University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) researchers in the May 2003 issue of Diabetes Care, a journal of the American Diabetes Association.  more

FDA approves first treatment for Fabry disease
On April 25, FDA approved the first treatment for patients with Fabry Disease, a serious metabolic genetic disorder affecting approximately one in 40,000 males. While it is believed that fewer females suffer the most serious consequences of the disease, they can be similarly and seriously affected as well. Because of a deficiency in an enzyme, alpha-galactosidase A, Fabry Disease causes certain fats to accumulate in the blood vessels over many years, leading to the involvement of various tissues and organs of the body, including the kidneys and the heart, which can then cause organ failure. more


Information for patients: My medicines
This guide for patients reminds them that the final choice to follow a medication plan is theirs. The guide is designed to help patients gather the information they need to know from their health care team, through a series of questions.  more

American College of Preventive Medicine recommends chlamydia screening
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) recommended today that all sexually active women 25 years of age or younger as well as sexually active women with other risk factors be screened annually for chlamydia. Other risk factors include having a new male sex partner or two or more partners during the preceding year, inconsistent use of barrier contraception, history of a prior sexually transmitted disease, African-American race, and cervical ectopy. more

What makes the body absorb too much iron?
Like most nutrients, iron is good for people - in the right doses. When the body has enough iron, our cells stop absorbing it from food; if there is too little, they absorb more. This system breaks down in the most common inherited disease in the Western world: hemochromatosis, which affects about one in every 250 people and is often fatal if it is not recognized and treated. Now researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg (EMBL) and Harvard Medical School (U.S.) have linked the response of a gene in the liver to the disease.  more

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