Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 234 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Aug-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Aug-2004
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Babies' deaths could not be averted, say experts
A major study of all 137 newborn babies who died in Scotland during a two-year period reveals that the majority had brain damage which occurred during the pregnancy.

The research, headed by Professor Neil McIntosh of the University of Edinburgh and involving paediatricians, obstetricians and pathologists from throughout Scotland, failed to identify any pointers in the mothers or their pregnancies and labours which could predict the birth of a compromised baby.  more

New study identifies additional genetic mutations in SIDS babies: Focus is on the autonomic nervous system
A new study has identified mutations in genes pertinent to the autonomic nervous system among babies who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) that might explain why they died. The study appears in the September issue of Pediatric Research.  more

One in three abused babies likely to be abused again
Babies who have been abused are at very high risk of further abuse, with almost one in three re-abused within three years, finds research in the Archives of Disease in Childhood.  more


New research provides the first solid evidence that the study of music promotes intellectual development
The idea that studying music improves the intellect is not a new one, but at last there is incontrovertible evidence from a study conducted out of the University of Toronto.  more

Anti-bacterial additive found in Maryland streams
A toxic chemical used in hand soaps, cleaners and other personal care products to kill germs is deposited and remains in the environment long after the products are used, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The chemical—3,4,4'-trichlorocarbanilide (triclocarban), marketed under the trademark TCC™—is a non-agricultural polychlorinated phenyl urea pesticide that has been widely used for decades to kill bacteria.  more

Women with mixed incontinence reported a greater benefit for overactive bladder symptoms from tolterodine tartrate than placebo
Women with mixed incontinence, a combination of overactive bladder and stress incontinence, reported a greater treatment benefit for overactive bladder symptoms from Detrol LA (tolterodine tartrate extended release capsules) than placebo, according to new study results published in the August issue of Urology. This is the first study of Detrol LA in women with mixed incontinence, the most common type of urinary incontinence.  more

Prescribing information: Detrol LA (tolterodine tartrate extended release capsules)
Detrol LA is indicated for the treatment of overactive bladder with symptoms of urge incontinence, urgency, and frequency. Detrol LA is contraindicated in patients with urinary retention, gastric retention, or uncontrolled narrow-angle glaucoma and in patients who have demonstrated hypersensitivity to the drug or its ingredients.  more

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