Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 269 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Sep-2004
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Umbilical cord blood-derived stem cells given intravenously reduce stroke damage
Stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood, then given intravenously along with a drug known to temporarily breach the brain's protective barrier, can dramatically reduce stroke size and damage, Medical College of Georgia and University of South Florida researchers say.  more

Brightly colored cups, plates spur food, beverage consumption in advanced Alzheimer's disease
"Frame it with color" might soon become a mealtime dictum for those caring for individuals with severe Alzheimer's disease (AD).  more

Study reveals function of lipid in neuronal synapses
Yale researchers demonstrate the crucial role of a membrane lipid called phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate (PtdIns (4,5)P2) in the communication of information between synapses in the brain, according to a study published this week in Nature. more


FDA approves new extended release pain medication, Palladone(hydromorphone HCl extended-release). Agency works with sponsor to develop an effective plan to reduce inappropriate use
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today the approval of Palladone (hydromorphone hydrochloride) capsules for the management of persistent moderate to severe pain in patients requiring continuous around-the-clock opioid pain relief for an extended period of time.  more

Prescribing information: Palladone (hydromorphone HCl extended-release)
Palladone Capsules should only be used in patients who are already receiving opioid therapy, who have demonstrated opioid tolerance, and who require a minimum total daily dose of opioid medication equivalent to 12 mg of oral hydromorphone. Palladone Capsules should be administered once every 24 hours. Palladone Capsules should not be used as the first opioid product prescribed for a patient, or in patients who require opioid analgesia for a short period of time. Palladone Capsules are for use in opioid-tolerant patients only. Get the full prescribing information in today's issue of Vidyya.  more

Researchers create nanotubes that change colors, form 'nanocarpet' and kill bacteria
University of Pittsburgh researchers have synthesized a simple molecule that not only produces perfectly uniform, self-assembled nanotubes but creates what they report as the first "nanocarpet," whereby these nanotubes organize themselves into an expanse of upright clusters that when magnified a million times resemble the fibers of a shag rug. Moreover, unlike other nanotube structures, these tubes display sensitivity to different agents by changing color and can be trained to kill bacteria, such as E. coli, with just a jab to its cell membrane. more

Advanced Bionics conducts voluntary recall of cochlear implants
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced today that Advanced Bionics Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Boston Scientific Corporation, is conducting a voluntary recall of its un-implanted Clarion and HiResolution cochlear implants because some of the devices may malfunction due to moisture. more

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