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A succinct and practical point-of-care reference to the full NAEPP Expert Panel Report 2: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma is now available for download and use on Palm OS devices. Contents include: Initial Diagnosis and Assessment, Control of Contributing Factors, Pharmacologic Treatment, Treatment of Exacerbations, Medication Dosages and Patient Education. Get the download information in today's issue of Vidyya.

For more information: Asthma Treatment Guidelines Reference In Palm Os Device Format

Download a versatile BMI calculator for you Palm handheld computer. The software is free and in the public domain. You may share it with colleagues, courtesy of NHLBI.

For more information: BMI Calculator - For Use On Palm OS Handheld Devices

Scientific knowledge about the health effects of tobacco use has increased greatly since the first Surgeon Generalís report on tobacco was released in 1964. Cigarette smoking causes heart disease, several kinds of cancer (lung, larynx, esophagus, pharynx, mouth, and bladder), and chronic lung disease. Cigarette smoking also contributes to cancer of the pancreas, kidney, and cervix. Smoking during pregnancy causes spontaneous abortions, low birth weight, and sudden infant death syndrome. Get a full report on recent tobacco research in today's Vidyya.

For more information: Healthy People 2010 - Tobacco Use

The 1990s brought a historic new perspective to exercise, fitness, and physical activity by shifting the focus from intensive vigorous exercise to a broader range of health-enhancing physical activities. Research has demonstrated that virtually all individuals will benefit from regular physical activity. The Surgeon Generalís Report on Physical Activity and Health concluded that moderate physical activity can reduce substantially the risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. Physical activity also may protect against lower back pain and some forms of cancer (for example, breast cancer), but the evidence is not yet conclusive. You can catch up on the current knowledge regarding Healthy People 2010's report on physical activity with an article in today's Vidyya.

For more information: Healthy People 2010 - Physical Activity

Nutrition is essential for growth and development, health, and well-being. Behaviors to promote health should start early in life with breastfeeding and continue through life with the development of healthful eating habits. Nutritional, or dietary, factors contribute substantially to the burden of preventable illnesses and premature deaths in the United States. Indeed, dietary factors are associated with 4 of the 10 leading causes of death: coronary heart disease (CHD), some types of cancer, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. These health conditions are estimated to cost society over $200 billion each year in medical expenses and lost productivity. Dietary factors also are associated with osteoporosis, which affects more than 25 million persons in the United States and is the major underlying cause of bone fractures in postmenopausal women and elderly persons. Get the rest of the Healthy People 2010 report on Nutrition and Overweight in today's issue.

For more information: Healthy People 2010 - Nutrition And Overweight

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