Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 188 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Jul-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Jul-2004
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MMWR Dispatch: Investigation of rabies infections in organ donor and transplant recipients ---- Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, 2004
On 30 June 2004, CDC confirmed diagnoses of rabies in three recipients of transplanted organs and in their common donor, who was found subsequently to have serologic evidence of rabies infection. The transplant recipients had encephalitis of unknown etiology after transplantation and subsequently died. Specimens were sent to CDC for diagnostic evaluation. This report provides a brief summary of the ongoing investigation and information on exposure risks and postexposure measures.  more

Information for patients: Rabies
People usually get get rabies from the bite of a rabid animal. It is also possible, but quite rare, that people may get rabies if infectious material from a rabid animal, such as saliva, gets directly into their eyes, nose, mouth, or a wound. more

Cough medicines no better than non-medicated placebo syrup for children's coughs
Two active ingredients found in many over-the-counter cough medicines are no better than non-medicated syrup for nighttime cough and sleep quality in children with upper respiratory tract infections, a Penn State College of Medicine study suggests.  more


Combination of gene therapy and gene silencing prevents neurodegenerative disease
Research in monkeys suggests that a diet high in the natural plant estrogens found in soy does not increase the risk of breast or uterine cancer in postmenopausal women.  more

Patients with severe depression improve using guidelines developed by UT Southwestern researchers
Results from a multiyear study of severely depressed patients treated according to guidelines established by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas showed a significant improvement in patients' symptoms and medical outcomes.  more

Imaging technology may be used to diagnose melancholic depression
In the brain, low levels of the inhibitory transmitter GABA and high levels of the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate appear to be strongly associated with a particular type of depression, according to a study by Yale researchers.  more

Ginseng reduces effects of anti-clotting drug
Researchers from the University of Chicago report in the July 6, 2004, issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine that ginseng, one of the best selling herbal supplements in the United States, interferes with warfarin, a drug commonly used to prevent blood clots.  more

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