Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 211 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 30-July-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 31-July-2003
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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends specific types of programs to promote breastfeeding
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force today recommended structured education and counseling programs to promote breastfeeding because such programs increase the proportion of women who begin and continue to breastfeed their babies. Simply telling mothers they should breastfeed or giving them pamphlets is not enough, they said.  more

Swimming can contribute to rebuilding bone strength
Skeletal bone is living tissue and requires constant turnover, accomplished through a process that repairs damage and alters bone mass in response to needs. For most of the time, the skeleton responds to mechanical loading generated though exercise by increasing bone mass and strength. In human studies, bone development and bone mechanical properties are indicated by bone mineral density (BMD). more


Employees whose jobs require physical activity face a greater risk for heart disease
Several researchers have suggested that employees whose jobs require a lot of physical activity face a greater risk for heart disease, but investigators from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and colleagues may have found the reason behind it: job stress.  more

Exposure to second-hand smoke can lead to a deadly and debilitating disease
Cigarette smoke is the major cause of pulmonary emphysema. This disease involves severe damage to the walls of the air sacs (alveoli), causing the lungs to lose their capacity to expand and contract (loss of elasticity). At that point, the air sacs are unable to completely deflate and are therefore unable to fill with fresh air for adequate ventilation. Two of every 1,000 Americans develop this disease. more

Researchers demonstrate how levels of a specific neuropeptide can pre-determine appetite and body weight gain patterns
American society today wants things fixed instantly. Among the most prominent searches for the “quick fix” is weight loss. Could our own physiology – rather than a purchased liquid concoction – one day be the key to female obesity? Perhaps.  more

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