Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 236 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Aug-2003
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Over half of sites in global youth tobacco survey show no gender difference in cigarette smoking
A new report released at the World Conference on Tobacco or Health shows that little difference exists between the genders in cigarette smoking among youth. Results also show that girls and boys are using non-cigarette tobacco products such as spit tobacco, bidis, and water pipes at similar rates, and that these rates are often as high or higher than youth cigarette smoking rates. more

Aging boomers drive up doctor visits diagnostic tests and prescriptions also on increase
Over half (53 percent) of patients visiting the doctor in 2001 were over age 45, according to the latest annual report from CDCís National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which looks at the medical care provided in physiciansí offices. Thatís compared to 42 percent in 1992. more


Physical activity definitions broadened to include daily activities
Even moderate types of exercise provide health benefits. For that reason, a state-based survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for the first time includes a broader definition of physical activity. The survey provides a more comprehensive picture of Americansí daily lifestyles and includes physical activity measures such as gardening, vacuuming, and brisk walking to do errands, in addition to more traditional forms of exercise.  more

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections among competitive sports participants
Although outbreaks of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) usually have been associated with health-care institutions, MRSA is emerging as a cause of skin infections in the community. This report summarizes several reported clusters of skin and soft tissue infections associated with MRSA among participants in competitive sports and identifies possible risk factors for infection (e.g., physical contact, skin damage, and sharing of equipment or clothing).  more

Treatment of tuberculosis [review]
The recommendations in this document are intended to guide the treatment of tuberculosis in settings where mycobacterial cultures, drug susceptibility testing, radiographic facilities, and second-line drugs are routinely available. In areas where these resources are not available, the recommendations provided by the World Health Organization, the International Union against Tuberculosis, or national tuberculosis control programs should be followed.  more

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