Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 15 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Jan-2003
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Lack of awareness and control of risk factors still contributing to preventable strokes among African Americans
Many of the 1.1 million heart attacks and 731,000 strokes that occur each year in the United States might be prevented by controlling risk factors. Among those with a history of heart disease or stroke, African Americans could possibly benefit most from a greater degree of awareness and control of risk factors, as they are significantly more likely to have a higher risk factor profile than many other groups.  more

To cut cholera cases, filter water with simple cloth
Forcing water through a simple filter made from the cloth of old saris can reduce cholera cases by about half, according to a study of rural villages in Bangladesh where cholera is a major health problem. Researchers suggest the sari filters may also reduce other gastrointestinal illness. more


Digest drug page: Facts about Herceptin
Data from the landmark study that earned Herceptin® approval in 1998 by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of metastatic breast cancer were published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 15, 2001. more

A protein that hinders tumor fighting genes may be the key to new treatments for cancer
Researchers have identified a protein fragment that keeps at least one major tumor suppressor gene from preventing cancer like it should. The fragment belongs to a class of proteins known as apoptotic enhancers (ASPP), named for their ability to stimulate programmed cell death, or apoptosis, by the p53 gene.  more

Novel treatment may improve survival rates in patients with abdominal cancer
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center report in the January issue of Archives of Surgery that surgery combined with inserting heated chemotherapy drugs directly into the abdomen can improve survival rates in patients with disseminated cancer of the abdominal cavity.  more

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