Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 343 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Dec-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Dec-2004
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More evidence points to red wine's cardiac health benefits
New research on rat heart cells suggests that a well-known antioxidant found in red wine, called resveratrol, may benefit heart tissue by limiting the effects of a condition called cardiac fibrosis.  more

Non-Hispanic whites and U.S.-born Mexican Americans at increased risk for psychiatric disorders
According to the results of a National Institutes of Health (NIH)study, reported in the December issue of the Archives of General Psychiatry (Volume 61), Mexican Americans and non-Hispanic Whites born in the United States have a higher risk for developing psychiatric disorders than their foreign-born counterparts who have immigrated to the United States. The psychiatric disorders included alcohol and drug use disorders, major depression, dysthymia, mania, hypomania, panic disorder, social and specific phobia, and general anxiety disorder.  more

Add an “E” to the ABCD alphabet for identifying melanoma
One more letter should be added to the alphabetic list of warning signs of melanoma, a potentially deadly skin cancer, according to a group of NYU School of Medicine dermatologists and their Australian colleagues. Based on a review of the medical literature, they recommend adding the letter “E” — for “evolving” — to the first four letters of the alphabet that are already used widely to help physicians and adults identify suspicious moles on the skin. more


Half of relapsed CLL patients respond to two biologics with chemotherapy
Combining two biologic agents with chemotherapy forms a potent drug regimen that is showing promise in treating patients who have relapsed with the most common kind of leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center report at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).  more

Guidelines for sinusitis agreed to by allergists, otolaryngologist - head and neck surgeons
Rhinosinusitis, the inflammation of the mucous membrane of the nose and sinuses, has increased in both prevalence and incidence. Health officials believe that this disorder, also known as sinusitis, causes significant physical symptoms, negatively affects quality of life, and can substantially impair daily functions. It is now estimated that rhinosinusitis affects approximately 31 million Americans each year.  more

MMWR Reprint: Recommended adult immunization schedule — United States, October 2004–September 2005
CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) annually reviews the recommended Adult Immunization Schedule to ensure that the schedule reflects current recommendations for the use of licensed vaccines. In June 2004, ACIP approved the Adult Immunization Schedule for October 2004--September 2005. This schedule has also been approved by the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  more

New weapon in germ warfare: 'Jamming' bacteria signals stops cholera
A new treatment for the age-old scourge of cholera and perhaps a whole new type of antibiotic medicine may emerge from chemicals discovered in an Australian seaweed, new research results suggest.  more

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