Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 279 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Oct-2003
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Tiny air pollution particles trigger chronic bronchitis in children with asthma
In a study of the effect of exposure to air pollution on children with asthma in 12 Southern California communities, researchers concluded that organic carbon and nitrogen dioxide deserve greater attention as potential causes of chronic bronchitis in children with asthma.  more

Airway inflammation in children with asthma shows pathologic features of adult disease
Italian researchers have shown that pathologic features characteristic of adult asthma are already present in children with mild to moderate disease. The elements revealed by the investigators are comprised of basement membrane thickening, plus an increase in eosinophils, which have already appeared in the children with asthma.  more


Information for patients: Do low-carbohydrate diets work?
Are low carbohydrated diets such as the Atkins diet, the Zone diet, the Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet the secret to losing weight? Yes and no...  more

Physical examination critical to the care of hospital patients
Despite modern advances in diagnostic and therapeutic technology, "hands-on" physical examination by a skilled clinician contributes importantly to the care of hospitalised patients, concludes a US author of a study in this week's issue of The Lancet.  more

Vibrating insoles could improve balance for elderly people
US researchers report in this week's issue of The lancet that the use of vibrating insoles could improve the balance of elderly people--with implications for an eventual reduction in falls and consequences such as bone fractures.  more

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