Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 320 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Nov-2003
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Synthetic marijuana reduces agitation in patients with Alzheimer’s
Results from a Phase II, multi-center study found dronabinol, a synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana, reduces agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. In addition, the research concluded that reduced agitation may contribute to the relief of caregiver burden associated with the condition. The findings were presented at the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists' 34th annual meeting.  more

Overuse of some analgesics can lead to kidney damage
Overuse of some analgesics may lead to irreversible kidney damage in susceptible people, according to one conclusion of a national study being reported today (Nov. 14) at the American Society of Nephrology annual meeting in San Diego.  more


Epstein-Barr virus contributes to Burkitt's lymphoma
Most people may associate Epstein-Barr virus with infectious mononucleosis, but the tumor virus also has been implicated in at least five kinds of human cancer. The cancers include Burkitt's lymphoma--a malignancy endemic in African children--lymphomas in AIDS patients and one half of all Hodgkin's disease cases.  more

Naked mole-rats bare pain relief clues
East African naked mole-rats, the only known cold-blooded mammal, have shown a rather heated response in lab tests that may have important implications for treating chronic pain in humans.  more

Spleen cells could yield potential cure for Type 1 diabetes
Spleen cells may develop into insulin-producing pancreatic islet cells in adult animals, a breakthrough finding that could yield a potential cure for type 1 diabetes. Published in the Nov. 14 issue of Science, the finding stems from a study conducted by Denise Faustman, M.D., Ph.D., director of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Immunobiology Laboratory and chair of the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR) board of directors.  more

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