Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 66 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Mar-2005
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Tobacco industry pays scientists to challenge secondhand smoke's link to infant death risk
The link between secondhand smoke and sudden infant death has been discredited in the last few years in scientific articles paid for and influenced by cigarette manufacturers, according to a new study of once-secret industry documents. more

Researchers discover link between insulin and Alzheimer's
Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Medical School have discovered that insulin and its related proteins are produced in the brain, and that reduced levels of both are linked to Alzheimer's disease. The findings are reported in the March issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.  more

Severe injuries on the rise among children and adolescents riding motorbikes
The use of motorbikes among children and adolescents is dangerous, on the rise and leading to a greater number of injuries, according to a new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study. In addition, the study shows that children often ride motorbikes on public roads and, most of the time, without wearing helmets, leading to significantly increased severity of injury.  more


Eye contact triggers threat signals in autistic children's brains
Brain tests at the University of Wisconsin-Madison suggest that autistic children shy from eye contact because they perceive even the most familiar face as an uncomfortable threat.  more

St. John's wort amplifies effect of blood thinner Plavix
The widely used herbal remedy St. John's wort appears to amplify the action of the popular blood-thinning drug clopidogrel, sold as Plavix, a small new clinical study finds.  more

Discovery clarifies role of peptide in biological clock
A biologist at Washington University in St. Louis is giving the VIP treatment to laboratory mice in hopes of unraveling more clues about our biological clock.  more

Depression predicts heart rhythm abnormalities in heart attack patients
Duke University Medical Center investigators have found a strong association between depression and the incidence of irregular and rapid beating of the heart's main pumping chambers in patients who have been hospitalized for a heart attack. more

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