Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 58 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Feb-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27=8-Feb-2004
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Depression can lead to back pain
It is well documented that physical pain can lead to feelings of depression, but a new study from the University of Alberta shows the reverse can be true, as well.  more

FDA approves heart assist device for children
FDA today approved a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) for a miniaturized heart pump for children aged 5 to 16 who are awaiting a heart transplant.  more

FDA warns consumers not to purchase green hornet, promoted as herbal version of "ecstasy"
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning consumers not to purchase or consume a liquid product called Green Hornet. This product is promoted on the Internet, and sold in stores, as a herbal version of the illegal street drug "Ecstasy." FDA considers this product to be an unapproved new drug since it contains, among other ingredients, the undeclared active ingredients diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan, found in over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.  more


High blood pressure in the lungs a major risk for death in adults with sickle cell disease
A new study reveals that nearly one third of adults with sickle cell disease develop high blood pressure in their lungs and that the condition, known as pulmonary hypertension, causes a much higher death rate in patients with the complication than those without it. The findings, according to researchers from the Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), demonstrate an urgent need to diagnose this complication in adults with sickle cell disease as it is a major risk factor for death.  more

No smoking areas afford "marginal" or "trivial" protection from second hand tobacco smoke
"No smoking" areas in clubs and restaurants afford little or no protection from the detrimental effects of second hand tobacco smoke, suggests research in Tobacco Controlmore

Diabetes may lead to early aging of the auditory system
Diabetes mellitus (DM) affects at least 16 million Americans, ranks seventh as a cause of death in the United States, and costs the national economy over $100 billion yearly. About 95 percent of persons with DM have type 2, in which the pancreatic beta cells retain some insulin-producing potential, and the rest have type 1, in which insulin is required for long-term survival.  more

Mastectomy reduces breast cancer risk among women with BRCA1/2 mutations
Two studies from the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania published online today by the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) have important implications for women with BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations.  more

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