Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 70 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Mar-2005
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Fractured leg bone not the end of Tutankhamen mystery
Robert Connolly, Senior Lecturer in Physical Anthropology from the University's Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Biology, is working with the Egyptian authorities to analyse recent findings from a CT scan of the mummy and has been asked to comment on suggestions by scientists that Tutankhamen died as a result of an infection following an injury to the femur bone.  more

Biologists discover why 10% of Europeans are safe from HIV infection
Biologists at the University of Liverpool have discovered how the plagues of the Middle Ages have made around 10% of Europeans resistant to HIV.  more

BMJ: Failure to count Iraqi casualties is irresponsible
An international group of public health experts has accused the British and American governments of being "wholly irresponsible" over their failure to count Iraqi casualties. more


Researchers identify gene that plays major role in age-related blindness disease
By combining the tools of high-throughput biology and statistical genetics, scientists at Rockefeller University, Yale University School of Public Health and the National Eye Institute have identified a gene that confers susceptibility to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of vision loss in the United Sates for those over 60. Reported in the March 10 issue of Science Express, the finding opens the door for new investigations of the role of genes in developing AMD and possible treatments for this disease.  more

FDA issues public health advisory informing health care providers of safety concerns associated with the use of two eczema drugs, Elidel and Protopic
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today advised health care professionals to prescribe Elidel (pimecrolimus) and Protopic (tacrolimus) only as directed and only after other eczema treatments have failed to work because of a potential cancer risk associated with their use. In addition, FDA is adding a black box warning to the health professional label for the two products and developing a Medication Guide for patients.  more

Turkey hunting most dangerous, deer hunting most deadly
Turkey hunters have higher rates of shooting-related injuries than hunters of other species in Pennsylvania, according to a Penn State College of Medicine study.  more

Busy brains may stave off Alzheimer's signs
Mice who keep their brains and bodies busy in an "enriched" environment of chew toys, running wheels, and tunnels have lower levels of the peptides and brain plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease compared to mice raised in more sparse conditions, according to a new study in the 11 March issue of the journal Cell. more

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