Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 5 Issue 9 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Jan-2003 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 10-Jan-2003
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When self-image takes a blow, many turn to television as a distraction
Whether you fancy yourself a jet-setting sophisticate or a down-to-earth outdoorsy type, a fast-track corporate star or an all-around nice guy, new research indicates that you probably tune out information that challenges your self-image by tuning in to television.  more

Frequency of light-to-moderate drinking reduces heart disease risk in men
A 12-year study of 38,077 male health professionals found that men who drank alcohol three or more days per week had a reduced risk of heart attack compared with men who drank less frequently. Men who drank less than one drink a day had similar risk reduction to those who drank three. more


One in four have precursor to heart failure
More than one-fourth of adults over age 45 have abnormalities in the way their heart fills with blood and are at significantly increased risk for premature death, according to results of a study of 2,042 randomly selected residents of Olmsted County, Minn. The study is published in the Jan. 8 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). more

Animal studies show chemicals used to protect soldiers in 1991 Gulf War can damage testes
A combination of chemicals given to protect Gulf War soldiers against deadly diseases and nerve gas may have inadvertently damaged their testes and sperm production, according to animal experiments at Duke University Medical Center. more

Rising numbers of patients seeing non-physician clinicians, study finds
In the decade between 1987 and 1997, the proportion of patients in the United States who visited non-physician clinicians rose from 30 percent to 36 percent, says a new study by an Emory University health policy professor and colleagues.  more

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