Volume 7 Issue 134
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-May-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-May-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Building blocks for tobacco control: a handbook

The World Health Organization Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) launched a publication in the series 'Tools for advancing tobacco control in the 21st century' with the title: Building blocks for tobacco control: a handbook. more  

FDA approves first DNA-based test to detect cystic fibrosis

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the first DNA-based blood test to help detect cystic fibrosis. The Tag-It Cystic Fibrosis Kit directly analyzes human DNA to find genetic variations indicative of the disease. The test will be used to help diagnose cystic fibrosis in children and to identify adults who are “carriers” of the gene variations. more

International team determines geographic origin of leprosy

Leprosy likely originated in East Africa and spread to Asia and Europe before being imported into West Africa by explorers, report scientists in this week's issue of Science. The findings enrich the historical understanding of leprosy's global migration and contradict a commonly held view that leprosy spread to West Africa directly from East Africa, say the researchers. more  

Gene increases risk of blindness

Scientists have found a gene that affects a person's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over age 60. The finding was made by three independent teams supported by NIH's National Eye Institute (NEI). The discovery may lead to early detection methods and new ways of preventing and treating the debilitating eye disease. more

Information for patients: Acupuncture  

Any decision your patients make about health care is important--including deciding whether to use acupuncture. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) has developed this fact sheet to provide information on acupuncture. It includes frequently asked questions, issues to consider, and a list of sources for further information. more

Historical article: Koch's postulates and the etiology of AIDS 

Vidyya is pleased to present a pdf of an article by NIH Historian Dr. Victoria Harden. Koch's Postulates and the Etiology of AIDS: An Historical Perspective," appeared in the History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences in 1992. It appears here with permission of the NIH. more

High overnight blood pressure linked to increased blood sugar levels

People whose blood pressure doesn't drop significantly overnight tend to have more cardiovascular problems. Now, new research at the University of Michigan Health System and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System indicates that they also tend to have higher levels of glucose (blood sugar). more


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