Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 141 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-May-2003
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Elements of the DASH diet lower blood pressure by acting as a natural diuretic
A diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products might act as a natural diuretic that could help many people reduce blood pressure without the use of medication, according to a report in today’s rapid access issue of Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

Good cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attacks
An oxidation-fighting enzyme called paraoxonase (PON1) can significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks, according to research reported in today’s rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. more


Swift end to vCJD epidemic predicted
As few as 40 people over the next 80 years could die from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) as a consequence of eating BSE infected meat. Researchers from Imperial College, London published their new predictions in BMC Infectious Diseases.  more

Landmark antidepressant analysis demonstrated significant efficacy of Effexor®/Effexor XR
A landmark analysis of studies comparing antidepressant treatments demonstrated that significantly more patients achieved remission (virtual elimination) of their depression symptoms, and resolution of both emotional and physical symptoms, when treated with Effexor/Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) than with commonly used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or placebo. The analysis was presented in two poster presentations at the American Psychiatric Association's (APA) annual meeting in San Francisco.  more

The risk of SARS transmission during air travel: Transmission occurred on 4 of 35 flights
Globally, WHO has analyzed information, as of 12 May, on 35 flights in which a probable symptomatic SARS case was among the passengers or crew. To date, symptomatic probable SARS cases on four of these flights have been associated with possible transmission of infection to fellow passengers or crew.  more

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