Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 241 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Aug-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Aug-2004
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Study sheds light on estrogen's benefit for MS: High hormone levels, particularly during pregnancy, boost T cells that lead to remission
For years, doctors have suggested the best treatment for multiple sclerosis is pregnancy. Now, an Oregon study is delivering solid evidence to support the theory.  more

Strep disrupts blood clotting to infect humans
University of Michigan researchers have captured a glimpse of the endless arms race between infectious agents and the human immune system in a bacterium that uses a mimic of a human blood-clotting enzyme to advance its infection.  more

Study of flu patients reveals virus outsmarting key drug
A drug envisioned as a front-line defense for the next flu pandemic might have a genetic Achilles' heel that results in a drug-resistant influenza virus capable of infecting new human hosts, according to a study published this week (Aug. 28) in the British medical journal The Lancet. more


New data validate the low-glycemic diet: Recruits sought for large human trial of 'atkins alternative'
A carefully controlled animal study provides clear evidence that a low-glycemic-index (low-GI) diet one whose carbohydrates are low in sugar or release sugar slowly can lead to weight loss, reduced body fat, and reduction in risk factors for diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  more

Study shows placing relative with dementia into long-term care facility does little to ease the emotional burden of caregivers
A new study shows that caregivers of dementia patients who must make the difficult decision to place their relatives into institutionalized care get no relief from depression and anxiety, and in fact suffer additional emotional trauma following their decision.  more

Complying with new flu guidelines may be impractical and costly
Complying with guidelines for the use of a new drug to prevent flu may be impractical and costly, according to new research published on more

More than 20,000 Western lowland gorillas could die within months if outbreak confirmed
Scientists fear that emerging evidence may suggest a new outbreak of the Ebola virus, which, in addition to threatening human lives, would threaten tens of thousands of great apes in this case gorillas and chimpanzees in the Republic of Congo. more

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