Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 134 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-May-2003
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Research pinpoints online consumer health use
It may be popular for playing games, chatting with friends and checking scores, but the Internet is not as commonly used for health-care purposes as is sometimes reported. While some reports have put the figure at 80 percent, a Stanford University Medical Center study has found that 40 percent of American adults with Internet access, or about 20 percent of the general adult population, use the Internet to look for advice or information on health or health care.  more

Women benefit from rehab programs following heart complications, despite lack of referrals
Physicians are often reluctant to refer older women to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) programs following a heart attack or surgery, but a University of Alberta study shows not only does CR improve physical function--such as perception of one's strength, how much one can work at usual tasks and how much one tires--but the quality of life (QOL) as well.  more


Reduced daily eye patching effectively treats childhood's most common eye disorder
Patching the unaffected eye of children with moderate amblyopia for two hours daily works as well as patching the eye for six hours. This research finding should lead to better compliance with treatment and improved quality of life for children with amblyopia, or "lazy eye," the most common cause of visual impairment in childhood.  more

Why don't asthmatics take their medications?
Social distractions and fear of side effects are two of the main reasons African American adults don't take their asthma medication, according to a study in the May 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI). The JACI is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). more

Study shows newer epilepsy drug has worse side effects than older drug
Two commonly prescribed epilepsy drugs have varied cognitive side effects on patients, report doctors from Georgetown University Medical Center. Their findings are published in the May 13 issue of the journal Neurology.  more

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