Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 152 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-May-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Jun-2004
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Student-designed device helps the visually impaired avoid hazards, day and night
Using a common laptop computer and a sophisticated head-mounted projection device, students at the University of Washington (UW) have created a system to help people with poor vision navigate around stationary objects.  more

Anesthesia guidance system can reduce awareness during surgery
An Australian study in this week's issue of The Lancet highlights how the neuromonitoring of brain patterns of patients during surgery could help guide the use of anesthesia and reduce the risk of patients becoming aware during surgery-thought to occur in around 0·1-0·2% of patients. more

Four critical components of cells' protein-building machine don't behave as previously thought
Writing in the 28 May issue of Cell, Johns Hopkins researchers report that four critical components of cells' protein-building machine don't do what scientists had long assumed.  more


If you believe you're a good driver or a lousy dancer, think again
Most of us believe we can accurately gauge how our personal performance and abilities stack up against our peers, but new research suggests that we are in fact poor judges of our own comparative talents.  more

Pharmacogenomics could replace 'trial-and-error' with science from the human genome
The future use of a gene-based technology called pharmacogenomics could lower the cost of health care by decreasing the occurrence of adverse drug effects and increasing the probability of successful therapy. These findings are published by investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in the 27 May issue of Nature.  more

General practitioners' perceptions of chronic fatigue syndrome and beliefs about its management, compared with irritable bowel syndrome
General practitioners' beliefs and attitudes towards patients with chronic fatigue syndrome may be a barrier to effective treatment.  more

Painless myography technique aids neuromuscular disease research
There are more than 200 known neuromuscular diseases affecting over 400,000 people in the United States alone. Among these are “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS), the inflammatory muscle diseases, and muscular dystrophy, which Jerry Lewis’ annual Labor Day telethons have made known to many. more

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