Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 130 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-May-2003
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One in ten stroke surgeries are inappropriate
The overuse of surgery to clear blocked arteries to the brain as a way to prevent stroke appears to have decreased significantly during the past decades, yet one in ten surgeries were still considered to be inappropriate, researchers report in today’s rapid access issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association  more

African Americans recover from strokes at a slower rate than whites
African Americans are more likely to suffer strokes and recover from them at a slower rate than whites, and these differences are not simply the result of greater stroke severity. According to Ronnie D. Horner, Ph.D., program director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and leader of a recently published study, research has found that African Americans who delay their post-stroke rehabilitation recover at a significantly slower rate than whites who experience the same rehabilitation delay.  more


Study offers a step toward treating puzzling prion diseases
Prions—their existence is intriguing and their links to disease are unsettling. These unconventional infectious agents are involved in mad cow disease and other fatal brain illnesses in humans and animals, rattling prior assumptions about the spread of infections.  more

WHO update on Iraq: Health situation in Basra
A team from the World Health Organization, which now has a permanent presence in Basra, visited Al Tahrir Teaching Hospital together with local health experts in order to assess the health situation in Basra. Doctors in the hospital reported a significant increase in the number of cases of diarrhoeal diseases, gastroenteritis and dehydration. more

Information for patients: Screening tests and immunizations guidelines for men
Screenings, an important part of maintaining health, are often neglected by men. This simple one-page hand out should help men determine what health screenings they need and when to get them.  more

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