Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 142 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-May-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-May-2004
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Protein marker predicts possible heart damage after chemotherapy
High levels of troponin I (TNI) protein in the blood helps identify possible heart damage after cancer treatment.  more

Risk of dying one-third lower at hospitals performing many kidney operations
Research has shown with certain types of surgery that the more often a hospital performs that surgery, the better patients fare.  more

Two studies weigh in on low-carb diet
Two randomized trials reported in the May 18, 2004, issue of Annals of Internal Medicine compared low-carbohydrate diets with low-fat diets. Both found that people on the low-carb diets lost weight and had improved triglyceride levels and slightly improved HDL ('good') cholesterol levels.  more


Developing an emergency department special operations team
Today’s hospitals are challenged to become better prepared to manage large numbers of patients from mass casualty incidents (MCI), hazardous material incidents (HAZMAT), or in extreme cases, attacks using weapons of mass destruction (WMD). more

Significant increases in drug co-payments may reduce patients' use of needed medications
Increasing patients' co-payments for prescription medications led to decreases in their use of eight classes of therapeutic drugs, according to a new study co-funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  more

Researchers discover gene for Cornelia De Lange Syndrome
A team of researchers has discovered a gene for Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, a disorder consisting of mental retardation, heart defects and a number of physical abnormalities. The researchers were funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, one of the National Institutes of Health.  more

Information for patients: What you can do to keep germs from harming you or your baby
Germs are everywhere in the world: on us, in us, and around us. Some of them can harm your baby before and after birth. This booklet has important information about some diseases caused by germs and the screening tests and vaccinations that can help prevent them. more

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