Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 338 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Dec-2003
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Amnesia and other nervous-system serious side effects for some patients on statin drugs
One day former astronaut Duane Graveline came back from a walk and failed to recognize his wife. He blamed this temporary bout of amnesia on the drug Lipitor, which he had been taking for several weeks.  more

Nicotine patch may alleviate "senior moments"
The nicotine patches that help smokers quit might also boost the recall of seniors with the mildest form of memory loss, according to results of a preliminary clinical trial on 11 people conducted at Duke University Medical Center. While nicotine itself has not been approved for long-term use, the research could point the way toward other nicotine-like drugs that might improve memory without the side effects of nicotine, according to the Duke researchers.  more


Origin of multiple myeloma found
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center scientists have identified the cell likely to be responsible for the development of multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow that destroys bone tissue.  more

Hospital choice helps avoid a cesarean delivery
Pregnant women who have preeclampsia are more likely to avoid a cesarean delivery if they go to a hospital that offers the most specialized maternal and fetal care, according to Saint Louis University research recently published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.  more

Hormone, combined with a full stomach, offers clues for understanding our food intake
With the holidays come the traditions of sharing meals, desserts and treats with family, friends and co-workers. But the need to reduce the amount of food we consume daily – during the holiday season and throughout the year -- has acquired a greater sense of urgency in the wake of America’s obesity epidemic. As scientists look for ways to help us battle the bulge, a new study suggests that our own hormonal makeup may offer promising clues. more

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