Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 26 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Jan-2003
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A contributing factor to diabetes found? Saturated fat byproduct could play a role in the development of type 2 diabetes
Innovative research from Colorado State University biochemists has identified a saturated fat byproduct as a potential contributor to the development of type 2 diabetes. The breakthrough has the potential to lead to novel treatments for diabetics and is aimed at reducing or eliminating the effects of a disease that affects about 16 million Americans.  more

The lowdown on depression
Thirty-three-year-old Saritza Velilla of Frisco, Tex., was just 7 years old when she first started feeling worthless. As the years went by, these feelings intensified and she became more withdrawn from social activities. But it wasn't until 1996 that Velilla was diagnosed with clinical depression, and only recently that she found relief from her ongoing symptoms. more


The cause of pre-eclampsia revealed
Vessel wall cells and blood cells have been found to release cell particles which can damage blood vessels. This was demonstrated in laboratory experiments carried out by Marja van Wijk during her doctoral research at the University of Amsterdam. Poorly functioning blood vessels play a role in pre-eclampsia. more

Stress at work increases the chance of acute common infections
Stress at work and fatigue increase the chance of acute infections such as common colds, flu-like illnesses and gastroenteritis. This was discovered in research carried out by Danielle Mohren at Maastricht University, in which more than 8000 employees from various companies were followed over a three-year period. more

Memory tests predict dementia
If they have to remember words, elderly persons in an early stage of dementia do not benefit from the relationship in meaning between these words. This was revealed in doctoral research by the neuropsychologist Pauline Spaan from the University of Amsterdam. It is now possible to develop memory tests which can predict dementia.  more

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