Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 300 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Oct-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Oct-2004
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Tests begin of flu vaccine grown in insect cell lines
Scientists are launching a research study to check the effectiveness of a new type of flu vaccine that is made differently than the conventional vaccine, which is grown in eggs. The experimental vaccine instead relies on a cell line drawn from insects known as silk moths, which are better known for their role as pests attacking crops such as corn, cotton, barley and alfalfa.  more

Using over-the-counter drugs to treat upper respiratory infections may save $4.75 billion annually
Using nonprescription, or over-the-counter (OTC), medications to treat common upper respiratory infections could save $4.75 billion a year, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Northwestern University.  more

Common prostate cancer therapy (testosterone suppression) disrupts brain's memory system
Oregon Health & Science University researchers studying how testosterone deprivation affects verbal memory found that men undergoing the prostate cancer therapy forget things faster than their healthy counterparts. more


Fatal attraction: A new study suggests a relationship between fear of death and political preferences
This research is based on the idea that reminders of death increase the need for psychological security and therefore the appeal of leaders who emphasize the greatness of the nation and a heroic victory over evil.  more

New oral vaccine for Alzheimer's disease
Alzheimer's disease is characterized by progressive loss of cognitive function due to amyloid-beta (Aß) deposits in the central nervous system. If these deposits could be stopped or slowed, Alzheimer's disease might become more manageable.  more

Researchers identify brain protein that halts progression of Alzheimer's
Researchers have identified a protein in the brain that halts the progression of Alzheimer's disease in human brain tissue. The protein, known as "transthyretin," protects brain cells from gradual deterioration by blocking another toxic protein that contributes to the disease process. more

New evidence to help explain statins' effects in Alzheimer's disease
Scientists at Jefferson Medical College and the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have taken another step in understanding the potential effects of anti-cholesterol drugs on Alzheimer's disease. They have identified a biochemical pathway that affects the activity of statins, particularly their ability to break down an early form of the protein amyloid that clusters and forms sticky plaques in the Alzheimer's brain. more

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