Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 51 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Feb-2003
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Brain's response to addictive drugs, stress
Drug addicts may prefer some drugs over others, but their brains all have something in common. Whether it's uppers or downers, addictive drugs tweak the same addiction-related neurons, causing them to become more sensitive, say researchers at Stanford University Medical Center.  more

Preventive Medicine 2003 selected oral, poster abstracts - Summaries of selected presentations
Included in this document are summaries of key oral and poster abstracts that are being presented during Preventive Medicine 2003, the premier annual forum for physicians with a primary interest in disease prevention and health promotion. more


Parkinson's drug linked to heart disease risk factor
A drug used for the last 40 years to treat Parkinson's disease increases blood levels of an amino acid that could put patients at increased risk for heart disease, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. more

Surgeon's know the risk, yet many put themselves in danger
Exposure to blood and body fluids while operating places surgeons at risk, yet a large number of doctors continue to put themselves in danger despite knowing the evidence, according to a University of Alberta study.  more

HIV drugs not causing rise in vascular disease
Amid concern over the impact of potent HIV drugs on patients' cardiovascular and cerebrovascular health, a study of 36,766 patients treated for HIV in the Veterans Affairs health-care system from 1993 to 2001 found a steady drop in the rate of deaths and hospital stays due to these vascular problems, even as use of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) increased.  more

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