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Research News for August 1999

Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts have found that epoxyeicosatrienoic acids -- compounds produced naturally in the body -- may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease by preventing the buildup of fatty plaques on artery walls. The finding may have "far reaching implications" for the treatment of heart disease and cancer, said study lead author Dr. James K. Liao. The research has examined the function of the CYP2J2 gene found in the cells that line artery walls and that produces epoxyeicosatrienoic acids.
Source: Science August 20, 1999;285:1276-1279.

Six cases of Basidiobolomycosis, a rare, fungal illness usually found in Africa or South America have been reported in Arizona in the last 5 years. Three cases were reported between January and March of this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Basidiobolomycosis can involve the skin, but it can also affect the stomach or large intestine, where the fungal infection may be mistaken as inflammatory bowel disease or cancer. Basidiobolus ranarum, is found in decaying vegetation and in the intestinal tracts of reptiles, amphibians, fish, and bats.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 1999;48:710-713.

Research reported in the August issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, has shown that untreated hypothyroidism during pregnancy may negatively impact a child's psychological development, resulting in a significantly lower I.Q. score and a decrease in motor skills, attention, language and reading abilities. Results of the study show that women with untreated thyroid deficiency during pregnancy are nearly four times more likely to have children with lower I.Q. scores. The authors recommend that all pregnant women be screened for thyroid disease.

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