Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 202 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-July-2003
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Prevention experts urge high blood pressure screening for all adults age 18 and older
Earlier this week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force reaffirmed its recommendation that clinicians measure blood pressure of all adults who are 18 and older because of good evidence that early detection and treatment of high blood pressure can significantly reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.  more

Single protein ask as key switch point in frontline immune system reactions
In determining how this protein functions, a team of scientists supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) can now explain why certain symptoms, such as fever, occur regardless of the cause of infection.  more


The public's willingness to consider alternative medicine has jumped dramatically in the last 15 years.
Through grants, including monies from the National Institutes of Health, Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, researchers are examining the nature of the healing process using alterative means to conventional care.  more

Mayo clinic proceedings study supports shorter waiting period for driving privileges after a seizure
Drivers in Arizona who got behind the wheel three months after a seizure did not have more seizure-related crashes compared with those who waited one year before driving, say researchers in the July issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings. more

Eighty-one Percent of doctors favor use of hospitalists
According to a June 2003 poll of healthcare professionals nationwide, 81 percent of physicians polled favor the use of hospitalists to care for hospitalized patients.  more

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