Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 266 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Sep-2003
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Tai Chi class boosts shingles immunity
UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute researchers report that older adults in a 15-week Tai Chi class saw immunity factors that suppress shingles soar 50 percent. In addition, participants showed significant improvement in their physical health and ability to move through their day. more

Trans fatty acids: What are they and why shouldn't you eat them?
Donuts, cookies, stick margarine, french fries, and other tasty treats contain significant amounts of trans fatty acids. For now, food producers don't need to specify how much of these artery-clogging fats are present in their products. Instead, they are included in the "total fat" line on nutrition labels. But in July, the Food & Drug Administration decreed that as of Jan. 1, 2006, manufacturers must break the trans fats category out of the total fat listing.  more


A single vaccine could benefit most women
The risk of developing cervical cancer by women infected with the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is essentially the same no matter which type of virus is involved, provided it belongs to the group of 15 or so that are currently identified as high risk, a scientist said today.  more

Small study suggests anticonvulsant drug holds promise as therapy for cocaine abuse
A preliminary clinical trial funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institutes of Health, suggests that gamma vinyl-GABA (GVG) -- a drug used to treat epilepsy -- may offer a potentially effective treatment for cocaine addiction.  more

Information for patients: What is genital HPV infection?
Genital HPV infection is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). Human papillomavirus, or HPV, is the name of a group of viruses that includes more than 100 different strains or types. Over 30 of these are sexually transmitted, and they can infect the genital area, like the skin of the penis, vulva, labia, or anus, or the tissues covering the vagina and cervix.  more

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