Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 189 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Jul-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jul-2004
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Guidelines for food allergy testing
A blood test that measures food-specific allergy antibodies can be used to help pediatric allergists with the difficult decision of when to reintroduce a food that a child has been allergic to, say researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.  more

No abdominal incisions or scars with new surgery tools and technique
Surgeries performed with specialized medical devices requiring only small incisions, called laparoscopic surgery, have many advantages over traditional open surgery, including less pain, fewer complications and quicker recoveries. Now, scientists at Johns Hopkins have created a new surgical technique that in extensive animal studies is safe and may improve even further the benefit of minimally invasive surgery by leaving the abdominal wall intact. more

Macrophages, not stem cells, correct liver disease by fusion
An Oregon Health & Science University study is defying a long-accepted assertion among many scientists that stem cells repair diseased tissue by transforming into other cell types in a process called plasticity.  more


Combination of gene therapy and gene silencing prevents neurodegenerative disease
Studies of a stomach hormone called ghrelin in normal weight women indicate that the hormone may play a part in reestablishing a body weight set-point after dieting and exercise, according to Penn State researchers. more

Chemoradioimmunotherapy for advanced breast cancer: hope for the future?
A successful, and novel, technique to kill metastatic breast cancer cells by circumventing their chemo- and radioresistant mechanisms was by presented by Dr. John Giannios, Head of Radiotherapeutic Cancer Research at the IASO Hospital, Athens, Greece at the 18th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Cancer Research on 6 July 2004.  more

Newer form of heparin drug of choice
Three studies led by Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) cardiologists have shown that the ease and convenience of a newer formulation of the blood-thinner heparin, called enoxaparin, appear to make it the drug of choice for treating patients with suspected heart attacks. Enoxaparin has comparable and sometimes better mortality outcomes than the older formulation, found the researchers.  more

Endometrial cells can originate from donor-derived bone marrow cells
Donor derived endometrial cells were detected in biopsy samples of four women who received bone marrow transplants to treat leukemia, according to a Yale study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. more

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