Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 145 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-May-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-May-2004
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Male breast cancer on the rise
The rate of male breast cancer is on the rise and the disease in men is usually detected when the tumors are bigger, have spread and may be more aggressive, compared to diagnosis of the disease in women, concludes the largest study ever conducted of male breast cancer.  more

African-Americans more likely to die of colon cancer
African-Americans with colon cancer are more than 50 percent more likely to die of their cancer within five and ten years after surgery than Caucasians. According to a new study published May 24, 2004 in the online edition of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the racial differences in long-term survival may be due not to tumor stage at diagnosis or treatment i.e., factors related to healthcare access - but to other genetic or biological factors associated with the tumor.  more

Left brain damage may make people more vulnerable to infection
Despite increasing evidence of the serious side effects associated with indiscriminate use of over-the-counter analgesics called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), U.S. adults continue to use the medications incorrectly, putting themselves at risk for life-threatening side effects. Data presented yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Gastroenterological Association during Digestive Disease Week 2004 in New Orleans show patients have become more aware of potential safety issues with analgesics over the past five years, but are not transferring that awareness into action, according to consumer use surveys conducted in 1997 and 2003.  more


Tigecycline - Candidate antibiotic produces 74 percent cure rate in cSSSI patients
An antibiotic, currently being tested in clinical trials, produced a 74 percent cure rate for hospitalized patients with possibly life-threatening, complicated skin and skin structure infections (cSSSI). Tigecycline, a candidate antibiotic drug, produced these promising results in a study led by Russell G. Postier, M.D., OU Physicians Chairman of Surgery and John A. Schilling Professor of Surgery at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  more

Angina on the rise: Hospital discharge rates for suspected acute coronary syndromes between 1990 and 2000: population based analysis
Hospitalization for angina and chest pain has risen dramatically in the last decade, with enormous financial and service implications, according to new research on  more

New Ebola strain in Sudan
Teams of scientists are descending on southern Sudan, following an outbreak of a new strain of the deadly Ebola virus. World Health Organization officials have traced an Ebola-like disease to the town of Yambio, in the Western Equatorial region of south Sudan.  more

New technology shows axons are extremely sensitive to directional cues
Researchers at Georgetown University have developed a novel technology to precisely measure the sensitivity of nerve fibers that wire up the brain during development. Through use of this technology, they discovered that these fibers, or axons, possess an incredible sensitivity to molecular guidance cues that direct the axon's route to its desired destination in the brain.  more

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