Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 36 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Feb-2005
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Infectious agent linked to mad cow disease found in organs other than the brain
Prions, infectious proteins associated with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or Mad Cow Disease, were previously thought to accumulate mainly in the brain, but Yale and University of Zurich researchers report in Science that other organs can also become infected.  more

New surgical procedure could save millions
A new procedure that could save millions of dollars annually in medical costs and result in much better patient outcomes and satisfaction was performed for the first time in the world this week at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.  more

Methamphtetamine's ruinous effects on children documented in Midwest study
In its destructive effect on rural families and their children, methamphetamine may be in a class of its own, based on the first study from an ongoing research project in seven Central Illinois counties, conducted by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  more


Premature births from inflammation and infection rapidly detected by proteomics technology
A combination of four proteins that result from inflammation and infection and lead to premature birth can be rapidly and accurately detected in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women using proteomics technology, Yale researchers report in two studies in the February issue of British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  more

Substance protects resilient Staph bacteria
Researchers have identified a promising new target in their fight against a dangerous bacterium that sickens people in hospitals, especially people who receive medical implants such as catheters, artificial joints and heart valves.  more

Natural products for cancer treatment
Lined up in a glass cabinet in one of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) drug discovery labs is what looks like a miniature tea brewing factory. Pieces of roughly ground plants in deep yellows, greens, and reddish browns soak in glass containers about the size of two-liter bottles. Like many teas, these plants hail from exotic locales--Madagascar, South East Asia, South America. But some soak in organic solvents about as drinkable as gasoline.  more

Dramatic rise in esophageal adenocarcinoma appears to be real
Between 1975 and 2001, the number of cases of esophageal adenocarcinoma rose faster than for any other major cancer type in the United States, increasing more than six-fold from 3.8 to 23.3 cases per million people in that time period.  more

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