Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 18 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Jan-2003
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Turning up the heat on acrylamide
A potentially cancer-causing agent used to manufacture certain chemicals, plastics, and dyes has recently been found to be a natural by-product of cooking certain foods. The Food and Drug Administration is taking a closer look at this white, odorless chemical, acrylamide, to determine how much of it occurs in foods and whether it could pose a health risk.  more

West Nile virus: reducing the risk
Her entire lifetime may span only a few weeks, but the female Culex pipiens mosquito makes the most of it. Feeding on the blood of humans and animals gives this common carrier of West Nile virus the protein she needs to produce several hundred eggs every few days--eggs that evolve into biting adult mosquitoes seeking blood meals of their own. And with each bite, an infected mosquito may transmit West Nile virus (WNV) more


Research notebook: fish oil, cholesterol lowering, aerobics, and bone density
Healthy people should eat omega-3 fatty acids from fish and plant sources to protect their hearts, according to updated recommendations by the American Heart Association. Get this and other research news, today in Vidyya. more

Researchers discover how embryo attaches to the uterus
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have discovered how an embryo initially attaches to the wall of the uterus what appears to be one of the earliest steps needed to establish a successful pregnancy. more

JOURNALS: WHO-backed discounts extended to 43 more countries
The World Health Organization announced today that 43 more poor countries are now eligible to receive discounted online access to 2,200 medical journals through the Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative.  The additions bring to 112 the number of countries eligible for the program.  more

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