Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 238 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Aug-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Aug-2003
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Couch potatoes: Made in the womb?
Could your child be preordained to be an overweight couch potato? New Zealand physiologists are proposing that the well-known association between obesity, metabolic syndrome, sedentary behavior, and overeating might have a common biological cause.  more

Cigarette use has been linked to insulin resistance and insulin-dependent glucose metabolism
The dangers of cigarette smoking are well known, and each day America's young people are exposed to a number of public and privately sponsored anti-tobacco campaigns. Despite the best efforts of health educators, children and adolescents become regular tobacco users each day. more


Curcumin may be an inexpensive, well-tolerated, and effective therapy for inflammatory bowel disease
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, debilitating illnesses characterized by chronic recurrent ulceration of the bowel, abdominal pain, digestive problems, diarrhea or constipation.  more

Exposure to dust or fumes in the workplace significant cause of severe respiratory disease
Workplace exposure to dust or fumes may account for as many as five million cases of emphysema, chronic bronchitis and related diseases in the U.S. diseases that have been mainly attributed to smoking, a new University of California, San Francisco survey shows. more

Older adults enjoy a good laugh: But ability to comprehend complex humor diminishes in later years
A Canadian study of humor in older adults has found that appreciation and emotional reactiveness to humor doesn't change with age. Older adults still enjoy a good laugh.  more

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