Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 254 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Sep-2003
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PET scans show cigarette smoke affects peripheral organs
It is well known that smoking cigarettes can directly and often fatally damage the lungs. But new research, with support from the National Institute for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Energy, shows that cigarette smoke also decreases levels of a critical enzyme called monoamine oxidase B (MAO B) in the kidneys, heart, lungs, and spleen.. more

FDA launches collaborative campaign to inform women about menopausal hormone therapy
The Food and Drug Administration, joined by Congressman Henry Bonilla and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, launched a nationwide information campaign to raise awareness about the recent findings on the risks and benefits of menopausal hormone therapy  more


Q: Why do some crave greasy cheeseburgers and gain weight in the abdomen? A: STRESS!
UCSF researchers have identified a biochemical feedback system in rats that could explain why some people crave comfort foods - such as chocolate chip cookies and greasy cheeseburgers - when they are chronically stressed, and why such people are apt to gain weight in the abdomen.  more

Public health and aging: Trends in aging --- United States and Worldwide
The median age of the world's population is increasing because of a decline in fertility and a 20-year increase in the average life span during the second half of the 20th century. These factors, combined with elevated fertility in many countries during the 2 decades after World War II (i.e., the Baby Boom), will result in increased numbers of persons aged > 65 years during 2010--2030.  more

The shape we’re in
The Shape We’re In is a national public education initiative supported by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It places a media spotlight on physical activity and obesity to promote public awareness and spark dialogue and action across the country. The centerpiece is a five-part newspaper series distributed free by Knight Ridder/Tribune (KRT) Information Services to newspapers across the United States.  more

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