Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 48 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Feb-2003
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FDA clears new lab test to help rule out heart attack
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently cleared for marketing a new laboratory blood test that will significantly increase the ability of doctors to rule out a heart attack when a person shows up at an emergency room with severe chest pains.  more

Public Health and Aging: Trends in Aging --- United States and Worldwide
The median age of the world's population is increasing because of a decline in fertility and a 20-year increase in the average life span during the second half of the 20th century. more


Ibuprofen could cancel aspirin's benefits
Aspirin seems to have an enemy that works against its beneficial effects. Two medical researchers suggest ibuprofen may diminish the protective effects of aspirin for heart disease. It is already known that the combination of aspirin and ibuprofen can increase the risk of bleeding from stomach ulcers.  more

New microchip measures CD4 count, cuts cost of monitoring HIV
A simple, portable microchip-based approach for measuring CD4 cell counts may provide an affordable way of improving the management of HIV-infected patients in regions without access to expensive diagnostics. more

British researchers discover a way to destroy cancer cells using a colourful combination of chemical ingredients
Cancer cells can be destroyed using a colourful combination of chemical ingredients, researchers have discovered. Using red light, blue dye and a plant hormone, scientists have been able to kill around 99% of cells in laboratory tests.  more

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