Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 191 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jul-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Jul-2004
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Three-fourths of children with asthma were unprepared for an exercise-induced bronchospasm
More than three-fourths of children with asthma were unprepared for an exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) event, or asthma attack, according to a recent study. Since exercise can be a trigger for asthma attacks and inhalers are the best treatment, the researchers stressed that it's critical inhalers be available during physical activity.  more

Study reports seafood allergies often begin later in life
A study led by Mount Sinai School of Medicine researchers and published today in the July, 2004 Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology shows that seafood allergies are much more prevalent than once thought, with more than 6.5 million Americans believed to be affected. The study "Prevalence of Seafood Allergy in the U.S." revealed that the onset of seafood allergy is likely to begin in adulthood and frequent, severe reactions are reported by sufferers.  more

Asian bird flu became highly pathogenic through continued circulation and gene swapping
An avian influenza virus that has caused three major outbreaks among poultry and killed several people in East Asia over the past seven years arose through a series of genetic reassortment events with other viruses. This study finding, by scientists from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, the People's Republic of China, China's Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, is published in the 8 July online edition of Nature.  more


Combination of gene therapy and gene silencing prevents neurodegenerative disease
Current reforms of medical training may have dire consequences for the future of the medical profession and patients, warn researchers at Bristol University in this week's BMJ. more

OHSU scientists find gene influencing drug withdrawal
One of the genes that influences drug physical dependence and associated withdrawal has been identified at Oregon Health & Science University.  more

Human periodontal ligament stem cells isolated for the first time
Scientists at the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), one of the National Institutes of Health, and their colleagues have isolated human postnatal stem cells for the first time directly from the periodontal ligament, the fibrous, net-like tendon that holds our teeth in their sockets. more

Health groups reinstate recommendation for third dose of pediatric pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar®)
Public health and physician groups today recommended that healthcare providers increase the number of doses of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7, trade name Prevnar®) administered to healthy children from two to three. Production problems earlier this year caused shortages of the vaccine and prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce the recommended four doses to two to most effectively use the limited available doses. more

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