Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 27 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Jan-2004
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First U.S. tuberculosis vaccine trial in 60 years begins
A new vaccine, made with several proteins from the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB), will soon enter the first phase of human safety testing. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, has supported research on the candidate vaccine from its earliest stages. more

Tuberculosis: An overview
Many people think tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of the past. But, TB is still a leading killer of young adults worldwide. Some 2 billion people, one-third of the world's population, are infected with the TB bacterium, M. tuberculosis. TB is a chronic bacterial infection. It is spread through the air and usually infects the lungs, although other organs are sometimes involved. Most persons that are infected with M. tuberculosis harbor the bacterium without symptoms but many develop active TB disease.  more

Those with injured spinal cords can generate muscle activity independent of brain signals
When someone's spinal cord is completely severed, brain signals can no longer reach the legs to tell the legs to walk. A study in this month's journal Spinal Cord shows that those who have suffered a spinal cord injury can generate muscle activity independent of brain signals.  more


Studies on statin use and fracture risk show mixed results
A review of previous studies suggests a possible benefit of statin drugs for reducing the risk of bone fracture in older women, although further research is needed to examine this question.  more

Pain common among hospitalized patients
A new study suggests that pain is common in hospitalized patients, according to an article in the January 26 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more

Two studies examine relationship between Alzheimer's disease and testosterone
In the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging of 574 men, "free" testosterone (or that which is unbound to sex hormone binding globulin) was associated with a decreased risk of Alzheimer's disease.  more

Avian influenza A(H5N1)- Review and update of the current situation for 27 January 2004
The Ministry of Public Health in Thailand has today announced laboratory confirmation of the country’s third human case of H5N1 avian influenza infection. The patient, who remains alive, is a 6-year-old child from Sukhothai province. more

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