Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 11 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Jan-2003
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Symposium aims to expand 5 a day initiative to boost fruit and vegetable consumption
The 3rd Biennial 5 A Day International Symposium will bring health professionals and industry representatives together next week to widen the initiative to boost increased fruit and vegetable consumption. The symposium will be held in Berlin, Germany, from January 14-15. more

Students eat excessive amounts of fat at school
Despite a government mandate that school lunches and breakfasts meet federal dietary guidelines, some middle school students eat half, rather than the recommended third, of their daily allowance of fat in school cafeteria lunches, according to a recent study. more


Viagra deaths explained by new understanding of platelet clumping
Incidents of heart attack and stroke, some fatal, in a small number of men taking the drug Viagra have remained a puzzle. After all, Viagra, commonly prescribed for erectile dysfunction, was originally developed to prevent these conditions -- not only by dilating blood vessels but also by stopping platelets in the blood from clumping. more

Information for patients: What is ricin? (A highly toxic poison that is linked to terrorist activity)
Ricin, a highly toxic poison, which has been found in a home in north London, is feared to be in the hands of terrorist. This Q & A patient education handout answers common questions that patients may have.  more

Many women stop combination hormone replacement (HRT) therapy, but 57 percent continue, despite warnings
A report issued today by pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts provides new information on the difficult choices women and their physicians began facing after the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published two studies questioning the relative safety of combination estrogen/progestin hormone replacement therapy (HRT) products.  more

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