Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 50 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Feb-2003
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Findings reported in February Archives of Neurology provide new insights on Alzheimer’s disease
The February 2003 issue of the Archives of Neurology, one of the Journal of the American Medical Association/Archives publications, features a series of research findings providing new insights on possible risk and protective factors regarding Alzheimer’s disease (AD). These important reports include investigations of dietary fats, antioxidants, and estrogen, as well as possible genetic factors.  more

The case: Procedural complication in laparoscopic surgery - The learning curve?
The challenge of surgical training is to provide experience safely, to enable trainees to transit their learning curves without harming their patients. Laparoscopy is a special case. In open surgery, the visualized field and the close working relationship between the senior surgeon and the trainee permit anticipation and interception of errors. Read about an error that occurred and decide for yourself if experience--or lack thereof--is the issue at hand. more


Information for patients and caregivers: Alzheimer's disease - Unraveling the mystery
Unraveling the Mystery has two sections. Part 1 gives readers the basics - it's a "walking tour" through the brain. Illustrations with text show what a healthy brain looks like and how it works, and what happens in a brain affected by AD. Part 2 talks about current research and the advances that are bringing us closer to ways of managing, and eventually defeating, AD. Throughout, terms in bold are defined in a glossary at the end of the booklet.  more

Clopidogrel reduces death, stroke, heart attack now and later
The blood thinner clopidogrel, when used with aspirin, reduced the risk of subsequent heart attack, stroke and death in people who came to the emergency department with new or increasing chest pain or a heart attack, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. more

Prescribing information: Plavix (clopidogrel bisulfate)
Clopidogrel is an inhibitor of platelet aggregation. A variety of drugs that inhibit platelet function have been shown to decrease morbid events in people with established cardiovascular atherosclerotic disease as evidenced by stroke or transient ischemic attacks, myocardial infarction, unstable angina or the need for vascular bypass or angioplasty. This indicates that platelets participate in the initiation and/or evolution of these events and that inhibiting them can reduce the event rate. Get the full prescribing information in today's issue of Vidyya.  more

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