Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 358 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 24-Dec-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 25-Dec-2003
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Second study shows link between Cushing's syndrome and obesity
Specific genetic markers may influence whether a person develops metabolic syndrome--a collection of health risks that increase the chance of developing heart disease, stroke and diabetes--according to new research published this month in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (JCEM). A second study, which will also be published in the December issue of JCEM, also points to a link between Cushing's syndrome, a disease caused by overexposure to the hormone cortisol, and type 2 diabetes. The findings from the two new studies may help doctors identify patients who are at risk for developing complications related to obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.  more

SARS outbreak in Beijing spread rapidly, was controlled fairly quickly
Improving triage in hospitals and dissemination of information to the public helped bring a rapid resolution to the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Beijing in early 2003, according to an article in the December 24/31 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  more


Preliminary report suggests combination therapy may help treat SARS
A preliminary study suggests that use of a combination of corticosteroids and interferon may have a role in treatment of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), according to an article in the December 24/31 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).  more

Don't worry. You're not old just ill
"It's all just part of getting old" may not be enough to explain the health problems that elderly people suffer, according to two Dutch researchers, writing in BMC Geriatrics this week. They think that the infirmities associated with old age are symptoms of diseases contracted during life.  more

Broccoli-derived chemicals prevent prostate cancer?
Fruits and vegetables are good for overall health, and a newly funded study at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) may show that certain vegetables, such as broccoli, also offer protection against prostate cancer.  more

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