Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 24 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Jan-2003
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Restricting TV viewing at home may only lead teens to watch favorite programs at friends’ homes, study finds
Teenagers who say their parents restrict their television viewing of certain programs are likely to watch the restricted shows at friends' houses, a study suggests. more

Human gene affects memory
NIH scientists have shown that a common gene variant influences memory for events in humans by altering a growth factor in the brain's memory hub. On average, people with a particular version of the gene that codes for brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) performed worse on tests of episodic memory tasks like recalling what happened yesterday. They also showed differences in activation of the hippocampus, a brain area known to mediate memory, and signs of decreased neuronal health and interconnections. more


Wide variation in physician career satisfaction seen across local markets
A multi-year physician survey on career fulfillment showed significant variation in satisfaction levels across local health care markets, and it found that nationally, 18 percent of physicians were somewhat or very dissatisfied, according to a study by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). more

Is it hypothermia? Look for the “umbles” — stumbles, mumbles, fumbles, and grumbles
Older people who lower the thermostat to cut heating bills raise their risk of hypothermia, a potentially fatal condition in which the body’s temperature drops for a prolonged period. Hypothermia is a particular problem for older people who lack proper nutrition, take certain medications, drink alcohol, and who have conditions such as arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, and Parkinson’s disease. more

Enzyme that triggers hardening of the arteries found
An enzyme found only in the liver and intestines may play a crucial role in the development of hardening of the arteries -- or atherosclerosis.  more

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