Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 33 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Feb-2003
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Adverse dental implications from antidepressant medication
Patients who receive antidepressant medication for psychiatric and other medical reasons might be at increased risk for adverse dental effects. more

Study finds surgeon experience level critical
A national study found that the number of surgical procedures a physician performs has a significant impact on in-hospital complications and length of hospital stay in older men receiving a radical prostatectomy a common procedure to remove the prostate gland in men with prostate cancer. The study, reported in the Feb. 1 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology, focused on men 65 and older undergoing the procedure. more


Gabapentin: Help for Hot Flashes?
The drug gabapentin is an excellent example of a blockbuster drug. The drug, which is also known as neurotonin, was part of a scandal in the early part of 2002. The pharmaceutical company that owned and marketed gabapentin at the time solicited physicians to put their names on research that the physicians did not perform in order to encourage other doctors to prescribe the drug for off label uses. It worked, and the drug was heavily prescribed to treat everything from MS to ADHD. Now it appears that the drug is back and touted to help with hot flashes. more

Computer model offers noninvasive evaluation for abdominal aortic aneurysm rupture risk
Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh's McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine have developed a computational tool to predict the rupture potential for individual abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), an advance that could positively impact the lives of thousands of patients a year. Findings are being presented today and Saturday at an international symposium on the issue. more

Is there chaos in the heart?
Scientists at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin and the University of Barcelona have discovered that chaotic behavior in chemical reactions and heart fibrillation can be selectively influenced and suppressed  more

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