Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 289 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Oct-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Oct-2004
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University of Washington licenses potential cancer treatment from wormwood
A group of promising cancer-fighting compounds derived from a substance used in ancient Chinese medicine will be developed for potential use in humans, the University of Washington announced today.  more

Herbal, nutritional supplements linked to ocular side effects
An estimated 42 percent of Americans use herbal medicines or nutritional supplements. Many people taking these products and their physicians are unaware of the adverse reactions they can cause. An Oregon Health & Science University researcher reviewed reported cases of ocular side effects associated with these products. His findings are published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology this month.  more

Abdominal fat indicates severity of metabolic syndrome in obese, postmenopausal women
New research shows that the presence of intra-abdominal fat can indicate the existence and severity of metabolic syndrome in obese, postmenopausal women. more


Multi-university study finds surprising differences in gene activity in the brains of depressed people
The brains of people with severe depression have lower levels of several related molecules that are key to the development, organization, growth and repair of the brain than the brains of people without the disease, or those with the bipolar form of depression, a new study finds.  more

Urinary incontinence runs in the family
Women are more likely to develop urinary incontinence if their mother or older sisters are incontinent, finds a study from Norway in this week's BMJ.  more

Drug companies should disclose adverse events before licensing
Following the withdrawal of the painkiller and anti-inflammatory drug rofecoxib (Vioxx), researchers in this week's BMJ argue that patients would be safer if drug companies disclosed adverse events before licensing. more

Mechanism discovered for muscle wasting seen in diabetes, AIDS and other diseases
Three University of Chicago geriatricians are calling for creative and wide-reaching solutions to the problem of sub-optimal end-of-life care for patients with dementia. An estimated 500,000 people die every year in the United States suffering from Alzheimer's or related diseases and many of them receive inadequate pain control, are subjected to ineffective and invasive therapies such as tube feedings, and do not receive the benefits of hospice care. more

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