Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 326 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Nov-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Nov-2004
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Brain imaging study of drunk drivers pinpoints neurological changes
Imaging studies of the brain when it is under the influence of alcohol reveal that different areas of the brain are impaired under high and low levels of alcohol, according to a Yale study published in Neuropsychopharmacology.  more

UCSB researchers advance understanding of urinary tract infections
The bacterium E. coli is responsible for about 80 percent of human urinary tract infections. Scientists at the University of California, Santa Barbara have made important strides in understanding E. coli at the molecular level in an effort to discover the mechanisms by which E. coli cause urinary tract infections.  more

Rush University Medical Center testing magnetic stimulation for depression
Psychiatrists at Rush University Medical Center are testing a noninvasive technique that uses repeated short bursts of magnetic energy to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to treat major depression. The therapy is called Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and Rush is enrolling patients in a clinical trial to determine if TMS is safe and effective. more


Down Syndrome protein reduces tumor growth
Scientists have found that overexpression of a protein called Down Syndrome Critical Region 1 (DSCR-1) blocks the formation of new blood vessels and thus reduces tumor growth. Therapeutics based on this finding may potentially lead to new cancer treatments.  more

Vitamin E may help some diabetics
Despite recent reports that show use of high-dose vitamin E supplements is associated with a higher overall risk of dying, at least one group stands to benefit greatly from the same vitamin. About 40 percent of diabetic patients can reduce their risk of heart attacks and of dying from heart disease by taking vitamin E supplements, according to a Technion-Israel Institute of Technology study published in the November 2004 Diabetes Care. more

Were zoo workers infected with cancer-causing animal virus?
Evidence of exposure to a monkey virus possibly related to cancer has been found in the blood of North American zoo workers, according to a study in the 15 December issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases.  more

Information for patients: Questions and answers about facing infertility
Heather Pansera and her husband, Anthony, started trying to have a baby as soon as they got married in 2000. In 2001, they settled into a new house in Canton, Ohio, with plenty of room to raise a family. One year passed, and Heather, 32, didn't think much about it. Another year passed and she panicked.  more

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