Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 311 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Nov-2003
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Deep vein thrombosis and air travel: record linkage study
The annual risk of venous thromboembolism is increased by 12% if one long haul flight is taken yearly. The average risk of death from flight related venous thromboembolism is small compared with that from motor vehicle crashes and injuries at work. The individual risk of death from flight related venous thromboembolism for people with certain pre-existing medical conditions is, however, likely to be greater than the average risk of 1 per 2 million for passengers arriving from a flight.  more

Value of cannabis for multiple sclerosis patients is mixed
Researchers funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) have found mixed evidence about the value of cannabis-derived treatments for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) but conclude that such treatments may be of benefit for some patients.  more


Training GPs to manage obesity does not affect weight loss
Training general practitioners and practice nurses on the management of obesity does not result in weight loss in their obese patients. In a cluster randomized trial that included 635 patients, researchers evaluated the impact of a 4.5 hour training program on weight management in 44 general practices in the United Kingdom. Although the staff had better knowledge of weight management strategies, these were seldom used and did not affect patients' weight loss.  more

Sleep apnea, depression linked in Stanford study
People with depression are five times more likely to have a breathing-related sleep disorder than non-depressed people, according to a study at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study is the first to show a link between depression and sleep apnea along with its related disorders.  more

Duke University leaders propose overhaul of health care and the practice of medicine
The U.S. health-care system is inefficient, wasteful, expensive, frequently inaccessible and in need of repair. So say leaders of Duke University Medical Center, who in a new article propose a plan for fixing the ailing health-care delivery system by applying the latest scientific tools, know-how and common sense. Their proposal calls for a major redirection of health care from treating disease to effectively preventing or minimizing it.  more

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