Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 81 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Mar-2005
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Traffic fumes damage DNA
Traffic fumes damage DNA, finds a small study in Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  more

DNA 'packaging' linked with cancer
New laboratory findings at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggest that what lies outside cancer cells is at least as important as the genes inside in explaining a tumor's malignancy.  more

Study finds anticonvulsant drug poses greater birth-defect risk than suspected
Use of the anticonvulsant drug valproate during pregnancy may pose a significantly great risk of birth defects than does use of other antiseizure medications. In the March 22 issue of Neurology, researchers from the North American AED (Antiepileptic Drug) Pregnancy Registry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) report that women taking valproate alone had a fourfold increased risk of having a child with a major malformation, compared with the risk among women taking other anticonvulsants.  more


Mold allergy a bigger health concern than toxic mold
DEPAKOTE (divalproex sodium) is indicated for the treatment of the manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder. A manic episode is a distinct period of abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive, or irritable mood. The drug is also indicated as monotherapy and adjunctive therapy in the treatment of patients with complex partial seizures that occur either in isolation or in association with other types of seizures. And finally, DEPAKOTE is indicated for prophylaxis of migraine headaches.  more

Breath may help diagnose infection
Researchers from Johns Hopkins University are developing a novel method of testing exhaled breath to detect infection rapidly after potential exposure to a biological warfare agent. They report their findings today at the 2005 ASM Biodefense Research Meeting. more

Donor age has no affect on long-term liver transplant survival
A new study on the effect of donor age on survival and recurrence of hepatitis C after liver transplantation found that it influenced short-term survival, but had no long-term effect.  more

Study supports use of aspirin in treating pregnancy disorder
A new study led by Queen’s University researcher Colin Funk provides indirect support for the use of low-dose aspirin therapy in preventing and treating pre-eclampsia – a pregnancy disorder that is often harmful to both mother and fetus. more

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