Archive for July 3rd, 2012
A study led by Hospital for Special Surgery researchers has demonstrated that women who have a specific type of antibody that interferes with blood vessel function are at risk for adverse pregnancy outcomes and that other antibodies in the same family thought to cause pregnancy complications do not put women at risk.
The researchers say that many doctors may be unnecessarily treating some pregnant women who have antiphospholipid antibodies (aPLs) with anticoagulants, such as expensive heparin injections, which can cause bleeding and bone loss. The multicenter study appears in the July 2012 issue of the journal Arthritis & Rheumatism.
Major organ involvement can occur rapidly in juvenile-onset systemic lupus erythematosus even with near universal corticosteroid use, data from a U.K. national cohort showed.
The American Medical Device and Diagnostics Manufacturers' Association in Japan is mulling the creation of a regulatory structure for medical devices that is separate from drugs. The proposal is part of an effort to update Japan's Pharmaceutical Affairs Law and is set to be presented at the next session of the Diet, the country's legislative body, which will start in January.
Women infected with the Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) parasite, which is spread through contact with cat feces or eating undercooked meat or unwashed vegetables, are at increased risk of attempting suicide, according to a new study of more than 45,000 women in Denmark. A University of Maryland School of Medicine psychiatrist with expertise in suicide neuroimmunology is the senior author of the study, which is being published online July 2 in the Archives of General Psychiatry.
Scientists have discovered another eight pieces of genetic code linked to osteoarthritis, bringing the total number to 11.
Inherited factors account for at least half of any individual's chance of developing this common condition that affects the joints, experts believe.