Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 68 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Mar-2005
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Husbands' careers still trump wives' as dual-degree couples ponder job relocation, study suggests
Single men and women with college degrees are generally more likely to move to a big city to pursue job opportunities. Whether a married woman makes this potentially career-enhancing relocation depends largely on if her husband holds a college degree, suggests a study by economists at Washington University in St. Louis.  more

Combining PET and CT scans leads to more accurate radiation therapy for lung cancer patients
Using Positron Emission Tomography in addition to Computed Tomography can reduce the amount of radiation exposure to normal tissue in some lung cancer patients  more

PET scanning better for heart disease diagnosis, management: Could cut use of angiograms and bypass surgery, as well as patient costs
Using positron emission tomography (PET) scanning rather than other types of imaging as the first tool to diagnose heart-vessel blockages is more accurate, less invasive and saves dollars, a study by University at Buffalo researchers has shown. more


Closing in on a vaccine for breast cancer: Clinical trials could begin soon
Progress toward development of a breast cancer vaccine has been reported by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and the Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis.  more

NCI creates gene expression database of normal human organ tissue
Researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have built the largest open-source database for normal tissue from human organs. Scientists searching for genes that go awry and cause disease can use the NCI database as a crucial point of reference because it pinpoints which genes are expressed in many of the body's major organs under normal conditions (without known disease).  more

Recommendations of the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee: Guidance on public reporting of healthcare-associated infections
The Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) today released recommendations for policymakers who are seeking to create mandatory public reporting systems of healthcare-associated infections. This document represents the consensus opinion of HICPAC. HICPAC is a federal advisory committee that was established in 1991 to provide advice and guidance to the Department of Health and Human Services and CDC regarding surveillance, prevention, and control of HAIs and related events in healthcare settings.  more

Norovirus found to cause travelerís diarrhea
A majority of travelerís diarrhea cases among U.S. travelers to Mexico and Guatemala were attributed to Norovirus, a common cause of nonbacterial gastroenteritis outbreaks usually associated with developed countries, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other institutions.  more

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