Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 203 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-July-2003
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Some mental health cost controls may increase employers' long-term expenses
Some mental health plan benefits designed to contain costs by restricting access to care may actually increase an employer’s expenses over the long-term, according to an analysis of mental health plans conducted by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health .  more

Information for patients: The roadmap for parents of children with adverse reactions to food
There is public confusion regarding our body's reaction to certain foods. On a basic level, an adverse food reaction refers to any reaction following the ingestion of a food. One cause might be a food allergy, the result of an abnormal immunologic response following the ingestion of a food; the other reaction might be the consequence of food intolerance, caused by a non-immunologic mechanism. more


Patients can get laboratory tests on demand from laboratories in selected states
There is a growing new front in the healthcare revolution. Now, in more than 30 states, patients can get lab tests performed directly at laboratories. These services, part of the phenomenon known as Direct Access Testing (DAT), require only that the consumer pay up-front, and be able to receive their test results directly.  more

Newly identified serum biomarkers may be the key to earlier diagnosis and better prognosis for women with ovarian cancer
The likelihood of developing ovarian cancer increases as a woman gets older. According to the National Cancer Institute, most ovarian cancers occur in women over the age of 50, with the highest risk involving women over 60. As with all potentially lethal diseases, the earlier the discovery, the better the chances of arresting it. But how can a woman combat a disease – often called "the silent killer" – that has virtually no symptoms until late in its development? The recent discovery of new human biomarkers for ovarian carcinoma may become an effective weapon to help women fight back. more

Information from the FDA: Alzheimer's --- Searching for a cure
An explosion of Alzheimer's research in the last 10 years and its continuing momentum hold out hope for potential preventions and treatments for this devastating disease.  more

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