Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 157 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 5-Jun-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 6-Jun-2004
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Maybe not so sweet, after all…
Researchers at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, the University of California, Davis and other collaborating colleagues report that drinking beverages containing fructose, a naturally-occurring sugar commonly used to sweeten soft drinks and other beverages, induces a pattern of hormonal responses that may favor the development of obesity.  more

Study links diabetes and colorectal cancer
Diabetics are three times more likely to develop colorectal cancer than people with normal blood sugar levels, according to a team of scientists at the University of Cambridge, U.K., reporting in this month's edition of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention.  more

Eyewitness memory poor in highly intense and stressful situations
The ability to recognize persons encountered during highly threatening and stressful events is poor in the majority of individuals, according to a Yale researcher.  more


Advanced breast cancer diagnosis more likely for deprived women
Women living in deprived areas of the United Kingdom tend to have more advanced breast cancer at diagnosis than those living in affluent areas, finds new research on  more

Antibiotics can prevent meningitis outbreaks
Giving antibiotics to everyone living in the same household as a patient who has had meningitis can substantially reduce the risk of further cases, according to a study in this week's BMJ.  more

New method to identify blood proteins may spur novel disease marker discoveries
Using conventional technologies, researchers supported by the National Cancer Institute (Science Applications International Corporation-Frederick, Inc. (SAIC)) have developed a new method for identifying proteins found in trace quantities in the blood.  more

Information for patients: Be an active member of your health care team
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Council on Family Health (CFH) are urging people to take a more active role in their health care, especially when it comes to using medicines. 'Be An Active Member of Your Health Care Team,' developed by FDA in cooperation with CFH, features information that can help readers make informed choices about medicines and urges an open channel of communication between patients and their team of health care professionals. more

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