Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 147 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-May-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 27-May-2004
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Xenical® effective and safe in overweight teenagers
The weight loss medication Xenical® (orlistat) has been shown to be significantly more effective than lifestyle changes alone in managing weight in overweight adolescents, according to new study results presented today at the 13th European Congress on Obesity (ECO), Prague, Czech Republic.  more

Prescribing information: Xenical (orlistat)
Xenical is used to help obese people who fit certain weight and height requirements lose weight and maintain weight loss. Xenical works in the intestines, where it blocks some of the fat from being absorbed. This undigested fat is then eliminated in bowel movements. Xenical is used together with a reduced-calorie diet. The weight management effects of Xenical continue only as long as the medication is taken. more

Information for patients: Xenical
Xenical decreases the body's absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins. To ensure adequate nutrition, it is recommendes that patients take a multivitamin that contains vitamins D, E, K, and beta-carotene. There are other caveats to Xenical use. Your patients can read them with this patient hand out, written by the drug's manufacturer.  more


Protein in grape skins can kill cancer cells
It's well known that drinking red wine in moderation can have some health benefits, mainly attributed to a compound called resveratrol. Now, scientists at the University of Virginia Health System have discovered how.  more

When it comes to cancer prognosis, it's not just the tumor that matters
Findings from a new cancer study may seem obvious -- a patient's overall health is a critical factor in assessing prognosis. But the study's authors say data about patients' non-cancer ailments, called comorbidities, are not currently incorporated into cancer statistics.  more

Quality patient care not met by blanket screenings
Even as America's medical centers are being urged to use mathematical measures to describe quality care, a UCSF/San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center physician is warning against the "pitfalls" of confusing such measurement with actual quality.  more

Aspirin use associated with reduced risk of breast cancer
The older you are, the less likely you are to be cared for in an intensive care unit (ICU) during the course of a serious disease, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society International Conference.  more

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