Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 34 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Feb-2005
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New way to block pox shows promise in lab study
Acute viral infections, including smallpox, may be halted by aiming a drug not at the virus but at the cellular machinery it needs to spread from cell to cell — an approach that might eliminate the problem of antiviral drug resistance, report researchers supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  more

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm
This statement summarizes the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations on screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and the supporting scientific evidence, and updates the 1996 recommendations contained in the Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, second edition.  more

Rheumatoid arthritis patients at higher risk for unrecognized heart disease and cardiac sudden death
People with rheumatoid arthritis not only have a higher risk of coronary heart disease than those in the general population, but they have more silent, unrecognized heart attacks and sudden cardiac deaths, according to a Mayo Clinic study.  more


One year study finds local steroid injection as effective as surgery for symptomatic relief of carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is the most recognized occupational maladies as well as one of the most reported. Marked by numbness, weakness, and pain in the wrist and hand particularly the thumb and index finger, and frequently shooting up the arm CTS occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm to the base of the palm, becomes compressed.  more

Opportunity missed: TIA patients receive less aggressive attention than those with stroke
Transient ischemic attack (TIA) patients receive less aggressive diagnostic testing, treatment and education compared to stroke patients, which is a missed opportunity to prevent permanent disability or death, researchers reported at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2005.  more

Information for patients: NINDS Transient ischemic attack information page
A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is a transient stroke that lasts only a few minutes. It occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is briefly interrupted. TIA symptoms, which usually occur suddenly, are similar to those of stroke but do not last as long. Most symptoms of a TIA disappear within an hour, although they may persist for up to 24 hours. Symptoms can include: numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body; confusion or difficulty in talking or understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; and difficulty with walking, dizziness, or loss of balance and coordination.  more

New treatment rivals chemotherapy for lymphoma; 95 percent of patients respond to radioactive antibody treatment
A new form of treatment for lymphoma that takes a fraction of the time of traditional chemotherapy with fewer side effects caused tumors to shrink in 95 percent of patients, a new study by researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found. more

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