Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 71 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Mar-2003
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Baboon behavior show you're genetically predisposed to obesity, or you're not
Lack of exercise - and not diet - causes obesity and diabetes among those who are predisposed to the conditions, suggests new research on wild baboons by Saint Louis University geriatricians published this month in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.  more

Six-week, six-shot regimen fights hayfever for more than one season
Johns Hopkins researchers last year reported that an experimental treatment for severe ragweed allergy consisting of just six shots in six weeks dramatically reduced allergic symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion and sneezing, and nearly eliminated the need for relief medications like antihistamines and decongestants. Now, follow-up of patients who continued in the study for a second year, shows that the initial six-injection course of this treatment appears to be effective and safe for more than one allergy season. more


Whiplash pain is common, usually mild, and long-lasting
The first observational study of whiplash injury to use a control group has shown that the intensity of whiplash pain is low, but its frequency is high, and compared to similar types of pain from ankle injury, it lasts longer and produces more disability.  more

Information for patients and practitioners: MRSA - Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received inquiries about infections with antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (including methicillin-resistant S. aureus [MRSA]) among persons who have no apparent contact with the healthcare system. This fact sheet addresses some of the most frequently asked questions. more

Physicians and patients should verify the quality of trials that influence treatment
Clinical trials from years ago may not hold up to today's standards, according to the March 1, 2003, issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, the official journal of ASTRO, the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.  more

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