Volume 7 Issue 150
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-May-2005 
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Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Ultrasound images transmitted over the phone allow radiologists to diagnose patients in poorer countries in real time

Over-the-phone transmission of diagnostic-quality ultrasound images is possible, potentially paving the way for ultrasound examinations to be performed in poorer areas of the world, inexpensively transmitted via the Internet, and read by experienced radiologists elsewhere, a new Dartmouth Medical School study shows. more  

Wake Forest scientists find new combination vaccine effective against plague

Plague, a bacterium that ravaged Europe in the Middle Ages and is today one of the most feared potential agents of bio-terrorism, may have met its match, according to Wake Forest University School of Medicine scientists. more

Study finds medication prevents travelers' diarrhea

An antibiotic can be safely used to prevent attacks of diarrhea that plague millions of globe-trotting vacationers and business travelers, a Houston research team reports this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. more  

WHO centre calls for global action on cleft palate

A global research network is needed if scientists are ever going to understand and prevent cleft palate, say experts at the first World Health Organization Collaborating Centre set up to develop such a structure. more

FDA official says agency was 'single greatest obstacle to doing anything effective' about Vioxx  

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was "the single greatest obstacle to doing anything effective" about Vioxx, said FDA drug safety officer David Graham at an unprecedented roundtable of medical whistleblowers sponsored by the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and the Government Accountability Project. more

Drug and chemical tests using animals fail to predict birth defect risk half the time 

Pregnant women may unknowingly be putting their unborn children at risk of birth defects by taking over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, and using common household chemicals, according to a new study published in the May issue of the research journal, Biogenic Amines. more

Unique research ties brain area to figures of speech

What does it take to fathom a proverb catch the figurative meaning of "an apple doesn't fall far from the tree"? more


WHO: A global research network needed to understand and prevent cleft palate.