Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 65 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Mar-2005
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Medical technologies may hinder rather than help newborn survival
Medical interventions during pregnancy and childbirth may not be the best way to improve newborn survival in middle-income countries, suggests a study published online today by The Lancet. more

Daily supplement may boost birthweight of babies in developing world
Giving pregnant women in the developing world a daily supplement containing 10 vitamins and five minerals could help increase the birthweight of their babies, concludes a study published online by The Lancet.  more

Surgery combined with heated chemotherapy drugs improve survival rates among peritoneal cancer patients
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have shown that surgery combined with inserting heated chemotherapy drugs directly into the abdomen can improve survival rates and quality of life in patients with several cancers that historically have a poor prognosis. more


Bungled insulin production may be a culprit in diabetes
Like pieces of origami that get mangled during folding, some insulin molecules get produced in bungled forms — as well as the correct form — inside the cells of the pancreas, new research shows.  more

Genetic link possible cause of multiple myeloma
In this month's Journal of Clinical Oncology, Henry T. Lynch, M.D., hereditary cancer expert, professor of medicine and chairman of preventive medicine at Creighton University Medical Center, calls for further study of a positive genetic link for multiple myeloma and related disorders.  more

Mold in homes doubles risk of asthma
Exposure to mold and dampness in homes as much as doubles the risk of asthma development in children, according to a study published today in the March issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP). Researchers studied 1,984 Finnish children aged 1 to 7 years over a six-year period to see if they developed asthma. Data collection included a baseline survey administered in March 1991, as well as a follow-up survey in March 1997, asking questions about the child’s health, parents’ health, parent’s highest education level, and details of the child’s environment including exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and presence of feathery or furry pets.  more

Passive smoking kills 30 people a day in the UK
Passive smoking kills at least 30 people every day at work and at home in the United Kingdom, according to a study published online by the BMJ today. more

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