Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 111 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Apr-2004
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Researchers restore lost immunity -- Possible breakthrough for AIDS
Mayo Clinic researchers have found a way to revive immunity in mice that have abnormal or deficient immune systems. The discovery may lead to a means of restoring immunity to individuals with immunodeficiency diseases such as AIDS and cancer. Also, because the research involves an existing therapy, application may be possible in the near future.  more

Fertility herbal supplement sprouts promising results
A researcher at the Stanford University School of Medicine says a small study shows promise for a nutritional supplement that may help boost fertility in women who have difficulty conceiving. Initial results indicate that of the women who took the supplement, one-third became pregnant after five months. more

FDA outlines science-based plan for dietary supplement enforcement
Speaking before the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) and the American Society for Nutritional Sciences, Dr. Lester M. Crawford, Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), today outlined the agency's science-based approach to protecting American consumers from unsafe dietary supplements.  more


Brain signal predicts working memory prowess
Some people are better than others at remembering what they have just seen — holding mental pictures in mind from moment to moment. An individual’s capacity for such visual working memory can be predicted by his or her brainwaves, researchers funded by the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health have discovered.  more

Imaging study reveals brain function of poor readers can improve
A brain imaging study has shown that, after they overcome their reading disability, the brains of formerly poor readers begin to function like the brains of good readers, showing increased activity in a part of the brain that recognizes words. The study appears in the 1 May Biological Psychiatry and was funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), one of the National Institutes of Health.  more

Successful therapy for head and neck cancer may lead to long-term circulatory problems
An experimental vaccine based on a critical piece of the SARS virus protects mice from SARS infection, researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, have found. When exposed to the SARS virus, immunized mice produced SARS-specific antibodies, and virus replication was nearly eliminated. more

High-volume hospitals best equipped for complex surgery
Patients who receive care at a hospital that performs complex surgical procedures have a higher likelihood of survival, even if their particular problem is not one of the hospital's specialties, says a University of Toronto researcher.  more

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