Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 288 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 15-Oct-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Oct-2003
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Commentaries question benefit of early breast cancer screening
A series of three commentaries in the 15 October issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute address the issue of whether premenopausal women are being accurately informed about the potential harms versus benefits of mammography before undergoing screening.  more

Annual census shows physician assistant (PA) profession steadily expanding
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) today announced that their annual census of physician assistants (PAs) shows the profession continues to become a more widely recognized patient care provider as busy doctors increasingly employ PAs in solo and group medical practices.  more


Study shows people with Alzheimer's can benefit from exercise combined with caregiver training
A new study, published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by a recipient of the Alzheimer's Association's Pioneer Award, demonstrates that a regular exercise program combined with caregiver education and training on supervising exercise improved the physical and emotional health of individuals with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease.  more

The changing face of severe asthma: Boys in childhood and women as adults
Almost two out of three children with severe asthma are boys. But women account for more than two out of three adults with severe asthma. And no one really knows why. Those are some of the most striking results of a cross-sectional study of severe asthma by researchers from National Jewish Medical and Research Center being published in the October issue of the journal Chest.  more

Can an antacid a day keep the ulcer away?
For those who take certain painkiller drugs regularly to help ease arthritis pain or other chronic aches, the relief comes with a tradeoff: a quadrupled chance of developing painful ulcers over the long term, as their digestive systems brim with acid that erodes the lining of their stomachs and upper intestinal tract.  more

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