Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 64 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Mar-2003
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Medication protects patients with peanut allergies
A new medication could help most people with peanut allergies avoid life-threatening allergic reactions, according to a report in the March 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. A research team led by Donald Leung, M.D., Ph.D. of National Jewish Medical and Research Center, and Hugh Sampson, M.D. of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, found that treatment with an anti-IgE antibody raised the average level at which study participants began reacting to peanuts from about half a peanut to almost nine peanuts.  more

Information for patients: Food allergy and intolerances
Food allergies or food intolerances affect nearly everyone at some point. People often have an unpleasant reaction to something they ate and wonder if they have a food allergy. One out of three people either say that they have a food allergy or that they modify the family diet because a family member is suspected of having a food allergy.  more


PET predicts response to Paxil in study
UCLA neuroscientists using positron emission tomography (PET) brain imaging have discovered distinct patterns of brain activity that predict the effectiveness of paroxetine, or Paxil, in treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) vs. major depression.  more

Prescribing information: Paxil (Paroxetine HCl)
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Paxil for the treatment of major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder (SAD), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). more

For prostate cancer patients, 11C-Choline PET may be alternative to pelvic lymphadenectomy
Detecting pelvic lymph node metastases is vital for prostate cancer patients because the five-year survival rate for these men decreases from 85% to 50% when the cancer spreads to the pelvic lymph nodes. Of the existing methods to stage pelvic lymph node tumors, the most accurate is pelvic lymphadenectomy, an invasive procedure that has a morbidity rate of 5%-7%.  more

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