Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 151 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-May-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-June-2003
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The best hours for shut-eye
People getting a minimal amount of sleep do better if they go to bed early in the morning rather than late at night, suggests Stanford University Medical Center research. A recently published pilot study on the effects of sleep deprivation also found that individual tolerance of sleep restriction varies widely, yet study participants had a better overall adaptation to early morning sleep.  more

Mosquitoes infected with La Crosse encephalitis found in four Southwest Virginia counties
Virginia Tech entomologists have documented for the first time the presence of mosquitoes infected with La Crosse virus in four Southwest Virginia Counties. Sally Paulson, an associate professor of entomology, said the find from samples taken last year and recently analyzed was surprising because no human cases of the disease had been reported in the counties before.  more


Xenical(R) significantly improves 5 out of 5 Metabolic Syndrome abnormalities
Xenical® is significantly more effective than diet alone in reducing weight and simultaneously improving cardiovascular risk factors in patients with Metabolic Syndrome, according to new outcomes from the landmark XENDOS study, presented today at the 12th European Congress on Obesity (ECO), Helsinki, Finland.  more

Missed opportunities: Doctors don't counsel pregnant women about smoking cessation
Doctors are missing opportunities to help pregnant women quit smoking, a national survey of physicians reveals. more

Rates of dementia increase among older women on combination hormone therapy
Older women taking combination hormone therapy had twice the rate of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD), compared with women who did not take the medication, according to new findings from a memory substudy of the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI).  more

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