Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 222 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Aug-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Aug-2004
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More aggressive breast cancer tumors found in African American women
A genetic mutation related to a more aggressive form of breast cancer occurs four times more often in African American patients than their white counterparts, Yale researchers report in the August 9, 2004 online edition of the journal Cancer.  more

US Latinos have high rates of eye disease and visual impairment
Latinos living in the United States have high rates of eye disease and visual impairment, according to a research study, and a significant number may be unaware of their eye disease. This study, called the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), is the largest, most comprehensive epidemiological analysis of visual impairment in Latinos conducted in the U.S. It was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), two components of the Federal government's National Institutes of Health (NIH).  more

Few US breast surgeons doing enough operations to optimize outcomes
A new study finds many U.S. surgeons are not doing adequate numbers of operations for primary breast cancer to optimize patient survival. The study, published August 9, 2004 in the online edition of CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, demonstrated that fewer surgeries per year negatively impacted patient standard of care. more


Pain in the brain: It's not what you imagine
Researchers are one step closer to unravelling the mystery of medically unexplained pain such as chronic low back pain, which continues to baffle doctors. A study exploring the experience of pain in hypnotised volunteers has found that some types of pain which cannot be traced to a medical condition may have its origins in our brains, not in our bodies.  more

Ebola outbreak in Sudan officially over
Yesterday marked the 42nd day since the last person identified as infected with Ebola hemorrhagic fever died on 26 June 2004 in Yambio Hospital, southern Sudan. As 42 days is twice the maximum incubation period for Ebola, and as no further cases have been identified, WHO declares today that the outbreak in southern Sudan is over.  more

New state-specific breastfeeding data will help states better target programs
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for the first time, has state-by-state data on the percentage of mothers who are breastfeeding their babies and for how long. more

HHS announces initiative to reduce the incidence of stroke in stroke belt states
HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson today announced approximately $2 million in grant awards to support a new initiative aimed at reducing the excessively high rates of stroke, stroke disabilities and stroke deaths that disproportionately occur in the southeastern region of the United States.  more

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