Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 43 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Feb-2003
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Pacemaker therapy halves heart failure deaths
Using specialized pacemakers to recharge the weakened hearts of heart failure patients can halve the death rate from the disease and reduce hospitalizations by nearly a third, a Johns Hopkins study has found. more

Cognitive abilities increase significantly with time in most prematurely born children
Many studies have found that children born prematurely with very low birthweight have an increased risk of many neurological problems, including cognitive handicaps. New research shows that most of these children improve significantly on tests of cognitive function during early childhood and score within the normal range on tests of verbal comprehension and intelligence by age 8. more


Colon cancer not linked to genes and behavior
Although certain genes and some behaviors, like eating well-done red meat, are associated with a family history of colon cancer, that history is not a good tool for predicting whether an individual will have a colon cancer-related gene or engage in a high-risk behavior, according to new research. more

Caregiving raises risk of heart disease in women
Women who spend nine or more hours a week caring for an ill or disabled spouse have an increased risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new study. more

Genetic "Signature" Linked to Severe Lupus Symptoms
A team of scientists supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and other parts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the private sector, have discovered a genetic "signature" present in some patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who develop such life-threatening complications as blood disorders, central nervous system damage and kidney failure.  more

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