Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 339 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Dec-2003
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Its never too late to start exercising and losing weight
There's good news on the research front for those who want to shed some pounds and get in shape this holiday season. A new study by Joslin Diabetes Center researchers shows that obese adults who lost just 7 percent of their weight or 16 pounds in a 220-pound, 5'5" tall woman and did moderate-intensity physical exercise for six months improved their major blood vessel function by approximately 80 percent, regardless of whether or not they had type 2 diabetes.  more

Alcohol consumption linked to brain shrinkage
A study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and other institutions found a link between low to moderate alcohol consumption and a decrease in the brain size of middle-aged adults. Brain atrophy is associated with impaired cognition and motor functions.  more


New breast scanner can detect early signs of cancer
Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have developed a new breast scanner that is designed to detect subtle changes in breast cells before a lump can be felt by hand or seen with X-ray mammography.  more

Imaging children with ADHD
Children with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have significantly altered levels of important neurotransmitters (biochemicals that carry signals to and from cells) in the frontal region of the brain, according to a study publishing in the December issue of the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.  more

C-myc causes hormones to lose control in recurrent prostate cancer
Current treatment for progressed prostate cancer is withdrawal of the hormone androgen. While initially effective, this treatment is unable to completely and permanently eliminate all prostate cancer cells. It is not uncommon, that after a patient shows an initial response to treatment, there is a relapse as the cancer progresses to an androgen-independent stage. more

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