Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 180 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-June-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-June-2003
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Sweet drinks increase obesity, nutrition risk in kids
In a recent study, children who drank more than 12 ounces of sweetened drinks gained significantly more weight than children who drank less than six ounces a day. That's because children do not reduce how much food they eat at meals for the calories they consume in sweetened drinks. The more sweetened drinks they consumed, the greater their daily caloric intake and the greater the weight gain.  more

Structure of HIV-neutralizing antibody solved
A team of scientists whose leaders are funded by the National Institutes of Health has solved the structure of an antibody that is able to neutralize HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Their work is described in the June 27 issue of Science.  more


Male sex hormones cooperate with breast cancer gene to suppress tumors
BRCA-2, a gene linked with breast and ovarian cancer, cooperates with male sex hormones to enhance its ability to activate transcription of genes, which may suppress tumor formation in normal cells, Salk Institute researchers have found.  more

FDA approves first co-packaged treatments to reduce occurrence of serious cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is announcing the approval of Pravigard PAC (co-packaged pravastatin sodium and buffered aspirin tablets) for use when treatment with both Pravachol (pravastatin) and buffered aspirin is appropriate. more

New model helps hospitals and health systems better respond to potential bioterrorism
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the availability of a new computer model to help hospitals and health systems plan antibiotic dispensing and vaccination campaigns to respond to bioterrorism or large-scale natural disease outbreaks.  more

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