Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 105 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Apr-2004
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New fad: Tiny pieces of jewelry implanted into eye's mucous membrane alarms opthalmologists
News about it is spreading over the Internet. It's the topic of discussion on morning television talk shows. It's the latest fashion fad coming out of Europe. But it is raising an eyebrow of concern for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association. Tiny pieces of jewelry, in the shapes that range from hearts to half moons, are implanted into the eye's mucous membrane or the conjunctiva.  more

Cinnamon may help to alleviate diabetes says UCSB researcher
Cinnamon may be more than a spice -- it may have a medical application in preventing and combating diabetes. Cinnamon may help by playing the role of an insulin substitute in type II diabetes, according to cellular and molecular studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

"Cinnamon itself has insulin-like activity and also can potentiate the activity of insulin," said Don Graves of UCSB. "The latter could be quite important in treating those with type II diabetes. Cinnamon has a bio-active component that we believe has the potential to prevent or overcome diabetes." more

International study seeks to determine if abciximab improves function in patients up to six hours after the onset of a stroke or in patients who awaken with a stroke
Ischemic stroke patients who arrive at the hospital too late to receive currently available treatment options might someday have a new treatment option. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the only site in Chicago to participate in a phase III trial of abciximab (ReoPro - Centocor/Eli Lilly and Company), which seeks to determine the drug's ability to improve neurological function and minimize disability in patients who present with an acute ischemic stroke.  more


Article examines reasons contributing to epidemic of lung cancer in US women
An article in the April 14 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reviews current information on the "epidemic" of lung cancer in U.S. women, and explores contributing factors and possible reasons for increased lung cancer deaths in women.  more

Alcohol use and victimization among college women
When parents send their daughters off to college, few think they may return home as victims. Yet roughly 10 percent of women have experienced an attempted or completed rape during their first year at an American college and, often, alcohol is involved. more

WHI study finds no heart disease benefit, increased stroke risk with estrogen alone
A large, multi-center heart disease prevention study, part of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI), found that estrogen-alone hormone therapy had no effect on coronary heart disease risk but increased the risk of stroke for postmenopausal women. The study also found that estrogen-alone therapy significantly increased the risk of deep vein thrombosis, had no significant effect on the risk of breast or colorectal cancer, and reduced the risk of hip and other fractures. more

Small uterine fibroids may be linked with increased risk of miscarriage, early study results show
Early results from a pioneering study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill indicate that small uterine fibroids are associated with an increased risk of miscarriage.  more

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