Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 7 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 7-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Jan-2003
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Purdue researchers discover basis for biological clock
The biological clock – timekeeper for virtually every activity within living things, from sleep patterns to respiration – is a single protein, Purdue University researchers report.  more

19.2 million US adults have chronic kidney disease
Eleven percent of the U.S. adult population has varying stages of chronic kidney disease, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The researchers concluded that chronic kidney disease warrants improved detection and classification using standardized criteria to improve patient outcomes. Their research is published in the January 2003 issue of the American Journal of Kidney Diseases. more


Child hospitalizations good time to get parents to stop smoking
Children admitted to the hospital for respiratory illnesses often suffer from second-hand smoke exposure caused by parental smoking. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have recently found that those hospitalizations can be good times to address parental smoking and smoking cessation. In a study appearing in the January 2003 issue of Pediatrics, researchers were able to help many parents stop smoking and gain a better awareness of the harm passive smoke can inflict on their children. more

Study supports protective effect of stimulant treatment for ADHD
An analysis of all available studies that examine the possible impact of stimulant treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on future substance abuse supports the safety of stimulant treatment. Using a statistical technique called meta-analysis, the researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) found that medication treatment for children with ADHD resulted in an almost two-fold reduction in the risk of future substance abuse. The report appears in the January 2003 issue of Pediatrics.  more

Old age won’t boost health-care costs as much as some have predicted
Baby boomers will increase Medicare and other medical expenditures as they age but not nearly as much as some analysts have feared, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.  more

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