Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 35 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Feb-2005
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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day is 7 February 2005
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day is observed each year on 7 February 2005 to call attention to the devastating impact of HIV and AIDS on African Americans across the United States. The observance is sponsored by a coalition of non-government organizations with support from CDC.  more

MMWR Reprint: HIV transmission among black women --- North Carolina, 2004
In 2003, women constituted 28% of human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) cases in the United States; approximately 69% of those cases were among non-Hispanic black women .  more

HIV vaccine trial breaks ground for future research
The results of the world's first phase 3 HIV vaccine efficacy trial are reported in the 1 March issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Although the vaccine was ineffective in preventing HIV infection, the trial represents a landmark in the fight against HIV and offers the scientific community a foundation on which to build future trials.  more


HIV/AIDS conspiracy theories may hamper efforts to halt the disease
Public health officials need to address conspiracy theories surrounding the spread and treatment of HIV/AIDS in African American communities, comments an editorial in this week’s issue of The Lancet.  more

Special imaging study shows failing hearts are “energy starved”
Using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) for the first time to examine energy production biochemistry in a beating human heart, Johns Hopkins researchers have found substantial energy deficits in failing hearts.  more

Older people get the big picture faster, and they are less inhibited
The long-held belief that older people perform slower and worse than younger people has been proven wrong. In a study published today in Neuron, psychologists from McMaster University discovered that the ageing process actually improves certain abilities: Older people appear to be better and faster at grasping the big picture than their younger counterparts.  more

Anti-depressants used during pregnancy linked to neonatal withdrawal syndrome
Babies exposed to anti-depressants called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) in the womb may be born with withdrawal syndrome, suggests a study published in this week’s issue of The Lancet. The authors of the study conclude that doctors should avoid or cautiously manage the prescribing of these drugs to pregnant women with psychiatric disorders. more

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