Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 53 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 22-Feb-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 23-Feb-2003
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Characteristics of health insurance of US workers
During the first half of 2000, more than 60 percent (71 million) of working Americans under 65 years of age had health insurance they obtained through their primary place of employment, according to data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  more

Preventing the common cold from causing asthma emergencies
For people with asthma, the viral infections that cause the common cold are a major cause of health emergencies, including hospitalizations. Children age 5 and younger with asthma have more than twice the number of hospitalizations than do older children with asthma and five times the number than do adolescents and adults with the condition. more


Greater height associated with increased risk of prostate cancer over age 50
Greater height appeared to be positively associated with subsequent risk of prostate cancer in men over age 50, according to a study presented at the national meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine Meeting in San Diego. more

New study shows possible link between smoking and kidney disease
Smoking may lead to kidney damage, even in healthy people, according to a new study reported in the "American Journal of Kidney Disease," the official publication of the National Kidney Foundation. Earlier studies showed an association between smoking and development or progression of kidney disease in people who already have health problems such as high blood pressure or diabetes.  more

NIH study will test best ways to lower risk of heart disease and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes
A major new study will test the best approaches to lowering the risk of heart disease and stroke in adults with type 2 diabetes. The ACCORD clinical trial seeks to enroll 10,000 adults with type 2 diabetes in 70 clinics around the United States and Canada. All eligible participants will be in the blood sugar control part of the trial.  more

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