Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 2 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Jan-2003
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Stanford research shows medications underused in treating heart disease
Past studies have shown that various medications including beta blockers and aspirin can help manage heart disease. Yet a new study from Stanford University Medical Center indicates physicians continue to underprescribe these key treatments.  more

Researchers discover new test for genetic disease related to Parkinsonís
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have discovered a new test for patients suffering from Hallervorden-Spatz Syndrome (HSS). This is the same research team that located the key gene behind this rare neurodegenerative disorder related to Parkinson's disease in 2001. The results of their most recent findings are printed in the Jan. 2 edition of The New England Journal of Medicine. more


Cocaine harms brain's 'pleasure center,' addict study finds
New research results strongly suggest that cocaine bites the hand that feeds it, in essence, by harming or even killing the very brain cells that trigger the "high" that cocaine users feel. more

FDA announces smallpox vaccine guidance for blood industry
FDA has issued guidance for the blood industry regarding procedures for properly qualifying potential blood donors who have recently been inoculated with the smallpox vaccine (vaccinia virus) or those who may have had other direct exposure to smallpox vaccines.  more

FDA approves new therapy for rheumatoid arthritis
FDA has approved adalimumab (marketed by Abbott Laboratories as HUMIRA) to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This is the second treatment of its kind and may significantly increase the availability of these therapeutics to patients.  more

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