Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 327 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Nov-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Nov-2004
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Study finds farm children have lower asthma rates
Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin have recently completed the largest and most comprehensive study of asthma among rural children in the US. In one of the first studies of its kind, the researchers found that farm children had significantly lower rates of asthma or wheezing than other rural children.  more

Breast conserving therapy safe for hereditary breast cancer
Women with hereditary breast cancer treated with breast conserving therapy appear to have no increased risk for recurrence in the treated breast, according to results from a prospective study published in the 1 January 2005 issue of Cancer. However, the risk of breast cancer in the opposite breast is significantly increased.  more

Early results shed light on lung cancer screening advance
One in three smokers or former smokers screened for lung cancer at a baseline and one year follow-up visit using a recent advance in computed tomography tested positive according to a new study. Of those, 12 percent had lung biopsies, and 7 percent were diagnosed with lung cancer. The findings, along with detailed characterizations of practiced follow-up patterns, appear in the 1 January 2005 issue of Cancer.  more


What happens in the brain when we remember our own past?
Researchers are using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to probe brain activity in search of the answer. According to a new fMRI study using a "diary" method to collect memories, it all depends on what we're thinking.  more

System that regulates blood pressure may also affect aging
The same system that regulates blood pressure may also play a role in aging, according to new research from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Four separate studies point to the renin-angiotensin system, which helps regulate blood pressure, as also being important in body composition, mental function and how the body responds to exercise. more

Fibroid treatment may offer hope for women who want to conceive
Last week, U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice underwent embolization—a non-surgical treatment to kill uterine fibroid tumors. While embolization is a good option for some patients, a less invasive option is on the horizon, as outlined this week in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  more

U.S. sees steep rise in 'no indicated risk' caesareans
The United States has seen a steep rise in caesareans to women with no reported medical risk, according to research published this week on more

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