Doctor's Orders: Mar. 7, 2005

DETECTING DEADLY PRIONS

There is a new, more accurate way to test brain tissue for the biochemical signal of prions--proteins that cause a human brain-wasting illness related to mad-cow disease. The developers of the technique hope it can also be used to detect mad cow in cattle.

56%

An intravenous antibiotic can prevent surgical infections, yet it's given correctly only 56% of the time, says a study in the Archives of Surgery. Most common mistake: giving it too late, too early or using the wrong antibiotic.

HERB SPELLS HEADACHE RELIEF

Two new studies conclude that the herbal extract butterbur may be...

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