Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 270 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-Sep-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-Sep-2003
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Health professionals who treat obesity are biased against overweight patients
Obesity specialists from physicians and researchers to pharmacologists and psychologists, showed significant anti-fat bias according to a recent Yale study. more

Doctors can improve the ways in which they communicate risk information
Most approaches to communication of risk are based on the assumption that patients rationally review evidence, but for various reasons, we do not think rationally about risk, write Andy Alaszewski and Tom Horlick-Jones. Instead, individuals evaluate the trustworthiness of sources and the relevance of information for their everyday lives.  more


Exercise can reduce prevent diabetes
Taking a brisk half-hour walk every day can decrease a person's risk of developing diabetes regardless of their weight, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) in the Oct. 1 issue of the American Journal of Epidemiology.  more

Inadequate plumbing systems likely contributed to SARS transmission
Inadequate plumbing is likely to have been a contributor to the spread of SARS in residential buildings in Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China, a World Health Organization (WHO) technical Consultation concluded today. It also contributes to the spread of a number of other infectious diseases in several other countries. In the absence of proper maintenance and without consistent monitoring, reviewing, enforcing and updating of building standards and practices, inadequate plumbing and sewage systems could continue to enhance the potential of SARS and some other diseases to spread.  more

Africa begins production of efficient bednets to prevent malaria
Long-lasting insecticidal bednets, until now only manufactured in East Asia, are starting to be produced in Africa, where 90 percent of the world's malaria deaths occur, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the New York-based Acumen Fund announced yesterday.  more

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