Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 46 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Feb-2005
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Salacia oblonga, a traditional medicinal herb, lowers blood sugar and insulin levels
Salacia oblonga, an herb used in traditional Indian medicine to treat diabetes, appears to have some of the same properties of prescription drugs. According to a new research, the herb lowered blood sugar and insulin levels among 39 healthy study participants.  more

Test could improve detection of prion disease in humans
A highly sensitive post-mortem test could help scientists more accurately determine if a person died of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), a human neurological disorder caused by the same class of infectious proteins that trigger mad cow disease, according to a new study supported in part by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The finding opens the possibility that such testing might be refined in the future so it can be used to detect prion disease in living people and animals before the onset of symptoms.  more

Clot-busting drugs may help detect potentially deadly leg clots
A possible diagnostic use for clot-dissolving drugs such as tPA has been found by Medical College of Georgia researchers working to improve a test that identifies potentially deadly blood clots in the legs.  more


Findings suggests that blocking estrogen may be crucial to lung cancer survival
New and effective treatments for lung cancer may rest on their ability to hinder the action of estrogen in lung cancer cells, according to two studies published in the current issue of Cancer Research. The University of Pittsburgh studies build on current knowledge about the relationship between estrogen and lung cancer growth and suggest that blocking estrogen may be vitally important to improving survival from the disease.  more

New guidelines for treating community-acquired pneumonia
A revised and updated "Guidelines for the Management of Adults with Community-Acquired Pneumonia," last published by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) in 1993, incorporates new information on bacteriology, patient stratification, diagnostic evaluation, antibiotic therapy, and prevention. The new Guidelines, updated by an ATS expert committee, are included in the second issue for February 2005 of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  more

Singulair (montelukast sodium) significantly reduces asthma exacerbations in young children
Singulair (montelukast sodium), a leukotriene receptor antagonist, significantly decreased the rate of exacerbations and lengthened the time between exacerbations in 2- to 5-year-old asthma patients who suffered from intermittent symptoms. The researchers pointed out that montelukast significantly reduced by almost 32 percent the rate of exacerbations over 12 months, as compared with results from patients on placebo.  more

Prescribing information: Singulair (montelukast sodium)
Singulair® (montelukast sodium) is a prescription medicine approved to help control asthma in adults and children as young as 12 months and to help relieve the symptoms of seasonal allergies in adults and children as young as 2 years. more

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