Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 226 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 13-Aug-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 14-Aug-2004
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Back to school: Heavy packs endanger kids' health, UCR study shows
Researchers at University Hospitals of Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have found a new and interesting link between the mental demands of an occupation and later development of Alzheimer's disease.  more

Pineal gland evolved to improve vision, according to theory by NICHD scientist
The pineal gland -- which regulates the cycles of sleep and waking -- appears to have evolved as an indirect way to improve vision, by keeping toxic compounds away from the eye, according to a new theory by a researcher at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health.  more

Use it or lose it: Seniors need to socialize to keep communication skills
Senior citizens living alone and independently in apartments should interact often with others--both friends and family members--if they want to maintain their ability to communicate, a new University of Michigan study showed. more


Gene changes linked to increased eye pressure may have implications for glaucoma therapy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have discovered that increased pressure within the eye alters a set of genes normally involved in preventing hardening of tissue.  more

Jefferson study shows red wine more heart-healthy than gin
When the choice is red wine or gin, choose red wine – at least according to a recent study by Jefferson Medical College researchers, who compared the effects of drinking either red wine or gin on several biochemical markers in the blood. Red wine contains many complex compounds including polyphenols, which are absent from gin. They found that drinking red wine had a much greater effect in lowering levels in the bloodstream of so-called "anti-inflammatory" substances that are risk factors in the development of heart disease and stroke.  more

Natural antibiotic function of human carbohydrate blocks H. pylori
People who have heart attacks or other heart conditions who do not experience chest pain are commonly overlooked and undertreated at the hospital, often resulting in greater fatality rates in this group of patients.  more

Monoamine oxidase type B inhibitors in early Parkinson’s disease: meta-analysis of 17 randomized trials involving 3525 patients
An inexpensive but rarely used drug could be one of the most effective treatments for early Parkinson's disease.  more

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