Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 85 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Mar-2005
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New evaluation tool reliably predicts recovery from coma
A Department of Veterans Affairs and Northwestern University researcher has developed the first reliable measure of neurobehavioral functioning that will help physicians predict the likelihood of a patient recovering consciousness during coma from severe brain injury within the first year of injury--with up to 86 percent certainty.  more

New study links colic, maternal depression to family problems
Some families with new babies face excessive infant crying, or colic. And some new mothers go through maternal post-partum depression (PPD) following childbirth. Neither situation is considered healthy, but a recent study published in the Infant Mental Health Journal has found that the combined impact of colic and PPD can have a highly toxic outcome. Researchers have linked colicky babies and maternal depression to decrease in overall family functioning.  more

Genetically modified natural killer immune cells attack, kill leukemia cells
Natural killer (NK) immune system cells can be genetically modified to brandish a powerful "on-switch" that prompts them to aggressively attack and kill leukemic cells. This finding, from researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, suggests a way to improve the outcome of children who receive treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) or other blood cancers. more


Optical technique identifies vulnerable plaques in cardiac patients
A catheter-based imaging technology called optical coherence tomography (OCT) can successfully identify the characteristics of coronary plaques in patients with various cardiac symptoms.  more

Hepatitis C and health-related quality of life
Patients with Hepatitis C virus (HCV) have a significant decrease in their health-related quality-of-life (HRQOL), although treatment success can mitigate this negative effect. These are among the findings of a systematic review of relevant literature published in the April 2005 issue of Hepatology, the official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD).  more

FDA proposes that accepted code of medical ethics not necessary for studies conducted abroad
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed that observing a widely accepted code of medical ethics that protects patients who take part in trials is not necessary for studies conducted abroad, states a comment in this week’s issue of The Lancet.  more

Improving access to healthy food has little effect on diet
Improving food shopping access for people living in deprived neighborhoods has little effect on diet and health, says an editorial in this week's BMJ.  more

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