Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 316 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Nov-2003
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Repetitive work tasks linked to bone damage
While experts disagree on whether work tasks alone can be the exact cause of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSD) such as carpal tunnel syndrome, a new study by researchers at Temple University proves that a highly repetitive work task, a risk factor for WMSD, does in fact cause bone damage.  more

Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can improve the survival rate of people who have a weakened heart muscle
Research from Northwestern University suggests that implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) can improve the survival rate of people who have a weakened heart muscle caused by factors unrelated to coronary artery disease a condition known as non-ischemic cardiomyopathy. Previous studies showed that people whose heart muscle had been weakened as a result of coronary artery disease (ischemic cardiomyopathy) could benefit from ICDs. This research is among the first to indicate that the approximately 200,000 other Americans who suffer from this condition may also benefit.  more


Are new mothers resistant to stress?
New mothers are calmer under pressure and deal with adversity better, suggests a new study at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  more

Drug proven to benefit heart attack victims vastly underused
After analyzing data of more than 56,000 U.S. patients who arrive at emergency rooms with heart attack symptoms, researchers from a Duke University Medical Center-led patient registry have found that almost two out of three patients did not receive a class of clot-inhibiting drugs within the first 24 hours of symptoms, despite the fact that clinical trials that have proven that the drugs save lives.  more

Newer formulation of heparin improves outcomes for suspected heart attack patients
A newer, more convenient formulation of the blood thinner heparin appears to improve outcomes with fewer complications -- when combined with a platelet receptor blocking drug and invasive management -- for patients who come to emergency rooms with a suspected heart attack.  more

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