Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 200 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-July-2003
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Online dating virtually irresistible to some married folks
Oh, what a tangled Web is weaved as rapidly growing numbers of married people sneak into Internet chat rooms for romantic or sexual thrills they think they aren't getting from their spouses, a new University of Florida study finds.  more

Gene more than doubles risk of depression following life stresses
Among people who suffered multiple stressful life events over 5 years, 43 percent with one version of a gene developed depression, compared to only 17 percent with another version of the gene, say researchers funded, in part, by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Those with the "short," or stress-sensitive version of the serotonin transporter gene were also at higher risk for depression if they had been abused as children. more


FDA clears new lab test to help predict those at risk of coronary heart disease
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared for marketing a new laboratory blood test that will increase the ability of doctors to predict the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).  more

Child care linked to assertive, noncompliant, and aggressive behaviors
The more time children spent in child care from birth to age four-and-a-half, the more adults tended to rate them, both at age four-and-a-half and at kindergarten, as less likely to get along with others, as more assertive, as disobedient, and as aggressive, according to a study appearing in the July/August issue of Child Development. more

Research suggests how steroids cause diabetes and hypertension; liver plays critical role
Steroids called glucocorticoids are critical for treating diseases such as asthma, arthritis and pain syndromes, but they also can trigger diabetes and hypertension. Research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis now shows why these commonly used drugs have such dangerous side effects.  more

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