Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 149 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 28-May-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 29-May-2004
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Chronic care medicine: Physicians say 'help!'
In a national survey of practicing family physicians, pediatricians, internists and surgeons, the majority reported that their training in chronic care medicine was too thin overall to meet the demands of their practices. Specifically, nearly two-thirds felt poorly trained in skills related to the care of chronically ill patients, including the management of geriatric syndromes, end-of-life care and nutrition.  more

More than one-third of US adults use complementary and alternative medicine
According to a new nationwide government survey, 36 percent of U.S. adults aged 18 years and over use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). CAM is defined as a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not presently considered to be part of conventional medicine.  more

Complementary and alternative medicine use among adults: United States, 2002
This report presents selected estimates of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use among U.S. adults, using data from the 2002 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionís (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).  more


Researchers identify basis for irreversible damage in multiple sclerosis
Yale researchers and collaborators have identified molecules that underlie nerve fiber degeneration in patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (MS), a disease that cripples nearly three million people worldwide. The new findings are the first observations in humans of molecules that contribute to degeneration of nerve fibers.  more

Global warming: A formidable challenge to health
Global warming is a real concern to health experts, according to a senior scientist in this week's BMJ. His comments come as global warming gets the Hollywood treatment in the disaster movie The Day After Tomorrow.  more

Study suggests double punch could more efficiently kill viruses
A study revealing new information about how viral proteins move between cells and alert the immune system suggests that a double-punch approach to vaccine design would make them more effective.  more

Published research contains 'high level of statistical errors'
Evidence based practice is currently in vogue, and basing medical practice on published evidence is clearly a good idea, but what if the published findings are inaccurate? An article published this week in BMC Medical Research Methodology shows that a large proportion of articles in top science and medical journals contain statistical errors, 4% of which may have caused non-significant findings to be misrepresented as being significant.  more

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