Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 127 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-May-2003
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Americans pay more for health care but receive less in return
Americans spend considerably more money on health care services than any other industrialized nation, but the increased expenditure does not buy more care, according to a study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. They found that the United States spent 44 percent more on health care than Switzerland, the nation with the next highest per capita health care costs, in the year 2000.  more

Bipolar disorder may cause progressive brain damage
A study by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center indicates that people with bipolar disorder may suffer progressive brain damage. "For the first time, our study supports the idea that there may be on-going damage to certain regions of the brain as the illness progresses," said the study's lead author Raymond Deicken, MD.  more


Estimated fatality rate for Hong Kong SARS higher than previously thought
According to a paper published online today in The Lancet, which examines data from the first nine weeks of Hong Kong's epidemic, the case fatality rate, among those admitted to hospital, in patients 60 years of age and older is estimated to be far higher (43.3%, 95% confidence interval 35.2 to 52.4%) than those below 60 (13.2%, 95% confidence interval 9.8 to 16.8%).  more

Information for patients and practitioners: Facts about bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a brain disorder that causes unusual shifts in a person's mood, energy, and ability to function. Different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes through, the symptoms of bipolar disorder are severe. They can result in damaged relationships, poor job or school performance, and even suicide. But there is good news: bipolar disorder can be treated, and people with this illness can lead full and productive lives. more

Pupil size an indicator for who is and who isn't a good candidate for laser vision correction
Exactly how a personís eyes respond to low levels of light is even more crucial than doctors have thought in deciding who is and who isnít a good candidate to have laser vision correction surgery, according to results announced today at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in Ft. Lauderdale.  more

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