Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 196 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Jul-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Jul-2004
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First medical test on CD is fast and accurate
Ohio State University engineers and their colleagues have successfully automated a particular medical test on a compact disc (CD) for the first time -- and in a fraction of the normal time required using conventional equipment.  more

Gene profiles could improve acute leukemia diagnosis and lead to better treatments
The results of a microarray analysis of genes from both children and adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) could significantly improve the ability to make accurate diagnoses and prognoses for the major genetic (molecular) subtypes of the pediatric form of this disease and lead to better treatments. more

Vioxx in high doses causes hypertension
The evidence is growing: chronic, high-dose consumption of the arthritis pain reliever Vioxx can raise blood pressure and the risk of serious heart problems.  more


HRT and longevity: Don't count hormone replacement therapy out, yet
Don't categorically reject hormone replacement therapy (HRT) just yet: When women begin HRT before age 60, their risk of death is 39 percent less than women not on hormones, according to a new survey. more

West Nile virus treatment trial expands
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, one of the National Institutes of Health, has expanded its clinical trial of an experimental West Nile virus (WNV) treatment to about 60 sites throughout the United States and Canada. The multicenter trial, which opened at 36 sites last September, is expected to add about 24 new sites this summer, pending internal approval at each institution.  more

FDA Test results of prescription drugs from bogus canadian website show all products are fake and substandard
A Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis of three commonly prescribed drugs purchased from a Web site advertised as Canadian showed that so-called Canadian Generics bought from the Web site were fake, substandard and potentially dangerous. One was a controlled substance. In light of these findings, FDA reiterates its strong concerns about purchasing prescription drugs online from unknown sources.  more

Rural African men claim AIDS as sign of masculinity
Many rural African men unknowingly claim to have AIDS, thinking it is an indicator of their masculinity and sexual prowess, says a University of Alberta researcher. Dr. Amy Kaler, from the U of A's Faculty of Arts investigated the ways that young men in rural southern Malawi, Africa talk about HIV and their own perceptions of risk. more

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