Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 192 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Jul-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Jul-2004
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FDA alerts consumers not to feed infants Chinese infant formula
The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to feed their infants infant formula from China because the safety and nutritional adequacy of infant formula from China is unknown. Recently, infant formula from China by the name of Guan Wei Yuan was found for sale in an Asian retail market in New York.  more

USDA and HHS strengthen safeguards against bovine spongiform encephalopathy
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson and Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman on 9 July 2004 announced three actions being taken to further strengthen existing safeguards that protect consumers against the agent that causes bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE, also known as "mad cow disease"). more

U.S. cuts participation in international AIDS conference
The United States has dramatically reduced the number of researchers it will send to the 15th International AIDS Conference beginning Sunday in Bangkok, prompting further criticism that the Bush administration is trying to "go it alone" in its global AIDS strategy.  more


Combination of gene therapy and gene silencing prevents neurodegenerative disease
The bird flu virus that killed 24 people and resulted in the deaths of 100 million fowl has emerged again in Thailand and China, but authorities in both countries said today the outbreaks are under control. more

Animal research suggests that stress may increase risk of uterine cancer
Research in monkeys suggests the possibility that stress may increase risk for the most common type of uterine cancer, according to a report from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The study results also suggest that two drinks a day won't increase breast or endometrial cancer risk for postmenopausal women who don't take estrogen.  more

Triple-vaccine strategy stimulates strong HIV-specific immune response in monkeys
Researchers at The Wistar Institute and the University of Pennsylvania report success in monkeys of an innovative triple-vaccine strategy aimed at creating an effective anti-HIV vaccine regimen. In a test of the new approach, the scientists sought to maximize the immune response to a truncated HIV gene called Gag and succeeded in dramatically stimulating the production of CD8+ T cells responsive to Gag. Many scientists believe that CD8+ T cells will be an important key to creating an effective HIV vaccine. more

Study suggests first molecular target to halt spread of HPV
Penn State College of Medicine researchers have discovered the first molecular therapy to target cancer-causing components and thereby destroy a bona fide human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. more

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