Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 58 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Feb-2003
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Newly approved cancer treatments
Included here are brief descriptions of therapies that have been newly approved for the treatment of cancer by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.  more

Digest page: Angiogenesis inhibitors
One promising avenue of cancer research is the study of a group of compounds called angiogenesis inhibitors. These are drugs that block the development of new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis.  more


U-M scientists find "stem cells" in human breast cancer
Of all the neoplastic cells in human breast cancers, only a small minority -- perhaps as few as one in 100 -- appear to be capable of forming new malignant tumors, according to just-published research by scientists in the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center. The discovery could help researchers zero in on the most dangerous cancer cells to develop new, more effective treatments.  more

'Herbal cleanser' found to be caused of cardioactive steroid poisoning
Eight hours after a 36-year-old woman ingested an herbal product marketed for its "internal cleansing" properties, she experienced acute cardioactive steroid poisoning, with symptoms of nausea, hyperkalemia (high potassium levels), a junctional bradycardia (slow heart rate), and other heart-rate changes, according to a case report in the March 2003 issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine..  more

Doctors should provide more information about medical errors
Researchers who conducted a series of focus groups with doctors and patients say that patients want to be fully informed when an error happens, and believe such disclosure would increase their trust in their doctor. Yet while doctors want to be truthful, a variety of barriers may prevent physicians from disclosing errors to patients.  more

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