Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 153 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Jun-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Jun-2004
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Flavonoid-rich dark chocolate boosts blood vessel function, study suggests
UCSF scientists are publishing sweet results of a study examining chocolate's effects on blood vessel function in healthy people. The team reports that small daily doses of flavonoid-rich dark chocolate consumed over a two-week period improved blood vessels' ability to dilate, or expand. They also report that a particular flavonoid thought to be beneficial for blood vessel function, epicatechin, was absorbed at high levels in the blood.  more

New cardiac arrhythmia syndrome identified
An international team led by researchers from Duke University Medical Center and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) have defined a previously undescribed inherited cardiac arrhythmia syndrome that can lead to sudden death and can strike young, seemingly healthy people.  more

New report shows U.S. babies health hurt by hunger
Infants and toddlers being raised in food insecure homes are more likely to suffer poor health, including illness severe enough to require hospitalizations, according to a new study published in the June 2004 issue of the Journal of Nutrition.  more


Too fat, too thin: Weight-control behaviors among girls and boys
The future health of our country's children may rest in the foods they choose and their physical activity patterns. Often children are not eating the recommended servings from the Food Guide Pyramid. Their intake of milk is declining, while soft drink intake and overall food portion sizes appear to be increasing.  more

Daily dip in blood vessel expansion may help explain morning heart attack peak
Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered a daily reduction in the flexibility of blood vessels, which may help explain why heart attacks and strokes occur most frequently in the early morning hours.  more

Early use of statins in hospitalized patients may benefit some
An observational study of 19,537 patients admitted to 94 hospitals in 14 countries found that people who used cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins before admission had better outcomes than patients who never took statins.  more

One in three HIV positive gay men unaware they are infected
One in three HIV positive gay men don't know they are infected with the virus, suggests a large community study in Sexually Transmitted Infections. more

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