Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 190 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jul-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jul-2004
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Vaccine scandal revives cancer fears
Many millions more people than previously thought might have been given polio vaccine contaminated with a monkey virus linked to cancer.  more

Drug reduces heart damage caused by potent, highly effective childhood leukemia treatment
A potent chemotherapy that is highly effective in treating the most common form of childhood leukemia can significantly harm the heart, but findings from a multi-center study led by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers suggest that adding an experimental drug to the therapy can reduce or prevent the damage. more

Tracing a killer's path in Lou Gehrig's disease
Two papers in the 8 July issue of Neuron shed light on how a mutant form of a normally protective protein in the cells of sufferers of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis targets the "power plants" of motor neurons, killing the neurons and ultimately resulting in paralysis and death.  more


Combination of gene therapy and gene silencing prevents neurodegenerative disease
On 7 July 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared the marketing of a robotic-like system to assist in coronary artery by-pass surgery in which there is direct access to the chest using standard open chest technique (sternotomy) or a smaller surgical incision (thoracotomy). more

The continual challenge of emerging infectious diseases
Emerging infectious diseases, which have shaped the course of humanity and caused incalculable suffering and death, will continue to confront society in unpredictable ways as long as humans and microbes co-exist, write authors from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health in a review article published in the July 8 issue of the journal Nature.  more

Anti-cancer agent built from anti-inflammation drug
Researchers have used a recently developed anti-inflammatory drug as a starting point to construct a possible new, targeted anti-cancer agent. The new agent works by triggering cancer cells to self-destruct.  more

HPV vaccine targets women age 24-45
A vaccine that appears to protect against four common strains of human papillomavirus virus two that cause cervical cancer and two that cause genital warts is under study at the Medical College of Georgia in women age 24-45. more

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