Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 297 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Oct-2003
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Mutant gene linked to obsessive compulsive disorder
Analysis of DNA samples from patients with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related illnesses suggests that these neuropsychiatric disorders affecting mood and behavior are associated with an uncommon mutant, malfunctioning gene that leads to faulty transporter function and regulation.  more

Information for patients: Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), a real illness
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a real illness. It can be treated with medicine and therapy. If you have OCD, you have repeated, upsetting thoughts. You do the same thing over and over again to make the thoughts go away. You feel like you cannot control these thoughts or actions. The upsetting thoughts and images are called "obsessions." Examples include a fear of germs, a fear of being hurt, a fear of hurting others, and disturbing religious or sexual thoughts.  more


Will stop-smoking patch help slow memory loss?
The University of Vermont will lead the first study ever to examine the efficacy and safety of using nicotine patches to treat Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a state of memory impairment recently identified by the American Academy of Neurology that may be a precursor of Alzheimer’s disease.  more

Landmark study offers new information about breast cancer genes
A landmark study of Ashkenazi Jewish women with inherited mutations in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, called The New York Breast Cancer Study, will be published by Science Magazine on October 24, and reveals some surprising findings that will contribute significantly to the scientific knowledge in the field of breast cancer management. The study was the first to incorporate pre- and post-test genetic counseling, offered through the Sarah Lawrence College graduate program in Human Genetics, for enrolled subjects.  more

Parkinson's disease: Levodopa therapy wears off sooner than many physicians realize
Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) who are taking levodopa therapy -- the most widely-used agent to treat the illness --may experience the effects of their medication "wearing off" sooner than their health care providers realize. New data presented Oct. 19 at the Parkinson's Study Group meeting in San Francisco concluded that a specifically-designed patient questionnaire identified symptoms related to "wearing off" more frequently than a clinical assessment by a movement disorder specialist.  more

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