Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 89 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-Mar-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-Mar-2005
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Do minorities survive hospitalization better than others?
A Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order can certainly guide family members who are faced with difficult end-of-life decisions and might have simplified the plight of Terry Schiavo. Increasing usage of these orders can factor into the interpretation of clinical observations.  more

Study reveals potential new target for cholesterol-lowering drugs
Mice lacking a key protein involved in cholesterol regulation have low-density lipoprotein, or “bad” cholesterol, levels more than 50 percent lower than normal mice, and researchers suggest that inhibiting the same protein in humans could lead to new cholesterol-lowering drugs.  more

For older male smokers, a quick test for a bulging aorta could save lives
If you are a man between the ages of 65 and 75, and you smoke or once did, here's an important message: Ask your doctor to check you for a common but generally silent condition that can suddenly turn deadly.  more


Patient receives first FDA-approved graft for thoracic aortic aneurysms
In a two-hour procedure at the University of Virginia Health System, a 72-year-old retired mail carrier from Etowah, North Carolina became the first person in the United States to be implanted with a new, high-tech graft just approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration to treat potentially-deadly aneurysms in the thoracic aorta without open surgery.  more

MMWR reprint: Pseudomonas bloodstream infections associated with a heparin/saline flush --- Missouri, New York, Texas, and Michigan, 2004--2005
On 26 January 2005, CDC was notified of four cases of Pseudomonas fluorescens bloodstream infection among patients at an oncology clinic in Missouri. All patients had received a heparin/saline flush to prevent clotting of indwelling, central venous catheters. The flushes were preloaded in syringes by IV Flush and distributed by Pinnacle Medical Supply (Rowlett, Texas).  more

Autism linked to mirror neuron dysfunction
Seeing is doing – at least it is when mirror neurons are working normally. But in autistic individuals, say researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the brain circuits that enable people to perceive and understand the actions of others do not behave in the usual way.  more

Unexpected benefit seen in treating HER-2 breast cancer with new preoperative drug combo
A new use of the drug Herceptin appears to offer a much more powerful treatment advantage than expected for patients with HER-2-positive breast cancer, say researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. more

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