Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 314 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Nov-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Nov-2004
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'Outgrown' a peanut allergy? Eat more peanuts!
Children who outgrow peanut allergy have a slight chance of recurrence, but researchers from the Johns Hopkins Children's Center report that the risk is much lower in children who frequently eat peanuts or peanut products.  more

Implanted defibrillators cut heart patientsí death risk, some more than others
Implanted devices that can shock a failing heart back into regular rhythm do an excellent job of keeping patients alive, two new University of Michigan studies find.  more

MRI technique for measuring blood volume helps distinguish between abscesses and tumors in the brain
Dynamic susceptibility contrast (DSC) MRI allows physicians to differentiate between cerebral abscesses--inflamed areas in the brain caused by infection--and malignant brain tumors without surgery, says a new preliminary study by researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC.  more


New compounds effective against Alzheimer's disease onset and progression
Drug discovery researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new class of compounds that have the potential to reduce the inflammation of brain cells and the neuron loss associated with Alzheimer's disease.  more

Study will assess effect of tomato oil on precancerous prostate changes
Lycopene, an antioxidant commonly found in tomatoes and tomato-based products, is commonly perceived to reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer.  more

ACE inhibitors not needed for many heart disease patients, according to new study
Many heart disease patients who are already receiving state-of-the-art therapy do not benefit from additional treatment with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, according to results of a new study funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study provides the most definitive evidence to date of the effect of the drug in stable heart disease patients whose heart function was shown to be at normal or near-normal levels, and whose heart disease was already well managed. Researchers found that ACE inhibitors do not lower the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack, or the need for coronary revascularization (bypass surgery or angioplasty to restore blood flow to clogged arteries) in these patients. more

Low cost drug helps reduce deaths, repeat heart attacks
A major Canadian-led global study has found that an inexpensive anti-blood-clotting drug significantly reduces death and repeat heart attacks without increasing the risk of stroke. Reviparin is simple, effective therapy for heart attack patients worldwide. more

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