Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 199 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Jul-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Jul-2004
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Seeing the same physician regularly leads to better preventive care
According to a new study, adults who regularly visit the same doctor for health care are most likely to receive better preventive treatment, like vaccines for influenza or breast cancer screening. The results support the conclusion that provider continuity is related to improved health care outcomes for patients.  more

Physical symptoms of depression may be misdiagnosed
A study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine revealed that physicians sometimes misattribute ill-defined physical symptoms to causes other than what may actually be depression. Patients complaining of physical ailments related to depression may not receive appropriate treatment from their doctors, as compared to patients who present with psychological symptoms. more

Lower risk of death for patients who see the same doctor after hospital treatment
Hospital readmission or relative risk of death decreases for patients who see a doctor who actually treated them during hospitalization, rather than another physician, after being released from their stay.  more


Children's perceptions of self influence peer relationships
Why do some children continually have problems in their peer relationships? Understanding this question is critically important to preventing many of the negative consequences that come with isolation, rejection, and victimization by peers. more

The timecourse of addiction
Rapid cocaine delivery, such as smoking "crack" rather than snorting powder, produces an intensely pleasurable and reinforcing high. However, rapid delivery comes with a high price, a greater likelihood of addiction and compulsive drug-seeking behavior.  more

Sizing up autism in the amygdala and hippocampus
Impairments in social interactions as well as language and cognitive deficits define the spectrum of autism. This week, Schumann et al. reexamine a controversial aspect of the underlying neuropathology, the differences in the size of brain structures in male children and adolescents with autism and the related Asperger's syndrome. more

AIDS notes from around the world
U.S. refuses request to give more to Global Fund for AIDS; Study finds generic AIDS drugs effective; UNICEF urges free AIDS drugs for single HIV-positive parents; Group warns that rape in African wars is spreading HIV/AIDS  more

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