Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 14 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Jan-2003
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Study finds bed sharing among parents and infants on the rise
Bed sharing -- the practice of letting babies sleep in an adult bed with a parent or caregiver -- is increasing in the United States, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).  more

Researchers develop new model for understanding obesity, diabetes
Through the study of fat storage in nematode worms, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have formulated a new model for understanding the mechanisms of obesity and diabetes in humans. more


Scientists identify brain regions where nicotine affects attention, other cognitive skills
Nicotine administration in humans is known to sharpen attention and to slightly enhance memory. Now scientists, using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), have identified those areas of the brain where nicotine exerts its effects on cognitive skills. more

Sleep apnea treatment also effective for gastroesophageal reflux
Doctors at Duke University Medical Center and the University of South Alabama have found that a positive-pressure method commonly used to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) also alleviates symptoms of nocturnal gastroesophageal reflux (nGER) in many patients suffering from both disorders. The results of their study are published in the Jan. 13, 2003, issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. The researchers believe that the treatment, called continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) likely alleviates nGER by preventing acid from regurgitating from the stomach. more

Arthritis drugs may help the heart
Anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat arthritis may also benefit people with heart disease by improving blood vessel flexibility and reducing inflammation, according to a small study in today's rapid track report from Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

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