Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 91 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Apr-2004
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Having emergency contraception at home does not boost rate of unprotected sex among teens
When emergency contraceptive pills are readily available, teen-agers are more likely to use them and use them sooner, when they are more effective. But they are not more likely to have unprotected sex, according to a University of Pittsburgh study being published in the April issue of the Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  more

Menstrual cycle affects periodontal health
Many women report an increase in gingival inflammation and discomfort associated with their menstrual cycle, according to findings published in the March Journal of Periodontology. This is the first time this well-known phenomenon has ever been studied. more

Sedative may offer new direction in colon cancer treatment
A barbiturate once commonly used to treat anxiety may play a role in controlling the spread of colon cancer, say researchers from The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.  more


25 Percent of study participants at risk for abdominal aortic aneursym
A national screening program for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) found one in four participants were at risk and one in 20 had aneurysms. More than five percent of the aneurysms found were large enough to be in danger of rupturing.  more

New therapeutic approach for sickle cell disease
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine researchers have identified an embryonic protein present in all humans that, when produced in mice, dramatically reduces symptoms of sickle cell disease. The discovery raises the possibility of new treatment options for sickle cell patients, say co-authors J. Eric Russell, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, and Zhenning He, research specialist, Department of Medicine. The research appears in the April issue of Nature Medicine. more

Pre-term labor drug sensitizes brain to pesticide injury
A drug commonly prescribed to halt pre-term labor and stave off premature birth might leave the brains of children susceptible to other chemicals ubiquitously present in the environment, according to research conducted on laboratory animals by Duke University Medical Center pharmacologists. Their new study found that rats exposed to the pre-term labor drug terbutaline suffer greater brain cell damage than those not given the drug upon secondary exposure to the insecticide chlorpyrifos.  more

Thyroid cancer study simplifies follow-up exams for patients
An unpleasant postoperative procedure for thyroid cancer patients who have had their thyroid glands surgically removed may be unnecessary for most patients, according to Washington University researchers at Siteman Cancer Center and Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis.  more

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