Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 07, 2003
Aspirin use safe and effective in patients with abnormal red cell counts (or with polycythemia)
The use of low-dose aspirin significantly reduces the risk of thrombosis in patients with polycythemia vera, an abnormal increase in blood cells resulting from excess production by the bone marrow, according to a study presented today during the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology.

New drug may help cancer patients in need of stem cell transplants, Jefferson trial shows
A new drug may help patients restore their blood-forming system after high-dose chemotherapy, a recent clinical trial shows.

Addition of rituximab to standard chemotherapy does not influence response rates in older ...
Adding rituximab to the standard chemotherapy regimen for lymphoma patients, CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone), does not significantly increase survival in older patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, according to a study presented today during the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

Use of new direct thrombin inhibitor may be as effective as current standard treatment
The use of ximelagatran in patients with acute venous thromboembolism is as safe and effective as the current standard treatment of enoxaparin, according to a study presented today during the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

Newly identified genes may help predict outcome in childhood leukemia
The measurement of new genes at diagnosis in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), discovered through new technologies from the human genome project, may be highly predictive of therapeutic outcomes, according to a study presented today during the 45th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).

Parents who decline autopsies may miss out on vital information
The growing number of parents who decline an autopsy after terminating a pregnancy because of a suspected abnormality in their unborn child, may be missing out on important information for future pregnancies, new research from Oxford shows.

Motor vehicle accidents are leading cause of posttraumatic stress disorder
Over one percent of the American population is involved in a serious (causing personal injury) motor vehicle accident (MVA) each year.
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