Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 5 Issue 190 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-July-2003
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FDA clears new diabetes device for marketing
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared the first device for diabetics which integrates a glucose meter and an insulin pump with a dose calculator into one device. The new device could be the first step in the development of a fully automated glucose monitoring and insulin delivery system.  more

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Little evidence to support use of vitamin supplements to prevent cancer or heart disease
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded there was insufficient scientific evidence to recommend vitamin supplements as a way to prevent cancer or heart disease and recommended against the use of beta carotene supplements in smokers because of a possible increased risk of lung cancer and death. more

 


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States with limits on non-economic damages in medical lawsuits have 12 percent more physicians per capita than states without caps
States that have enacted limits on non-economic damages in medical lawsuits have about 12 percent more physicians per capita than states without such a cap, according to a study released today by HHS' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  more

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New colon cancer gene discovered
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland report finding a new gene that is switched off early in the development of colon cancer. The gene, called SLC5A8, is inactivated in 60 percent of human colon cancers, according to their paper in the July 8th issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. more

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Breast fluid a better option for detecting cancer
A new method of extracting and analyzing fluid from a woman's breast may provide a more accurate, less expensive and noninvasive way to determine a patient's risk for breast cancer or to diagnose the disease in its early stages.  more

 
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