Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 183 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 1-Jul-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 2-Jul-2004
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Physician groups release 1st guides to safe fish consumption written by doctors
In June 2004, the Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and the Association of Reproductive Health Professional (ARHP) released Fish Consumption to Promote Good Health and Minimize Contaminants: A Quick Reference Guide for Clinicians and Healthy Fish, Healthy Families. These are the first safe fish consumption guides written by physicians and health professionals for physicians and consumers, respectively. The guides urge women of child-bearing age and children to avoid fish that are highest in mercury and PCBs. They provide more cautious, comprehensive recommendations than the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) recently announced guidelines.  more

Gene alteration points to longevity, thinness
Imagine that by altering the function of a single gene, you could live longer, be thinner and have lower cholesterol and fat levels in your blood. more

Bacteria spill their guts to aid researchers in quest for new antibiotics
New findings about a protein that keeps cells alive by opening and closing pores within a cell's membrane may open the door to the development of new antibiotics.  more


Prevention magazine special report: What you need to know about the new birth control ban
"Access Denied," a special report in the August issue of Prevention magazine, examines a medical practice that was virtually unheard of until recently: An increasing number of doctors and pharmacists across the country are refusing to prescribe or dispense the birth control pill to women. In fact, legislation has passed in 3 states, and put forward in 11 more, that would allow a doctor or pharmacist to refuse to prescribe or dispense medications based on their moral and ethical stance.  more

UNC scientists discover molecular pathway leading to nerve growth and regeneration
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered key steps involved in regulating nerve growth and regeneration that may have implications for spinal cord research.  more

Excess weight at age 5: Predicting future problems?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 percent of children ages 6 to 11 are overweight, putting them at risk for health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.  more

NIH consensus panel finds celiac disease under-diagnosed
Celiac disease is considerably under-diagnosed, according to an independent consensus panel convened this week by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The panel, charged with assessing all of the available scientific evidence on celiac disease announced today its recommendations for the appropriate diagnosis and management of this disease, which was previously believed to be rare. Celiac disease may affect 3 million Americans. more

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