Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 51 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Feb-2005
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Gene therapy converts dead bone graft to new, living tissue
Researchers have created a way to transform the dead bone of a transplanted skeletal graft into living tissue in an experiment involving mice. The advance, which uses gene therapy to stimulate the body into treating the foreign splint as living bone, is a promising development for the thousands of cancer and trauma patients each year who suffer with fragile and failing bone grafts. more

Drugs used to treat Alzheimer's in nursing homes are worsening sufferers' illness
Quetiapine, a drug commonly used in nursing homes to treat agitation and related symptoms in people with Alzheimers' disease actually worsens patients' illness, speeding up their rate of decline significantly, says a paper published this week on  more

Unemployed women at higher risk for cardiovascular disease
Women who have been fired or laid off from their jobs face not only emotional distress, but also have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, researchers reported today at the at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke. more


'Marital strain' increases women's risk of death, heart disease
Married women who avoid conflict with their spouses have an increased risk of dying from any cause, researchers report today at the Second International Conference on Women, Heart Disease and Stroke.  more

Common virus becomes a new target for cancer treatment
A typically innocuous virus found in 90 percent of people worldwide is the key to a new treatment for a cancer particularly common in North Africa and Southeast Asia. A new study showing that antigens produced by the Epstein Barr virus may provide an ideal target for therapy will be published in the 1 March 2005, issue of Blood, the official journal of the American Society of Hematology.  more

Standford researchers: Brain-scanning technologies need standards
Researchers have developed ever more sensitive ways of peering into the brain to seek out explanations for brain disease. In most cases these technologies are good news for patients, bringing new ways of understanding health and treatment options. However, standards defining ethical ways of moving forward with the new technology are needed in order to prevent abuse.  more

Study finds new designer drug is potent treatment for chronic myelogenous leukemia
A laboratory study led by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has shown that a potent and highly selective therapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) may ultimately be more effective than Gleevec®, the current standard of care.  more

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