Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 146 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-May-2003
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Studies suggest seniors’ memories might not be so bad, after all
Forget everything you’ve heard about forgetfulness. Researchers at North Carolina State University believe that age-related declines in memory and cognitive functioning may not be as pronounced as once believed.  more

Older pilots OK to fly, study shows
An airplane pilot's experience is a better indication of crash risk than his or her age, Johns Hopkins researchers say. They found in a study of 3,306 commuter plane pilots that those with more than 5,000 hours of flight experience had less than half the risk of a crash than less experienced counterparts. Results are published in the May 15 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.  more


New studies in mice suggest ways to clear damaging Alzheimer’s amyloid plaques
Two new research findings suggest that boosting normal, protective processes in the brain might help degrade or prevent damaging protein plaques associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In one publication, researchers at The Salk Institute and colleagues at other institutions found that gene transfer of the enzyme neprilysin may help clear a protein that forms amyloid plaques in humans. The experiments -- in mice -- are an important step in the development of an alternative approach to controlling AD and suggest closer study of the potential for neprilysin therapy.  more

'Bacteria-eating' viruses may spread some infectious diseases
The findings, reported in the June issue of Infection and Immunity, show for the first time that bacteriophage, or phage -- previously thought not to be infectious to humans -- may be a new target for fighting certain bacteria that produce toxins.  more

FDA alerts consumers and health professionals to recall of counterfeit Lipitor
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced that Albers Medical Distributors, Inc., has voluntarily recalled three lots of 90-count bottles of the cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor and is warning healthcare providers and others that these three lots of counterfeit Lipitor represent a potentially significant risk to consumers.  more

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