Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 186 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-July-2003
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Amount of food eaten more critical than fat content
Diners and dieters who look only at a target food and disregard other factors in meal selection can hinder a healthy diet, a food specialist at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign says.  more

HRT could be used to protect younger postmenopausal women from heart disease
HRT could be used to protect younger postmenopausal women from heart disease. An article published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease shows that estrogens commonly used in HRT reduce the build up of harmful oxidised lipoproteins, which can lead to heart disease, by acting as antioxidants. more


Helping people quit remains a challenge
Over half the people who stopped smoking for a year during a trial of nicotine replacement therapy were still not smoking eight years later, according to a study in this week's BMJ. But these long-term quitters represented only 5% of all those who had entered the trial, suggesting a need to find more effective ways to help people to give up smoking.  more

Emergency treatment for chest pain saves lives
A system whereby paramedics administer anti-clotting drugs to patients with emergency chest pain (thrombolysis) before they reach hospital is safe, feasible, and saves lives, according to two studies in this week's BMJ. more

Drug improves the sense of touch, Science study says
Scientists used a stimulation technique to improve the sensitivity of people's fingertips, and then gave them drugs that either doubled or deleted this effect. Similar skin stimulation/drug treatment combinations may eventually help the elderly or stroke victims button shirts and aid professional pianists according to the authors of a paper appearing in the 04 July issue of the journal Science, published by AAAS, the science society.  more

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