Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 146 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-May-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-May-2004
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Compound in salsa may fight food poisoning
Researchers have identified a compound in cilantro, a key flavor component of salsa and a variety of other dishes, that kills harmful Salmonella bacteria and shows promise as a safe, natural food additive that could help prevent foodborne illness, according to a joint study by U.S. and Mexican researchers.  more

Web-based guidelines established for top respiratory killer
The American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the European Respiratory Society (ERS) announced the establishment of a set of unique, web-based guidelines to help physicians throughout the world treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The announcement came at the 2004 ATS International Conference in Orlando, Florida.  more

Carbon monoxide from smoking helps keep arteries open following angioplasty
In an unusual paradox, smoking cigarettes-a deadly habit that contributes to the development of peripheral artery disease-actually helps arteries stay open following a procedure to repair clogged blood vessels in the legs, according to a study in the June issue of Radiology. The study found that habitual to heavy smokers who continued to smoke after angioplasty had a lower rate of restenosis, or re-narrowing of the arteries, than nonsmokers.  more


New standard to help diagnose heart attacks
Diagnosing heart attacks will become a more precise science thanks to the first of a new series of clinical standards just issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2921 (human cardiac troponin complex) will help manufacturers develop and calibrate assays that measure specific protein concentrations in patient blood samples to determine whether a heart attack has occurred.  more

Women exposed to frustrating noise stress snack more afterwards
In laboratory experiments, women -- but not men -- who had been exposed to frustrating noise stress ate more cheese, chocolate, potato chips and popcorn after the stressful session was over.  more

Diabetes increases deaths among people 65 and older
A new study involving tens of thousands of people 65 and older suggests that even among older people, diabetes substantially increases premature deaths, according to researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  more

Older patients less likely to receive care in the ICU
The older you are, the less likely you are to be cared for in an intensive care unit (ICU) during the course of a serious disease, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.  more

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