Volume 7 Issue 333
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Dec-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Dec-2005

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Penicillin, amoxicillin: Step aside for strep throat treatment

Doctors today presented more evidence that it's time for long-time antibiotic stalwarts like penicillin and amoxicillin to step aside when it comes to the treatment of strep throat. more  

Toward the future of cancer prevention

It's a question that has emerged in the past 20 years, given advances in screening and early diagnosis, rapid developments in genetics and molecular biology, and progress in the treatment of early disease and in next-generation targeted therapies. more

Drugs as effective as surgery for management of GERD

Drugs can be as effective as surgery for management of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), according to a report released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report is the first Comparative Effectiveness Review from a new AHRQ program that compares alternative treatments for health conditions. more  

FDA notifies health care professionals of problem with Baxter Healthcare's Meridian hemodialysis instrument

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing that Baxter Healthcare Corporation of Deerfield, Ill., has initiated a worldwide recall of its Meridian Hemodialysis Instrument because of reports of hemolysis (red blood cell destruction) that can result in kidney damage, anemia, and other serious health consequences. The hemolysis is caused by kinking in the blood tubing sets used with the Meridian. This has contributed to one death and one serious injury. more

Perceived ball size correlates with batting average 

Athletes often say that when they are playing well – shooting hoops, hitting baseballs, catching passes – the ball appears bigger. Likewise, they say that when they are in a slump the ball appears smaller. When Mickey Mantle hit a 565-foot home run he said, “I just saw the ball as big as a grapefruit.” But Joe “Ducky” Medwick of the St. Louis Cardinals said during a slump that he was “swinging at aspirins.” more

Switching to new anti-bacterial targets: Riboswitches  

The recently emerged field of bacterial riboswitches may be a good hunting ground for effective targets against bacterial infection, according to a report by Yale researchers in the journal Chemistry and Biology. more

Researchers make long DNA 'wires' for future medical devices

Ohio State University researchers have invented a process for uncoiling long strands of DNA and forming them into precise patterns. more


A new study by University of Virginia psychologists has found a correlation between batting averages of softball players and how big, or small, they perceived the ball to be.