Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 45 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Feb-2003
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Monoclonal antibody may control Crohn's disease in children
Crohn's disease, a painful inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, affects more than 100,000 children in the U.S., causing emotional and social difficulties in addition to its physical symptoms. more

Risk for a biological weapons attack is increasing
Bioterrorism is one of the greatest threats to U.S. national security. Dr. Greg Evans, director of the Center for the Study of Bioterrorism and Emerging Infections at Saint Louis University School of Public Health, is available to discuss this threat.  more


Structure of key breast cancer receptor determined
A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins and the biotechnology company Genitope has unlocked the 3-D structure of a receptor that goes awry in 20 percent to 30 percent of breast cancers. Reporting in the Feb. 13 issue of the journal Nature, the scientists also figured out how the receptor, known as HER2, interacts with an antibody, sold as Herceptin, that is used to treat thousands of breast cancer patients each year. more

Effexor XR approved for the treatment of social anxiety disorder
Wyeth announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Effexor® XR (venlafaxine HCl) for the treatment of patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD), which may affect up to 13 percent of Americans at some point in their lives.  more

Prescribing information: Effexor® XR (Venlafaxine HCl)
Effexor® XR is a serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor that uses dual reuptake inhibition, meaning it increases the levels of both serotonin and norepinephrine. By inhibiting both serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake, it may be possible to help more patients achieve remission.  more

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