Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 308 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Nov-2003
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Systolic better than diastolic or pulse blood pressure as indicator of mortality risk
Rising systolic blood pressure is the clearest indicator for increased risk of death compared to other blood pressure measurements, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their evaluation of blood pressure measurements and mortality risk found that diastolic and pulse pressure measurements were weaker indicators of mortality risk and their effect was more dependent on age and other factors.  more

Type 1 diabetes provides clue for researchers who discovered 'obesity gene'
The discovery of a gene believed to be connected to morbid obesity has international origins and began as an exploration into the causes of Type I diabetes.  more


Overweight kids more likely to have behavior problems, national data show
In a study that points to the importance of considering both mind and body in children's health, researchers report today that they have found a clear link between childhood obesity and behavior problems.  more

Unusual fatigue may be warning symptom of heart attack in women
In a study of women who had heart attacks, symptoms such as unexplained fatigue or trouble sleeping were experienced as much as a month before the heart attack, indicating the possibility that acting on these advance symptoms could prevent an impending heart attack. The study, one of the first comprehensive examinations of issues that might allow prevention of imminent heart attack in women, is reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.  more

FDA & CDC: Interim rule to prevent transmission of monkeypox
To prevent the transmission of monkeypox, a rare viral disease, today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued an interim final rule to establish new restrictions and modify existing restrictions on the import, capture, transport, sale, barter, exchange, distribution and release of African rodents, North American prairie dogs and certain other animals in the United States.  more

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