Volume 7 Issue 268
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Oct-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Oct-2005

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Pediatric surgeon looks to fetal cells to repair birth defects

Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston report using tissue engineering to reconstruct defective tracheas (windpipes) in fetal lambs, first using cells from the amniotic fluid to grow sections of cartilage tube, and then implanting these living grafts into the lambs while still in the womb. more  

UK foot and mouth epidemic was a human tragedy, not just an animal one

The 2001 UK foot and mouth disease epidemic was a human tragedy, not just an animal one, concludes a study published online by the BMJ today. more

Drug can reduce risk of death, heart attack, and stroke in diabetes patients

A diabetes drug called pioglitazone can reduce the risk of death, heart attack, and stroke in high-risk patients with type 2 diabetes, concludes an article in this week’s issue of The Lancet. more  

Early treatment of AMD with macugen may preserve vision

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness in older patients in the developed world. Vascular endothelial growth factor is one of the key mediators stimulating the abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage characteristic of the exudative (wet) form of the condition. Pegaptanib sodium (Macugen) is a new treatment for exudative AMD, and has been shown to stabilize vision in approximately 70 percent of cases. more

Prescribing information: Macugen (pegaptanimb sodium) 

Macugen is used to treat adults with an eye problem called the wet form (neovascular) of age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration causes vision loss leading to blindness. more

Protect hearing now or face irreversible damage  

Plugging into the latest music may mean you are setting yourself up to tune it out in the future. The popularity of personal listening devices, such as MP3 players, is not welcome news to experts such as Barbara McLay, who oversees a hearing conservation program at the University of Missouri-Columbia. more

How gene variant may contribute to cancer development

A relatively common cancer susceptibility gene appears to be frequently acquired in metastatic lesions from colorectal cancer, and give cancer cells a growth advantage, according to a study in the October 5 issue of JAMA. more

 

Pegaptanib sodium (Macugen) is a new treatment for exudative AMD, and has been shown to stabilize vision in approximately 70 percent of cases.