Vidyya Medical News Service
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Volume 7 Issue 48 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Feb-2005
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Changing chemistry helps explain estrogen threat to the heart
A piece of the topical puzzle of how estrogen goes from protecting women from heart disease to apparently increasing their risk later in life may have been found.  more

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Could schizophrenia arise from a single defect?
Researchers have long puzzled over the apparently multiple causes of complex developmental disorders such as schizophrenia. Individuals seem to be predisposed to the disease by a tragic, mysterious combination of genetics, prenatal trauma, viral infection, and early experience. And its array of symptoms--including hallucinations, delusions, paranoia, and antisocial behavior--has defied simple explanation.  more

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No increase in C-sections when epidural analgesia given early in labor
Injecting spinal-epidural analgesia in early labor does not increase cesarean delivery rates and provides better pain relief and a shorter duration of labor than systemic opioid analgesia  more

 


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Immediate access to antibiotics stems spread of STDs
In an editorial to be published in The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers at Johns Hopkins offer their support for a study which shows that providing faster, more direct access to antibiotics for partners of newly infected patients reduces re-infection rates and spread of sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia, compared to standard practice.  more

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Inherited gene may increase risk for prostate cancer by 50%
A single gene variant may increase a manís risk of prostate cancer by 50%, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and published this week in Cancer Research.  more

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Faster, less expensive test proven more effective in detecting bladder cancer
Physicians now have a more dependable, less expensive tool to help detect bladder cancer earlier.  more

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America's children and the environment (ACE) [pdf file 1.4MB]
Americaís Children and the Environment brings together, in one place, quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in levels of environmental contaminants in air, water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies of mothers and children; and childhood diseases that may be influenced by environmental factors.  more

 
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