Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 75 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 16-Mar-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Mar-2003
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Genes are main culprit in development of myopia, study suggests
A new study strongly indicates that the primary cause of nearsightedness is heredity. The study also suggests that the amount of time a child spends studying or reading plays a minor role in the development of myopia, or nearsightedness.  more

Vision: A school program for grades 4-8
Teach the basics of VISION with a new 16-page teaching guide from the National Eye Institute. This unique science program is designed to get scientists and eye care professionals into the classroom -- working with students and teachers in their own communities. VISION's lesson plans and handouts will help you lead students in lively, interactive sessions on how the eye works, eye problems, and eye safety. The Program is intended for use in the classroom by teachers and\or guest speakers.  more


National survey finds most americans believe in equal access to care
The big picture is that majorities of all adult Americans tend to believe in the principle of equal access to health care for the rich and the poor, with the healthy subsidizing the cost of care for the sick, and the more affluent subsidizing the cost of care for the poor. However, these majorities are not overwhelming, and a modest majority of all adults are opposed to a substantial increase in taxes even if that is "the only way to make sure everyone can get the health care they need.  more

Seniors strike back at FDA
As the debate over health care reform continues to develop, The Seniors Coalition (TSC) registered their strong objection to any change in FDA policy that would shift the cost of prescription-only medicines from health insurance carriers to senior consumers via a switch to over-the-counter (OTC) status to FDA Commissioner Dr. Mark B. McClellan.  more

Can vitamins slow the progression of Alzheimerís disease?
Researchers from Georgetown University Medical Centerís Memory Disorders Program have published the encouraging results of a preliminary study and are leading a 40 center therapeutic trial to see whether three common vitamins -- folic acid, B12 and B6 -- can slow the progression of Alzheimerís disease.  more

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