Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 72 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Mar-2005
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Computer program may detect substance abuse in older adults
Scientists have developed a new computerized screening tool that allows primary care practitioners to detect older substance-abusing adults. more

New class of tuberculosis-fighting antibiotics suggested by biochemical-pathway study
A worldwide health problem, tuberculosis kills more people than any other bacterial infection. The World Health Organization estimates that two billion people are infected with TB, and that two million people die each year from the disease.  more

Steady rise in HIV among heterosexuals in the UK
Numbers of HIV infections acquired through heterosexual intercourse in the United Kingdom are rising steadily, according to surveillance figures published online by the BMJ today. more


Blocking PLK-1 to beat bladder cancer
Surgical removal of part of, or the entire, bladder is commonly used to treat bladder cancer, causing loss of urinary and sexual functions. Thus, novel therapeutic approaches are needed. In a study appearing online on March 10 in advance of publication in the April 1 print edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Takeshi Yuasa and colleagues from Kyoto University hospital use small interfering RNA (siRNA) technology to silence a gene that they believe to be involved in cancer progression.  more

Lip piercing can lead to receding gums
Numerous case reports and a few clinical studies have examined the association between tongue piercing and receding gums, and oral piercing, typically involving the tongue and/or the lip, has been associated with periodontal complications. However, there are no such studies on lip piercing.  more

New scale predicts recovery of consciousness from coma after brain injury
A Northwestern University researcher has developed the first truly reliable measure of neurobehavioral functioning during coma from severe brain injury that predicts recovery of consciousness up to one year after injury, with up to 86 percent certainty. more

Nationwide outbreak of Salmonella enterica serotype Agona infections in infants in France, linked to infant milk formula, investigations ongoing
In January and February 2005, the Centre National de Référence des Salmonelles (French National Reference Centre for Salmonella, NRC-Salm), noted an increase in isolates of Salmonella Agona. As of 4 March, 32 isolates have been reported, which is four times more than the median number of isolates sent to the NRC-Salm during these months in 2000-2004.  more

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