Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 35 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 4-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Feb-2003
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High sugar blood levels linked to poor memory
An inability to quickly bring down high levels of sugar in the blood is associated with poor memory and may help explain some of the memory loss that occurs as we age, according to a new study by NYU School of Medicine researchers. The study raises the possibility that exercise and weight loss, which help control blood sugar levels, may be able to reverse some of the memory loss that accompanies aging. more

Poor sleep linked to earlier death in older adults
Sleep disturbances like long stretches of wakefulness during the night double the risk of death for healthy older adults compared to more restful seniors, according to new research. more


Sepsis on the rise in the United States
Severe sepsis, the leading cause of death in America's non-coronary intensive care units, is a rapidly growing problem in the United States in terms of the number of patients afflicted by the condition and the complexity of their cases, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh reported Saturday, Feb. 1, at the 32nd Critical Care Congress in San Antonio, Texas. Investigating trends in severe sepsis over a seven-year period, this study is the first to identify the changing epidemiology of the life-threatening disorder and its potential financial impact on intensive care units (ICUs). more

Children's use of stimulant medications vary widely by state
America's children are getting stimulant medications for attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at rates that vary widely between states, with a fourfold difference between the highest rate, in Louisiana, and the lowest rate, in the District of Columbia.  more

More evidence that wealth equals health
Socioeconomic status is an independent predictor of disease across a wide breadth of conditions. In this study, David Alter and colleagues report it is also a determinant in the use of angiography after acute myocardial infarction (AMI).  more

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