Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 25 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Jan-2004
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High risk: Perinatal outcome of singletons and twins after assisted conception
Babies born following medically assisted reproduction face a much higher risk of problems at birth and death during delivery, compared with babies conceived naturally, say researchers in this week's BMJ though the outcome for twins is better. more

Multiple sclerosis not as progressive or disabling as once thought
In the most comprehensive study of how multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms change over time, Mayo Clinic researchers have found that less than half of patients studied developed worsening disability within 10 years. Their report appears in the current edition of the journal Neurology [Pittock SJ et al. (2004). Neurology 62:51-59].  more

Do cancer patients in clinical trials have better outcomes than non-participants?
Although clinical trials are conducted to test experimental treatments for the benefit of future patients, some oncologists contend that cancer patients who enroll in trials experience better outcomes than non-participants - a benefit known as a "trial effect."  more


New vaccine for herpes in final trial phase
Approximately one in four women in the United States has genital herpes. Symptoms are often subtle, and most people don't know they have herpes, but genital herpes is among the most common infectious diseases. This is why Mount Sinai School of Medicine has joined with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals in the Herpevac Trial for Women. Healthy women aged 18-30 may be eligible to participate in the trial.  more

A blood test may reveal systemic factors that relate to periodontal disease, especially in men
A blood test is often given during a medical checkup to reveal indicators of general health conditions. In a study reported in the most recent issue of the Journal of Periodontology (JOP), Japanese researchers found that a blood test may also reveal indicators of periodontal diseases. more

Computer resources help doctors answer patient care questions
You bring questions to your physician, but if your doctor has questions about how to best provide care for you, where does he or she go for answers? Physicians still use paper-based resources, however, a University of Iowa Health Care study focused on pediatricians shows that, in comparison, it takes less than one-third of the time to use the computer to find an answer.  more

Men may not be willing to use condoms even after treatment for sexually transmitted infection
Some men may not be willing to use condoms regularly even after seeking treatment for a sexually transmitted infection and acknowledging their protective value, according to a new survey of low-income African-American clinic patients. more

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