Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 88 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Mar-2005
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Acupuncture found to lower elevations in blood pressure
Acupuncture treatments using low levels of electrical stimulation can lower elevations in blood pressure by as much as 50 percent, researchers at the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine at UC Irvine have found.  more

Discovery of gene will likely lead to new treatments for inflammatory diseases, cancer
In a paper featured today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS), researchers from Boston University School of Dental Medicine report the discovery of a new gene, STAT6(B), that helps regulate production of the potentially deadly tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-alpha) cytokine. TNF-alpha is involved in inflammatory disorders such as Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and irritable bowel syndrome. The paper is the first by a dental school researcher to be chosen as a featured article in PNAS.  more

Fat may promote inflammation, new study suggests
Why does extra fat around the waist increase the risk of heart disease? A new study by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researchers and colleagues suggests that inflammation may be the key. more


BRCA1 causes ovarian cancer through indirect, biochemical route
Mutated BRCA1 genes cause ovarian cancer indirectly, by interfering with the biochemical signals one ovarian cell sends to another, according to a team of researchers led by scientists at the USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.  more

Teen tanning hazards
Parents of teen-agers are strongly encouraged by public health experts and medical professionals to discuss with their kids the dangers of indoor tanning equipment, and even to discourage its use. In fact, legislators in some states are proposing to make it illegal for a teen to tan in a commercial salon without parental consent.  more

Novel therapy tested in mice could chase away cat allergies injection; claims include survival advantage and use in second-line multiple myeloma
A molecule designed to block cat allergies successfully prevented allergic reactions in laboratory mice, as well as in human cells in a test tube, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) researchers report in the April issue of Nature Medicine, available online now. In the future, the investigators say, these promising results could lead to a new therapy not only for human cat allergies, but also possibly for severe food allergies such as those to peanuts.  more

28 March earthquake in Indonesia: Preliminary situation report
An earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale was recorded about 150 km off west coast of Sumatra on Monday evening at 11:09 AM local time. Although there was no ensuing tsunami the quake did cause destruction on two islands near its epicentre. The island of Nias was most affected with unconfirmed reports of much death and physical destruction in the main town called Gunungsitoli. The city's port is also reported damaged and unusable. Less damage was reported on the second island of Simeulue.  more

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