Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 22, 2001
Accurate identification of early tuberculosis infection possible with new blood test
A new, rapid blood test for tuberculosis which can accurately identify infection at an early stage could enable doctors to reliably identify people who are infected before they have actually developed the disease, conclude authors of a study in this week's issue of THE LANCET.

Possible explanation for fever after platelet transfusion
A preliminary study published in this week's issue of THE LANCET suggests a possible explanation for the biological process responsible for inducing fever and related symptoms after the transfusion of blood platelets.

Pregnancy complications linked to increased risk of maternal ischaemic heart disease
Two studies in this week's issue of THE LANCET aim to evaluate the independent effect of intrauterine programming on the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Study shows Risedronta provides a significant and sustained 5-year fracture-reduction benefit in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis
Results of the first and only five-year, continuous, placebo- controlled study with a bisphosphonate show that Actonel(R) significantly reduced the incidence of vertebral fractures by 50 percent over 5 years.
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