Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 31 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Feb-2005
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Parkinson's disease clinical researchers invited to submit study information to new patient website
Clinical researchers seeking patient volunteers within the U.S. are invited to submit information about their clinical trial to a new patient website dedicated to Parkinson's clinical trials.  more

Recognizing new aneurysm syndrome can save lives
A research team led by Johns Hopkins doctors has defined the physical traits and genetic basis of a new aortic aneurysm syndrome that is extremely aggressive and can cause death in early childhood. Early diagnosis of the syndrome and rapid surgical repair of the swollen aorta can save lives, the researchers report in the Jan. 30 advance online section of Nature Geneticsmore

15 minutes training enough to save lives with an automated external defibrillator
Just fifteen minutes of training could make it possible for anyone to use a defibrillator to stop sudden cardiac arrest. A study published today in the journal Critical Care shows that a brief training session is all that is needed for safe and efficient use of an automated external defibrillator.  more


Scientists reveal cells' 'energy factories' linked to cancer
University of Glasgow scientists have discovered how mitochondria - the energy factories in our cells - can sustain a cancer, reporting their findings in a new study published in Cancer Cell.  more

Progesterone therapy could prevent thousands of preterm births
Nearly 10,000 preterm births could have been prevented in 2002 if all pregnant women at high risk for a premature baby and eligible for weekly injections of a derivative of the hormone progesterone had received them.  more

HIPAA cuts research recruitment by more than half
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) designed to enhance patient confidentiality by restricting access to medical records is slowing the progress of critical biomedical research. more

In the genes: Explaining why women develop MS more than men
Why do women develop multiple sclerosis (MS) almost twice as often as men? Physicians have long been intrigued by this fact -- and now a Mayo Clinic-led international research team has identified a genetic variation that may explain it. more

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