Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 272 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Sep-2004
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Marijuana use could cause tubal pregnancies
Marijuana use may increase the risk of ectopic (tubal) pregnancies, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center reported this week.  more

Far more men than women favor routine paternity testing at birth
Substantially more men than women favor routine paternity testing when a baby is born, according to a recent University of Washington survey, but the surprise to researchers is that the percentage of men favoring such testing wasn't higher.  more

MR imaging during brain surgery improves tumor removal
A specially adapted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner can help physicians remove brain tumors and all of the residual cancer during one surgical procedure, according to a study published in the October issue of the journal Radiologymore


Blood alternative reduces risk of disease
In the US today, the risk of acquiring HIV through a blood transfusion has been reduced to almost 1 in 900,000. However, the safety and quantity of our blood supply remains a constant concern. Research, discussed in a recent study published in Artificial Organs, has helped to create Hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers (HBOCs), an alternative to donor blood that is potentially safer and can help to solve the shortages in donor blood supply.  more

Controversial 'beating heart' method proves better than standard procedure
Patients needing second-time or "re-do" heart surgery have a new safer alternative. New findings show that an "off-pump" surgical procedure is performed safely and has improved outcomes for patients than traditional methods.  more

Civil servants at lower pay grades have increased risk of diabetes
London civil servants at the lower end of the employment scale and with lower social position were more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those at higher employment levels, according to an article in the September 27 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. more

Gulf War syndrome veterans have damage in specific portion of nervous system
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers have uncovered damage in a specific, primitive portion of the nervous systems of veterans suffering from Gulf War syndrome. more

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