Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 42 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Feb-2003
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Largest study ever finds that one out of every 133 Americans may have celiac disease
Although serious conditions ranging from diabetes, anemia, short stature, infertility, Down syndrome and diarrhea can all be associated with celiac disease, few people in the U.S. have heard of it. A new, multi-center study led by the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research in Baltimore finds that celiac disease is much more common in this country than previously thought. more

Information for patients: Celiac disease
Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate a protein called gluten, which is found in wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats. When people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging the small intestine. more


Papers of Nobel Laureate, Linus Pauling, Added to "Profiles In Science" Web Site
He was a high school drop-out, a maverick who jumped disciplinary fences, and an activist who was attacked for his political beliefs. Yet he won two Nobel prizes and published more than 500 papers and 11 books. His name was Linus Carl Pauling (1901-1994) and he is probably one of the few scientists to be a household name. more

Researchers develop 'natural bandages' that mimic body's healing process
With the same compound the body uses to clot blood, scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University have created a nano-fiber mat that could eventually become a "natural bandage." Spun from strands of fibrinogen 1,000 times thinner than a human hair, the fabric could be placed on a wound and never taken off - minimizing blood loss and encouraging the natural healing process. more

Sleep breathing disorder may be a cause, rather than just an effect, of heart failure
An interruption in normal breathing patterns during sleep which is often seen in heart failure patients may contribute to heart failure rather than just being a result, according to findings of a Mayo Clinic collaborative study published this week in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

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