Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 246 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 3-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Sep-2003
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Myocardical ‘hot pepper’ receptor may explain chest pain
Although they may seem unlikely bedfellows, Penn State College of Medicine researchers found evidence to suggest that the same type of nerve receptors that register the burning sensation from hot peppers in the mouth may cause the sensation of chest pain from a heart attack. more

The myth of the beer belly debunked
How you drink alcohol -- how often, how much, when and what kind -- can influence the risk of heart disease by affecting the accumulation of abdominal fat, a body characteristic shown to be an important risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, University at Buffalo epidemiologists have shown. In their study, published in the August issue of Journal of Nutrition, the researchers report that men and women who drank infrequently but heavily had more abdominal fat or "central adiposity," as measured by abdominal height, than people who consumed the same amount but drank regularly. Abdominal height is the amount that the abdomen extends above the torso when a person lies on his or her back and has been correlated highly with abdominal fat stores. more


Phone support group helps older people with HIV/AIDS develop coping skills, new study finds
More than 90,000 people in the United States are over the age of 50 at the time they are diagnosed with AIDS and at least 25 percent of them suffer from depression. But a new Ohio University study suggests that a telephone support group can lessen stress and improve the coping skills of older adults living with the disease.  more

Cost of children’s vaccine may keep some doctors from giving it
The high cost of the Prevnar vaccine for young children is affecting how doctors choose to provide it, and causing some to steer parents to public vaccination clinics, a new University of Michigan-led study finds.  more

Suprising side effect: Drug increases pain-free walking distance
A cholesterol-lowering drug has the added benefit of improving walking ability in people with peripheral artery disease which causes frequent leg pain, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

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