Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 355 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Dec-2003
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New Zealand researchers confirm "economy class syndrome:" As many as 1% of long-haul travelers may develop blood clots
As many as 1% of long-haul travelers may develop blood clots as a result of their trip, say New Zealand researchers. Scientists tested almost 900 passengers before and after they undertook lengthy flights, and identified just nine with deep vein thrombosis. However, the Lancet journal reported that two-thirds of these had medical problems which made these more likely. Other studies have suggested a higher rate linked to long-haul travel.  more

Information for patients: What is deep vein thrombosis?
A deep vein thrombosis (throm-BO-sis) is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep in the body. Most deep vein clots occur in the leg or hip veins. They also can occur in other parts of the body. Blood clots in the veins in the thigh are usually more serious than blood clots that happen in veins in your lower leg.  more


FDA approves lab tests for genetic clotting risk
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first DNA-based laboratory tests for an inherited disorder. The new tests, for blood clotting abnormalities, represent a significant advance in technology. FDA has cleared other genetic tests in the past, but none was DNA-based. more

Information for patients: Frequently asked questions about deep vein thrombosis
If I have mild symptoms of a deep vein thrombosis, can I wait and see if the clot will go away on its own? Are there any foods that change the way my medications work? I hear that alcohol can thin my blood. Can I drink alcohol while taking anticoagulants? Do I need to restrict my activities while I am being treated for a deep vein thrombosis? Can I take over-the-counter medications while taking anticoagulants (blood thinners)? Why do I need to have blood testing? Answers to these questions and more, in today's issue of Vidyya.  more

Epilepsy drug 'stops MS spasms'
A drug used to treat epilepsy can also control debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Levetiracetam was effective in all 11 patients studied by doctors at Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Research published in the Archives of Neurology showed the drug also reduced nerve pain.  more

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