Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 176 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-June-2003
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Pilot study reveals: CPR performed on back could better restore blood flow
A pilot study of the first proposed major change in decades to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) suggests that performing the maneuver while patients are on their stomachs offers far better restoration of blood flow and blood pressure than the standard practice of keeping patients on their backs. The feasibility study of so-called reverse CPR, conducted by researchers at Johns Hopkins and Columbia universities, appears in the June issue of the journal Resuscitation.  more

Molecular fingerprint predicts HIV-associated dementia
A new study using a cutting edge research technique called "proteomics protein fingerprinting" shows that HIV patients with dementia have distinct protein patterns in their blood, setting them apart from patients with no symptoms of dementia. The study suggests a possible way to screen HIV patients for the first signs of cognitive impairment. more


MRI successfully gauges breast cancer treatment response
Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging can accurately monitor early response to chemotherapy in patients with breast cancer, according to a study appearing in the July issue of the journal Radiology.  more

Novel pathway reveals the beginnings of pancreatic cancer
Research by Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center specialists has uncovered a novel pathway in the origin of pancreatic cancers, one of the deadliest of malignancies. Their findings are reported in the June 23, 2003, issue of Cancer Cell.  more

Rush researchers find effects of Alzheimer's disease may be influenced by education
Researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center have found that the more formal education a person has, the better his or her memory and learning ability, even in the presence of brain abnormalities characteristic of Alzheimer's disease (AD).  more

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