Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 358 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Dec-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Dec-2004
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Healthy mix of GI tract microbes are key to preventing allergies and asthma
If you want to avoid allergies or asthma, scientists at the University of Michigan Medical School suggest you start paying more attention to what's in your gut.  more

McMaster researchers develop test for rare bleeding disorder
Researchers at McMaster University have developed the first assessment tool of its kind for evaluating risks faced by Canadians suffering from a rare and often fatal bleeding disorder.  more

Breast reconstruction with implants after mastectomy doesn't hurt survival chances
Breast implants after mastectomy to treat breast cancer do not reduce the long-term survival of patients, reveals the first study on the long-term effects of breast implants, published today in Breast Cancer Research.  more


Cancer patients don't "postpone" deaths until after holidays
A careful analysis of the timing of over a million deaths reveals no evidence that cancer patients can intentionally postpone their demise in order to live long enough to reach an emotionally significant or meaningful event, say scientists in The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.  more

Test predicts breast cancer recurrence risk and chemotherapy benefit
Results from several studies presented last week at a major research conference validate that a new test can predict the risk of breast cancer recurrence in a sizable group of patients; the studies also appear to identify which of those patients will benefit most from chemotherapy.  more

Recovery of a patient from clinical rabies
Rabies is a viral infection of the central nervous system, usually contracted from the bite of an infected animal, and is nearly always fatal without proper postexposure prophylaxis (PEP) . more

Updated interim influenza vaccination recommendations --- 2004--05 Influenza season
This year, the reduced national supply of inactivated influenza vaccine led CDC and ACIP to issue interim influenza vaccination recommendations that were more restrictive than usual. Since the interim recommendations were issued on October 5, the influenza vaccine supply and demand situation has continued to evolve in the United States such that some, but not all, local areas appear to have adequate supplies to meet the demand for vaccine from persons in the interim priority groups. more

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