Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 72 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Mar-2004
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New study supports use of PET scans in early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease
Early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has become vitally important now that drugs are available that may help slow the otherwise unremitting course of the disease. But an accurate diagnosis is critical when initiating early therapy since some of the most promising treatments have been shown to exacerbate other forms of dementia.  more

How couples manage parenting forecasts later marital quality
Just because a married couple has a good relationship when a child is born is no guarantee the marriage will stay that way as their child grows older, a new study suggests. more

UCI study identifies how new neurons grow in adult brain
A UC Irvine study on cell growth in the adult brain may provide important clues to the potential use of stem cells in the treatment of memory-related diseases such as Alzheimer's.  more


Before and After” Diet Ads Promote Bias Against Overweight People
A particular form of diet advertisement -- the "before and after" ad -- can reinforce negative feelings about the obese and perpetuate damaging stereotypes, according to a study led by a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.  more

HIPAA compliance drastically cut patient participation in outcomes study, while increasing costs
As the one-year anniversary of the nation's medical privacy law approaches, a new study shows the negative impact that its implementation may be having on certain kinds of health research.  more

Gene variants may increase susceptibility to type 2 diabetes
International research teams studying two distinct populations have found variants in a gene that may predispose people to type 2 diabetes, the most common form of the disease. The researchers, who collaborated extensively in their work, report their findings in companion articles in the April issue of Diabetes.  more

Post-mortem drug test errors
A technique for inferring how much of a drug a patient has taken may be putting innocent people behind bars. The problem seems to be that doctors are incorrectly applying the method to corpses, in a bid to establish how much of a drug a deceased person took, or was given, before their death. That error can result in vastly inflated readings.  more

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