Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 344 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Dec-2003
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NIH to fund study of herbal remedies for prostate and urinary diseases
For the first time in North America, non-traditional methods of treating painful prostate and bladder diseases that are expected to affect more than 50 % of the adult population will be scientifically studied by a Queen’s University-based research team working out of Kingston General Hospital (KGH).  more

Medications to avoid in the elderly updated
Forty-eight medications or classes of medications to avoid in adults age 65 or older have been identified by a national expert panel charged with updating widely used criteria for potentially harmful medications in older adults.  more


Specialty medical societies offer evidence-based conclusions on inhaled steroid treatment for asthma: ACCP, AAAAI, and ACAAI conclude benefits of ICS treatment outweigh risks
Inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy remains the gold standard of asthma treatment, according to findings from a systematic evidence review released today by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). more

Genetics and family environment influence likelihood of developing alcoholic disorders
Family environmental influences can be important factors in the development of alcohol abuse disorders in offspring with increased genetic risk for alcoholism, according to an article in the December issue of The Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.  more

Little-studied waves in the heart may be cause of defibrillation failure
Vanderbilt University researchers believe a slow electrochemical wave, known as a damped wave, may be one of the reasons that low-voltage defibrillation shocks fail to halt fibrillation in cardiac patients. more

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