Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 315 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 11-Nov-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Nov-2003
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Regimen of antioxidant vitamins and zinc could help avoid 300,000 cases of AMD-associated vision losses over next five years
If every American at risk for advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) took daily supplements of antioxidant vitamins and zinc, more than 300,000 people could avoid AMD-associated vision loss over the next five years, according to results of a new government study led in part by researchers at Johns Hopkins' Wilmer Eye Institute.  more

Johns Hopkins panel determines that clinical use of embryonic stem cells jeopardized by Bush's policy on federal funding
The human embryonic stem cell lines currently eligible for research with federal funds are not suitable for use in future clinical trials, nor would they ensure fair access to new stem cell-based therapies, according to the scientists, philosophers and lawyers on a panel convened at Johns Hopkins.  more


Gingko biloba may help improve memory
Researchers at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute found significant improvement in verbal recall among a group of people with age-associated memory impairment who took the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba for six months when compared with a group that received a placebo.  more

One hour of education cuts heart failure problems by one-third
A single hour of individualized education before heart failure patients leave the hospital appears to make a major difference in how well they take care of themselves once they get home and cuts by one-third their risk of returning to the hospital or dying in the next six months.  more

Health problems often accompany substance abuse
Results of two new studies, funded in part by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health, show that people with substance abuse disorders often have accompanying medical or psychiatric conditions that can include bone fractures, muscle injuries, pain disorders, depression, anxiety, and even psychoses.  more

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