Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 325 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Nov-2003
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Diagnosing breast cancer without biopsy
A technique that combines high-level magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with a new spectroscopic method may result in an accurate, non-invasive way to make breast cancer diagnoses. In this technique, MRI is used to detect breast lumps, while spectroscopy measures molecules known to accumulate in cancer cells.  more

Hassle-free stroke prevention?
People who take a commonly prescribed yet problematic drug called Coumadin to prevent stroke or blood clots may soon have a hassle-free alternative, according to research at Stanford University School of Medicine. Results from a 7,329-person international study have found that a new drug called ximelegatran prevents strokes as effectively as Coumadin without the side effects or inconvenience.  more


NIH-funded research delves into long term effects of anabolic steroid use
With the recent revelations about steroid use in Major League Baseball and the bust last week of several Oakland Raiders players for drug abuse, Northeastern University psychology professor Richard Melloni, who studies the link between steroid use and aggression, has recently found evidence that use of anabolic steroids may have long-term effects on players’ behavior and aggression levels well after they stop abusing these performance enhancing drugs.  more

Information for patients: FDA information about menopause & hormones
Hormone therapy for menopause has also been called hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Lower hormone levels in menopause may lead to hot flashes, vaginal dryness and thin bones. To help with these problems, women are often given estrogen or estrogen with progestin (another hormone). Like all medicines, hormone therapy has risks and benefits.  more

Hormone therapy -- Latest news & Resources
The decision to stop one component of the Women's Health Initiative has brought us an important step closer to answering vital questions about hormone therapy, which is used by nearly 40% of postmenopausal women in this country to relieve symptoms of menopause. Scientists have weighed both the risks and benefits of the combined therapy of estrogen plus progestin, and have concluded it could cause more harm than good. Millions of American women are now reconsidering whether to start or continue this commonly used combined therapy.  more

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