Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 274 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Sep-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Oct-2004
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Caffeine withdrawal recognized as a disorder
If you missed your morning coffee and now you have a headache and difficulty concentrating, you might be able to blame it on caffeine withdrawal. In general, the more caffeine consumed, the more severe withdrawal symptoms are likely to be, but as little as one standard cup of coffee a day can produce caffeine addiction, according to a Johns Hopkins study that reviewed over 170 years of caffeine withdrawal research.  more

Bacteria’s “glue valve” surprises scientists
To stick to cells in the respiratory tract and start an infection, the bacterium Haemophilus influenza has to secrete a glue-like protein. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis report this week that a study of the valve that lets out the glue has produced some surprising information.  more

New molecular link key to cellular proteins involved in cancer progression, other diseases
A study led by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists has discovered the molecular mechanism used by cellular proteins that are known to be involved in cell development and progression of diseases including cancer. more


Cardiac arrest may hinder ability to learn certain tasks
A new study in mice suggests that survivors of severe heart attacks may have a difficult time with some learning tasks.  more

Studies strengthen kidney and heart disease link
A pair of new epidemiology studies confirms that chronic kidney disease independently increases the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, even among people with early kidney disease and after considering other risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.  more

Menopause and hormones: "What can you believe" campaign spearheaded by FDA's Office of Women's Health
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is implementing a nationwide information campaign to raise awareness about the resources available to address questions related to the benefits and risks of hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms. According to Census data from 2000, there are about 37.5 million women reaching or currently at menopause (ages 40 to 59). FDA wants women to be informed about new and emerging safety information about menopausal hormone treatment. more

Information for patients: Menopause & hormones
Working in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health and other Department of Health and Human Services agencies, FDA has developed science-based informational materials on its latest guidance on menopausal hormone therapies (estrogens and estrogens with progestins). This brochure for patients is just one of many available on the FDA Web site. more

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