Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 169 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-June-2003
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First nasal mist flu vaccine approved
On June 17, 2003, FDA approved FluMist, an influenza vaccine that is the first nasally administered vaccine to be marketed in the United States. It is also the first live virus influenza vaccine approved in the U.S.  more

Enzyme may play unexpected role in asthma
In a finding that could have important implications for the millions of Americans who suffer from asthma, researchers funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have discovered novel sets of genes possibly involved in the disease. Their study has also revealed what the scientists believe is a key role for the enzyme arginase in causing asthmatic symptoms.  more


Oral insulin does not prevent type 1 diabetes
Insulin taken orally does not delay or prevent type 1 diabetes in people at moderate risk (25 to 50 percent likelihood) of developing type 1 diabetes in 5 years, researchers reported today at the annual meeting of the American Diabetes Association. The finding emerged from the second trial conducted as part of the Diabetes Prevention Trial-Type 1 (DPT-1), which ended last month.  more

Study of heart disease patients treated for depression and low social support finds no survival benefit but significant improvement in depression and social functioning
The first major study to evaluate the effects of treating depression and low social support in recent heart attack patients found no reduction in deaths or second heart attacks; however, study participants showed significant improvement in depression and social functioning. more

Researchers identify a possible cause of infertility in some women with endometriosis
NIH funded researchers report that some women who have infertility as a result of endometriosis lack molecules in the uterus that allow the embryo to attach to the uterine wall. The researchers suspect that because the embryo cannot attach to the uterine wall, a pregnancy cannot become established, and infertility results.  more

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