Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 228 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Aug-2003
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People over 40 need frequent exercise to prevent or treat type 2 diabetes
People over 40 who use aerobic exercise to prevent or control diabetes need not only regular, but frequent, exercise if they are to realize its potential benefits, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the August 2003 issue of Diabetes, the Journal of the American Diabetes Association. Aerobic exercise is often prescribed to help prevent or control Type 2 diabetes. more

Media can change society's attitudes
In a recent study that examined perceptions of gays and lesbians by others, Kansas State University psychology professor Richard Harris asked one group of people to think of a positive gay or lesbian character from a television show or movie and asked another group to think of a negative gay or lesbian character from media.  more


Zemplar may boost effectiveness of prostate cancer treatment
A drug designed to mimic the effects of Vitamin D hormone may be able to boost the effectiveness of radiation treatment for prostate cancer, report researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in the current on-line edition of the British Journal of Cancer.  more

Spending for prescribed medicines rose sharply from 1997 through 2000
Expenses for outpatient prescribed medicines increased from $72.3 billion in 1997 to $103 billion in 2000, according to new data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Medical Expenditure Panel Survey. more

Prescribing information: Zemplar
Zemplar is used to prevent and treat high parathyroid hormone levels in patients with chronic kidney failure and now may be indicated for the treatment of prostate cancer. Zemplar, an injectable form of vitamin D is given by or under the supervision of a health care professional.  more

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