Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 313 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Nov-2003
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Diet may improve cognition, slow aging, and help protect against cosmic radiation
Eating certain foods can help protect you from heart disease, some types of cancers and other illnesses. But can your diet also help protect your brain if you should suffer a stroke or accidental head injury? Or keep your thinking and memory skills strong as you age?  more

Diabetes management improves when patients, doctors agree on treatment goals, UMHS study finds
People with diabetes who agree with their physician's treatment goals and strategies were more likely to be successful at managing their condition, but few patients agree with their doctor's top three goals and strategies, researchers at the University of Michigan Health System report.  more


Genetic aberration helps explain variation in cystic fibrosis
At the annual meeting of the Americal Society for Human Genetics in Los Angeles, Hopkins researchers will reveal the existence of specific short repeats of particular genetic building blocks in the gene at the root of cystic fibrosis, an inherited and often fatal lung disease. The researchers will also show how the repetitious pattern may help predict the disease's severity.  more

Genetic cause for primary iron overload discovered
Three studies to be published in the November/December issue of the scientific journal Blood Cells, Molecules, & Diseases describe the discovery of a genetic mutation that could be responsible for causing the metabolic disorder, primary iron overload, common among people of African descent.  more

UK's national institute for clinical excellence (NICE) recommends newer antiepileptic drugs for adults with epilepsy
People with epilepsy will be encouraged by news that NICE (the UK's National Institute for Clinical Excellence, a Special Health Authority providing reliable guidance for health professionals, patients and the public) has recommended the use of newer antilepileptic drugs (AEDs) in the management of adults with epilepsy. The decision as news for patients who are targeting greater seizure control, fewer side effects from their epilepsy therapy and no interactions with other AEDs or drugs, including oral contraceptives.  more

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