Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 174 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Jun-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Jun-2004
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Inadequate vaccines can help breed more vicious malaria strains
Vaccination programs could create conditions which promote the evolution of virulent strains of malaria, according to a laboratory-based study of the malarial parasite Plasmodium in mice. The findings, published online in the open-access journal, PLoS Biology, are likely to spark debate among public health groups seeking to curb the disease, which claims up to two million lives each year and accounts for one child death every 30 seconds in Africa.  more

Echinacea may have no benefit in treating common cold
A Marshfield Clinic study, published in the June 14 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, questions the ability of the herb echinacea to reduce the severity or duration of the common cold. more

Young adults' stress reaction predicts middle-age blood pressure risk
Keeping a "cool head" while in your 20s could reduce your risk of developing high blood pressure in middle age, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more


Erectile dysfunction in diabetic men may predict silent heart disease
Men with type 2 diabetes who have difficulty achieving an erection could have heart disease and not realize it, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

Partial breast radiation procedure may benefit cancer patients
Some women with breast cancer who prefer breast conserving surgery consisting of lumpectomy and radiation may choose a procedure that delivers radiation to the malignant tumor and not to the entire breast, according to research of a breast surgeon from Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  more

New test may provide answers for women with chest pain
A new noninvasive test shows potential for helping women with unexplained chest pain, according to a study published in the June 22 journal Circulation. The test points out those women whose hearts are deprived of oxygen-even when standard tests show no coronary artery disease.  more

Brain cell death in Alzheimer’s disease linked to protein accumulation and insulin biochemistry
Alzheimer's disease patients often have seemingly unrelated abnormalities in their brain cells. In the current issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers from the Departments of Medicine and Pathology, Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Medical School, have found, for the first time, a link between several of these abnormalities. more

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