Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 83 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Mar-2005
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Cardiac deaths peak in sleep hours for patients with sleep apnea
The increased risk among patients with OSA is striking because it comes when cardiac deaths in the general population are at their low point.  more

Advances in treatment of intractable pain
Recordings on stone tablets from ancient civilizations provide evidence that ancient civilizations treated pain with pressure, heat, water, and sun. Some early cultures believed that pain was associated with evil, magic, and demons, and so pain relief was the responsibility of sorcerers, priests, and priestesses.  more

NIH state-of-the-science panel calls for "demedicalization" of menopause
An independent panel convened this week by the National Institutes of Health found that many women move through the menopausal transition with few disabling symptoms, and that it is important that menopause not be viewed as a disease.  more


UT Southwestern researchers uncover gene variant that appears to predict type 2 diabetes
A particular gene variant that could serve as a predictor for type 2 diabetes has been identified by researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  more

Benefits of lung cancer screening with CT questioned
Annual screening with helical computed tomography (CT) can help radiologists detect lung cancers at their earliest, most curable stage, but has not been shown to reduce mortality from the disease, according to a study published in the April issue of the journal Radiology.  more

Stanford patient is first to test new treatment for peripheral arterial disease
For several years, crippling leg pain has prevented Joan Erickson from walking more than a block. If she paused to rest, she could walk a little more, but not enough to continue playing golf, her favorite pastime.  more

Risky surgery not always necessary to treat cervical disease
Revolutionary advancements in the treatment options for diseases associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) now include nonsurgical options such as chemoprevention and vaccines.  more

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