Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 54 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Feb-2005
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Perchlorate found in dairy and breast milk samples from across the country
In a new study of breast milk and store-bought milk from across the United States, scientists at Texas Tech University found perchlorate in every sample but one. The results suggest that this thyroid-disrupting chemical may be more widespread than previously believed. more

Referrals to palliative care come too late to improve quality of life for cancer patients
Referrals to palliative care often come too late to improve quality of life for patients with cancer, a new study has found. A survey of family members of people who have died of cancer in Japan found that nearly half of respondents believed that referrals to palliative care were given too late in the course of the illness.  more

Scientific evidence for diets: don't believe everything you read
In a society increasingly fixated with body image, we are bombarded with so-called scientific evidence promoting the use of a myriad of diets. An article published today in the Open Access journal BMC Medical Research Methodology suggests that we shouldn't take everything we read at face value, as most research articles reporting weight loss studies fail to indicate crucial patient characteristics that may bias the results.  more


Hormone therapy increases risk of urinary incontinence
What has been considered a treatment for urinary incontinence--estrogen alone or with progestin--has been found to increase the incidence of incontinence in postmenopausal women, according to a study in the February 23 issue of JAMA.  more

Plant derivative attacks the roots of leukemia
A daisy-like plant known as Feverfew or Bachelor's Button, found in gardens across North America, is the source of an agent that kills human leukemia stem cells like no other single therapy, scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center's James P. Wilmot Cancer Center have discovered. Their investigation is reported in the online edition of the journal, Blood.  more

Rapid, new test develped for inherited immune deficiency; Newborn screening could detect bubble boy illness early, save lives
Researchers at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have developed a new laboratory method that rapidly identifies babies born with inherited forms of severe immune deficiency. The new genetic test, which still must be validated before widespread use, could someday be added to the panel of tests that already screen newborns for a variety of disorders.  more

Investigational transplant drug effectively preserves kidneys while avoiding toxic side effects
Physician-researchers at Emory University in Atlanta have shown an investigational medication, known as LEA29Y (belatacept), is effective in preserving transplanted kidney function while at the same time avoiding the toxic side effects that are common in the currently used long-term, immunosuppressive transplant medications. The pre-clinical research conducted with nonhuman primates at the Yerkes National Primate Research center was an important step in establishing human clinical trials to develop an effective alternative to current anti-rejection therapies. more

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