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Nobel Prize, Early Treatment of TIAs, Bacterial Meningitis, Meditation & Cortisol
Nobel Prize, Early Treatment of TIAs, Bacterial Meningitis, Meditation & Cortisol

(October 10, 2007 - Insidermedicine) From Salt Lake City - Capping a remarkable journey that started as a street urchin, Mario Capecchi was one of three researches awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine. Capecchi spent most of his childhood raising himself on the streets of Europe before an uncle sponsored him to move to the US. The Nobel Prize was awarded for the development of "gene targeting", a technique that allows for the inactivation or modification of genes in mice.

From Oxford - Aggressively treating TIAs, or transient precursors to stroke, can prevent permanent strokes from occuring. The rate of new strokes within 30 days following a TIA dropped from 10% to 2% in those treated with blood thinners such as aspirin, Plavix and more potent anti-coagulants.

From New York City - An 18-year old student has died from contracting bacterial meningitis. Health authorities are recommending that anyone who has come in contact with the girl be treated with antibiotics. Symptoms of bacterial meningitis include fever, chills, a stiff or sore neck and the presence of a papular rash that affects the trunk and lower extremities.

And finally from China - Meditation can lower the levels of dangerous chemicals released from stress. In a study of nearly 80 subjects, those who meditated daily for 5 days had lowered levels of cortisol. This hormone, when chronically elevated, can increase the risk for various diseases including high blood pressure and infections.

For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.