Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 179 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-June-2003
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Alcohol increases replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in human cells
A team of NIH-supported researchers today report that alcohol increases replication of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) in human cells and, by so doing, may contribute to the rapid course of HCV infection.  more

Information for patients: FAQ' s on alcohol abuse and alcoholism
For clinical and research purposes, formal diagnostic criteria for alcoholism also have been developed. Such criteria are included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.  more


Strong correlation between price of medications and impact on quality of life
Costlier pharmaceuticals may provide a better quality of life for patients willing to spend the extra money, according to a study at Purdue University.  more

Bone protein can reverse kidney failure
A new study led by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has shown that a protein used to heal fractured bones is effective in repairing and reversing chronic renal disease, a leading cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the U.S. more

Study describes spread of dengue virus from Indian subcontinent to Mexico: Is U.S. next?
A new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill describes the emergence and spread of a virulent form of dengue virus from the Indian subcontinent to Latin America, including Mexico.  more

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