Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 287 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Oct-2003
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Smoking more common among nursing than medical students
Nursing students are more likely to smoke cigarettes and to be more severely nicotine-dependent than medical students, says a study published in the October issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP).  more

Researchers discover new genetic link to common colon cancer
A team of researchers from University Hospitals of Cleveland (UHC) and Case Western Reserve University have identified a specific location on a human chromosome that can be linked to familial cases of colon cancer--the type of colon cancer that tends to run in families.  more


Big portions encourage people to eat more but big portions of calorie dense food
Big portions encourage people to eat more but big portions of calorie dense food -- the kind Americans tend to grab on the run -- boost calorie consumption even higher without providing additional satisfaction, a new Penn State study has shown.  more

Scientists discover overweight, obesity jump during period between adolescence, adulthood
More than 2 million U.S. adolescents became obese and another 1.5 million remained obese as they grew into adulthood between 1996 and 2001, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study concludes. During the same period, only 271,000 dropped below weight levels considered that excessive as they aged out of their teen years.  more

Hispanic heart patients have best survival rates
A study looking at more than 47,000 cardiac patients at two Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers over 12 years found that Hispanics had the best survival rate, compared to whites and African-Americans. The findings, reported in today's Archives of Internal Medicine, confirm earlier studies showing that minorities have better outcomes at VA hospitals than at private hospitals.  more

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