Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 16 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Jan-2003
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Depression and chronic pain linked in Stanford study; may influence diagnosis and treatment
A persistent, long-lasting headache or an endlessly painful back may indicate something more serious than a bad week at the office. A new study finds that people who have major depression are more than twice as likely to have chronic pain when compared to people who have no symptoms of depression. This study could change how depression is diagnosed and treated, say Stanford School of Medicine researchers. "This is potentially a really important finding," said Alan Schatzberg, MD, the Kenneth T. Norris Jr. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, who participated in the study published in the January issue of the journal Archive of General Psychiatry. "This will change how we view pain and depression."  more

Oxidized lipid (deep fried fat) depresses canine growth, immune function, and bone formation
Dietary oxidized lipids can increase oxidative stress and potentially contribute to a variety of disease syndromes. This research describes the first use of a canine model to assess the effects of dietary oxidized lipids on growth, antioxidant status, and some immune functions. more


Iron overload gene tied to colon cancer increased risk
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine have found that people with gene mutations associated with abnormally high iron levels are 40 percent more likely than others to develop colon cancer. more

One-third of multiple myeloma patients who had failed current standard therapy responded to thalidomide
Nearly one-third of patients with advanced multiple myeloma who had failed current standard therapy of chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation responded to thalidomide for a median duration of nearly one year in a Mayo Clinic study of the effects of thalidomide on myeloma. The findings are reported in the January issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  more

Despite warnings and risks, 15 percent of pregnant women drink alcohol
Despite widespread warnings about the potential risk of drinking alcohol during pregnancy, fifteen percent of pregnant women in a newly published study said they had drunk alcohol at least once during their pregnancies.  more

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