Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 31 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Feb-2004
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Researchers discover that a virus can naturally target and kill tumors
Mosquitoes are notorious for their ability to spread disease, but in some cases they may prove to be a boon instead of a bane. In a recent study, researchers at New York University School of Medicine found that one mosquito-borne virus automatically targets and kills tumor cells in mice. Most importantly, it does so while leaving healthy cells alone, a feature that may make it a promising treatment for some forms of cancer. more

New mode of action discovered for tamoxifen
First used to treat breast cancer more than 30 years ago, tamoxifen now is one of the most widely used breast cancer therapies. University of Iowa researchers have discovered a new mode of action for tamoxifen, which could lead to better targeting of the therapy and possibly the development of new anti-cancer drugs.  more

Prescribing information: Nolvadex (tamoxifen)
Nolvadex is an antiestrogen that works by blocking estrogen in breast tissue. While estrogen doesn’t actually cause breast cancer, it may stimulate its growth, feeding the cancer. Get the prescribing information in today's issue of Vidyya.  more


Chemists introduce new family of antioxidants that are up to 100 times more effective than Vitamin E
“Vitamin E is nature's antioxidant and people have been trying to improve upon it for more than 20 years with only marginal success. We have taken a very big step in the right direction,” says Ned A. Porter, the Stevenson Chair of Chemistry at Vanderbilt.  more

Researchers create lung cancer 'cluster bombs'
The butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker may be more famous, but the pharmacist, the engineer, and the doctor may be onto something big.  more

University of Arizona researchers measuring perchlorate levels in lettuce
A leak from a rocket fuel plant into the groundwater near Henderson, Nev., near Las Vegas, has led to perchlorate contamination in the lower Colorado River. As the river moves from Nevada to Mexico the water is redirected for urban, industrial and agricultural use. Colorado River water is used for both drinking and irrigation throughout the region.  more

Avian influenza A(H5N1) - update: Virus confirmed in China
Health and agricultural authorities in China yesterday informed WHO of further outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza in poultry. The outbreaks, which are laboratory confirmed, have been detected in Hunan and Hebei provinces. more

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