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Vidyya Medical News Service For 16-March-2001:

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A "practical guide" to help health care providers manage the treatment of their overweight and obese patients, an online interactive menu planner, and consumer tips on behavior change for weight management are some of the new tools being unveiled by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) this month to help tackle America's battle of the bulge.

For more information: New Tools For Health Care Providers And The Public To Combat Overweight And Obesity

This Guide was developed cooperatively by the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). It is based on the Clinical Guidelines on the Identification, Evaluation, and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults: Evidence Report developed by the NHLBI Expert Panel and released in June 1998. The Expert Panel used an evidence-based methodology to develop key recommendations for assessing and treating overweight and obese patients. The goal of the Practical Guide is to provide the tools you need to effectively manage your overweight and obese adult patients.

For more information: Final Version: The Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation, And Treatment Of Overweight And Obesity In Adults

Just want an easy chart to calculate BMI? Tired of calculators and equations. To use the table in today's issue, you just find the appropriate height in the left-hand column. Move across to a given weight. The number at the top of the column is the BMI at the height and weight. Pounds have been rounded off. Easy!

For more information: Body Mass Index Table

In vaccine news, a U.S. study found no link between the measles vaccine and inflammatory bowel disease, contrary to British research that raised fears about the vaccine's safety.

For more information: Scientists Identify Process That Plays Key Role In Brain Changes Involved In Cocaine Addiction

A study published today in the March issue of Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association, conducted by the University of California, Irvine, indicates that most people age 50 and older who suffer from high blood pressure have elevated systolic blood pressure (top number), but normal diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) -- a condition known as isolated systolic hypertension (ISH). These results suggest that physicians and patients need to increase emphasis on systolic blood pressure in the management of hypertension.

For more information: Study In Hypertension Highlights Importance Of Systolic Blood Pressure Control

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