Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 119 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Apr-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Apr-2003
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Men more likely to die in storms: Vehicle accidents to blame
Men are more than twice as likely to die during thunderstorms than are women, and most cases involve a vehicle or sports. These findings from a University of Pittsburgh study were presented Monday, April 28, at the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís Safety in Numbers meeting in Atlanta.  more

Multi-center study: Prostate cancer is common, deadly and costly
Prostate cancer patients overall face a 27-percent probability of developing metastatic disease within seven years of initial diagnosis, according to new research by investigators at UC Davis Cancer Center and five other institutions nationwide. In addition, men with metastatic cancer have a tenfold greater risk of death compared to those whose cancer is confined to the prostate gland. And their medical bills are almost twice as high.  more


New clues to the puzzle: Shedding light on why prostate cancers become untreatable
Three new studies by researchers at UC Davis Cancer Center provide new pieces to the puzzle of why some prostate cancers become resistant to androgen suppression therapy. The studies were presented Sunday afternoon at the 2003 annual meeting of the American Urological Association.  more

NICHD study to test surgical technique to repair spinal defect before birth
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) will conduct a large study to determine whether a new surgery to correct spina bifida in the womb is safer and more effective than the traditional surgery to correct the disorder, which takes place a few days after birth. more

Information for patients: NINDS spina bifida information page
Spina bifida (SB) is a neural tube defect (a disorder involving incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord, and/or their protective coverings) caused by the failure of the fetus's spine to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Infants born with SB sometimes have an open lesion on their spine where significant damage to the nerves and spinal cord has occurred. Although the spinal opening can be surgically repaired shortly after birth, the nerve damage is permanent, resulting in varying degrees of paralysis of the lower limbs.  more

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