Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 5 Issue 197 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-July-2003
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Seed cones from magnolia trees contain substances that inhibit tumor growth
The beloved southern magnolia, state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi, could provide more to cancer patients than shade and pretty flowers. A team of scientists at Emory University School of Medicine has discovered that seed cones from magnolia trees contain substances that inhibit the growth of new blood vessels.  more

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Contrast ultrasound and microbubbles used to image blood vessel growth in tumors
Imagine being able to quickly detect and diagnose blood vessel growth in cancerous tumors, and even predict how fast the tumors might metastasize or spread. Researchers at the University of Virginia Health System are doing just that in animal models using millions of tiny microbubbles injected into the bloodstream, coupled with contrast-enhanced ultrasound, an inexpensive and widely-used technique using sound waves to "see" inside the body. more

 


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Heart failure and diabetes patients frequently treated with diabetes medications not considered safe by FDA
In a national study of diabetic patients hospitalized with heart failure, researchers from Yale University and Denver Health Medical Center found that more than a quarter are treated with diabetes medications not considered safe by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  more

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Diuretic may help increase brain blood flow in cocaine addicts
A diuretic commonly used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure may improve brain blood flow in cocaine addicts, according to a study by Yale researchers in the June issue of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.  more

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Chronic inflammation may obviate the benefits of low-fat, heart healthy diets
Results of a Johns Hopkins study suggest that natural chemicals released in the body as a result of chronic inflammation may underpin the failure of low-fat, so-called heart healthy diets to actually reduce cholesterol and heart disease risk in some people.  more

 
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