Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 18 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Jan-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 19-Jan-2004-Jan-2004
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FDA cautions against ultrasound 'keepsake' images health
It's risky business taking pictures of unborn babies when there's no medical need to do so. That's the word from the Food and Drug Administration, which is concerned about companies trying to turn an important medical procedure into a prenatal portrait tool. more

The low-down on osteoporosis: What we know and what we donít
Itís in our cereals, our orange juice, our bread. Manufacturers are adding calcium to all sorts of foods and beverages. Thatís because increasing the amount of calcium you consume daily can decrease your chances of fracturing a bone due to osteoporosis. Ten million people in the United States already have osteoporosis and 18 million more have low bone mass (osteopenia) and are at increased risk for developing osteoporosis. more

Information for patients: Household products database - Information on health and safety of everyday products
What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room? Do any of the household products you use pose a potential health risk to you and your family? A new online consumer guide from NIH's National Library of Medicine (NLM) provides easy-to-understand information on the potential health effects of more than 4,000 common household products.  more


Improved insulin sensitivity in sleep apnea patients
German investigators have demonstrated that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment rapidly improves insulin sensitivity in patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS). Less obese patients improved after 2 days of treatment. The researchers studied insulin sensitivity in 40 OSAS patients who had a mean apnea-hypopnea index of 43 breathing pauses per hour.  more

A simple, noninvasive upper airway test can help identify, while awake,children with sleep-disordered breathing
A simple, noninvasive upper airway test, performed while a youngster is awake, could provide more accurate identification of children with sleep-disordered breathing, according to a study in the second issue for January 2004 of American Thoracic Society's peer-reviewed American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  more

Authors blame WHO, Global Fund for rising child malaria deaths
Authors of an article published in this week's issue of The Lancet accuse the World Health Organization and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria of "institutional inadequacies" that created a "crisis" leading to increased child malaria deaths and will contribute to the failure of WHO's 1998 "Roll Back Malaria" campaign to halve malaria deaths by 2010.  more

U.S. opposes WHO's anti-obesity campaign
The administration of U.S. President George W. Bush announced yesterday it will demand significant changes to a World Health Organization global initiative to tackle obesity, saying the plan is based on faulty scientific evidence and exceeds the U.N. body's mandate, according to a Washington Post report.  more

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