Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 296 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Oct-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Oct-2004
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Mitochondrial mutation linked to blood pressure and cholesterol problems
Researchers at Yale and Syracuse Universities found the first direct evidence for a mutation in mitochondrial DNA that directly affects blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  more

Significant pain relief following gastric bypass surgery
Over 18 months, researchers at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University studied the frequency and prevalence of musculoskeletal (MSK) complaints in obese patients before and after undergoing gastric bypass surgery. The researchers concluded that the complaints, which involved joint and tendon pain, decreased significantly following surgery and initial weight loss, even in non-weight bearing areas of the body.  more

Molecular mechanism sheds light on neurodegenerative diseases
Alzheimer's. Parkinson's. Lou Gehrig's. Huntington's. These neurodegenerative diseases exhibit loss of nerve function in different ways, from memory lapses to uncontrollable muscular movements, but it is now believed that these diseases share many common molecular mechanisms.  more


Pediatricians need more training on environmental health
Doctors and nurses need more environmental health training to prevent, recognize, and treat diseases caused by environmental exposures, according to a new study funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Experts recommend that medical and nursing schools add environmental health topics to training programs.  more

Strong-flavored onions show promise for fighting cancer
Strong-flavored onions can be harsh on your social life, but they’re potentially great for fighting cancer. Researchers at Cornell University have found, in preliminary lab studies, that members of the onion family with the strongest flavor — particularly New York Bold, Western Yellow and shallots — are the best varieties for inhibiting the growth of liver and colon cancer cells.  more

Sleep apnea increases risks in general anesthesia
Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are at high risk of developing complications when having surgery under general anesthesia, say researchers in this week's BMJ. more

Clues to improving TB treatment
A team of French researchers may have discovered a way that may make some tuberculosis drugs more efficient at lower doses, according to a report in the 22 October issue of the journal Molecular Cell. more

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