Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 5 Issue 187 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-July-2003
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Understanding the dynamics salt-taste
Saltiness often enhances our enjoyment of certain foods -- think French fries or a Margarita. But salt is an essential nutrient for humans and other animals, and far from being a trivial matter of taste, the ability to detect salt is critical for survival. A University of Iowa study provides insight on how humans and other animals are able to detect salt. The study appears in the July 3 issue of Neuron.  more

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Clotting protein which causes hepatitis B identified
A protein molecule that contributes to the severity of chronic viral hepatitis in humans, and which may also be implicated in SARS, has been identified by a team of scientists from Toronto General and St. Michael's Hospitals. This data is published in the July 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. more

 


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Women undergoing laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery are just as likely to be re-admitted for treatment of surgery-related adhesions
New epidemiological research involving more than 24,000 patients in Scotland has found that women undergoing common gynecological procedures involving laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery are just as likely to be re-admitted for treatment of surgery-related adhesions as those treated using standard open surgical techniques.  more

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High-dose chemotherapy coupled with a stem cell transplant do not improve the outcomes of post-operative patients with advanced breast cancer
High-dose chemotherapy coupled with a stem cell transplant do not improve the outcomes of post-operative patients with advanced breast cancer, according to findings of a multi-center study designed and conducted at the Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHC) and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (CWRU). more

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July 2 Update: Multistate Outbreak of Monkeypox --- Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin, 2003
As of July 2, a total of 81 cases of monkeypox have been reported to CDC from Wisconsin (39), Indiana (22), Illinois (16), Missouri (two), Kansas (one), and Ohio (one); these include 32 (40%) cases laboratory-confirmed at CDC and 49 (60%) suspect and probable cases under investigation.  more

 
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