Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 9 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Jan-2005
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Children at risk from unexploded military material
More injuries and deaths in Afghanistan are caused by unexploded military materials than are caused by landmines--especially among children--according to research published on  more

New family of genes could serve as a potential cancer markers
A new family of genes, discovered by researchers in the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine in Temple University’s College of Science and Technology could have the potential for predicting the possibility of tumor growth in a patient.  more

Nature of rheumatoid arthritis lung disease may offer patients therapy
A Mayo Clinic discovery may pave the way for the creation of new drugs to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA) lung disease. RA lung disease affects an estimated 500,000 patients in the United States. Currently, there are no effective treatments for RA lung disease.  more


Pegylated interferon alpha offers best treatment for chronic hepatitis B infection
Results of an international study in this week’s issue of The Lancet suggest that pegylated interferon alpha offers the best treatment option for people with chronic hepatitis B infection.  more

Secondhand smoke exposure may lower children’s IQ by 2 to 5 points
Children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke (ETS)—commonly known as “secondhand smoke”—had mildly to moderately depressed scores on tests of math, reading, and visuospatial skills as compared to children who lacked such exposure, according to a study published today in the January issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP).  more

Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke and cognitive abilities among U.S. children and adolescents
Despite extensive evidence that environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) is associated with an increased risk of detrimental health effects, > 40% of U.S. children are exposed to ETS in their homes (Pirkle et al. 1996). Exposure to ETS has consistently been linked with adverse health effects in children, including middle ear disease (Cook and Strachan 1999), colic (Reijneveld et al. 2000), sudden infant death syndrome (McMartin et al. 2002; Mitchell et al. 1993; Schoendorf and Kiely 1992; Wisborg et al. 2000), asthma exacerbations (Chilmonczyk et al. 1993; Ehrlich et al. 1996; Martinez et al. 1992), and various respiratory difficulties (Cook and Strachan 1999; Gergen et al. 1998; Mannino et al. 2001; Martinez et al. 1988; Rylander et al. 1995). There is increasing but inconsistent evidence that tobacco smoke exposure is linked with intellectual impairments and behavioral problems in children.  more

Higher stroke risk associated with heavy drinking
A new study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) has found that heavy drinkers -- men who consume an average of three or more alcoholic beverages per day -- are nearly 45 percent more likely to suffer an ischemic stroke compared with nondrinkers. more

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