Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 61 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Mar-2005
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Researchers uncover mutated genes involved in lung cancer; one affects nonsmokers
Lung cancer patients who have never smoked are more likely than smokers to harbor one of two genetic mutations that researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have now linked to the disease. more

Columbia study shows widely used artery clearing device does not help patients during heart attack
Interventional cardiologists from Columbia University Medical Center have shown that a commonly used procedure to remove fatty debris from blocked arteries during a heart attack does not improve patient outcomes.  more

African-Americans receive less aggressive heart attack treatment
According to a study at the Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, African-Americans continue to receive less aggressive treatment for heart attack than whites. more


FDA issues public health advisory on Tysabri, a new drug for MS
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today issued a public health advisory to inform patients and health care providers about the suspended marketing of Tysabri (nataluzimab) while the agency and the manufacturer evaluate two serious adverse events reported with its use.  more

New treatment for inflammatory bowel disease
An anti-inflammatory therapy utilizing proteins called type 1 interferon IFN-alpha and IFN-beta (IFN-α/β) has been shown by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and their colleagues in Japan and Israel to offer relief in mouse models of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the two major forms of the painful, chronic condition called inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects nearly 1 million Americans.  more

Folic acid and vitamin B12 decrease risk of hip fracture in stroke patients
Patients who took folic acid and vitamin B12 after their stroke had a reduced risk of hip fracture compared to patients who took placebo, according to an article in the 2 March issue of JAMA.  more

Increasing physician volume requirement could improve mammogram accuracy, study concludes
Increasing the minimum number of mammograms a physician reads annually might improve the overall accuracy of screening mammography in the United States. more

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