Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 262 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Sep-2003
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Inside clinical trials - Testing medical products in people
Carolyn Meritt was preparing to undergo a stem cell transplant in 2001 to treat mantle cell lymphoma--a rare cancer of the lymph nodes--when her doctor told her about a clinical trial being conducted by the National Institutes of Health NIH). He suggested that she consider becoming a participant. more

Web-based program optimizes stroke care in rural areas
Stroke patients in rural communities can be assessed and treated essentially as well by a neurologist via a wireless Internet program as they can in person, according to a new study.  more


Blood test could detect lung cancer in its earliest stages
Lung cancer is often deadly by the time doctors have detected it, but scientists at Duke University Medical Center are developing a non-invasive test that could detect lung cancer in its earliest stages, while it is still treatable.  more

Hormones and drugs that control blood pressure also control malaria infection
Hormones that regulate cardiovascular function have been discovered to influence malaria infection. As a consequence, beta-blockers, which are safe, inexpensive and commonly prescribed drugs used worldwide to treat high blood pressure, are effective against the deadliest and most drug-resistant strain of malaria parasites.  more

Trans fatty acids: Better decisions or information overload?
Information about trans fatty acids (aka trans fats) in our foods will soon be available on our food labels. The disclosure will prompt food manufacturers to re-examine the healthfulness of their ingredients, and possibly reformulate their recipes. Whether through changes in consumers' food selections or changes in ingredients and food manufacturing practices, consumers' health should benefit from these changes.  more

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