Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 74 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-March-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-March-2005
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Diabetes triples risk of liver cancer
Diabetic patients run three times the risk of developing liver cancer, suggests a large US study in Gut.  more

New lease of life for thalidomide as cancer treatment?
The drug thalidomide may have a new lease of life as a cancer treatment. A small study published in Gut suggests that it slows down the weight loss and wasting associated with advanced disease in patients with pancreatic cancer.  more

Study examines rates of injection drug use in metropolitan areas
A study that estimates the prevalence of injection drug use in 96 U.S. metropolitan areas places the lowest rate of this practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the highest in Fresno, California.  more


Sex, drug use increase risk of teen depression, suicide
Teens who engage in sexual intercourse and/or drug abuse (including abuse of alcohol and tobacco) are significantly more likely than youth who abstain from such activities to become depressed, have suicidal thoughts, and attempt suicide.  more

Dopamine connection seen in HIV dementia
A study by NIDA Director Dr. Nora D. Volkow, Dr. Gene-Jack Wang, Dr. Linda Chang, and others at NIDA and Brookhaven National Laboratory is the first to show that people with HIV dementia experience dopamine decreases in their brains. Dopamine is a brain chemical associated with pleasure/reward and motivation.  more

MRI detects earliest stages of heart disease in coronary arteries
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is an effective tool for evaluating endothelial dysfunction functional abnormalities within the lining of coronary arteries one of the earliest warning signs of heart disease, according to a study presented today at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American College of Cardiology. The promising results show for the first time that CMR offers a direct, noninvasive method for detection of the earliest abnormalities in the walls of the coronary arteries.  more

To control germs, scientists deploy tiny agents provocateurs
Aiming to thwart persistent bacterial infections and better control group behaviors of certain microorganisms, scientists are creating artificial chemicals that infiltrate and sabotage bacterial "mobs." more

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