Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 83 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Mar-2003
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Contact lenses that dispense prescription drugs?
Eye diseases like glaucoma could one day be treated by pharmaceuticals delivered through contact lenses. Chemical engineers from the University of Florida say they've been able to make soft contact lenses containing tiny embedded particles that slowly release drugs directly where they're needed.  more

Age-related changes in the brain's white matter affect cognitive function in old age
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of "white-matter lesions" among the brain's message-carrying axons -- significantly affect cognitive function in old age. White-matter lesions are small bright patches that show up on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain.  more


Rutgers researchers test polymer reliability for medical implants
Sascha Abramson has been investigating new methods to ensure that polymer medical implants in the human body don't fail. Abramson looked at degradable polymers, ones the body can ultimately absorb, to gain a deeper understanding of how and why their structures change - crucial parts of a puzzle that must be solved for polymers to perform predictably and successfully in medical implants. more

Scan visualises poor memory in the elderly
Dutch psychologists have found that elderly persons with a poor memory demonstrate less activity in the mediotemporal lobe when storing new information than elderly persons with a normally functioning memory. more

Gene responsible for Smith-Magenis Syndrome identified
Researchers at Michigan State University have identified the gene responsible for a developmental disorder known as Smith-Magenis syndrome (SMS), a discovery that could lead to new therapies for the disorder and the myriad problems that accompany it.  more

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