Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 150 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-May-2003
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Use of nicotine inhalers could reduce rates of smoking-related illnesses
A study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis predicts that smokers might significantly reduce the adverse health effects of their habit if they could switch from cigarettes to inhalers that deliver doses of "clean" nicotine.  more

Kefir may bolster lactose tolerance in intolerant people
For lactose intolerant adults, drinking fermented milk either eliminated or drastically reduced symptoms related to lactose intolerance. Researchers think that microbes in this fermented milk - called kefir - possess the enzyme that is necessary to digest lactose. more


Novel drugs for the treatment of diabetes
A new approach to providing medication for adult diabetics (type 2 diabetes) that is not dependent on insulin has been developed by a doctoral student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  more

Penn State study: Hope for first new melanoma treatment in decades
A new study by Penn State College of Medicine researchers reveals for the first time one of the mechanisms by which malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, grows and spreads.  more

Discovery that deadly listeriosis often occurs in clusters could help in finding sources and saving lives, Cornell scientist says
Cases of listeriosis, the food-borne bacterial disease that kills one of every five of its victims, are not as isolated as once believed. Using DNA evidence to track bacterial strains, a Cornell University food scientist and his collaborators have concluded that nearly one-third of the 2,500 U.S. cases annually might occur in geographic clusters at generally the same time.  more

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