Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 80 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Mar-2005
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New colorectal cancer screening recommendations for African Americans
Physician experts from the American College of Gastroenterology have issued new recommendations to healthcare providers to begin colorectal cancer screening in African Americans at age 45 rather than 50 years. Colonoscopy is the preferred method of screening for colorectal cancer and data support the recommendation that African-Americans begin screening at a younger age because of the high incidence of colorectal cancer and a greater prevalence of proximal or right-sided polyps and cancerous lesions in this population.  more

Human stem cell line looks promising for Parkinson's disease studies
There is a great deal of interest in the potential uses of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) for therapeutic purposes, such as transplantation. These cells can also be used as models to study how human nerve cells develop or how diseases progress. In Parkinson's disease for example, a way to study human dopaminergic neurons is potentially of great value.  more

New findings on the role of inflammation in allergic disease
The protein vascular endothelial growth factor may represent a new marker for airway inflammation, according to research presented today at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) in San Antonio. more


Mold allergy a bigger health concern than toxic mold
Mold is normally present in all homes, but is usually harmful only in large concentrations to allergic or sensitive individuals according to a report published in this month’s Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the scientific journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI).  more

Eating seafood that contains toxic substances can effect the nervous system
Eating seafood containing toxic substances can have serious neurological as well as gastrointestinal effects, reveals a review in the April issue of The Lancet Neurology.  more

Diagnostic test for range of blood disorders on the horizon
Scientists have discovered a single mutation that is responsible for a number of blood disorders, reporting their findings in this week’s issue of The Lancet.  more

Patient with drug-resistant form of HIV identified
Researchers have identified a patient with a unique variant of HIV that is resistant to multiple classes of antiretroviral drugs and associated with the rapid development of AIDS, reporting their findings in this week’s issue of The Lancet.  more

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