Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 128 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-May-2003
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Gene enhances prefrontal function at a price
Studies of a gene that affects how efficiently the brain's frontal lobes process information are revealing some untidy consequences of a tiny variation in its molecular structure and how it may increase susceptibility to schizophrenia.  more

Parents Who Quit Smoking When Their Children are Young Reduce the Chances of Their Kids Becoming Teen Smokers
New findings from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center may provide a compelling reason for smoking parents of young children to kick the habit. Researchers have found that parents who quit smoking before their child reaches third grade will significantly reduce their child's odds of becoming a smoker by the time their senior year of high school rolls around.  more


UNC physician says patient, doctor education improves health outcomes
Improving how doctors discuss health issues with patients and boosting patients' understanding of what ails them could do at least as much to combat illnesses across the nation as new wonder drugs and innovative medical procedures.  more

The case: Methotrexate initiated prior to definitive diagnosis of ectopic pregnancy
The patient is a 24-year-old woman, gravida 4, para 1, ectopic 1, at 6 weeks from her last menstrual period. She presents to the emergency department with a 3-day history of vaginal spotting and dull left lower quadrant pain. Her history is remarkable for pelvic inflammatory disease at the age of 22 followed by an ectopic pregnancy requiring right salpingostomy one year later. She is sexually active with one male partner and uses condoms inconsistently.  more

Resachers itentify genetic regulator of lifespan
Researchers at Harvard Medical School (HMS) have discovered that a gene in yeast is a key regulator of lifespan. The gene, PNC1, is the first that has been shown to respond specifically to environmental factors known to affect lifespan in many organisms.  more

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