Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 7 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jan-2003
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Yes, it's bigger: Study confirms that food portion sizes increased in US over two decades
Between 1977 and 1996, portion sizes for key food groups grew markedly in the United States, not only at fast-food restaurants but also in homes and at conventional restaurants, a new study shows. more

Millions of Americans are failing to get recommended health care
Tens of millions of patients with chronic diseases in this country are not receiving the type of care management proven to be effective, according to a new nationwide survey of physician organizations by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Chicago.  more


Recent studies providing important new information about drug safety and effectiveness for children - Pediatricians say it's about time
Most drugs prescribed for children have not been tested in children. Only 20 percent to 30 percent of drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration are labeled for pediatric use. So by necessity, doctors have routinely given drugs to children "off label," which means the drug hasn't been studied in children in adequate, well-controlled clinical trials approved by the agency. more

Ten guiding principles for teaching children and adolescents about medicines - A position statement of the United States Pharmacopeia
These Principles are intended to encourage activities that will help children, through adolescence, become active participants in the process of using medicines to the best of their abilities. Recognizing that children of the same age vary in development, experience, and capabilities, these Principles do not specify children's ages. more

Boning up on bone loss
Osteoporosis is not a disease, and neither weight-bearing exercise nor calcium supplements-not even a combination of the two-is capable of triggering the growth of new bone, says Kenneth McLeod, chair of the bioengineering department at Binghamton University and a leading researcher in the field of tissue development, healing and adaptation.  more

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