Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 223 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Aug-2003
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Past exposure to sun, skin phenotype, and risk of multiple sclerosis: case-control study
Higher sun exposure during childhood and early adolescence is associated with a reduced risk of multiple sclerosis, finds a study in this week's BMJ. more

Information for patients: Devic's syndrome
Devic's syndrome is a rare autoimmune central nervous system disorder characterized by transverse myelitis (in which the fatty, protective covering of the spinal cord breaks down) and optic neuritis (in which inflammation of the optic nerve causes loss of vision and eye pain).]. It is considered a special form of multiple sclerosis (MS) with a severe and rapid course. more


Research suggests false memories, failing recall are not inevitable part of aging
In new research, one out of four older adults over 75 managed to avoid the memory declines common in older adults. The older adults who maintained high frontal lobe function were shown to have memory skills every bit as sharp as a group of college students in their early 20s.  more

Munchausen syndrome by proxy should be considered for unexplainable medical conditions
Ophthalmologists and other medical professionals should consider Munchausen syndrome by proxy if a child has unusual ocular abnormalities or other medical conditions that cannot be explained through medical evaluation. This is the recommendation of the authors of a case report appearing in Ophthalmology, the clinical journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Eye M.D. Association.  more

Medical prescription of heroin to treatment resistant heroin addicts: two randomised controlled trials
Supervised prescription of a combination of methadone plus heroin is feasible, safe, and effective in reducing the many physical, mental, and social problems of heroin addicts, according to Dutch researchers in this week's BMJ.  more

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