Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 49 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Feb-2005
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Not just kids' stuff: Antidepressants may be associated with suicidal behavior in adults
Antidepressant drugs may be associated with an increased risk of suicidal behavior, particularly in the early stages of treatment, shows new evidence in this week's BMJ. more

Statement by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH): "Impact of influenza vaccination on seasonal mortality in the US elderly population" by Simonsen et al.
A study published this week in the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that vaccination of the elderly population against influenza may be less effective in preventing death among the elderly than previously assumed. This study's findings have caused some confusion about whether people 65 years old and older should receive an influenza vaccination.  more

Better prostate test: New marker in urine may improve PSA testing, reduce unnecessary biopsies
Men middle-aged and older routinely get blood tests for prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, to screen for prostate cancer. However, PSA testing has shortcomings: many men with elevated PSAs don't have prostate cancer and undergo unnecessary biopsies, which can cause infertility, incontinence, and impotence. more


Epilepsy and depression - A two-way street?
Researchers have noted a higher incidence of depression among patients with epilepsy than the general population or others with chronic conditions such as diabetes. For a long time, depression was thought to be a complication of epilepsy.  more

HIV patients may be at risk of heart problems when taking protease inhibitor drugs
A widely-used class of drugs that keep the HIV-virus infection from progressing to AIDS may cause serious and potentially lethal heart rhythm disturbances in some patients.  more

MSU discovery offers cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment hopes
Michigan State University researchers have found that a certain gene, expressed within a human adult stem cell, could hold the key to not only offering new hope to cancer patients, but also to answering the question of how cancer originates.  more

Mayo Clinic study finds obese kidney donors face few increased risks
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that obese individuals in otherwise good health who donated a kidney had outcomes similar to their non-obese counterparts. The study is published in the March issue of the American Journal of Transplantation.  more

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