Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 7 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jan-2005
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HRT associated with increased risk of stroke
In a study appearing in the 6 January 2005 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine patients who were found to have low C-reactive protein levels after treatment fared better than those with higher CRP levels, regardless of their post-therapy cholesterol level. So, when trying to thwart heart disease, is it CRP or cholesterol doctors and patients should monitor? More and more research shows that it's CRP.  more

NIH researchers find genetic key to HIV/AIDS risk
People with more copies of a gene that helps to fight HIV are less likely to become infected with the virus or to develop AIDS than those of the same geographical ancestry, such as European Americans, who have fewer copies of the gene, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  more

'Direct genomic selection' method simplifies genetic disease hunting
Thanks to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, it is now easier to search long stretches of DNA for genetic changes associated with disease.  more


Vitamin C not an exercise performance enhancer
In a reversal of previous studies, real exercise capacity wasn't improved for men or women, young or old by either acute or long-term Vitamin C ingestion.  more

Older patients require prescription practices based on aging metabolism
An aging body handles medications differently from a younger body. As a result, there's a widening need for prescribing physicians to be aware of inappropriate prescriptions for the elderly.  more

New laryngectomy procedure allows for quick recovery, preservation of voice box
A new procedure for the treatment of cancer of the larynx allows for quicker recovery and shorter hospital stays. The procedure saves the voice box and helps patients retain the ability to speak. It is currently being used by surgeons at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. more

Study: Isolatimg patients with MRSA does not reduce cross-infection
A UK study published 7 January 2005 suggests that the approach of isolating intensive-care patients infected with MRSA does not reduce cross-infection. Authors of the study caution that this finding should not be extended to general hospital wards, and needs further confirmation from larger studies. more

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