Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 259 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Sep-2003
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Cranberry may reduce severity of stroke
Every 45 seconds, someone in America experiences a stroke. This week, researchers announced that compounds in cranberry may potentially offer a way to reduce stroke damage. A preliminary rat cell tissue study led by principal investigator Dr. Catherine Neto at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, who presented the findings at the American Chemical Society meeting in New York suggests that cranberry may protect against the brain cell damage that occurs during a stroke. more

FDA approves first in new class of antibiotics
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the approval of Cubicin (daptomycin for injection) for the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections. These are serious infections, usually occurring in hospitalized patients, and include major abscesses, post-surgical skin wound infections, and infected ulcers.  more


The 'morning cup' reduces muscle pain during exercise
Participants in a recent study, 16 nonsmoking young adult men, cycled for 30 minutes on two separate days. The exercise intensity was the same on both days and purposefully set to make the riders' thigh muscles hurt. Participants in the study took either a caffeine pill or a placebo pill one hour before the exercise. The riders reported feeling substantially less pain in their thigh muscles after taking caffeine compared to after taking the placebo.  more

Prescribing information: Cubicin (daptomycin for injection)
Most adverse events reported in the clinical studies of Cubicin were mild to moderate in intensity. The most common adverse events included gastrointestinal disorders, injection site reactions, fever, headache, insomnia, dizziness, and rash. Get the full prescribing information, today in Vidyya.  more

Tumor size not an accurate method of predicting lymph node involvement and disease progression in breast cancer
Tumor size may not be an accurate method of predicting lymph node involvement and disease progression in some breast cancers, according to investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Their findings show that some types of breast tumors do not "play by the rules" and possibly, are more dangerous than previously believed.  more

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