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Finding a Way to Reverse a Drug's Effect

Thu Sep 5, 2002

THURSDAY, Sept. 5 (HealthScoutNews) -- What is a veritable feast one day may turn into poison the next.

With this theory in mind, researchers at Duke University Medical Center believe they've found a way to reverse the effects of long-lasting drugs when it's no longer necessary for them to perform.

The example they used, as published in today's issue of Nature, is reversing the effects of the blood thinner heparin.

Maryland Reports New West Nile Virus Cases

Thu Sep 5, 2002

BALTIMORE (Reuters) - Two more people from Maryland have tested positive for West Nile virus, which has been blamed for at least 37 deaths in the United States this year, state health officials said on Wednesday.

The two cases bring to four the number of West Nile infections reported in Maryland this year, where three people died from the disease in 2001.

West Nile Case Suspected in Canada

Fri Aug 30, 2002

By TOM COHEN, Associated Press Writer

TORONTO (AP) - Ontario health officials said Friday they believe three people sick in the province have the West Nile virus, which would be Canada's first human cases of the mosquito-born illness that has killed 24 people in the United States this year.

Colin D'Cunha, the Ontario chief medical officer, said final confirmation would take another two weeks.

No Proof That Most Wart Remedies Work: Report

Fri Aug 30, 2002

By Alison McCook

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Among the variety of therapies used to treat non-genital warts, only one type--treatments containing salicylic acid--has been shown in well-conducted studies to help clear warts, UK researchers report.

Based on a review of previous research into the effectiveness of wart treatments, Dr.

Study: No Link Between Cell Phones, Tumors in Mice

Fri Aug 30, 2002

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A three-year study has found that radio emissions from mobile phones do not trigger the growth of tumors in mice, Australian researchers said Friday.

The research on 1,600 mice, by the Adelaide-based Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science, follows another Australian study on mice five years ago that concluded cellular phones could foster tumor growth.

Adult Disease Theory Challenged

Thu Aug 29, 2002

By EMMA ROSS, AP Medical Writer

LONDON (AP) - The rapidly emerging theory that adult health is set to a significant degree before birth, by conditions in the womb, is getting its first major challenge with new research questioning the validity of some evidence supporting the idea.

In a critique published this week in The Lancet medical journal, scientists conclude that the reported link between low birth weight and higher blood pressure later in life, an early cornerstone of the theory, may not be as strong as previous

West Nile expected to peak soon

NBC NEWS AND NEWS SERVICES

CDC confirms
555 cases,
28 deaths
across nation

U.S. Army specialist Steve Richards gathers mosquitoes to be tested for the West Nile virus at the Army's Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine-North at Ft Meade, Md., on Thursday, Aug. 29.

IS THERE A DOCTOR OR NURSE IN THE HOUSE?

August 26, 2002

IS THERE A DOCTOR OR NURSE IN THE HOUSE?

By Marilyn Holasek Lloyd

The way things are going in medicine, everyone is going to need a medical professional in their immediate family for post surgical treatment or other medical emergencies. Last week, my 26-year-old son’s pilonidal cyst surgery made me extremely thankful we had one. Although my husband is retired, he was an ob-gyn surgeon and knows wound treatment. And although I am a licensed RN, I haven’t worked in nursing for 28 years.

Winning Smile Comes At a Price

Tue Aug 27, 2002

TUESDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthScoutNews) -- Here's something that may dull some people's use of tooth whiteners.

One in two people experience temporary tooth sensitivity when they use home tooth-whitening treatments and people with receding gums are most likely to be affected, says a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

The four-week study included 100 people at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Half of them received a 15 percent carbamide peroxide tooth whitening gel, while the other half received a placebo.