Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 20 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Jan-2005
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Low-dose aspirin better for heart patients with GI complications
Heart patients with gastrointestinal complications should use low doses of aspirin combined with drugs that treat stomach ulcers rather than taking the anti-platelet drug Plavix, which has been thought to reduce bleeding ulcers, according to a gastroenterologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  more

Abnormalities in sex hormones may contribute to brain damage of multiple sclerosis
Abnormalities in sex hormone levels may contribute to the damage to brain tissue typical of multiple sclerosis, indicates research in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.  more

Genetics makes weight loss an uphill battle of the bulge
If you're a middle-aged guy who's packed on the pounds and now is battling to take them off, it's a 50-50 shot that your jeans are fitting tighter because of your genes, according to a Saint Louis University School of Public Health study.  more


Lifestyle changes especially effective at preventing type 2 diabetes in adults aged 60 and older
About 40 percent of adults ages 40 to 74 — or 41 million people — have pre-diabetes, a condition that raises a person’s risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Studies show that while adults over 60 are at increased risk for type 2 diabetes, losing a small amount of weight and increasing physical activity is especially effective in reducing that risk among this age group.  more

Male circumcision reduces risk of HIV transmission from women to men
The first study to examine the probability of HIV infection per act of heterosexual sex among a population with multiple sexual partners has found that uncircumcised men have more than twice the risk of acquiring HIV than do circumcised men.  more

Two minutes of magnetic stimulation can change your brain for an hour
A couple of minutes is all it takes to 'knock out' bits of your brain for an hour, according to a new study by a University College London (UCL) team. The team have been working on ways to improve a method known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and are now using their adapted version of TMS to investigate possible treatments for stroke patients or those with Parkinson's disease. more

Study confirms ICDs more effective in preventing sudden cardiac death than medical therapies
Alan Kadish, M.D., associate chief of Cardiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and associate director of the Northwestern Cardiovascular Institute, authors an editorial entitled "Prophylactic Defibrillator Implantation Toward Evidence-Based Approach," which accompanies the Sudden Cardiac Death in Heart Failure Trial (SCD-HeFT) reported in the January 20 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.  more

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