Vidyya Medical News Service
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

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

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


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

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

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

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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