Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 31 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Feb-2003
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Study sheds light on how the sun causes skin cancer
Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have made a discovery that could help solve a mystery in cancer biology: how a sunburn acquired during a childhood day at the beach can develop into a deadly tumor decades later. more

Study finds even mild concussions can have significant effects, suggesting need for more cautious return-to-play guidelines for high school athletes
High school athletes who sustained even mild concussions showed significant decline in memory processing and other symptoms within one week post-injury, in a study conducted by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Medicine Concussion Program. The study, published in the February Journal of Neurosurgery, is the first to evaluate recovery from mild concussion in high school athletes and the first to show that even mild concussions can have significant effects, suggesting the need for more cautious return-to-play guidelines. more


Linezolid is better treatment for resistant pneumonia
A drug called linezolid is more successful at treating a deadly form of pneumonia than the standard treatment, vancomycin, according to data presented Jan. 30 at the 32nd Critical Care Congress of the Society of Critical Care Medicine in San Antonio. These results are based on data from two identical phase III clinical trials comparing linezolid to vancomycin in the treatment of pneumonia cases that develop in the hospital. more

Assisted suicide and euthanasia in Switzerland: allowing a role for non-physicians
Sharp controversy surrounds assisted suicide in Switzerland, say researchers in this week's BMJ. more

Fetal growth and subsequent risk of breast cancer:
Over 5,000 women born in Sweden during 1915-29 were included in the study, of which 63 had breast cancer before the age of 50. There were strong positive associations between measures of birth size and rates of breast cancer at pre-menopausal ages, even when other adult risk factors were taken into account.  more

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