Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 59 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Feb-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Mar-2005
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Hormone therapy for prostate cancer can affect men's thinking
A new study finds men treated with hormone therapy for prostate cancer may experience temporary cognitive changes that can affect verbal fluency, visual recognition and visual memory. The study, published in the 1 April 1 2005 issue of Cancer, finds the degree of cognitive dysfunction appeared to be related to a decline in serum estradiol brought on by hormonal treatment.  more

Analysis shows drug could save lives from prostate cancer
A new analysis shows the drug finasteride will save lives if given to men to prevent prostate cancer.  more

Mystery blood vessel disorder implicated in 'mini' strokes
Physicians have long been puzzled by a condition called intracranial arterial dolichoectasia, in which the larger arteries of the brain become elongated and misshapen. Typically, it has been considered a complication of atherosclerosis ("hardening of the arteries"), and not directly life-threatening. However, there is recent evidence that people with dolichoectasia are more likely to have aortic aneurysms, a potentially fatal weakening of the main artery that carries blood out from the heart. more


Poor prenatal nutrition permanently damages function of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas
Scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center have discovered one reason why infants with low birth weight have a high potential of developing type 2 diabetes later in life. In studies of mice, the researchers found that poor prenatal nutrition impairs the pancreas's ability to later secrete enough insulin in response to blood glucose.  more

Infectious microorganism linked to kidney stones
NASA researchers announce a potential cause of rapid kidney stone formation in astronauts on space travels. The authors of a study published in Kidney International call for a "Major Initiative" to investigate nanobacteria.  more

LRRK2 gene causes Parkinson's disease in several North American and European families
Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida, leading a team of researchers in the United States and Europe, have discovered that a novel mutation in the recently identified LRRK2 gene causes parkinsonism in several North American and European families. Their findings will be reported in the April edition of the American Journal of Human Genetics. The disease-causing G2019S mutation in the LRRK2 gene is the first time a genetic cause has been associated with typical, late-onset Parkinson's disease.  more

Ankle sprains show link to development of osteoarthritis
Ankle sprains may predispose a patient to osteoarthritis according to a study presented at the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society’s Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, DC.  more

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