Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 103 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 12-Apr-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Apr-2004
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Surprises found in gene variation associated with schizophrenia
Approximately 2 percent of Caucasians have a gene segment variation that can cause a certain form of schizophrenia. Most people with the variation, known as a polymorphism, do not have the disease. A University of Iowa Health Care study reveals a good prognosis for people who do have this form of schizophrenia.  more

Continuous insulin monitoring does not raise hospital costs
Patients with diabetes whose glucose is continually monitored after coronary bypass artery graft surgery do not incur higher medical costs despite the additional testing, Penn State Diabetes Center researchers report. more

Does surviving pneumonia mean just a short-term lease on life?
Researchers have shown that the subsequent 2 to 3 years after discharge from the hospital following treatment for pneumonia may provide only a short-term lease on a future healthy life if the patient has certain significant and independent predictors of mortality.  more


In-car air polllution exposure affects healthy state troopers
A study of tiny airborne particulate matter in the vehicles of nine healthy, young, non-smoking male North Carolina State Highway Patrol troopers as they each worked four 3 p.m. to midnight shifts showed that pollutants could cause pathophysiologic changes in the officers that involved inflammation, coagulation, and cardiac rhythms.  more

Reduced infant airway function and later wheezing
Reduced airway function measured when an infant was 1 month old has been associated with persistent wheeze in the child at age 11. The relationship proved to be independent of increased airway resistance and any allergy to which the child had an inherited tendency (atopy).  more

FDA statement on lead contamination in certain candy products imported from Mexico
FDA has compiled information which indicates that candies and related products that contain significant amounts of chili powder may contain higher lead levels than other types of candy, such as candy that contains predominantly sugar. Examples of chili containing products include lollipops coated with chili and powdery mixtures of salt, lemon flavor and chili seasoning sold as a snack item. more

Information for patients: Schizophrenia
Download a detailed booklet that describes symptoms, causes, and treatments, with information on getting help and coping in today's issue of Vidyya.  more

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