Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 84 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Mar-2005
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NIAID initiates trial of experimental avian flu vaccine
Fast-track recruitment has begun for a trial to investigate the safety of a vaccine against H5N1 avian influenza, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), announced this week.  more

New studies suggest airborne SARS transmission is possible
Two new studies present evidence that the virus causing severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) may spread through the air, not just through direct contact with contaminated water droplets as previous research had shown.  more

FDA Approves first-of-kind device to treat descending thoracic aneurysms
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved a new device that is intended to prevent ruptures of descending thoracic aneurysms by making a new path for blood flow. The GORE TAG Endoprosthesis System is the first endovascular grafting system approved to treat aneurysms of the thoracic aorta, the main artery that carries blood in the body.  more


UCSD researchers maintain stem cells without contaminated animal feeder layers
The growth and maintenance of human embryonic stem cells in the absence of contaminated animal products has been demonstrated by University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine researchers in the Whittier Institute*, La Jolla, California.  more

Researchers discover molecule that causes secondary stroke
Scientists at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine have discovered the cause of a deadly type of secondary stroke known as cerebral vasospasm.  more

Fish oil holds promise in Alzheimer's fight
Even our grandmothers told us fish was "brain food"--and now scientists have evidence to back the claim.  more

Is it cancer or is it nothing? The answer may be found within three genes
New research suggests that physicians can distinguish between a type of thyroid cancer and an identical-looking, non-cancerous thyroid condition by simply determining the activity of three genes.  more

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