Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 73 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-March-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-March-2005
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Review: Arthritis
Arthritis literally means joint inflammation, and it can affect joints in any part of the body. Joints are places in the body where two bones meet.  more

The case: The hidden mystery
A 45-year-old woman with a history of morbid obesity and diabetes mellitus was transferred to a tertiary care center for management of diffuse abdominal pain, vomiting, and subjective fevers. Upon transfer, the patient was febrile with stable vital signs. Examination revealed a diffusely tender abdomen with chronic erythematous changes extending over her abdomen including her pannus. Empiric broad-spectrum antibiotics were started for presumed cellulitis. The consulting surgeon recommended repeat abdominal imaging, but the patient was unable to fit in the CT scanner or MRI due to her obesity. She was observed and her abdominal pain was treated with opiates.  more

Age shouldn’t be a factor in kidney transplantation
Growing evidence suggests that age alone shouldn’t prevent older adults from being organ donors – or having a kidney transplant themselves – according to researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The findings could help alleviate a serious shortage of organs for transplantation.  more


Blood levels of flame retardant are rising
Levels of commercial flame retardants in human blood samples have risen sharply since the 1970s even as levels of dioxin and other "persistent organic pollutants" have decreased.  more

Sharing clinical trial results with participants may be beneficial
Offering patients the results of clinical trials that they have participated in could have a positive effect, suggests a study published in his week’s issue of The Lancet.  more

Many children are undervaccinated in their first 2 years of life
Approximately one-third of U.S. children were undervaccinated for more than six months and one-fourth experienced delays in receiving many of the recommended vaccinations during their first 24 months of life.  more

Mega doses of green tea extract may help, not hinder, tumor growth
Many people around the world drink green tea in hopes of warding off cancer, heart disease and immune system ailments, but people who take supplements made from concentrated tea extract with the goal of multiplying those benefits should think twice. more

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