FEATURES – November 18, 2002:
* FDA Approves New Rapid HIV Test Kit
* Discovery Helps Determine Which Breast Cancer Tumors are Most Likely to Spread
* Study Shows Inflammatory Protein is Better Indicator of Heart Disease than Cholesterol
* SAM-e Shown to Benefit Depression, Osteoarthritis, Liver Disease
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FDA Approves New Rapid HIV Test Kit
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new rapid HIV diagnostic test kit that provides results with 99.6 percent accuracy in as little as 20 minutes, according to a recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson.
Discovery Helps Determine Which Breast Cancer Tumors are Most Likely to Spread
A new molecular tag discovered by scientists at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center may help doctors to predict which breast cancer tumors are more likely to metastasize and spread, thereby helping to decide which patients need more aggressive treatment and which can forego the potentially toxic course of chemotherapy.
Study Shows Inflammatory Protein is Better Indicator of Heart Disease than Cholesterol
New data from the ongoing Women’s Health Study shows elevated levels of a blood-marker for inflammation called C-reactive protein was a better predictor of risk for future cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke, than elevated levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol.
Research Spotlight: SAM-e Shown to Benefit Depression, Osteoarthritis, Liver Disease
The U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the Department of Health and Human Services, has assembled the evidence available on s-Adenosyl-L-Methionine (SAMe) and has shown actual benefit for the treatment of depression, osteoarthritis, and liver disease. To read a summary of the AHRQ report, click on the link below:
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