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Newsletter Summary For 26-September-2000:

Yesterday, the start of the largest-ever prospective study of the relationship between weight and health got underway. The study will be tracked through a clinical registry that will eventually contain weight, health, quality of life and lifestyle information on up to 200,000 people across the country. The study is the first to focus on the health effects of obesity in such a large-scale manner and is expected to change some of the current thinking on obesity and quality of life.

A McMaster University endoscopy study found in the September issue of Gastroenterology shows that risedronate sodium reduced the incidence of gastric ulcers in healthy, postmenopausal women relative to another osteoporosis therapy, alendronate sodium. The research demonstrated that gastric ulcers developed in three times as many participants treated with alendronate as those treated with risedronate. Since long-term compliance to any osteoporosis regimen is important, this study may be an important one. Vidyya also has the prescribing information for you in today's issue.

In other research news, an analysis of the data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse interviews with 22,292 smokers showed that adolescents, women, and whites are particularly vulnerable to developing nicotine-dependence symptoms, according to the researchers who published their findings in the September issue of Nicotine and Tobacco Research.

In a companion piece to the nicotine-dependence research, Vidyya presents Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide. This new guide from the National Institute on Drug Abuse is designed to bring professionals up-to-date on what's new in the field of drug addiction.

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