Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 60 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Mar-2003
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HHS acts to reduce potential risks of dietary supplements containing ephedra
On February 28, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a series of actions designed to protect Americans from potentially serious risks of dietary supplement products containing ephedra.  more

Evidence on the safety and effectiveness of ephedra: Implications for regulation
Certain dietary supplements also include ephedra, a plant that contains six ephedrine alkaloids among which ephedrine is predominant. The dietary supplement industry estimates that approximately 12 million individuals were using ephedra in 1999. more


Ephedra and ephedrine for weight loss and athletic performance enhancement: clinical efficacy and side effects
The report addresses research questions regarding the efficacy of herbal ephedra and ephedrine for weight loss and athletic performance through a comprehensive literature review and synthesis of evidence. more

Study links risky teen behaviors to heavy dose of rap music videos
Risky behavior and a heightened incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among African-American female adolescents may be linked to high exposure to rap music videos, according to a study in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health. .  more

Higher SIDS risk found in infants placed in unaccustomed sleeping position
Infants accustomed to sleeping on their backs who are then placed to sleep on their stomachs or sides are at an increased risk for SIDS -- greater than the increased SIDS risk of infants always placed on their stomachs or sides.  more

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