Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 305 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Nov-2003
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Wild blueberries may help protect arteries, reduce risks from cardiovascular disease
A University of Maine nutritionist has found evidence that consumption of wild blueberries can help arteries relax and reduce risks associated with cardiovascular disease. The project is the first using rats fed blueberry diets to demonstrate a relationship between consumption of whole wild blueberries and processes that can lead to high blood pressure.  more

Exposing the hidden syndrome: Irritable bowel
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is among the most common gastrointestinal problems in the United States. Between 7 percent and 20 percent of Americans experience symptoms suggestive of IBS, such as abdominal pain, constipation and diarrhea, but many shy away from discussing the problem and end up missing out on effective treatment for the syndrome. Physicians at the University of Michigan are building IBS awareness in hopes that those suffering will seek medical help.  more


Quarter of sudden arythmic deaths could be hereditary
UK research in this week's issue of THE LANCET highlights how a quarter of sudden cardiac deaths could be due to inherited heart disease. Results of the study have implications for screening in families at risk.  more

Breast cancer study raises questions
The New York Breast Cancer Study, published in the October 24 issue of Science reports on the high rate of cancer among a certain group of women with inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. While the study breaks new ground about the lifetime risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer, it also provides useful information regarding medical options for women with or at risk of cancer. Jessica B. Mandell, MS, CGC genetic counselor and research coordinator for the study has provided answers to the following frequently asked questions.  more

Excellent survival rates for liver cancer patients undergoing transplant
More than 60 percent of liver transplant patients with advanced liver cancer are still alive after five years, compared to nearly zero survival for those patients who did not undergo transplant, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.  more

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