Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 50 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Feb-2005
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Folic acid recommendations have had little impact on birth defects
Recommendations on use of folic acid consumption have had no detectable impact on the incidence of neural tube defects, according to an international study published on today. more

Dietary supplement fact sheet: Folate
Folate gets its name from the Latin word "folium" for leaf. A key observation of researcher Lucy Wills nearly 70 years ago led to the identification of folate as the nutrient needed to prevent the anemia of pregnancy.  more

Measuring exposure to an elemental mercury spill --- Dakota County, Minnesota, 2004
Elemental mercury spills can cause contamination of neighborhoods and homes and result in neurologic and kidney disorders in exposed persons who inhale mercury vapors. Often, however, difficulties exist in determining the magnitude of exposure and effectiveness of decontamination or in recognizing that reexposure has occurred. This report summarizes the response to an elemental mercury exposure that resulted in the decontamination of 48 persons and the subsequent analysis of blood and urine samples from 14 exposed youths aged 6--16 years. more


Heart attack treatment gap may be closing for women
Women who have suffered a heart attack or have chest pain are being prescribed appropriate drug intervention at hospital discharge at the same frequency as men, researchers reported at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke.  more

New study tests amitriptyline for painful bladder syndrome
A new study will test an FDA-approved antidepressant for its potential to alleviate bladder pain for which there is no known cause and no effective therapy. Thousands, if not millions, of patients may benefit. The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  more

UCI study finds nicotine can eliminate gender differences in brain activity
UC Irvine researchers have uncovered significant differences in the brain activity of men and women when engaged in a broad range of activities and behavior -- differences that are even more acute during impulsive or hostile acts.  more

Viagra used in stroke recovery study
Henry Ford Hospital has launched a safety study using the drug Viagra to determine if it can help patients recover from a stroke. more

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