Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 280 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Oct-2003
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Study: Women who exercise have 35 percent lower risk of developing breast carcinoma in situ than inactive counterparts
Add to the list another reason to exercise, even if just for a few hours a week: It may cut the risk of developing breast disease, according to researchers from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and the American Cancer Society.  more

Important lessons learned from SARS outbreak
SARS, which caused a little more than 8,435 infections and 813 deaths, probably received more media and public attention than it warranted compared to other illnesses, such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, pneumonia, and diarrhea that each cause more sickness and death every year, says Ezekiel Emanuel, a physician and ethicist.  more


Babies who sleep in adult beds can be up to 40 times more likely to suffocate
Babies who are put to sleep in an adult bed face a risk of suffocation that is as much as 40 times greater than babies who sleep in standard cribs, a Saint Louis University researcher says in this month's issue of Pediatrics.  more

New community-based study tracks rates of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in children
A new study of 16 Massachusetts communities found that 8 percent of children under age 7 carry antibiotic-resistant S. pneumoniae, a bacterium commonly found in healthy children but which presents a low risk of illness to them.  more

PSA testing may deserve part of the credit for the recent decline in prostate cancer deaths, but more data are needed
Prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing has had a significant impact on the statistics that describe the natural history of prostate cancer. The decline in incidence and mortality from advanced prostate cancer, in particular, suggest that PSA may be a factor contributing to the recently observed fall in prostate cancer deaths. Population-based data are complex, however, and the relatively modest declines in prostate cancer mortality may be the result of multiple causes.  more

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