Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 66 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Mar-2003
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Rapid sequence gene test gives accurate diagnosis of Duchenne muscular dystrophy
University of Utah researchers have developed a test that detects the most common form of muscular dystrophy in at least 95 percent of cases-a far higher success rate than the currently available test-and at a feasible cost.  more

Common industrial chemical now linked to male infertility
A chemical widely used in industry and present in ground water supplies, has now been found in the semen fluid of infertile men, reports a Queen's University research scientist. more


New study suggests that patients who die from drug overdoses or poisoning are an untapped resource for organ donation
New research published in Critical Care, from Guy's and St Thomas' hospital in London, suggests that patients that die from drug overdoses or poisoning could donate their healthy organs to patients needing transplant operations. These findings could increase the number of organs available, saving the lives of people who die waiting for a transplant. more

Stressed-out men may have inherited risk for early heart disease
Stress may be the most significant inherited risk factor in people who develop heart disease at a young age, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted at Henry Ford Hospital. Stress also appears to have a greater impact on men than women.  more

Eating breakfast may reduce risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease
People who eat breakfast are significantly less likely to be obese and diabetic than those who usually don't, researchers reported today at the American Heart Association's 43rd Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.  more

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