Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 310 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Nov-2003
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Hot cocoa tops red wine and tea in antioxidants; may be healthier choice
There's sweet news about hot cocoa: Researchers at Cornell University have shown that the popular winter beverage contains more antioxidants per cup than a similar serving of red wine or tea and may be a healthier choice.  more

New Website helps concerned citizens share stories, contact policymakers: Americans speak out against tobacco
Public health advocates launched a new campaign today,, which allows everyday people to share their stories about tobacco addiction and disease. The collection of over 1,500 stories already on the site show the tragic consequences of tobacco use that millions of families suffer every year.  more


Autoantibodies precede disease in lupus patients
A new study funded largely by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) reveals that people diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus (lupus) -- an autoimmune disease in which the body attacks its own tissues — have autoantibodies in their blood years before the symptoms of lupus appear. The early detection of autoantibodies -- proteins that attach to the body's healthy tissues by mistake — may help in recognizing those who will develop the disease and allow physicians to monitor them before they might otherwise be noticed.  more

Telemedicine: Transporting cancer expertise to all corners of the world
If you lived in a poor, Southern Texas border town, where could you go to get help if you had a rare form of cancer? The answer isn't Bethesda, Md., or even San Antonio. It's Laredo. Thanks to a new National Cancer Institute (NCI) program that harnesses the power of the telecommunications revolution, smaller towns like Laredo and remote ones like Rapid City, S.D., can tap into the resources of major cancer centers.  more

Is there such a thing as a safe dose of radiation?
Whether there is a safe dose of radiation is a question that scientists at the Medical College of Georgia want to answer. Armed with a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, the scientists are using the rapidly developing zebrafish embryo to study the effects of low doses of radiation -- the type of radiation many of us encounter daily -- during the earliest and most delicate stage of life.  more

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