Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 29 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Jan-2003
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New study shows urban gay men as likely to be battered as heterosexual women
A new study shows that one in five urban gay men is battered by his partner, showing that homosexual men are just as likely as heterosexual women to be victims of domestic violence. This study, the first of its kind, appears in the December issue of American Journal of Public Health. more

Drug-resistant seizures often take years to develop
While about 80 percent of people with epilepsy gain significant relief from drug therapy, the remaining 20 percent have seizures that cannot be controlled by medications. Many of these people have a particular type of epilepsy called partial epilepsy. A new study shows that people with partial epilepsy often have seizures controlled by medications for years before their seizures become drug-resistant. The study also found that periods when seizures stopped for a year or more are common in these patients. more


Information for patients: Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a brain disorder in which clusters of nerve cells, or neurons, in the brain sometimes signal abnormally. In epilepsy, the normal pattern of neuronal activity becomes disturbed, causing strange sensations, emotions, and behavior or sometimes convulsions, muscle spasms, and loss of consciousness. Epilepsy is a disorder with many possible causes.  more

Milk: WHO scientist greets study on negative effects with caution
A study published in today's New Zealand Medical Journal links the consumption of a common milk protein with increased rates of heart disease and childhood diabetes, but a World Health Organization scientist and others are calling for more research. more

New study shows glaucoma patients can lower eye pressure more significantly with Lumigan than Xalatan
Researchers can see a clearer difference between the two leading glaucoma medications after the results of a well-controlled head-to-head clinical trial showed that patients with glaucoma or elevated eye pressure are able to reduce their pressure more significantly with Lumigan (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution) than with Xalatan (latanoprost ophthalmic solution).  more

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